Kyohei Abe is the Executive Director of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography (DCCP). Established in 2010, DCCP began as the first non-profit center dedicated exclusively to contemporary photography in Detroit.
With a mission to foster the appreciation and understanding of photography, DCCP works to promote contemporary lens-based artists who explore the medium in diverse ways: from still and time-based media to the photographic book. In 2012, after reevaluating how to better serve the artists it strives to support, DCCP shifted its operation to a solely online gallery supplemented by small edition artist book publications.
Jonathan Blaustein is an artist, writer, and educator based in Taos, New Mexico. He received his MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute in 2004 and has exhibited widely in galleries and museums the US, and in festivals in Europe. Jonathan is a weekly columnist at the popular blog aPhotoEditor.com and spent six years as a photo critic for the New York Times. He has also written about art and photography online for The New Yorker, VICE, The Washington Post, and Hyperallergic.
As a longtime critic and educator, Jonathan can offer critical feedback about project development, and also publishes relevant series in his weekly blog at APE. He is most interested in viewing fresh takes on fine art and documentary photography, photojournalism and video, and prefers not to see commercial work.
Molly Casey is the Co-Founder of NINE dot ARTS, oversees NINE dot ARTS’ curatorial teams and is Chief Vision Officer for all client engagements. After living in Paris as a teen to further her appreciation of art and tiny cups of coffee, Molly enrolled at UC Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!) but soon hightailed it back to her native Colorado home to finish her Sculpture degree at CU Denver.
Molly supports the art community by: providing pro bono artist portfolio tutorials, serving as a guest juror for Open Studios at the University of Colorado at Denver and Boulder, serving on the board of Think 360 Arts for Learning, volunteering as a guest presenter at Boulder Art Association, and being a guest presenter and volunteer reviewer for Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC).
Darren Ching is the Owner and Director of the Klompching Gallery, established in 2007 with Debra Klomp Ching in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. The gallery specializes in the exhibition and sale of contemporary photography, placing artworks into private, corporate and public collections. Darren served for 16 years as Creative Director of PDN (Photo District News), has served as a juror for numerous photography competitions, and has lectured and written extensively about photography. As an educator, he is formerly an Adjunct Faculty member at SVA in NYC; guest critic at institutions including RISD, MICA, SCAD and Parsons School of Design, and teaches workshops in the gallery. Darren is also a freelance designer, specializing in photography-based projects; a consultant offering advice and career strategies to all levels of photographers; and perennial co-curator of the FRESH Annual Summer Exhibition.
Alyssa Coppelman is an independent photo editor, archival researcher, and photo-book consultant. She is Art Researcher for Harper’s Magazine and the Oxford American, which won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2016 and has since been nominated twice. She is focused mainly on fine art and documentary photography, and the grey area between the two.
Alyssa is interested in seeing a range of work, from fine art to documentary projects, including collage, multimedia, alternative process, and short- and long-term projects. She does not need to see straightforward portraiture projects, nudes, or fine art landscapes. While she can advise with many things in the publishing world, she is less in tune with the gallery world and art market. She can advise on gaining contacts and developing relationships in the publishing industry, and getting your work seen and published.
Catherine Couturier is the owner and director of Catherine Couturier Gallery. Upon its inception, the gallery quickly evolved into the premier photography gallery in Houston and sits at the center of Gallery Row. Catherine reviews portfolios for Photo Nola, Texas Photographic Society, and FotoFest, is a juror for Critical Mass, serves on the advisory council of Houston Center for Photography, and gives lectures to artists and collectors on a myriad of subjects related to the field of fine art photography.
The gallery has been a member of AIPAD (Association of Photography Art Dealers) since 1998, the most prestigious institute of its kind in the world. Catherine Couturier Gallery specializes in classic 20th century photography and contemporary work of the highest quality and also sells a wide range of rare and vintage books and publications by many of today’s best-known contemporary artists.
Cecily Cullen is the director and curator of the MSU Denver Center for Visual Art where she develops exhibitions and programs to engage the public in examination of global issues. She has curated or organized over 100 exhibitions that give voice to challenges we face in our day. Curatorial projects in lens-based media have included artists Xaviera Simmons, Nicholas Galanin, Isabelle Hayuer, Shadi Ghadirian, Wangechi Mutu, and Dineo Seshee Bopape. Cecily has been a guest juror for numerous exhibitions and public art projects, is a member of the Colorado Attorneys for the Arts advisory board and has served four times on the National Endowment for the Arts art museums grants panel. Cecily has a BA in Art and Humanities and an MBA from the University of Colorado. In 2017 she received the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts Cultural Leadership Award.
