Instructors

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

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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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.

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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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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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Jordana Wright

Since 2006, Jordana Wright has had the opportunity to shoot professionally, travel, and share her love of photography with clients, workshop participants, and aspiring photographers around the world. She has presented two TEDx Talks, led dozens of photowalks across the United States, been published in a variety of media outlets including The New York Times, and has developed and executed a variety of exciting personal photographic projects. Her debut photography book “The Enthusiast’s Guide to Travel Photography” is available in stores and from Rocky Nook Inc. When Jordana isn’t “going places and seeing stuff,” she lives in Morrison, Colorado with her husband and their 14 year old-year-old pitbull, Dutch. For more information about her pursuits, find her on Instagram and Facebook.