What is CoPA?

CoPA is a fine arts photography organization that provides members with the tools, resources and experiences to become better photographers. Through Milwaukee photo exhibitions, annual juried events, an impressive speaker series, exciting workshops, portfolio reviews and so much more, CoPA inspires each member to take their work to the next level.

Photographs have the power to change the world. We will help you tell those stories.

Why do I want to join?

  • Perhaps you like photography…a lot. And you’re pretty good at it. Maybe not great but every now and then…BAM…and given the right opportunity you could up your game to a new level.
  • That’s where we come in. We’re the Coalition of Photographic Arts. Each word here is important. As a Coalition we are a collection of amateur and professional photographers, mostly in the metro-Milwaukee area.
  • Obviously we are photographers, but the level of expertise varies as much as our equipment…from Hasselblad to Smart Phone.
  • And the focus (pun intended) is on Art. And as is often stated, “Art is in the eye of the beholder.” So our “art” varies from landscapes to portraits, abstracts to collages. You never know WHAT a judge will like, and we should know, because we have quite a few gallery exhibits a year.
  • Back to the thought of upping your game… We have monthly meetings where a good percentage of our 150 plus members attend to hear an incredibly enlightening speaker. And we offer workshops that range from Adobe Lightroom, to how to light a portrait….even how to sell your work.
  • And we’re not expensive. Membership is only $65 a year. And cheaper if you’re a student. (Free…that’s a lot cheaper.)
  • So, you get to meet other people who share a passion for photography, learn ways to improve your craft, enter competitions open ONLY to CoPA members… and have fun. Lots of fun!

CoPA at ArtBar Summer 2017

Montage by Guntis "Gunner" Lauzums, copyright 2017 PIGMENTS OF IMAGINATION: CoPA at ArtBar A CoPA Member Exhibition curated by Don Krause/ArtBar It’s time to boldly go where no photographer has gone before; with vibrant hues, saturated color, stark contrasts and wild...

Workshop: Website Building for Photographers

October 21 – 1p-4p

In this CoPA Workshop we will take a deep dive into best practices for building a website for photographers, focusing on SmugMug as the web platform. Concepts will apply across any development platform.

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