Instructors

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

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Anthony Camera

Yes, Camera is his real last name.  He is a professional photographer in Denver shooting mostly editorial and commercial Photography specializing in environmental portraits.  He is best known locally for photographing most of the feature stories and covers for Westword magazine for over 20 years. He has a studio / gallery in the heart of Denver’s Santa-Fe arts district which has a very popular First Friday arts walk.  He has used this as an opportunity to work on a personal Project he calls the “Portrait Parade.” Often he will take advantage of this situation by setting up an unique scene and asking people to pose. What he likes most about the Portrait Parade is how collaborative it is.  By letting the subjects interpret and inhabit the scene he builds and allowing them to create their own characters, together they make images that tell stories that are filled with humor, emotion and meaning.

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Erin Dvorak

Erin currently resides in Denver, CO and works seasonally with outdoor education programs. For as long as she can remember, Erin been drawn to the natural world. As an artist, Erin uses storytelling to explore the way in which humans engage with public land. Erin’s goal is to visually capture the natural world in order to provoke a new perspective about our relationship with the earth. Her sense of wonder and discovery are rooted in her artwork. As an environmental educator, she finds great curiosity and reward in teaching people, especially kids, how to appreciate and learn from the earth we share. ​

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Shelli Foth

Shelli started making photographs as a 15 year old when she took a digital photography class in high school. She felt that the world had opened up to her and began to see the world in terms of images, as if everything was a picture.

Since then, she has taken millions of pictures and spent countless hours behind the lens (and computer) making photographs. She received her BFA in Photography from University of Colorado Denver and does her best to balance personal photographic interests with professional work shooting products and food.

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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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Alexandra Mamatas

Alexandra Mamatas is visual art educator and practicing artist based in Denver, CO. Throughout her career she has explored a variety of media and taught a range of techniques, from video and film production to darkroom photography to college level 2D-Design. Alexandra’s art education philosophy is that all students are capable of success and deserve the opportunity to explore meaning making through their own artistic voice. In her fine artwork, she personally explores dreamy themes with magical qualities, searching for the boundaries between reality and a dream state. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys marveling at the mountains in Colorado, and capturing shots during hiking and camping with a photojournalistic approach. Alexandra earned her BFA in Studio Art and Art Education and MA in Art Education, both from James Madison University in Virginia.

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Brian Mark

Brian Mark is a commercial / Advertising photographer with over 30 years experience in creating images for clients. His background as an art and art history student is essential during all of his photographic shoots. Brian currently works out of a large studio in south Denver where he can shoot anything from small objects to large, like cars during his work with Audi. Clients like Audi, Bolle, Spyder active wear, Kraft, Quaker Oats, Coors and Thule have asked Brian to bring his artistic knowledge and approach to their work.

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Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton

Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton is a graduate-level trained independent conservator of photographs and works on paper. She provides conservation treatment and expertise to individuals, private collectors and museums. Trained as a fine-art photographer at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Jennifer became interested in conservation as a way to blend her love of art with a curiosity about materials. After getting her graduate degree, Jennifer continued to hone her skills as a conservator and a photographer in positions at museums, regional centers, and private practices throughout the United States. Jennifer has held positions at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Menil Collection, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and the Alaska State Library.

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Kia Neill

Kia Neill teaches at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History, and is a multidiscipline artist that works between photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Neill is native to Chicago and has lived and worked throughout the U.S. as a professional artist doing public and private commissions, exhibitions, lectures, jurying exhibitions and grants, and teaching college and continuing education for 15 years. She recently moved to Colorado after starting her latest concentration of works, inspired by the Colorado landscape, for which she digitally collages her photography with elements of her abstract drawing and painting.

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Ashlae Shepler

Ashlae Shepler is a freelance writer and photographer in Denver with over 10 years’ experience working with photographic education. Throughout her career, she works with portraiture clients and special events while also producing fine art photography exhibitions and alternative process workshops in the area. Her fine art work has been exhibited nationally in galleries including Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, The Woman’s Museum in Dallas, and La Verne University in California.

Michael Snively

Michael Snively

Michael Snively is a Colorado native and professional photographer who, for more than 25 years, has created images for commercial and private clients, publications, presentations, and exhibitions. Michael is a traditionalist whose primary medium is B&W film, not out of fear of digital but out of respect for the traditions that have guided his career. Michael is a firm believer that photographic skills are best learned through mentorship. In addition to his technical skills, Michael is highly regarded for his emphasis on light and form.

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Rayna Tedford

Rayna Tedford received her BFA in fine art photography at the University of Texas at Austin, and received her MFA in photography and media arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work has been exhibited at Galeria de Arte Fotografico Meliton Rodriguez, Medellin, Colombia; the Soho Photo Gallery in New York City, and other venues. She has taught traditional and digital photography classes at the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado at Denver, Naropa University, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

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Preston Utley

Preston Utley, is a freelance photographer based in Denver, CO. Preston has a bachelors degree in Photography from the Art Institute of Colorado and has been mentored by Magnum photographer Alex Webb, National Geographic photographer Sam Abell, and New Mexico based documentary photographer Norman Mauskopf. Preston has been a working photographer for almost 20 years. First as a photojournalist at a newspaper and for the past 10 years a documentary wedding photographer. His interest in photography began as a way to connect with friends and family and has since spawned into a passion and a lifestyle. He is drawn to moments, light, and the human experience.

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Frank Varney

Frank Varney has been an active corporate location and fine art photographer, and a collegiate level photography instructor for over 30 years. Frank is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and was assistant instructor for the National Geographic Expeditions Wyoming’s Cowboy Country Photography Workshops. Frank holds an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College and a BA in Communication Arts from University of Denver. His work has appeared in AARP The Magazine, ELLE, Glamour, First for Women, and Ladies Home Journal, and books including The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes and Photography for the 21st Century.

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Casie Zalud

Casie is a documentary family photographer based in Boulder who has a passion for photographing the real, nitty-gritty, heart-bursting moments of family life. Casie loves her work. “I want to help kids embrace their curiosities, build their self-esteem and help them realize their important place in the family. There are so many pressures on kids and parents to think they need to be perfect. I show them they can just be themselves.” Casie’s photographs tell the story and paint the picture of family life, self-discovery, and life-giving relationships. When not working, Casie can be found adventuring, traveling and creating memories with her family.