Photographic Center Northwest
Our Mission and Vision
Through our 53-credit Certificate Program, classes and workshops; free exhibitions and public programs; and publicly accessible facilities we teach the history and future of photography.
The Organization was founded in the early 1980s and was originally named the Exposure School of Photography, then later called the Northwest Center for Photography.
A.K. Shethar purchased the organization in 1988, renamed it Photographic Center Northwest, and served as President of the organization from 1988 until 1999. During this period, Ms. Shethar and board leaders at that time oversaw the transformation of the organization into the non-profit it is today. The Center became an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design in 1996. In 1997, the Center relocated from its downtown and Greenlake locations into a 1920’s ambulance building located in the heart of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle which has been renovated to meet the needs of contemporary photographers.
Over the past 30 years, Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) has evolved from a small photography school into a vibrant educational institution.
We will continue to be a beacon for the photographic arts in the Pacific Northwest, drawing students and artists from across the region to participate in classes, workshops and exhibitions. Our strategic goals in the coming years are to build our visibility and involvement in the local arts community while broadening our programs to reach the global photographic community. As we continue to cultivate regional partnerships and community connections, we serve our neighbors in Seattle by providing access to regional, national, and international perspectives through photography. You can play a part in this future. PCNW actively seeks photographers, curators, educators, and partner organizations to help shape our future while providing access to education in the photographic arts.
|Terry Novak joined the team in 2012. She supports PCNW through community engagement, program development, fundraising, and leveraging resources that foster sustainability and elevate the photographic arts in the Pacific Northwest.
Novak has been a reviewer at PhotoAlliance in San Francisco and PhotoPlus in New York, co-juried the 2019 Pacific Northwest Viewing Drawers at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR, and curated numerous exhibitions. She is chair of the Capitol Hill Arts District, leading advocacy and policy around creation and preservation of affordable spaces and resources for artists and arts organizations. She is also a member of the Fundraising for the Arts Task Force and served as a grant panelist for The Washington State Arts Commission. Novak received her BFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago, and an MFA from Seattle University. She has an affinity for analog color and alternative processes.
|Jennifer Brendicke, born and raised in the greater Seattle area, is a graduate of PCNW’s certificate program, and has served in various roles at PCNW for over a decade including as an administrative associate, education and outreach coordinator, Associate Director and Registrar.|
|Eirik contributes to our vision as explored through our certificate program, continuing education, and public programs. Eirik is an accomplished artist and has exhibited his work nationally at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Aperture Foundation in New York among others. He has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Neddy at Cornish Award in Open Medium. His work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; two monographs of his work have been published and he is represented locally by the G. Gibson Gallery.|
Gallery & Public Programs Coordinator
|Originally from San Diego, Erin Spencer moved to Seattle in 1994, and soon after began a career in fine art photography administration. She was the gallery director at Benham Gallery for eight years, and joined the staff at PCNW in 2008 where she has served in various roles. In her current position of Public Programs Coordinator, Spencer oversees the logistics management of all PCNW’s exhibitions, from condition reports through framing, layout, installation, and return of artwork. She works closely with the executive director and manages logistics on a variety of public programs
Spencer has exhibited her own photography all over the United States and in the Czech Republic. In her spare time, she is busy either vintage treasure hunting, or out on the coast, transforming her late 1800s church into a funky second home.
Lilly received a BFA in Photography from the University of Washington in 2002. In 2004, she became one of the founding members of the Rat City Rollergirls and helped define their brand and marketing strategies. After a 10 year career in e-commerce photography with Nordstrom, Lilly joined the team at Glazer’s Camera during their transition into their new store to help them with rebranding and marketing efforts. In 2017, she completed a Digital Marketing Course at General Assembly. In her spare time, Lilly likes to sew, knit and garden.
Hailing from Vancouver, WA, Macsen spent most of his educational career studying analog photographic processes, eventually graduating from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Photography. After a sojourn in Los Angeles working at a fine art photo lab, Macsen returned to the northwest to live in Seattle where he joined PCNW in 2020.
