Instructors

Classes and workshops are led by experienced professionals and working artists who are excited to share their insight and techniques with you.

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Karen Divine

Karen Divine is an award-winning photographer known for her masterful composite work using the iPhone. She studied painting, drawing, and alternative photographic processes. Awards include the 2011 Discovery of the Year Nominee from International Photography Awards, the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for Eomen Photographers, the Prix de la Photographie Gold Award, and a first place WPGA Pollux Awards. Her work has been exhibited around the world.

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Katie Harwood

Katie Harwood is an artist and photographer based in Lafayette, CO.  She earned an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from Columbia College Chicago.  Most recently, Katie received the Innovations in Imaging award from the Society for Photographic Education for her series Everything Is Fine Here.  She is the Founder & Navigator at Big Bad Bettie Press, a small publishing company dedicated to the image and the object.  Her work has been exhibited widely in the US, exists in private and museum collections, and has been published in online journals such as Don’t Take Pictures and F-Stop.  Katie has taught at several institutions such as Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Kia Neill

Kia Neill teaches at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History, and is a multidiscipline artist that works between photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Neill is native to Chicago and has lived and worked throughout the U.S. as a professional artist doing public and private commissions, exhibitions, lectures, jurying exhibitions and grants, and teaching college and continuing education for 15 years. She recently moved to Colorado after starting her latest concentration of works, inspired by the Colorado landscape, for which she digitally collages her photography with elements of her abstract drawing and painting.

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Ashlae Shepler

Ashlae Shepler holds an MFA in Photography from Texas Woman’s University and a BFA in Studio Arts from Miami University, Ohio. Ashlae is currently a freelance writer and photographer in Denver with over 10 years’ experience working with photographic education. Throughout her career, she has worked with people to capture portraits and special events while also producing fine art photography exhibitions and alternative process workshops. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, The Woman’s Museum in Dallas, and La Verne University in California.

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Linda Smith

Linda Smith is an artist and art educator who started a non-profit while living in Kigali, Rwanda, called the “TEOH Project”, which provides cameras and art classes to children in Rwanda, Ghana and Bronx NY. She has been commissioned by the UN to provide photographic classes to survivors and former perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She earned her BA from Syracuse University, an MA in Communications at Goldsmith College at the University of London and an MFA from the University of Connecticut. Her work has been exhibited in the United Nations, Embassies and Universities. She spends her time between US and Rwanda.

Michael Snively

Michael Snively

Michael Snively is a Colorado native and professional photographer who, for more than 25 years, has created images for commercial and private clients, publications, presentations, and exhibitions. Michael is a traditionalist whose primary medium is B&W film, not out of fear of digital but out of respect for the traditions that have guided his career. Michael is a firm believer that photographic skills are best learned through mentorship. In addition to his technical skills, Michael is highly regarded for his emphasis on light and form.

Rayna Tedford

Rayna Tedford

Rayna Tedford received her BFA in fine art photography at the University of Texas at Austin, and received her MFA in photography and media arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work has been exhibited at Galeria de Arte Fotografico Meliton Rodriguez, Medellin, Colombia; the Soho Photo Gallery in New York City, and other venues. She has taught traditional and digital photography classes at the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado at Denver, Naropa University, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

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George Vago

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Frank Varney

Frank Varney has been an active corporate location and fine art photographer, and a collegiate level photography instructor for over 30 years. Frank is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and was assistant instructor for the National Geographic Expeditions Wyoming’s Cowboy Country Photography Workshops. Frank holds an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College and a BA in Communication Arts from University of Denver. His work has appeared in AARP The Magazine, ELLE, Glamour, First for Women, and Ladies Home Journal, and books including The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes and Photography for the 21st Century.

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Jacqueline Webster

Jacqueline Webster has been creating photographic works for more than 25 years. She holds a BFA in video from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she also completed coursework in photography. Working exclusively in traditional and historic photographic processes, Jacqueline has studied under Patricia Ambrogi at Rochester Institute of Technology and Mark Osterman at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. Her work is included in the permanent collection at Oklahoma City Community College.