Eric Robert Dallimore is a contemporary artist focusing on large-scale sculpture, photography, and public art pieces. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Leon Gallery, one of Denver’s havens over the last 9 years for emerging and undiscovered contemporary artists, as well as an intimate space that explores performance + sound art. For two years, Eric worked as curator and printer to showcase and manage images of John Denver’s personal photography, unveiled in January 2014. Eric was named 2014 Mastermind for Visual Arts by Westword Magazine and published over 65 times in outlets such as Time Magazine, NPR, Hyperallergic and Sculpture Magazine.
Eric has been an invested visual arts teacher for the past 10 years through Think 360 Arts, a non-profit education program that brings arts education to Colorado schools. He was formerly the adjunct professor at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design.
Jon Feinstein is a Seattle and New York City-based photographer, curator, writer, co-founder of Humble Arts Foundation and content director at The Luupe – a new platform amplifying women + nonbinary commercial photographers.
Jon has curated exhibitions for the Filter Photo Festival, Photoville, PhotoNola, Spin Magazine, Glassbox Gallery in Seattle, and Art-Bridge at The Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, NY. Jon and Roula Seikaly won BlueSky Gallery’s 2019 curatorial prize for their exhibition “An Inward Gaze” in Portland, OR.
Jon’s projects have been featured in Aperture, The New York Times, The New Republic, BBC, VICE, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, and Feature Shoot, and his writing has appeared in VICE, Aperture, Photograph, TIME, Slate, GOOD, Daylight, and PDN. Jon recently joined long term friend and Humble co-founder Amani Olu’s PR platform Olu Company, helping artists market their work and refine their practice.
Yoav Frielander and Dana Stirling are both originally from the desert edge town of Maale Adumim in Israel and are now based in Queens New York. Yoav is a not only a large format photographer but a miniature maker and designer. Dana is a still life and a handmade book maker. Both received BAs from Hadassah College Jerusalem in Photographic Communications and MFAs in Photo, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts New York. Yoav and Dana are life partners and the co-founders and editors of Float Photo Magazine.
Float Photo Magazine was founded in March 2014 with the goal to share and celebrate the photographic work of a versatile roster of contemporary photographers from around the world. Float offers artists various opportunities and platforms for exposure – Instagram takeovers, book reviews, artist interviews, curated online magazine issues, online and physical exhibitions and more.
Jennifer Garner is the Exhibits Curator at Denver International Airport and is responsible for all of the temporary, rotating exhibits throughout the airport. She also helps support the public art program and permanent collection. Additionally, Jennifer has become DIA’s in-house expert on the several long- standing conspiracy theories surrounding the airport since it was built.
Jennifer has a BFA and MFA in printmaking, photography and art history. Before landing at DIA, she was a tenured professor in the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University for 20 years and dually served as the director of their off-campus art center, the CVA, and the on-campus Emmanuel Gallery.
Hamidah Glasgow has been the Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado since 2009. Hamidah holds a master’s degree in humanities with a specialization in visual and gender studies and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Hamidah’s contribution to photography has included curatorial projects, national portfolio reviews (FotoFest, Photolucida, Medium, Center, Filter, etc.), contributions to publications, and online magazines. Hamidah is a co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective, a group of interdisciplinary artists, curators, and writers focused on work that engages with current social and political forces. We seek to create a venue for work that critically questions the dominant social hierarchy and are dedicated to highlighting work made by women, people of color, and queer and trans artists. (Pronounced Ha-me-dah)
Gregory Harris is the Associate Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. He is a specialist in contemporary photography with a particular interest in documentary practice. Since joining the High in 2016, Gregory has curated over a dozen exhibitions including Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads and Look Again: 40 Years of Collecting Photographs as well as solo shows with Thomas Struth, Paul Graham, and Amy Elkins. He recently led the expansion and installation of the High’s new photography galleries.
Before joining the High, Gregory held curatorial positions at The DePaul Art Museum in Chicago and the Photography Department at the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. He earned a BFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago, and an MA in art history from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Frances Jakubek is a photographer, curator and advocate for photography. She is the Director of Exhibitions and Operations at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City, co-founder of A Yellow Rose Project, and past Associate Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts.
