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.
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