The Center for Photographic Art inspires the artist and the audience by nurturing the personal growth inherent in creating and appreciating art.
CPA’s mission involves increasing understanding and respect of photography and its evolving 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
The Center for Photographic Art (CPA) inspires the artist and the audience by nurturing the personal growth inherent in
creating and appreciating art. CPA’s Big Idea, The Bridge, aims to engage and educate the arts community about contemporary photography and strengthen the connection between the birthplace of West Coast photography and the future of photography. The Bridge will provide programming that discusses the rich history of photography in the Central Coast of California while concurrently presenting programming about contemporary trends and exploring the future of photography. CPA will
also leverage its proximity with Silicon Valley to connect the arts and the tech community, with the opportunity for an exciting symbiosis. They envision a photography symposium bringing in the brightest minds from around the world to share their expertise and techniques.
The annual juried exhibitions routinely
draw thousands of photographic entries
from regional, national and international
artists. During the shutdown, newly installed Executive Director Ann Jastrab has orchestrated a steady stream of online activities, with presenters and participants from the Central Coast and far corners of the country. CPA is truly a jewel of the Central Coast art scene and a serious presence nationally, as well. I’m privileged to be a member.
- Mark Overgaard