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 exhibition, education, and community outreach.  

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


Filter Space

1821 W Hubbard St | Suite 207

Chicago | Illinois | 60622



Monday - Friday | 11am - 5pm 

Saturday | by appointment

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Filter Photo is partly supported by grants from The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, The Fogelson Family Foundation, and The Halo Hill Charitable Fund.