Digital Lab Lead
|Sandy King was born in Oakland, California and was raised primarily on the small neighboring island of Alameda. She earned her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she focused on film photography and digital inkjet printing. In Chicago, she worked at Latitude digital lab for four years before moving to New York to become a professional studio photographer. Sandy moved to Seattle in 2016 and started at the Photographic Center Northwest as a volunteer in their digital labs. She now leads their digital media labs and focuses on continuing the relationship between the digital and analogue realms of photographic output.|
|Bo was born and raised in the Issaquah/Sammamish area. As one of 10 brothers, he learned quickly how to get along with others. Bo moved rapidly through his schooling as a S.T.A.R. student and continues to participate in school activities. Bo enjoys landscaping, hiking, and is active in his community. He also looks forward to any photoshoot opportunities. Oh, and the other guy…he does stuff with numbers. And likes to play ball throughout the Puget Sound region.|
Outreach & Development Associate
|Paulo Gonzales is a California desert born, Seattle based photographer. He holds a BFA in Photography from Seattle University. His work has been exhibited at the Vachon Gallery as well as the Photographic Center Northwest gallery in Seattle Washington. Paulo’s works mostly exists as self published books and zines and he exhibits them at festivals like Short Run and other outlets.|
Originally from the Bay Area, Jake moved to Seattle in 2012 to pursue and secure a degree in photography from Seattle University. A dedicated analog photographer, Jake finds joy in the simple act of clicking the shutter. He has exhibited award-winning work in numerous regional venues including Love City Love, Northwest Film Forum, and Photographic Center Northwest. A photobook fanatic, Jake has self-published his own monograph as well as a handful of engaging zines, often exploring autobiographical narratives. When he’s not helping you at the front desk, you can find Jake gleefully skateboarding around town, enjoying a nice meal, or watching obscure, poorly subtitled French movies in his living room.
Kassandra Eller, born and raised in the Seattle area, holds a BFA in Studio Art from Central Washington University. During her undergraduate years, Kassandra explored editorial, commercial and fine art photography, finding inspiration in both digital and analog processes. Her personal practice involves experimenting with alternative photographic processes such as liquid light emulsion and Van Dyke printing. Kassandra’s work has been displayed in Gallery 231 in Ellensburg, WA, and Playground Gallery in Portland, OR. In her spare time, Kassandra enjoys reading any novel she can get her hands on, binge-watching Netflix, and entertaining her troublemaker cat, Jackson.
We are grateful to the dozens of volunteers and interns that support our programs throughout the year. Interested in becoming a volunteer? Check our volunteer roles and opportunities.
Board of Trustees
Erika J. Nesholm, Chair
Erika Nesholm is the Executive Director of the Nesholm Family Foundation, which awards grants in Health and Human Services, Education, and Performing Arts in Seattle. Prior to that, she was a Classics Professor at Williams College, Georgetown University, The College of William and Mary, Kenyon College, and Ohio Wesleyan University. She holds a PhD in Classics from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Education Policy from UW, with particular interest in arts education. Erika is active in the arts community: she serves on the board of ACT Theatre, Arts Corps, and the Community Advisory Board of Classical KING FM.
William Holderman, Vice Chair
William Holderman is Gastroenterologist and Senior Partner with Digestive Health Specialists based in Tacoma, Washington. His interest in photography began in high school where he served as staff photographer and editor of his high school yearbook. He deeply appreciates the art and craft of photography having spent many hours in his home darkroom developing and printing images from his Nikon F. He and his wife, Lisa collect 20th Century vintage and contemporary photography, photographic monographs, and ephemera. He is dedicated to the art and artists of the Northwest having served on the Board of Trustees of the Tacoma Art Museum and co-chair of its collection committee. They live in Seattle with their two teenage daughters.
Anna Ream, Treasurer
Anna Ream is a conceptual and documentary portrait photographer based in Issaquah, Washington. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has been featured on websites internationally including Lenscratch, TODAY.com, The Daily Mail (U.K.), and in print in Germany. In addition to her role on the board of directors, Anna is an instructor and a graduate of the Certificate Program at PCNW. Before moving to the area in 2005 she worked in the financial industry for seven years in New York City and Washington, D.C. as an investment banker and financial advisor. She is a member of the Fotofemmes and Push/Pull photo collectives.
