SAMANTHA JOHNSTON

Executive Director and Curator, Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Samantha has been the Executive Director and Curator at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center since 2015. She holds a certificate in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver, an MFA from Lesley University College of Art & Design, and a BFA from Alfred University. Prior to joining CPAC, she taught photography and visual arts for 12 years at high schools in Boston and Denver.

She has curated exhibitions with contemporary artists such as Jess T. Dugan, Daniel Coburn, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, and Zora Murff. Samantha has served as a reviewer at Houston FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, PhotoPlus New York, Medium, Month of Photography Denver (MOP), Filter, and PhotoLucida. She has juried several exhibitions including Critical Mass and The Fence.

CPAC is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to fostering the understanding and appreciation of photography in all forms and concepts through exhibitions, education, and community outreach. CPAC also organizes the Month of Photography Denver (MOP) a biennial festival that celebrates the photographic medium through public exhibitions, events, and programs at more than 75 museums, galleries, and other participating spaces across the Denver Metro region.

Samantha is looking for photo-based artists for solo and group exhibition opportunities at CPAC’s gallery. She is interested in viewing a wide variety of work including non-traditional photo based projects; works in progress, and finished projects. She is open to discussions about editing, sequencing, and project development.