Looking Back, Moving Forward: Permanent Collection Highlights

Photo Gensis, 1/4 Madeira/Chinese Red © Dick Nosbisch

LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD:

Permanent Collection Highlights

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CURATED BY SAMANTHA JOHNSTON

To celebrate the 2023 Month of Photography Denver festival and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center’s 60th Anniversary, we invite you to take a journey through the history of photographic art with a special exhibition of works from CPAC’s Permanent Collection.

February 17 – April 15, 2023 

COLORADO PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS CENTER

1070 BANNOCK ST, DENVER, CO 80204

Art exhibit viewing times: Tues. – Fri. (11 am – 5 pm); Sat. (noon – 4 pm)

OPENING RECEPTION & SPECIAL PROGRAMMING:
SATURDAY, MARCH 4 & THURSDAY, MARCH 9

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 4th between 5 – 8 PM at CPAC. This event is free and open to the public.

In-Person Gallery Tour:
On Thursday, March 9th at 1:00 PM, Samantha Johnston, CPAC Executive Director and Curator, will lead a tour of the exhibition. Samantha will dive into some of the history, themes, and photographs on display. This event is free and open to the public.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

To celebrate the 2023 Month of Photography Denver festival and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center’s 60th Anniversary, we invite you to take a journey through the history of photographic art with a special exhibition of works from CPAC’s Permanent Collection.

A cultural treasure, the collection houses more than 800 prints collected over six decades, donated by regional and national artists working from the mid-1800s to today.

Looking Back, Moving Forward offers a unique opportunity to see pieces from the collection for the first time in decades. The exhibit highlights 45 images spanning a range of genres, approaches, and techniques, honoring CPAC’s past while looking to the future as the organization celebrates its 60th year.

Johnston’s curation combines pivotal works from the 20th century with national and regional works that demonstrate the breadth of the medium. Viewers can expect to see photographs by well-known masters like Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Judy Dater, as well as Colorado artists such as Ewing Stiffler and Hal Gould, and contemporary photographers such as Greer Muldowney, Zora Murff and the collaborative duo Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman.

CPAC’s founders started the collection in 1963 with a goal of creating a resource that would elevate photography as an art form and the region’s profile. Early donations came from artists such as Ansel Adams, H. Landshoff, and Ken Heyman, followed by pieces by nationally-renowned artists including Bernice Abbott, Richard Misrach, CPAC members, and works shown through the American Society of Photographers and other influential groups in the field of photographic art.

As the Executive Director since 2015, Johnston reflected on this milestone year and designed a show that speaks to photography’s constantly changing nature.

“2023 is a pivotal year for CPAC, with the Month of Photography Denver festival in March, our 60th Anniversary, and our upcoming move to a new, larger space this spring,” said Samantha Johnston, CPAC’s Executive Director & Curator. “There’s never been a better time to share this important cultural treasure with the public as we start this exciting new chapter for CPAC and our growing community.”

CPAC’s entire Permanent Collection is available to view online.

FEATURED ARTISTS

Ansel Adams, Brenda Biondo, John Bonath, Howard Bond, Thomas Carr, Walter Chappell, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, Glenn Cuerden, Imogen Cunningham, Ira Current, Judy Dater, John Davenport, Edward A. DeCroce, Nick Del Calzo, Susan R. Goldstein, Carol Golemboski, Hal Gould, Betty Hahn, Philippe Halsman, Kristen Hatgi Sink, Jamil Hellu, Ken Heyman, Kevin Hoth, Patricia Howard, Andre Kertesz, Lisbeth Neergaard Kohloff, R. Skip Kohloff, Eugene Lang, Gary Lynch, Roddy MacInnes, James Milmoe, Greer Muldowney, Zora Murff, Patrick Nagatani, Dick Nosbisch, Emma Powell and Kristen Hoving, Arthur Rothstein, Denis Roussel, Mark Sink, Michael Snively, R. Ewing Stiffler, Tokutaro Tanaka, Jerry N. Uelsmann, Richard Van Pelt, and Loretta Young-Gautier

EXHIBITION PREVIEW

Special thanks to 2023 Month of Photography Denver Festival Headline Sponsor David & Laura Merage Foundation

Additional support provided by:

Bonfils Stanton Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts arts.gov
SCFD We Fund Culture.
CCI