SVP at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), Marcelo provides real estate services to institutional, corporate, public and not-for-profit clients; specializing in leasing, acquisitions/dispositions, and comparative analysis of strategic options. He is passionate about supporting nonprofits in their space needs, and appreciates photography. He currently leads PCNW’s Building Committee.
Marcia Glover is practicing visual artist with strong project management skills and experience in a number of different fields. She is a collaborator who enjoys working with others and understands how important PCNW’s people, resources, and facilities are for those who love the art of photography. She is an advocate for artists and want to help PCNW continue to be an essential resource in a new home with a financially stable future. Her work has been shown in PCNW Presents, Center for Fine Art Photography, PhotoPlace Gallery and 10x10x10 Tieton. Glover was a founding member of Studio F Gallery, Seattle and is a member of fotofemmes, a photography collective.
Matthew Milios is an Oscar nominated Executive Producer adept at guiding concepts from development to delivery and creating stories and experiences that generate excitement and drive people to action. He is a dreamer and creator of award-winning, perception-shifting content, experiences and strategies that are thoughtful, moving, and delightful. Milios is dedicated to strengthening brands and creating impact through value-based, people-focused storytelling and someone who understands the realities and complexities of content production across video, photography, podcasts and VR/AR. A self-described inclusive collaborator with a subtle sense of humor, he is a committed to fostering a creative, innovative team culture.
Phil is a founding investor and advisor to CBE and was the President and a member of the Board of Directors prior to its acquisition by Nasdaq. In his role with Nasdaq/CBE, Phil advises the board of directors and senior management at public, private, and not for profit entities. Phil’s blend of experience working at public companies and startups provides a unique perspective to advise clients on compliance and governance matters. He leverages this experience in particular to help organizations address board composition and effectiveness, strategic alignment between the board and senior management, and other governance and compliance related matters. Prior to joining CBE full-time, Phil held several senior leadership positions at both public and private companies, including Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary roles. Throughout his career, Phil has been sought out to advise his respective boards and management teams around legal, compliance and governance matters. Phil obtained his J.D. from the University of Virginia and his B.A. from the University of Washington. He is a member of the Washington bar.
Gary Owen brings considerable experience in Business Management and Finance to the Board of Directors role. Studies included degrees from the University of Puget Sound (History and Economics) and from California Miramar (MBA Finance) in addition to work at UCLA and UC San Diego. Work experience includes Director at Dendreon Corp. , Providence Health and Services, and Ernst & Young LLP. Arts related activities include Collections Committee member at Tacoma Art Museum, Member of Seattle Art Museum, Active collector of Northwest Photography, and collector of painting, prints and sculpture.
After working for 17 years as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist, Joshua Trujillo came to Starbucks Coffee Company where he is now a senior visual storyteller. At the coffee company he continues to capture those fleeting, authentic interactions and moments that stand out amid visual noise. His goal is always to document the ordinary in unique ways and to look for little moments that add up to a larger story. Joshua’s work has been published in almost every major U.S. newspaper and magazine, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Paris Match, Time Magazine, other print publications and countless digital publications. His photographs from Afghanistan in 2001, captured just weeks after 9/11 are part of a permanent collection at the University of Arizona, his alma mater. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and when not working he can be found with his family exploring the Pacific Northwest in his 30 year-old VW camper van.
Adam L. Weintraub
Adam L. Weintraub is a professional photographer and serial entrepreneur who proudly hails from Seattle. For more than 10 years, his PhotoExperience.net workshops and photo tours have been offering insight and creative collaboration in an intimate setting throughout South America. He has coordinated efforts to create a permanent archive of the famed Peruvian indigenous photographer, Martin Chambi. Adam is a past three-term President and 8 term Director of Blue Earth Alliance; he is widely published, collected, hired and admired for his personal work. His book, Vista Andina, offers a contemporary photographic perspective on the Andean region of Peru. Adam’s current pet-project is the Museo del Pisco in Cusco, bringing this magical elixir to the masses.