Teaching Award

Teaching Award

Image detail from the Advanced Photography Workshop with Peter Brown © Marybeth Flaherty

2022 Call for Nominations Now Open

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

Established in 1998, the annual 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 $5,000 in financial support, admission to Review Santa Fe, project presentation, and a CENTER Supporting Level Membership.

Submit your nominations for the 2022 Teaching Award with the below form for free before the February 27 deadline. Educators must be nominated by their student(s) or colleague(s) to be considered.

// A genuine passion for teaching
// An ability to excite students to learn
// A respect for students as individuals
// An enduring artistic curiosity


© Jill Fryar

Peter Brown // Photographer & Instructor at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Rice University in Houston, TX // petertbrown.com

“He is, at his core, compassionate, a communicator, and intellectual, but very down-to-earth and approachable.”

“His excitement about photography as he speaks is contagious and has led most of his students to publish books of their work, participate in group and solo exhibitions around the world, and have their work acquired by museums.”

“I have worked in higher education at top universities for over four decades and in all those years of overseeing teaching, I have never seen anything that compares with the diverse and tightly knit community that Peter Brown has created at Rice University in Houston.”

Learn more about Peter Brown and the Glasscock School program at the 2021 Photographer Presentations.


2020 – Frank Lopez
Photographer & Teacher, Greenhill School, Addison, TX
2019 – Tony Chirinos
Artist, Photographer, & Associate Senior Professor of Photography at Miami Dade College
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
2010 – Sean Kernan
Savannah Collece of Art and Design, Maine Photo Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and the Art Center, Pasadena
2009 – Archy Baker LaSalle
Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, MA
2008 – Patrick Hebert
Instructor, Art Center College of Design, CA & Associate Director of Education, AIDS Project Los Angeles
2007 – Joan Dooley
Bell School of Humanitas Academy, Los Angeles, CA
2006 – John Weiss
Professor of Art, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
2005 – Rose Marasco
Professor of Art, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
2004 – Lauren Shaw
Associate Professor, Emerson College, Boston, MA
2003 – Susan Kae Grant
Professor of Photography, Texas Women’s University, Denton, TX
2002 – Don Gregorio Anton
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
2001 – Joleen Mahoney Roe
Bethlehem Central high School, Delmar, NY
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


Thanks to a generous donor in 2020, the Excellence in Teaching Award has been renamed to the Callanan Excellence in Teaching Award, after our Founder Reid Callanan, and will be supporting dedicated educators annually.

Thank you for the future support of the Teaching Award.

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