08 Nov Letter from the Executive Director
November 26, 2011
As you may know, Linda Sheridan has resigned from her position as CPAC Executive Director. All here thank her for her many contributions and wish her well as she moves into a new phase of her career. Linda and I first met almost exactly a year ago, and our discussion then included the possibility of CPAC and Working with Artists merging, something that had been proposed as long ago as 2007. In late August we filed the papers to make that merger legal, after which we worked together as co-directors to develop “the New CPAC.” Despite the recent change in leadership, our shared vision for the organization remains.
Soon after moving to Denver from San Francisco in 2005 I realized how under-served our regional photo community is. Certainly things have changed for the better since then – we now have a photography department at the Denver Art Museum, and a bi-annual Month of Photography organized by our good friend Mark Sink. Intermittently, we see outstanding contemporary photography at Robischon, RedLine, and other galleries, but we have also lost Camera Obscura, Denver Darkroom, Gallery Sink, and of course, the former CPAC gallery on 15th Street, which closed just as I arrived. Aside, in fact, from CPAC and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, I can’t think of a single center in Colorado today – non-profit or commercial – that provides a comprehensive program of exhibitions, classes, and related events dedicated solely to photography.
The CPAC/WWA merger created a unique opportunity for us to develop a nationally-significant photo center serving the Denver-metro region, one that nurtures new talent, expands concepts, generates skills, and contributes fully to a sustainable market for collectors and artists.
To that end, we have already made improvements to our gallery spaces and have expanded the scope of exhibitions. Beginning in January we’ll be:
- programming monthly portfolio reviews (free to members)
- expanding our class curriculum under the old WWA banner
- making classes more affordable (look for a special discount offer early-December)
- upgrading our darkroom facility for renters and students
- making our Print Collection accessible on-site for research and exhibitions.
Looking forward, we are developing a long-range plan that will determine our future services, direction, and location. Almost incredibly, 2013 will be our 50th anniversary year – a really significant milestone and one begging to be commemorated with a major initiative.
Please keep in mind that now is a great time to make tax-deductible donations of cash, print collections, or equipment to CPAC. I urge you to support us and to visit us as we pursue our vision. Keep checking your email and the CPAC Facebook page for news of upcoming events and membership offers. Good luck, and have a wonderful holiday season!
Rupert Jenkins was named CPAC Interim Executive Director in November 2011. He was Chair of CPAC’s Board from 2009-2011. From 2007-2011 he worked as Editor and ad hoc curator at the University of Denver’s Victoria H. Myhren Gallery. His most recent curatorial projects are Situating Robert Adams (ongoing at CPAC), Warhol in Colorado (co-curator/catalog editor, January 2011 for the Myhren Gallery), and Double Diptych (March 2011 for Vertigo Art Space, Denver).