CPA Artist Grant

The Center for Photographic Art is thrilled to announce the CPA Artist Grants for 2022!

Three separate grants of $5,000 each will be awarded to deserving photographers: one emerging photographer (students are encouraged to apply), one more established photographer, and one landscape photographer. To honor our historic roots, this year we are offering a grant to an artist whose practice is devoted to landscape photography. We’ve invited Richard Gadd from the Weston Gallery, along with two new judges, to join our selection committee this year. The award includes a grant project exhibition, which will take place in Spring 2023 in our historic gallery in Carmel, California.

Application Information

Applications for the CPA Artist Grant are due by March 1, 2022.

The CPA Artist Grants are open to all photographers over the age of 18 living in the US. All photographic media welcome.

Submission Fee
There is a $30 application and administration fee (if this is a financial hardship, please contact CPA).
Once you pay the submission fee, you will receive instructions via email about uploading your materials.

The payment button is located at the bottom of this page.

How to Apply:
As this artist grant culminates in an exhibition, a comprehensive description of the project including an estimated timeframe of completion and the goal of final works that will be produced should be included. Biographies, resumes, and artist statements must be submitted for each artist, for individual or group applications. If the project has not already begun, please submit sample pieces, even if they are on a small scale, as part of your image submissions.

Quick checklist for program application:
* 10-20 images
* Image list
* Letter of Intent (Description of Project)
* Bio
* CV/resume
* Artist Statement
* Any additional documents including relevant press/publications or letters of recommendation.

Images/Portfolio Details:
*Submit images as digital files
* Digital files: Submit 10-20 images saved as .jpg and sized to 1200 pixels on the longest dimension. Files should not be larger than 2MB.
* Include annotated image list which includes image title, size of original piece, year of completion, and medium.

Click here to see our previous grant recipients

The Selection Committee

Richard Gadd

Richard W. Gadd is the director of the Weston Gallery in California and also a well-known photography curator and photography consultant.

Richard bought his first daguerreotype when he was taking a history of photography class at the University of Dayton and has been hooked on photography since. His passion encompasses all things photographic. He began his career in the arts at the Dayton Art Institute before moving to San Francisco. In his current role as Director of the Weston Gallery, Richard works with individuals and institutions to identify rare vintage and contemporary artwork that enhances their collections.

An occasional lecturer and presenter, he was a guest speaker at Stanford University Special Collections Library as part of the Preservation Lecture Series. He was invited by Fondazione Fotografia in Modena, Italy to deliver a talk about their Ansel Adams exhibition. He has judged numerous photography competitions including the Budapest International Foto Awards, exhibitions for The Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA), and was a member of the Jury Panel for Silvershotz: The International Journal of Contemporary Photography. Previously, Richard was the Executive Director and Photography Curator for the Monterey Museum of Art.

Ann M. Jastrab is the Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, California. CPA strives to advance photography through education, exhibition and publication. These regional traditions—including mastery of craft, the concept of mentorship, and dedication to the photographic arts—evolved out of CPA’s predecessor, the renowned Friends of Photography. While respecting these West Coast traditions, CPA is also at the vanguard of the future of photographic imagery. Before coming onboard at CPA, Ann was the gallery manager at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco where she incorporated contemporary artists with the living legends photography. Ann also worked as the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco for 10 years until their closure in 2017. While there, she curated many shows in the Bay Area while simultaneously jurying, curating, and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of San Francisco.  While being a champion of artists, Ann created a thriving artist-in-residence program at RayKo where residents Meghann Riepenhoff, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Kathya Marie Landeros, and McNair Evans all received Guggenheim Fellowships. Besides being a curator, Ann Jastrab, MFA, is a fine art photographer, master darkroom printer, and teacher as well.

Nancy Sevier

As an Adjunct-Professor, Nancy taught photography at Hartnell College before joining the Board of Trustees for the Center for Photographic Art where she currently serves on the Programs Committee.

She loves the art of photography and is often included in CPA’s 8×10 shows.

In addition to being a photographer, Nancy is an art maker and curator. In 2016 she curated the exhibition Dress Tents, by artists Robin Lasser and Adriane Pao for the Center for Photographic Art. She has curated a number of other exhibitions, which include Modified and Re-Modified, two group shows featuring artists who repurpose the found object, and Sonic, a group show of artists using sound as their medium.

In a solo exhibition of her own work, Resampled & Rearranged: Musical Objects Recomposed, she repurposed discarded musical instruments she found at the dump or on the streets, using their broken parts to explore the possibilities of new arrangements and new ways of seeing.

Her photographs can be found at the Monterey Museum of Art and her sculptural work, Lady Be Good, is at the Westland House – Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

Lewis Watts

Lewis Watts is a photographer, archivist/curator and Professor Emeritus of Art at UC Santa Cruz. His research and artwork centers primarily around the “cultural landscape”,** focusing primarily on communities of African descent in the San Francisco Bay Area, New Orleans, Harlem and most recently Cuba, Europe and South Africa. His research examines the imprint of migration and the things that people bring with them from one place to the other and how that is expressed in the places where they are as well as in the places they come from. He uses those conditions as the field to make successful photographs.

He is co-author of the book, Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era, published by Chronicle and Heyday Books (2020) which features oral histories and his restorations of salvaged and collected photographs that portray musicians, patrons and the cultural life of the vibrant jazz scene in the Fillmore District during the 1940s, 50s & 60s. His most recent book, “New Orleans Suite”, co-written with Prof. Eric Porter, was published by UC Press in 2013. It covers the cultural and environmental life in New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina. He is also the author of “Portraits” published by Edition One Books in 2019. That work pictures African American creatives and others who are comfortable in their own skin. He is currently working on a documentary project in Charleston, South Carolina for a book to be published in conjunction with the African American Museum designed by Walter Hood and currently under construction.

He has lectured on these and other projects at New York University, Harvard University, The University of Baja California, The Oakland Museum, Ruhr University, Bochum Germany, Renne University, Brittany France, Louisiana State University, Stanford University, USC, The City College of New York and San Jose State University among other places.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is held in many private and public collections including The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian, amongst many others. He is affiliated with the Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco.

Grant Application Payment

Please make you payment using the button on the left. Once completed, you will be sent an email with instructions on how to upload your images, CV and other items.

Good luck!