Rupert Jenkins is a freelance photography curator, editor, and non-profit arts manager with more than 30 years professional experience in San Francisco and Denver, CO where he now lives. His company Durrington Edits specializes in arts-related editorial projects; exhibition planning; and consulting, with an emphasis on photography and the photo-related arts.
From 2011-2015 Jenkins was Board Chair and subsequently Executive Director of the Denver-based Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC). During his tenure, Jenkins professionalized the organization’s infrastructure, established a diverse funding base, and established CPAC as the Denver region’s foremost not-for-profit photography organization.
While at CPAC he organized numerous exhibitions on and off-site. In 2015 he curated two major exhibitions: Mixed Bag: Marijuana in the Highlands (May-June, 2015), which contrasted the pot industries of Northern California and Colorado, and Role Play (March-April), a group exhibition about self-identity at RedLine Denver. Additionally he was principle organizer of the 2015 Denver Month of Photography’s portfolio review weekend, which was attended by more than 100 photographers and photo professionals.
Jenkins directed the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery for ten years (1995-2005), during which time he established exhibition programs at three Civic Center sites. Prior to that he was Associate Director of San Francisco Camerawork (1988-1994).
He was exhibition coordinator and book editor of Nagasaki Journey: The Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata (1995), which opened simultaneously in San Francisco, New York City, and Nagasaki, Japan. Discussions are ongoing to mount a 75th Anniversary edition of the exhibition and book, to debut in 2020.
In recent years he has reviewed photography portfolios for CENTER Santa Fe, Photo Alliance in San Francisco, the Society for Photographic Education, and Houston Fotofest. He was named one of Colorado’s Top 100 Creatives by Denver's Westword magazine in March 2015.
In March 2016 Jenkins presented "Positioning Humanity" as part of a panel at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum, University of Oregon, Eugene. The panel can be viewed here (Jenkins begins his discussion at 31:20).
- 2016: Q&A with Blake Andrews
- 2015: Colorado Public Radio audio and online interview
- 2015: Westword "Top 100 Creatives" article here
- 2011: University of Denver article here
- 2010: Colorado Public Radio audio interview