Recent curatorial appointments include I Surrender, Dear at Umbrella Arts Gallery, New York; Drawing the Line at Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York; Grief on NY Photo Curator, and The RefridgeCurator in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been a guest writer for various publications and for artist monographs including Serrah Russell’s tears, tears. Jakubek has been a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Photography fellowships, speaker for The Photo Brigade and juror for exhibitions throughout the US including United Photo Industry’s ‘The Fence’ and PDN’s ‘ The Curator Awards.’
Ann M. Jastrab is the Executive Director at The Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, California. CPA has evolved out of the tradition of its predecessor, the renowned Friends of Photography established in 1967 by iconic artists Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Cole Weston. Before coming onboard at CPA, Ann was the gallery manager at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco where she incorporated contemporary artists with the living legends photography.
Ann has curated many shows in the Bay Area while simultaneously jurying, curating, and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios for a multitude of organizations. While being a champion of artists, she created a thriving artist-in-residence program at RayKo where she worked as gallery director for 10 years. Besides being a curator, Ann has received her MFA, is a fine art photographer, master darkroom printer and a teacher.
Carol Johnson is co-curator of Eyes on Main Street, a photography exhibition and festival held annually in Wilson, North Carolina. Each spring, Nash Street, the main street of Wilson, is transformed into a vibrant gallery of large-scale photographs embracing the theme “Main Street: a Crossroad of Cultures.” Main Street is interpreted broadly and could mean a pathway or a riverfront.
Carol would like to review portfolios that focus on the theme of “Main Street: a Crossroad of Cultures.” She is seeking work for inclusion in a future edition of Eyes, as well as photographers interested in the Eyes on Main Street residency program. A fully illustrated catalog will accompany the exhibition.
Carol worked as a curator in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. before retiring and moving to Colorado. She is currently a freelance photography curator and also researches and writes about photography.
Doug Kacena is a celebrated abstract artist whose work has been the subject of a PBS special. He is also a textile designer of handmade Tibetan and Nepalese rugs, a highly regarded gallery owner, an art therapist, a provocative curator, a podcast host, a collector and a passionate advocate for other artists.
His curatorial approach is to disrupt and confront, offering viewers a new way to experience art and encouraging artists to think beyond the gallery. For those artists, Doug is a visionary champion, ready to make things happen that even the creators had not considered possible. His tireless promotion of the artists he represents leads to millions of dollars in sales, ceaseless media coverage, and numerous awards and recognitions.
Whether Doug is fulfilling the role of curator or gallerist, of artist or advocate, he does so with the intention of forming connections where they did not previously exist.
Emily Grace King is an arts administrator, artist, and curator living and working in Arvada, Colorado. In her role as the Galleries Exhibition Manager at the Arvada Center, Emily oversees three art galleries totaling over 10,000 square feet, curates exhibitions, and acts as the department’s registrar. She loves coordinating and collaborating with artists to bring their artwork to the Arvada Center.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Visual Art from the University of Northern Colorado, Emily pursued her art practice through painting, encaustic, and mixed media and developed a successful freelance career as a creative designer and consultant. She continued her education with a specialization in Interaction Design from the University of San Diego.
Emily serves her city as Chair of the Arvada Arts and Culture Commission. She is a strong advocate in the community for public art and for civic investment in local artists at all stages of their careers.
Geoffrey Koslov co-founded Foto Relevance, located in the museum district of Montrose in Houston, Texas, for those seeking curated photography-based art for their collections. He uses his longstanding network to help match artists with collectors, and is a collector himself, writing extensively about photographers he meets who he finds are creating new and challenging work. Geoffrey served for many years on the Photography Acquisitions Subcommittee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), and served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Houston Center for Photography (HCP). He was formerly a member of HCP’s Exhibitions Committee and a former co-chair of its Print Auction.
In addition to these commitments, Geoffrey has curated exhibitions and been invited to review with Fotofest, the Center for Fine Art Photography (CFAP), the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC), The Medium Festival of Photography, PhotoLucida, Critical Mass, PhotoVisa, and ASmith Gallery.
Bree Lamb is an artist, educator and editor based in New Mexico. She is Assistant Professor of Photography at New Mexico State University, and holds an MFA from the University of New Mexico. For the last six years, Lamb has been the Managing Editor for Fraction Magazine, an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary photography, that brings together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe. Lamb has served as a portfolio reviewer or juror for Review Santa Fe, Medium Festival of Photography, Mt. Rokko Photography Festival, Photolucida’s Critical Mass and the Society for Photographic Education’s National Conference.
