Instructors

Classes and workshops are led by experienced professionals and working artists who are excited to share their insight and techniques with you.

We strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. If you are interested in becoming a photography instructor for us, please email a resume to meghan@cpacphoto.org.

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Kimberly Chiaris

Kimberly Chiaris received her BFA in Photography from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her interest lies mainly in personal storytelling through hand made processes. Her practices often involve digital composites combined with analog and alternative processes that include elements of mixed media. Her focus is primarily on themes of origin and identity and how trace memory, emotions, time and culture shape and shift our understanding of history. She has been published in Christina Z. Anderson’s book – Cyanotype-The Blueprint in Contemporary Practice, The Hand Magazine, Shadow and Light Magazine, Shots Magazine, RfotoFolio, L.A. Photo Curator and HM Hard Music Magazine. Kimberly also loves teaching and igniting curiosity in people through art processes. She has taught numerous photo based art classes and workshops at Universities, Colleges, Museums, galleries, Artist associations and nonprofit organizations.

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Shana Cruz-Thompson

Shana Cruz-Thompson (she/her) is an experimental photographer and projection artist based in Aurora, CO. Often engaging with personal archives, her work probes memory, challenges nostalgia, and delves into themes of grief, trauma, and complex familial dynamics. Shana holds a BFA in photography from the University of Colorado, Denver. As the founder and director of the burgeoning nonprofit Project Photo Op, she seeks to empower youth through photography workshops, mentorships, and exhibitions. Shana is the creator and curator of Vigilante Darkroom Zine, board member of Denver Digerati, and currently works as an elementary school art teacher in the Cherry Creek School District (and is loving every messy minute of it).

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Todd Dobbs

Todd Dobbs is a classically trained fine art photographer holding an MFA with several decades of experience creating art and over a decade of teaching. His work explores analog and digital technology and the intersections that exist when they are combined, and the concepts he works with are arrived upon by embracing imagination and allowing it to guide in the creative process.

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Jesse Freidin

Jesse Freidin has been America’s leading fine art dog photographer for the past 15 years, and now focuses his attention on elevating the experience of the trans/tgnc community through portraiture and interviews. His photography is part of over 150 private collections and has been exhibited in galleries from coast to coast. He is a teacher and mentor, specializing in helping artists build businesses with confidence. Jesse’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, Them, Inside Edition, and many more. He is the author of two books: ‘Finding Shelter’ (Lyons Press, 2017) and ‘When Dogs Heal’ (Lerner Books, 2021).

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Meg Griffiths

Meg Griffiths is an artist, educator, and the Co-Founder of A Yellow Rose Project. The wide arc of her work grapples with the various modes of domestic, cultural, and political engagement that structure female experience in the United States. Her inquiries are driven by a desire to capture, develop and share a closer understanding of female subjects. Each project she creates, whether individual or collaborative, focused on the personal or the collective, are at heart about the intrinsic connection between self and other, between interiority and positionality, as much as kinship and community. Her work has traveled nationally as well as internationally, and is placed in collections such as Center for Creative Photography, Capital One, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Her book projects, both monographs and collaborative projects, have been acquired by various institutions around the country such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Library, Duke University Library, Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Research Institute to name a few. She currently lives in Denton,  Texas where she is an Associate Professor of Photography in the Visual Arts Division at Texas Woman’s University.

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Patti Hallock

Patti Hallock received her BFA in photography from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2004 and her MFA in photography 2007 from Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City. Patti has been teaching photography at the University of Colorado at Denver. She works digitally as well as with medium and large format film. Her work is represented by Goodwin Fine Art in Denver, Colorado. She was invited to exhibit work from her project, “The West Is Here” in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, CO, in January 2013. A book about the work was published in conjunction with the exhibition and included an essay by Karen Brooks from the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum. Her work is in both public and private collections and has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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Mari Howells

Mari Howells is a visual artist and teacher based in New York. She is an adjunct professor at Pratt SCPS, NY where she teaches a class in visual literacy. She received a Masters of Fine Art in photography from The Royal college of Art, London, with a distinction in research, and a Masters of Fine Art in Theatre, from Columbia University. She is a classically trained cellist, pianist and guitarist and worked with the renowned composer Rahayu Supanggah in Indonesia. Her photography draws on her theatrical and musical background, combining aspects of both through the filter of photography. Her work was most recently exhibited at Cromwell Place, London, UK.

