About the Veterans Workshop Series


Launched by CPAC and our partners in August 2017, the Veterans Workshop Series is a unique program that provides advanced photographic education to Denver-area Veterans at no cost to them. Over five months, participants learn to refine technical skills, hone ideas into a body of work, create a portfolio, write about their work, and present their projects to the community in a public exhibition at CPAC’s gallery.

Workshops are led by Frank Varney, Assistant Professor at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and an accomplished artist and instructor with 30 years of teaching experience. Other instructors include Patti Hallock and Paul Weinrauch who are brought in to teach specialized workshops. The program also includes one-on-one mentoring provided by Samantha Johnston, Executive Director of CPAC.


Task Force ISO uses the art of photography as a healing tool for military veterans who have faced physical or mental adversity as a result of their service.

The Veterans Arts Council (VAC) at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1 (VFW Post 1) manages the VFW Post 1 Art Gallery and mentors artists of all mediums who have served in the Armed Forces. VFW Post 1 is the first and oldest VFW Post in the world. It was founded in Denver in 1899 by returning veterans of the Spanish-American War, and it is an all-volunteer organization.


The Veterans Workshop Series would not be possible without support from individuals and the following organizations and foundations:

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Metropolitan Frame Company
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Hahnemuhle Paper Makes the Difference
JPMorgan Chase
David & Laura Merage Foundation

To support the Veterans Workshop Series, please donate or contact us at [email protected].