Making Muses: The Art of Photographic Portraiture

A Group Exhibition by Flash Powder Projects Photographers


Exhibition Dates: May 6 – June 25, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, May 20th, 6 – 8 pm
Artists: Flash Powder Photographers (see below)
Web site: Flash Powder Projects

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center is pleased to present Making Muses, a group exhibition of photographic portraiture that explores the intense encounters between an artist and her muse. Curated by Jennifer Schwartz and David Bram, founders of Flash Powder Projects, the show highlights new work by 27 emerging photographers, on view at the CPAC gallery from May 6 – June 25. There will be a Student Development Program, with David Bram and Jennifer Schwartz, in conjunction with this exhibition. There will be a Student Development Program, with David Bram and Jennifer Schwartz, in conjunction with this exhibition.

The title Making Muses refers to the photographic subject and the ambiguous interactions between the photographer, sitter and audience of a photographic portrait. In the final phase of engagement, the photographer is removed, and the sitter faces the spectator, alone and together, known and unknown. The response can be tender, charged, vulnerable, sensual, uncomfortable – and these tensions and contrasts are what make portraiture so compelling.

“Anyone can photograph a person, but it takes a special gift to create a portrait,” says Jennifer Schwartz. “It takes guts to engage with and confront a subject, and even more guts to take what you see and turn it into your reflection. We are in awe of the talent you will see in this exhibition.”

Exhibition catalogs can be purchased here: Flash Powder Projects

Exhibiting Artists:

Leon Alesi, Liz Arenberg, Rachael Banks, Aaron Blum, Shawn Bush, Sean Carroll, Dustin Chambers, Matthew Conboy, Matthew Crowther, Gene Ellenberg, Rod Fincannon, Steven Ford, Honey Lazar, Shannon Leith, Sara Macel, Andrew Miller, Sarah Moore, Nathan Pearce, Sarah Pfohl, Jake Reinhart, Kurt Simonson, Annick Sjobakken, Tristan Spinski, Charlotte Strode, Jordan Swartz, Julia Vandenoever, and Allison Welch.

About Flash Powder Projects
Flash Powder Projects was founded in 2012 by David Bram, Editor of Fraction magazine, and Jennifer Schwartz, Founder and Executive Director of Crusade for Art, as a way to build community and work intensively with photographers to take their work to the next level. Flash Powder Projects hosts invite-only retreats for small groups of photographers seeking to strengthen and package a portfolio of work. Participants include talented artists from many areas of the field, including commercial photographers, MFA and PhD candidates, photography instructors, and artists who are new to the fine art world.


Student Development Program

Date: Saturday, May 21st 10am-4pm

Cost: $60.00

Location: 3636 Chestnut Place, Denver, CO 80216

This program gives emerging photographers valuable knowledge and guidance on how to move their careers forward, establish goals for their work, and create plans to get exposure for their projects. The one-day program gives photographers insight, direction, and knowledge to confidently work toward developing their post-graduate photography careers.

Register: Student Development Program
About the Colorado Photographic Arts Center

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the understanding and appreciation of photography through education, exhibitions, and outreach. Founded in 1963, CPAC is the only nonprofit organization in Denver dedicated exclusively to contemporary photography. Learn more at

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