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Center for Photographic Art


The Center for Photographic Art inspires the artist and the audience by nurturing the personal growth essential to creating and appreciating art. CPA works to increase understanding of and respect for photography and its important role in contemporary culture. CPA strives to address artistic development, build well-informed audiences, stimulate dialogue, and promote inquiry about photography and related media through education, exhibitions, publications, lectures, fellowship programs, and community collaboration.

The Big Idea

During the pandemic, the Center for Photographic Art shut down in-person events, but began to offer online classes, talks and receptions as a way to continue inspiring artists to create art and to nurture viewers’ relationship to that art. CPA supports students with scholarships, amateurs with classes and professionals with networking. With in-person art classes now returning, their Big Idea is to develop to a hybrid model. This means having the facilities to host in-person classes, the technology to host virtual events and the staff to implement both, helping reach students locally and worldwide.

CPA is a dynamic and important world-class part of Monterey County’s art world. It is ably led by a dedicated board of directors and a dynamic nationally-recognized executive director. I have been a member of CPA for over 20 years and have served on its board. Through and as a result of my connection with CPA, and the encouragement and support that CPA provides, I have developed a strong appreciation for the art of photography. I have also continued to develop and sharpen my skills as a photographer, and have learned to cultivate my ability to be open and connect with my creative processes. I have done this along with other members of CPA, with many of whom I have developed friendships – all of us benefitting from the strength and value that CPA provides to its members and also to the art world of our Monterey County community as a whole.

- Robert Nielsen

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