Jeff Lambson is the Director and Curator of the Emmanuel Art Gallery and the Next Stage Gallery at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to his position at CU Denver, Jeff was founding Curator of Contemporary Art at the BYU Museum of Art, the most-attended university art museum in North America. He began his arts career at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the nation’s museum of modern and contemporary art. Jeff is the recipient of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Award for Service in the Arts, and was named by Salt Lake Magazine as one of Utah’s most significant people of the past 20 years. His work has received publicity in W magazine, Hyperallergic, Arts Asia Pacific, Art Ltd, Artforum, Sunset, PBS, Forbes, and BBC’s The Culture Show. Jeff lives in Denver with Ann Lambson, Interpretive Specialist for Architecture and Design at the Denver Art Museum.
Nathan Larramendy is the Director of Visions West Contemporary located in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver, and oversees all the operations of the Denver location. Previously, he served as the Associate Director of the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco from 1998 – 2002 and again from 2008-2012. Prior to returning to Catharine Clark Gallery in 2008, he owned and directed the Nathan Larramendy Gallery in Ojai, California since September 2003.
Nathan has successfully collaborated on exhibitions, acquisitions, and fundraising with major institutions. He served on the Board of Directors at the Headlands Center for the Arts on the development and programming committees, and the Ojai Valley Board of Realtors on the marketing committee. Nathan holds a specialized degree in Arts Management.
Ashby Nickerson is the Gallery Director of Candela Books + Gallery located in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 2010, Candela strives to elevate and support contemporary photography through exhibition programming and publication opportunities. Ashby joined the gallery in the fall of 2014 and has spent the last five years programming exhibitions and writing for the gallery. She has juried and reviewed work at a number of photography competitions, currently sits on the Advisory Board for Oakwood Arts, and recently started publishing and designing a series of gallery catalogs.
She has an interest in seeing innovative conceptual work that pushes the application of the medium as well as has a curiosity for science, process, and politics.
Eric Nord has spent the majority of his lifetime being involved with the arts, including the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sperone Westwater Gallery, and since 2014, as Executive Director of Leon Gallery in Denver. Leon is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to mentoring emerging artists across multiple disciplines. We aim to nurture and promote each artist, assist them in the development of their practice, and connect them with greater and more ambitious career opportunities.
Benjamin Rasmussen is a photographer and curator based in Denver, Colorado. In 2019, Rasmussen, along with Nish Nalbandian, started Pattern, a gallery, photo-book library and community space dedicated to the documentary arts.
In 2014, Rasmussen was chosen as one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. His work has been selected for the American Photography Annuals, shortlisted for the Leica Oskar Barnac Award, and awarded in the 2010 POYi awards. He works with clients including Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue and National Geographic.
Kimberly Roberts is the Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Photography at the Denver Art Museum. Prior to joining the museum in 2017, she was a Research Fellow at the Clyfford Still Museum where she researched photography collections in the museum archives. Kimberly has given public lectures at the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, Colorado State University Art Museum and has been an Affiliate Faculty member in the Department of Art History, Theory & Criticism at Metropolitan State University since 2013, teaching courses in the history of photography and 20th/21st century European and American Art. Kimberly is interested in viewing all types of portfolios but can provide limited feedback on commercial, fashion and travel photography.
Laura Sackett is creative director and co-founder of LensCulture, one of the leading online sites committed to discovering and promoting the best in global photography. She leads all aspects of design at LensCulture including brand, website, print, communications, exhibition design and video screenings. Besides leading the creative direction for LensCulture, she also co-curates the LensCulture exhibitions, the online galleries, and is a frequent reviewer at Portfolio Reviews.
Former gallery owner Tina Scatuorchio has been a prominent, highly regarded, and active presence in the art community for over three decades. Her gallery Goodwin Fine Art reflected her many years of experience and expertise in the contemporary art field. Her current venture TS Project Art, offers art advisory and appraisal services, engaging both aspiring as well as seasoned collectors in an inspired dialogue with art and the manifold rewards of acquiring art and living with it. Her company services also include acquisitions and collections management for corporate clients.
Mark Sink is a curator and photographer. He represents and curates local and international cutting-edge fine art photography. Mark is the founder of the Month of Photography Denver Festival and founder and director of The Big Picture Colorado, an international street art exchange and wheat pasting event in the open air and gallery spaces in over fifty cities worldwide.
