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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Steven Begleiter

Steven Begleiter is a freelance photographer and adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Colorado, living in Denver, Colorado. Before moving to Denver, he was a freelance commercial photographer and teacher at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. Prior to that, he was a lecturer of photography at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, in addition to running a photo business and exhibiting his work in juried art shows. He has authored five books, is a contributor to the trade magazine, Photo Techniques, and reviews photography books by Elsevier Publishing. His professional career began in 1982 as first photo assistant to Annie Leibovitz and Mary Ellen Mark. Since then, his work has appeared in Esquire, Newsweek, Big Sky Journal, Us Weekly, Forbes, Elle, Business Week, on the cover of Time, in Fortune 500 annual reports and in national advertising campaigns. He is a recipient of a Greater Philadelphia Cultural Association grant and has served on the board of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers.

Angie Dornier

Angie Dornier

Angie Dornier is a freelance photographer in Erie, Colorado. In addition to creating portraits and images for commercial clients, she takes on personal art projects to continue to challenge herself.  She is a trained educator through FotoFest International’s Literacy Through Photography program and has taught in various schools and adult facilities for over 5 years.  Angie is also a founding contributor for Viewfinders.io, a photography collaboration devoted to helping other photographers find inspiration and community.

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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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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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Kellye Eisworth

Kellye Eisworth is a Denver-based artist utilizing the photographic medium to explore themes of memory, pain, vulnerability, and the concepts of innate and constructed identity. Employing the conventions of traditional studio portraiture, her work focuses on the human body as a cultural and individual text to be read. Though often entering into a dialogue about larger social norms, much of her work is rooted in the autobiographical; whether through direct self-exploration or through empathetic encounters with others, her artistic practice allows her to interpret and understand her own personal history as well as the world around her.

Eisworth has exhibited her work across the country, including First Street Gallery in New York, NY; the MPLS Photo Center in Minneapolis, MN; The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO; and RedLine Contemporary Art Center in Denver, CO. A Louisiana native, she received her BFA in photography from Louisiana State University in 2012 and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary media arts practice at the University of Colorado in 2016.

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Shelli Foth

Shelli Foth 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. Shelli received her BFA in Photography from University of Colorado Denver and does her best to balance her personal photographic interests with her professional work shooting products and food.

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Jessica Mindenhall

Jessica Mindenhall is a visual artist and art educator. Her photographic work explores how the human mind is developed and its functionality.  Through studies, documentation, and data-logging, her work creates an empathetic approach to behavior patterns in which other humans, creatures, and herself operate.  Jessica received her BFA in Art Education with an emphasis in photography from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Suzi Moore McGregor

Suzi Moore McGregor has spent most of her life as a photographer, using film in the early days to capture images for the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, American West, Wilderness, and many other national and international publications. Recently, she has changed her focus to fine art photography using both a digital camera and an iPhone. Her work has won numerous awards in photography shows, photographic magazines, and internet publications.

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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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Katie Taft

Katie Taft began photographing the world around her when she got a camera as a high school graduation present. From there she went on to study photography in Portland, Oregon and continues to work in photography, sculpture and social practice art to this day. She is a photographer who likes to get her hands dirty and likes to experiment with images both while shooting and in the darkroom. As an educator Katie has worked with every age of students from age 4 through the College level. She fills her classes with play, idea development and a love of art.

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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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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.