14 Apr Gould Award and dinner at Table 6
On April 10 at Denver’s Table 6 restaurant, a sold out crowd celebrated CPAC’s 2014 “Hal Gould Vision in Photography Award” honorees, R. Skip Kohloff and Lisbeth Neergaard Kohloff.
Skip and Lis traveled from Tucson to Denver to accept the award, presented to them by Westword art critic Michael Paglia. Emailed tributes to the couple were read to the crowd by David Sharpe and Sarah Timberlake Sharpe.
During the evening, we also celebrated several friends who are leaving CPAC. Sherea Spalding, who has been our Operations Director since June 2011, has contributed mightily to CPAC’s success and we thank her sincerely for her many contributions to the organization. We know she will be missed by everyone she worked with over the years.
The event marked several other departures, including that of our event host and Development Chair Monique Crine from the board of directors. Monique’s career as a painter and photographer has really taken off lately and we wish her fame and fortune as she pursues her career as an artist. Also leaving CPAC’s board of directors are Micah Messenheimer and Andy Lillie. Thank you all for your belief and many contributions to the organization.
Lisbeth Neergaard Kohloff and her husband, R. Skip Kohloff, retired from the board of CPAC in 2006 after more than 25 years of holding key leadership positions at the Center. The Kohloff’s served all of those years as unpaid volunteers—hard to believe for two people whose collective efforts had such an indelible impact on our regional photography landscape.
The couple assembled numerous important exhibits for CPAC, including solo shows by Jerry Uelsmann, Patrick Nagatani, and Betty Hahn, surveys such as “Visions” at the Emmanuel Gallery (1997), and international surveys – most notably “The Wall/The Fall,” an exhibition of contemporary Eastern European photography (1991). To support regional photographers they developed CPAC’s Personal Vision Award. Recipients included Gary Lynch, Loay Boggess, John Bonath, and David Sharpe.
The “Hal Gould ViP Award” is given annually to people who have made significant contributions in the Western Region to raising awareness, value, and appreciation of the photographic arts. Its purpose is to perpetuate the principles and ideals that CPAC was founded on, and to honor Hal Gould, one of CPAC’s founders and former owner of Denver’s legendary Camera Obscura Gallery, and others who have made noteworthy contributions to the photographic arts in this region.
All proceeds support CPAC’s programming. Thank you to our table sponsors: Donna Altieri & Carol Keller; Andrew Lillie & Hogan Lovells. As always we are enormously grateful to the staff of Table 6 restaurant, Aaron Forman, General Manager. Table 6 restaurant is located at 609 Corona Street, Denver (6th and Corona).