Veterans Workshop Series

Launched by CPAC and our partners in 2017, the Veterans Workshop Series provides advanced photographic education to Denver-area military Veterans, free of charge.


Over 5 months of workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions, 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.


The program includes training in digital editing software; composition, lighting, and design; marketing; portfolio development; preparing for an exhibition; and much more. Courses are taught by established artists and leaders in Denver’s photography community. The program was developed in partnership with local veteran-led organizations including Art of War Project and Task Force ISO.


After completing the program, students can enter the professional fine art photography world, develop a photographic business, or further their artistic practice at an advanced level. Graduates have gone on to sell work, attend professional portfolio reviews, and exhibit at local galleries.


If you are a U.S. military Veteran with a passion for photography, we strongly encourage you to apply for the 2023 program applications. Check back soon for more details!


Medusa by Tylor Belshe


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Relational Ground – Personal Projects by Veterans
Jan. 14 – Feb. 12, 2022
Featuring Richard Caldwell, Clifford Carter, John Dianni, Todd Fichtemaier, Amy Gamm, Maureen Hanrahan, YAh Kadesh, Mike Teubner, and Devon Wiggers

Working on Me, © Jess Bidwell

Vantage Point – Personal Projects by Veterans
Jan. 8 – Feb. 13, 2021
Featuring Michael Benton, Jess Bidwell, Ronald Cable, Bob Looser, Lee Ann Montoya, Andrew Morris, Charles Peters, Lourdes Sanchez Wise, Don Stine, and Brandon Tennery


The Subjective Lens – Through the Eyes of Veterans
Jan. 10 – Feb. 15, 2020
Featuring Tom Arnold, Michael Ciavatta, Hank Fanelli, Raymond McCoy, Marie Miller
Yvens Alex Saintil, Adrienne Sommers, Carl Steitz, Tony Taylor and Cypriane Williams

©Chuck Rasco, Red Feather Milky Way

Personal Visions: Projects by Veterans
Jan. 11 – Feb. 9, 2019
Featuring Amy Forestieri, Donald M. Gardner, Elane Graves, Gregory Hall and Chuck Rasco

Deer at the Crossroads by Wayne Gortmaker

Internal Narratives: Projects by Veterans
Nov. 11 – Dec. 30, 2017
Featuring Tylor Belshe, Skip Bethurum, Corina Cavaness, Cath Colwell, Wayne Gortmaker, Amber Hotzfeld, Marla Keown, Jeff Mallo, Joe McDonald, and Darren Schultz