Semple Brown provides design services for the Colorado Photographic Arts Center


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Semple Brown Design, a Denver-based architecture and interior design firm, will provide design services for the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC), which will move to 1200 Lincoln St., Suite 111 in Denver. CPAC is Denver’s only institution dedicated exclusively to the art of photography, and the new 4,000-square-foot suite will provide the growing organization, its members and visitors with much-needed gallery touring space. , educational programs and events. Through adaptive reuse, Nichols Partnership is reallocating an existing vacant office tower into 194 studios in the heart of downtown Denver.

“The Colorado Photographic Arts Center occupies a unique niche in the Denver art scene as the only institution dedicated exclusively to the art of photography, with a heritage of 58 years of exhibitions, educational programs and events,” said Samantha Johnston, executive director and curator. . “Over the past five years, we have experienced tremendous growth, attracting over 550 members and 10,000 visitors each year to our gallery and events. We are excited to begin the next chapter of CPAC in a larger space that will serve our growing community of artists, students, industry professionals and the public. I am particularly excited to have more space to display the artists’ work, a dedicated classroom and proper storage space for our permanent collection, while still staying in the creative district of the Golden Triangle. from Denver.

“We are very proud of our history of working for the creative arts community in Denver, and the opportunity to provide design services for the Colorado Photographic Arts Center is a tremendous honor for our company,” said Nathan Gulash, AIA by Semple Brown Design. . “The design is responsive to tight budgets while meeting a specific list of space requirements unique to CPAC’s mission. A simple material palette provides a bespoke background on which exhibits can focus. Flexible and divisible gallery spaces, a darkroom, a dedicated classroom and restroom provide all the components needed to create and display the works of Colorado’s photographic community and provide a welcoming space for visitors. We partner with a team of very creative and thoughtful people, and we look forward to providing a special place for people to enjoy the artistry of some of the most talented photographers in the Rocky Mountain region and beyond. “

The vision for the new space includes:

  • Two galleries can be divided, creating more opportunities for artists to exhibit their work and providing flexibility to present simultaneous exhibitions and pop-up shows.
  • Dedicated classroom space with seating for 14 students, two computer workstations with printers and wall space for hanging student work.
  • Storage dedicated to CPAC’s permanent collection, which includes over 800 fine art prints collected over five decades, with works from masters like Ansel Adams to contemporary photographers at the cutting edge of the medium.
  • Larger darkroom accommodating three photographers, with three enlargers generously donated by The Nichols Partnership.
  • A refreshed reception area and expanded offices for staff, storage and administrative needs.

Visit to view a 3D render of the new space, a map, images and more information.


William E. Bennett