Local Photographer/Curator Mark Sink To Receive First Ever Hal Gould ViP Award

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Mark Sink (left) with Hal Gould

(from the press release)

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center will be awarding well-known Denver photographer and curator Mark Sink with the inaugural “Hal Gould Vision in Photography (ViP) Award.” The award is named in honor of Gould, 93, who was a founder of CPAC and retired in 2011 after closing his legendary Camera Obscura Gallery. Both Gould and Sink will be present at a March 28 fundraising dinner to celebrate Gould’s legacy and CPAC’s 50th anniversary. Persons interested in attending the dinner celebration may do so by contacting CPAC at 303-837-1341 or registering online at www.cpacphoto.org. The event will be held at the Table 6 restaurant, located at 609 Corona Street in Denver.

“This award to Mark Sink is made in recognition of his many significant contributions to raising awareness, value, and appreciation of contemporary and fine art photography in this region, particularly through his curatorial and entrepreneurial initiatives,” stated Rupert Jenkins, CPAC executive director.

Also known as the founder of Denver’s Month of Photography (MoP), Sink curated his first exhibitions at Auraria's Emanuel Gallery in the early 1980s. After a spell in New York City photographing for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, he returned to Denver and became a co- founder and later Interim Director of MCA Denver. Sink has been the driving force behind MoP since it began in 2004. The biennial event takes place in March and now features numerous exhibitions and events throughout central Colorado.

Similarly, Gould is a regional photography giant. “As the inspiration behind countless photographers and visitors to the Camera Obscura Gallery, Hal Gould has had an immense effect on the photographic arts in Colorado and the Western Region,” stated Jenkins.

A practiced portrait photographer who eventually shifted into fine art photography, Gould was a longtime advocate for the medium at a time when it was denied recognition as a legitimate art form. In 1963 he joined with a group of like-minded people to form CPAC and open a gallery at 13th Avenue and Bannock Street in Denver. In 1979, after 15 years as CPAC’s exhibition committee Chair, Gould left the organization to found the Camera Obscura Gallery next door. The gallery closed in 2011. Gould continues to live in Denver and remains an avid supporter and viewer of photography.

Denver-based sculptor Yoshitomo Saito, who is known for his sculptures of natural forms, is crafting the Hal Gould Vision in Photography Award inspired by the Bristlecone Pine, in recognition one of Gould’s signature series.

“The Denver metro region has a committed and supportive photography community, and over the last 50 years Gould, Sink and CPAC have done much to nurture that effect,” said Jenkins, who added, “We expect a great turnout for this event, especially given our 50th Anniversary and the presence of these photographic luminaries.”

Jenkins said guests at the fundraising dinner will be treated to an auction of select fine prints by well-known photo-based artists, photo booth portraits taken by local artist Laura Shill, and a superb three-course meal served at one of Denver’s finest restaurants.

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