CoPA History and Mission
CoPA Mission Statement
The mission of the Coalition of Photographic Arts is to develop appreciation, promote growth and support the creation of photographic arts in the Greater Milwaukee Region.
The Coalition of Photographic Arts was founded in 2004 by a group of Milwaukee area photographers passionate about sharing their skills, experience and enthusiasm for the medium. Working with students, beginners, other professional photographers, ardent amateurs and artists, our founders explored fine art photography from an aesthetic, technical and developmental perspective, which remains the foundation of CoPA’s mission.
Today, the fine arts photography organization carries on our founders’ vision of promoting photographic excellence through educational programs, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, field trips and Milwaukee photography exhibitions. CoPA forges relationships within the photographic community and the arts community as a whole through monthly meetings, portfolio reviews, museum and gallery tours, juried member exhibitions, sponsored events and much more.
CoPA is directed by a member-elected board focused on developing member experiences that will give photographers at any level the tools they need to advance to the next level and to remain curious, invested and exhilarated about photography and its possibilities.
Our membership of nearly 200 includes artists, students, professionals, amateurs, enthusiasts and collectors. CoPA is a 501 (3) (c) non-profit fine arts photography organization.
Private Lectures & Tours...(and Parties)
A proud community outreach advocate, CoPA has forged alliances with museums and galleries throughout Wisconsin to offer the fine art photography organization members and guests private tours and lectures on internationally acclaimed permanent photography collections. Members are invited “into the vault” for an unparalleled insider experience.
The Milwaukee photography organization plans scholarship fundraising parties, summer picnics, mixers, meeting after-parties and impromptu get-togethers.
CoPA periodically offers scheduled reviews of members’ photography portfolios by curators, gallerists, arts professionals and educators. In addition, the Milwaukee photography organization has ambassadors; professional photographers and experienced fine art photographers, who offer constructive criticism and guidance for an hour before each monthly member meeting.
You must be a member to take advantage of ambassador portfolio reviews.
Free to members and open to the public (for a $7 fee), the monthly member meeting features top-notch speakers, panel discussions, presentations of members’ work, and more. From award-winning portrait, landscape, conceptual, social commentary, editorial, conservation, wildlife photographers and more, the Milwaukee photography organization attracts exciting talent from around the world.