Samantha Johnston, Executive Director

Samantha 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.


Megan Ross, Director of Communications and Marketing

Megan is a marketing and communications professional with over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit world. Prior to joining CPAC in January 2015, she served as Director of Marketing for the Southern Environmental Law Center, where she led several successful marketing and PR initiatives across a six-state region. She has also held editorial and public relations positions at the National Wildlife Federation, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, and other organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. She holds a BA in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University and is a 2014 graduate of the Board Development Academy at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. She is a passionate amateur photographer and a contributing writer at Lenscratch.


Stephanie Khoury, Operations Manager

Prior to joining CPAC, Stephanie spent two years organizing and cataloging the University of Denver’s permanent art collection. She held various positions at the Vicki Myhren Gallery, a contemporary art gallery on DU’s campus, before working on the Denver Art Museum’s collections move for the Ponti building renovation. She earned her BA in Art History from the University of Tennessee and an MA in Art History from the University of Denver.


Trina Campbell, Education & Programs Manager

A Colorado native, Trina has a decade of experience in arts administration that includes events management, programming, and operations. Prior to joining CPAC in January 2017, Trina spent twelve years in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she worked in various positions for CENTER and SITE Santa Fe, a contemporary art space. She earned her BFA in Photography and a minor in Art History from Santa Fe University of Art and Design.


Kimberly Luptovic, Financial Administrator

Kimberly is a QuickBooks certified accounting professional with more than 20 years of experience in the finance industry. Before joining CPAC in 2010, she served as an independent consultant for multiple clients in Moab, Utah, and an IT Access Database Developer and Customer Service Administrator at Xicom Technologies in Santa Clara, California. She holds a BS in Microbiology from San Jose State University.

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