Dallas art group dedicated to photography will shutter after 15 years
A Dallas nonprofit dedicated to photography is shuttering: Dallas Center for Photography, which has been serving as a place for photography to call home, will shut down on August 4 after 15 years.
According to a release, the DCP Board voted to dissolve DCP on Wednesday June 28.
"We've been running on a very lean budget since just scraping through COVID, and there's been a series of other major events and challenges that made it clear there wasn't a way forward for us," says founder and Executive Director Peter Poulides in a statement.
"This is especially difficult for me as the founder and since I’ve been running DCP in one form or another for the past 15 years," Poulides says. "We looked at every possible solution and it became clear that there was no sustainable answer to our situation and shutting down is the most responsible thing we can do now for the organization and the community. I believe this is, in part, a reflection of Dallas’ lack of adequate funding for emerging artists and arts nonprofit organizations."
DCP was a non-commercial, community gallery dedicated to exhibiting photography. Exhibitions have included single artist shows, open calls, member competitions, and community projects.
They offered classes and workshops such as Studio Portraits, Digital Photography, iPhone Photography, Night Photography, How To Use Photoshop, and Shooting With a Brownie Camera.
They had a membership program where members received free tickets to lectures, movie nights, and swap meets; and a youth outreach program for school-age kids from all over Dallas.
Their facility at 4756 Algiers was a custom-designed 6000 square-foot building near the Dallas Design District that included a classroom, large darkroom equipped for up to 10 people to print at once, 1800-square-foot gallery and shooting space, staff offices and parking.
DCP will continue its class schedule through July and will mount one final exhibition: “When We Speak, You Should Listen!” is a collection of powerful images by seven local BIPOC women. The opening reception is Saturday, July 22, and the show runs through August 4.