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Eric Joseph

Eric Joseph is a photographer and Executive Vice President of New Business and Product Development at Freestyle Photographic Supplies. Eric graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1985 with a B.A. in Art, Specializing in Photography. With over 30 years of experience in the photographic industry, he has unique access to vast technical resources and always seeks to share important and accurate information with as many folks as possible. Eric has traveled across the United States leading seminars and workshops related to digital printmaking.  The most notable of which is entitled, “The World of Inkjet Paper…The Print Matters!” Speaking at colleges, universities, commercial labs, photo clubs, art centers and professional photographic organizations, Eric teaches digital printmaking with an emphasis on empirical knowledge allowing folks to make informed decisions about their digital output and how to obtain consistent, reliable, repeatable and controllable results. Eric regularly teaches a hands on class called  “The Fine Art of Digital Printmaking” at the Los Angeles Center for Photography and performs workshops for Canon Learning Centers in Southern California and Leica Akademie.

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Bree Lamb

Bree Lamb is an artist, educator and editor based in New Mexico. She is Assistant Professor of Photography at New Mexico State University, and for the last six years, Lamb has been the Managing Editor for Fraction Magazine, an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary photography, that brings together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe. She has reviewed portfolios at national and international events including Review Santa Fe, Medium Festival of Photography, Mt. Rokko Photography Festival, the Society for Photographic Education National Conference, New England Portfolio Reviews, Month of Photography Denver, and Photolucida.

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Daniel Ortega Hernández

Daniel Ortega Hernández was raised in Venezuela, South America in 1986 on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. He is an artist in the mediums of photography and collage, with twenty-two years in the photography field and ten years creating collages. From a very young age he had the opportunity and inclination to study arts, sculpture, drawing, painting, graphic design and photography. His artistic journey led him into the teaching sphere, where he had the chance to co-found his own academy, where he shared his knowledge of art and photography with more than four hundred people. Daniel also helped to organize exhibitions and photography contests with the Alliance Française of Venezuela and the UNHCR agency of the United Nations for refugees, among other creative projects in his hometown of Maracaibo, Zulia. At the moment Daniel is working with a collection of vernacular photography for an online project called The Photo Collector.

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Rashod Taylor

Rashod Taylor (b.1985) attended Murray State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in art with a specialization in Fine Art Photography in 2007. Taylor favors traditional and lost format practice of photography silver prints and wet plate collodion process among them. Taylor’s work uses portraiture to address themes of family, race, culture and legacy. The artist’s photographs are a window into the Black American experience. Taylor’s most well recognized work is an ongoing project Little Black Boy. The series earned him an Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture in 2021. His work has exhibited nationally and internationally and is actively collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (two works now on view in group show, Love Languages, through Sept. 2025). Taylor has taught numerous workshops at Anderson Ranch Art Center. He has been invited to present lectures at Stanford University, George Washington University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Maine Media Workshop + College, Los Angeles Center of Photography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, among other venues. The artist is represented by jdc Fine Art and Obscura Gallery and has been included in group and solo shows, respectively. Editorial clients include National Geographic, Essence Magazine, ProPublica, among others. His work has also been featured in CNN, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Forbes, Hulu, Buzzfeed News, Black & White Magazine, Feature Shoot and Lenscratch. Rashod Taylor lives in Springfield MO, with his wife and son.

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Frank Varney

Frank Varney is a fine art architectural and street photographer with over forty years of professional experience. He has taught adult and teen workshops for CPAC, since 2016, and is the principal instructor for CPAC’s annual Veterans Workshop Series. Frank was a co-instructor for 9 years at the FirstLight Visual Narrative Workshops with Jay Dickman. He served as the Photography Department Chair for the Art Institute of Colorado for 19 years and has taught courses at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and Red Rocks Community College. Frank holds an MFA from Maine Media College, and a BA in Communications from University of Denver.

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Kenneth Wajda

Kenneth is an editorial and commercial portrait photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. From Kenneth: “As a 30-year professional photographer, I have a job I consider one of the best and genuinely a privilege to have. On any given day, I get to document people and their world and create images that tell their stories, whether for a magazine, news article, advertisement or annual report.” Kenneth believes in the importance of making photographic prints, he shoots digitally for commercial shoots and film for personal projects, he teaches workshops, exhibits in galleries, and coordinates a local salon with other photographers.

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Jacqueline Webster

Jacqueline Webster has been making photographic works for more than 30 years. Named one of Colorado’s Top 100 Creatives in 2017, she has work in the permanent collection of Oklahoma City Community College. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a former faculty member at Art Students League of Denver. she has studied at the George Eastman Museum, as well as the Scully and Osterman Studio in Rochester, New York.