“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism” – Colleen Wilcox
The Callanan Excellence in Teaching Award honors a high school, college, or postgraduate teacher’s dedication and commitment to their students and field, educators in all areas of photographic teaching are eligible – including fine art, documentary, history, and criticism. In honor of their exemplary teaching skills and techniques the Teaching Award recipient receives a $5,000 cash award, participation in the 2021 Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, and a free Supporting Level Membership with CENTER.
Nominations are due in the spring annually. Students are invited to nominate educators by submitting an email, limited to three paragraphs, describing why this educator deserves this award. Educators must be nominated by their student(s) in order to be considered.
EDUCATORS MUST POSSESS:
// A genuine passion for teaching
// An ability to excite students to learn
// A respect for students as individuals
// An enduring artistic curiosity
Established in 1998, CENTER has been awarding unsung heroes to recognize great teaching and its exceptional contribution to photographers’ artistic and personal development with the Biennial Excellence in Teaching Award. The award recognizes teachers who demonstrate a genuine passion for teaching, an ability to excite students to learn, respect for students as individuals, and an enduring artistic curiosity.
2020 AWARD WINNER
Frank Lopez // Photographer & Teacher, Greenhill School, Addison, TX // franklopez.com
“I have spent the last 20 years learning as much as I have taught and am always searching to navigate the complexities of our current day young people. The students in the Greenhill Honors Program have taught me valuable lessons as much as I have brought solutions to their everyday questions. Together, we work through issues that need to be discussed – issues that remain at the forefront of student experience and life.”
Learn more about Lopez’s work as a Photographer & Teacher at the Oct. 17, 2020 Photographer Presentations.
Thanks to a generous donor, the Excellence in Teaching Award has been renamed to the Callanan Excellence in Teaching Award, after our Founder Reid Callanan. Thank you for the future support of the Teaching Award.