CPA Artist Grant

April 15, 2021 Winners Announced!
We are so pleased to announce the winners of the first ever CPA Artist Grants!

For details about the chosen recipients please click the blue button below. Congratulations and thanks to all who entered!

Click here to see the grant winners!


See you next year!

Application Information

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.

The Selection Committee

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.

Chris Johnson is a photographic and video artist, curator and writer. Johnson studied photography with Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and Wynn Bullock and has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation (w/ Hank Willis Thomas). He is a full Professor and Chair of the Photography Program at the California College of the Arts. His photographic artwork has been published and exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute, the Oakland Museum and numerous galleries and is represented in collections including the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson Arizona and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is the author of The Practical Zone System: for Film and Digital Photography, now in its sixth edition. Question Bridge: Black Males features a series of commentaries and conversations between African American men of different ages, geographies, and backgrounds, with the intention of radically shifting perceptions of the humanity of Black males in America. The five channel video work opened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and has been shown at the Brooklyn and Oakland Museums. It won the 2015 International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award and Aperture published a monograph titled: Question Bridge: Black Males in America the same year. Question Bridge is in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC, The Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, Charlotte, NC.

Frank Yamrus is a fine art photographer who recently moved back to California, this time calling Los Angeles his home. Prior to this relocation, Frank spent eight years in New York City. While living in Manhattan, he started a series of portraits, “A Sense of a Beginning,” capturing in vivid detail and color the impact HIV/AIDS has had on long-term survivors of this disease. In many ways this collection of photographs bookends Frank’s first major body of work, Primitive Behavior. That series of luscious black and white prints was shot in the dunes and marshes of Provincetown, Massachusetts, a space known for anonymous sexual encounters between men. Frank claimed this sacred land as his studio and addressed the psychological issues, such as multiple losses, depression, despair and survivor syndrome, that were devastating his community. .

Having exhibited extensively across the United States and Europe, Frank’s’ images can be found in many public and private collections including London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, The Kinsey Institute of Indiana University, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Special Collections at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His work has been published in numerous catalogues, books and magazines. Frank is represented by ClampArt in New York City and Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston.

In addition to producing work, Frank has served on the executive and curatorial committees of the Board of Directors at SF Camerawork from 1999 – 2004. During his tenure at SF Camerawork, he co-curated three exhibitions: Untitled [Conjecture], No Exit: Images of Imprisonment, and The Space Between: Locating Intimacy. Frank has also served on the Board of Directors of Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon and on their National Advisory Board. He is also currently on the board of the Center for Photographic Art.

Grant Application Payment

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