Excellence in Teaching Award

Excellence in Teaching Award

Images from the series Calle Ocho, Trailer Park © Tony Chirinos

“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism” – Colleen Wilcox

The 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 $4,000 cash award, complimentary participation in the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, & a FREE Supporting Level Membership. Each educator must be nominated by their student(s) in order to be considered.


Tony Chirinos
Artist, Photographer, and Associate Senior Professor of Photography at Miami Dade College

// 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.


2017 – Cig Harvey
Maine Media College, Anderson Ranch, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
2015 – Joe Johnson
Head of Photography Department, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO., Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon, Indiana University, MassArt, Rhode Island College, the DeCordova Museum, and the Beach Museum
2014 – Aline Smithson
CENTER Workshop Instructor, Fine Art Department Instructor, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA
2013 – Jessamyn Lovell
Art Department Senior Lecturer, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
2012 – Stephan Hillenbrand
Associate Professor, University of Houston, Houston, TX
2011 – Kerry Skarbakka
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Honorable Mention: Alexis Martino
Ross School, East Hampton, NY
Honorable Mention: Harvey Stein
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
2010 – Sean Kernan
Savannah Collece of Art and Design, Maine Photo Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and the Art Center, Pasadena
Honorable Mention: Joseph Rodriguez
New York University, New York, NY
Honorable Mention: Ken Rosenthal
Instructor of photography, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
2009 – Archy Baker LaSalle
Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, MA
Honorable Mention: Karen Keating
The Field School, Washington, D.C.
Honorable Mention: Jessica Somers
Tunxis Community College, Farmington, CT
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Pendinotti
Photography Department, Unknown High School Disctrict in San Francisco, CA
2008 – Patrick Hebert
Instructor, Art Center College of Design, CA & Associate Director of Education, AIDS Project Los Angeles
Honorable Mention: Sama Alshaibi
Assistant Professor of Photography, University of Arizona, School of Art, Tuscon, AZ
Honorable Mention: Terry Towery
Associate Professor of Art, Lehman College of the City, University of New York
2007 – Joan Dooley
Bell School of Humanitas Academy, Los Angeles, CA
2007 – Honorable Mention: Jeff Curto
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
2006 – John Weiss
Professor of Art, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
2006 – Honorable Mention: Amanda Keller-Konya
Brentwood School, Los Angeles, CA
2006 – Honorable Mention: Rebecca Ross
Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ
2005 – Rose Marasco
Professor of Art, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
Honorable Mention: Juan Carlos Castro
Towson High School, Towson, MD
Honorable Mention: Maxine Payne
Hendrix College, Conway, AR
2004 – Lauren Shaw
Associate Professor, Emerson College, Boston, MA
Honorable Mention: Paola Ferrario
Associate Professor of Photography, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
Honorable Mention: Jason Neumann
Photography Teacher, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Houston, TX
2003 – Susan Kae Grant
Professor of Photography, Texas Women’s University, Denton, TX
2002 – Don Gregorio Anton
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Honorable Mention: Alexis Martino
Ross School, New York, NY
Honorable Mention: Sterling Trantham
Assistant Professor of Photography, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
2001 – Joleen Mahoney Roe
Bethlehem Central high School, Delmar, NY
Honorable Mention: Corinne Martin Diop
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
2000 – Catherine Angel
Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
1998 – Eddie Soloway
Instructor at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, National Geographic Presenter, Santa Fe, NM

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