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
The Big Idea
Center for Photographic Art exhibits work
by world-class photographers and aims to continue honoring their roots in the
f/64 tradition of West Coast photography. Their Big Idea is to expand to
include a broad range of artists and exhibitions that investigate
contemporary issues and themes and to fund lectures and programming in
conjunction with exhibitions to further educate and engage the public. Beyond
in-person programming, the Center for Photographic Art plans to make lectures
available online, reaching an even larger audience and contributing not just
to cultural programming locally, but internationally as well.
As a member of the Center For
Photographic Art for 10 years, I can say without reservation that this
nonprofit organization has been the premier keeper of the West Coast
photography tradition begun by Ansel Adams and company. I am regularly
inspired by the quality and breadth of the exhibitions, lectures and
workshops produced by the talented passionate staff and volunteers.
- Jim Messer