Mark co-founded the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and his own photography gallery space, The Derby Project Space. Also, through Gallery Sink consulting, Mark is independently curating a wide range of emerging talent.
Mark has exhibited discoveries in the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and RedLine Contemporary Art Center and dozens of other private galleries during denvermop.com. He is always looking for new ideas in work that has craft, completed thought, in series and that is ready for presentation in a professional gallery or museum setting. Mark is not interested at this time in traditional romantic landscape and or third world travel photography.
Aline Smithson is a Los Angeles based artist best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography. She received a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the College of Creative Studies, studying under artists such as William Wegman, Alan Ruppersburg, and Charles Garabian. After a career as a New York Fashion Editor working along side the greats of fashion photography, Smithson returned to Los Angeles and her own artistic practice.
Aline is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of LENSCRATCH, a daily journal on photography and has been teaching at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001. She has curated and juried exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and magazines. She is a reviewer and workshop instructor at many photo festivals across the United States.
Mary Virginia Swanson is an author, educator and advisor who helps artists find the strength in their work, identify appreciative audiences, and present their work in an informed, professional manner. Unique among authorities in our field, Mary Virginia’s in-depth knowledge, professional reputation and connections throughout our industry offers a broad range of perspectives on both the making and marketing of photo-based work.
Mary Virginia received the Focus Award for Lifetime Achievement in Photography from the Griffin Museum in Boston in 2013 and was named 2015 Honored Educator by the Society for Photographic Education. She frequently serves as a judge on contemporary photo-book competitions, a portfolio reviewer at industry events, and lectures at academic institutions on professional practices.
Lisa Volpe is the Associate Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She earned her MA at Case Western Reserve University and her PhD at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before arriving in Houston, she was the Curator of the Wichita Art Museum, where she oversaw all areas of the museum’s collection. Additionally, she held various curatorial roles at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA), and fellowships at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her current project, Georgia O’Keeffe: Photographer, examines the little-known trove of artistic photographs created by O’Keeffe in the latter half of her career.
Bobbi Walker founded Walker Fine Art in 1999, and opened the gallery space in June of 2002. She has been actively involved in the arts community in Denver for the last 15 years. In 2012 Bobbi was appointed to the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs and served two consecutive three-year terms as a commissioner. She is a Young Associates level member of the Denver Art Museum (DAM), and served on the Board of the DAM Contemporaries for 3 years. She was President of the Denver Art Dealers Association (DADA) for 3 years. She has served on the boards of the Golden Triangle Museum District (GTMD) and the Golden Triangle Neighborhood Association (GTA). She is a member of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA), Arts for Colorado, Visit Denver, Redline, the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Golden Triangle Partnership and the Denver Film Society.
Lisa Woodward and Mia Dalglish are Co-Curators at Pictura Gallery, a non-profit contemporary space in Bloomington, IN. In addition to traditional photographic projects, we pursue the intersection of photography and other art forms, such as dance, performance, music, and poetry. We are seeking projects with the capacity to push past the boundaries of the frame, into time-based forms and broader installations.
Woodward and Dalglish can offer critique and feedback to strengthen your work aesthetically and conceptually. They can sort a new edit for consideration and help push you to be ready for exhibitions. Projects do not need to be completed to be considered, but must show a high degree of thought, cohesion, and resolution. What they would like to see: excellent craft, a balance of aesthetic and conceptual concerns, emotionally moving work with well-considered ideas. They tend to be less interested in amateur nature photography, strictly commercial work, digital collage and forlorn, forgotten items.
Jennifer Yoffy is a publisher, photographer, and arts advocate based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the founder/publisher of Yoffy Press, an independent publisher dedicated to pushing the boundaries of photobook publishing. She was the creator/director of Crusade for Art, a non-profit organization focused on cultivating demand for art and the owner of a fine art gallery that showcased the work of emerging photographers (Jennifer Schwartz Gallery). She also created the online project, The Ten, and was the co-creator of Flash Powder Projects, a photographer-focused collaborative venture and publishing company. In the spring of 2013, she traveled around the country in a 1977 VW bus, engaging audiences with photography. Her book, Crusade for Your Art: Best Practices for Fine Art Photographers was published in March 2014. The follow-up publication, Crusade for Your Audience: Finding and Cultivating Art Collectors, was released in 2017.