After 25 years in San Francisco, I moved to Denver, Colorado, in 2005 to study at the Daniels School of Business, University of Denver.
Aside from wanting to learn "correct" business practice, I hoped to gain insights into bridging the divide that often exists between artists and business people on governing boards in the non-profit arts industry. I was to put that to the test when I joined CPAC in 2009.
I graduated in 2007 with an MBA in Value-Based Leadership - right on the cusp of the great recession - and was fortunate to be hired by Dan Jacobs, director of the university's Victoria H. Myhren Gallery to edit On the Road in the Soviet Empire: Semyon Fridlyand Photographs, a career retrospective of the eponymous Jewish photographer who had somehow survived Stalin’s purges.
My job title was Editor but I was able to curate occasional shows. From my university contacts I was invited to curate Hal Gould: A Retrospective for RedLine Denver – another survey, this time of Denver’s most influential photo gallery owner and photographer. In March 2011, Dan Jacobs and I co-curated Warhol in Colorado, and I edited a very snappy exhibition catalog designed by the excellent Mary Junda.
In 2009 I joined the board of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, and within a year was Board Chair. In August 2011, I led CPAC's merger with a photography non-profit called Working With Artists. As a result CPAC inherited an expansive space, paid staff, and a budget in the range of $200,000 - approximately $192,000 bigger than previously! I left the Myhren Gallery to help with the transition and direct exhibition programming. In January 2012, after some growing pains, I became Executive Director. Managerially, I focused on professionalizing the organization’s operations, broadened the scope of artists represented, and diversified income streams. As head curator, I re-directed the program to emphasize contemporary photographers, and curated numerous on- and off-site exhibitions, events, workshops, and reviews. Perhaps most importantly, I engineered a move to downtown Denver, which was vital to improving visibility and raising the profile of the organization nationally.
In April 2015, as director of CPAC, I was principle organizer of a national weekend portfolio review, held at Redline in conjunction with Denver's Month of Photography. The event was the largest and most successful portfolio review ever held in the city, and set a precedent for reviews to be held again in 2017.
In the fall of 2015 I embarked on a 12 month sabbatical to Eugene, Oregon. An interview with me, conducted soon after my arrival, can be found on Blake Andrews’ blog. Now back in Denver (as of August 2016) my focus is on developing my company, Durrington Edits, andprojects that include a proposed traveling exhibition with the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, for the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings in 2020.