PhotoVox: January 2023 – Preparing for In-Person Portfolio Reviews



SPEAKERS | Wendi Schneider and Samantha Johnston

WHEN | Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)

WHERE | CPAC Gallery, 1070 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204

COST | Free for CPAC members*; $10 for non-members

*Member discount applied when you checkout for payment

ABOUT | January’s PhotoVox event is dedicated to helping photographers prepare for Month of Photography (MoP) Portfolio Reviews. Taking place in Denver on March 17 and 18, 2023 at the Curtis Hotel, MoP Portfolio Reviews are an unparalleled opportunity for photographers to spend dedicated time with 30 influential professionals in the local and national photography community. Gallery owners, museum curators, editors, publishers, and collectors from Colorado and all over the US will gather in Denver to review work. In previous years, numerous photographers have left with opportunities to exhibit, publish, and sell their work.

This event is ideal for artists who have already registered for MoP Portfolio Reviews, or for those who are considering it.

Join us to hear expert tips from Samantha Johnston, CPAC Executive Director & Curator, and Wendi Schneider, artist and CPAC Board Member. We’ll discuss:


• A checklist of what to bring

• Tips for talking about your work

• How to follow up with reviewers after the event


If attending this in person PhotoVox is not a possibility or you are looking for more in-depth content, consider registering for Presenting Your Work to Industry Professionals: A Workshop for Portfolio Reviews on January 25th with Mary Virgina Swanson and special guest presenters Ashlyn Davis Burns, Gordon Stettinius, Elizabeth Stone, and Lou Peralta. During this online 3-hour seminar participants will hear the professional perspective of reviewers as well as the perspective of artists.


Wendi Schneider is a visual artist illuminating impressions of grace in the natural world with photography and precious metals. Inspired by a background in painting, art history and the lush beauty of Memphis, New Orleans and New York, she began layering oils on photographs in the early ‘80s and applying gold leaf to translucent prints for her ongoing ‘States of Grace’ series in 2012. Her work has been exhibited, honored and published internationally and is held in permanent collections at New Orleans Museum of Art, Memphis Brooks Museum, Center For Creative Photography, and Auburn University Library, among others. She is represented by A Gallery For Fine Photography (New Orleans); Arnika Dawkins Gallery (Atlanta); Catherine Couturier Gallery (Houston), Etherton Gallery (Tucson); Galeria PhotoGraphic (San Miguel de Allende); Rick Wester Fine Art (New York); and Vision Gallery (Jerusalem).

Samantha Johnston has been the Executive Director and Curator at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center since 2015. She holds a certificate in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver, an MFA from Lesley University College of Art & Design, and a BFA from Alfred University. Prior to joining CPAC, she taught photography and visual arts for 12 years at high schools in Boston and Denver. She has curated exhibitions with contemporary artists such as Jess T. Dugan, Daniel Coburn, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, and Zora Murff. Samantha has served as a reviewer at Houston FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, PhotoPlus New York, Medium, Month of Photography (MoP), and Filter. She has juried several exhibitions including Critical Mass and The Fence. She is a longtime member of the Society for Photographic Education, and served as Treasurer of the Southwest region from 2013-2016 and Co-Chair of SPE’s 2013 Southwest regional conference in Denver. She was named one of Colorado’s Top 100 Creatives 3.0 by Westword and has been featured in Lenscratch.


PhotoVox is a monthly program offered by the Colorado Photographic Arts Center to help you strengthen your artistic voice with the support of other photographers and artists in the Denver Metro community. Meetings are held monthly at either CPAC’s downtown gallery or virtually on Zoom, and feature discussions led by local arts and community leaders. Three sessions per year are dedicated to portfolio sharing.