I moved to Denver, Colorado, in 2005 to study at the Daniels School of Business, University of Denver.
Aside from wanting to learn about mainstream business practice, I hoped to gain insights into bridging the divide that often exists between creatives and business people on non-profit governing boards.
I graduated in 2007 with an MBA in Value-Based Leadership - right on the cusp of the great recession. I 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.
Because of my administrative skills I was able to help mentor student interns, assist with teaching, and curate occasional shows. In March 2011, Dan Jacobs and I co-curated a multi-dimensional project called Warhol in Colorado, and wrote for a dynamic exhibition catalog, which I edited and helped design with Mary Junda, one of Denver's most respected designers.
In 2009 I joined the board of the non-profit Colorado Photographic Arts Center, which had been founded by Denver's legendary Hal Gould and others in 1963. I was also invited to curate a career retrospective of Hal's photography at RedLine, Denver. In August 2011, as Board Chair, I led CPAC's merger with another photography non-profit called Working With Artists situated in Lakewood, just outside the city limits. As a result CPAC inherited an expansive space, paid staff, and a budget that jumped from $8,000 a year to $200,000! In January 2012, after some growing pains, I was appointed Executive Director. Managerially, I focused on professionalizing operations, broadening the scope of artists to emphasize contemporary practice, and diversifying income streams. As lead curator, I organized or curated numerous on- and off-site exhibitions, events, workshops, and reviews (see "Curatorial"). 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, 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 an outstanding precedent for all future reviews.
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, and to work on projects that include developing two major exhibitions and a history of post-WWII photography in Colorado.