Brian Taylor: Executive Director
Brian was born in Tucson, Arizona. He received his B.A. Degree in Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego, an M.A. from Stanford University, and studied the history of photography with Van Deren Coke and Beaumont Newhall during his M.F.A. at the University of New Mexico.
Brian has the highest respect for CPA, having participated in solo and group shows here, taught and organized workshops, guest curated exhibitions and served as the President of the Board of Trustees in the past. His own artwork explores historic photographic processes, has been exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.
Brian has recently retired after more than thirty years as a Professor of Photography and most recently as the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at San Jose State University.
Richard Murai: Assistant Director
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area (MA, SF State University), Rick Murai transitioned from academia after teaching creative photography for over thirty years in the Central Valley. He now lends valuable resources helping CPA deliver and expand its exciting programs and events. His fascination with documenting world sacred sites has generated travel to over thirty-five countries and he shares his passion for image making and world travel via his overseas workshops. Rick’s work has been featured in respected publications including BBC Online, Shots, SilverShotz International (AU), and multiple issues of Lenswork, and has garnered awards from the Travel Photographer of the Year (UK), B&W Spider and Photo.com/The Mind’s Eye. He was the recipient of the Best of Show, at CPA’s 2014 International Juried Portfolio Competition and is represented by the Weston Gallery, Carmel.
Chris Wasserbach: Office Manager
Chris has been our Office Manager for the past seven years. She retired from New York State government as a Payroll/Personnel Systems Analyst after 30 years of service. Besides her job at CPA, she is the Photoshop editor and photography assistant for the family owned business, Wasserbach Photography.