Randy Brown is a Denver-based photographer and educator whose passion is centered around the integrity of the photographic image and mentoring those who have interest in the manifestation of their own photographic abilities.


Working as a professional photographer for over 35 years, Mr. Brown has completed assignments for clients in editorial, documentary, photojournalism, architecture, annual reports, and environmental portraiture. Ever-present in Randy’s work is his ability to work in the often, overlapping area, of fine art, having been included in over forty gallery exhibitions and in the collections of notable private individuals as well as the Denver Art Museum.


Through his documentary work, the aesthetic is one of honesty, candor, and authenticity which communicates a focused narrative of discovery, of investigation, of peeling back the layers that are often hurdles to the revealing of truthfulness.


A previous project in Java, Sumatra, and Borneo was completed in partnership with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Denver. In that project, Brown created works that addressed the impact of the 2004 Tsunami on the cultures in those islands of the Indonesian archipelago.  Specifically, on the Island of Nias, how traditional Niasian architectural processes withstood the earthquake itself while western, ceramic architecture did not. In Borneo, his work was focused on Ikat Weavers along the Kapuas River in Central Borneo.


Currently, and working on two fronts, Randy is working with US Veterans and their struggles with PTSD and Addiction. Specifically, and beginning with a two-week raft expedition along the Colorado River’s Cataract Canyon in Central Utah.


In addition to this project, is one of the exportation of water resources from rural, agricultural communities to higher density urban communities. Specifically, efforts to export water from an aquifer in Colorado’s San Luis Valley to the Front Range of Colorado. This project addresses the potential for cataclysmic destruction of a way of life of multiple generations of ranchers and farmers.


As an educator, Brown is a Professor of Photography at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Denver, Colorado since 2005.


In his previous role of Chair of the Photography BFA, 2013-2019, Brown researched, wrote, and produced twenty-two photography classes for online as well as campus-based delivery to students passionate to be a professional photographer.



Editor, Writer, Production Manager, Eye-Level Magazine (2004-2006)



• Recipient, University of Denver, Indonesian Documentary Project Honorarium, 2008

Recipient, Invisible Museum, Curators Stipend, 2007

*Recipient, Museum of Outdoor Arts Exhibit Stipend, 2005

*Recipient, MacArthur Foundation grant for travel and materials while

  in residence at The MacDowell Colony. Funds distributed by MacDowell, 2000

*Recipient, Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony for the Arts, Peterborough, NH.

  Awarded five-week residency to advance in-progress photographic work.

  Nov. and Dec., 1999, January, 2000.

*Recipient, Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, CA.

  Awarded six-week residency to advance ongoing photographic work.

  Feb. & March, 1996.

*Recipient, Mayors Office of Workforce Development, ArtStreet Leadership Grant, 2002



Denver Art Museum, MONY, IXL Corporation, Ernst & Young, TIAA-CREF, Delta Dental of Colorado,  MacData Corp., Sue Cannon, Kathy Guisie, Peter Durst, Senn Lewis Vischiano, Invesco Funds, Vectra Bank, 360 Network, Rebound Corporation, Dr. Charles Hamlin, Hand Surgery Associates



MA Design Strategy, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, 2016

BBA, Texas Tech University, 1976



Rocky Mountain News 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001,2002, 2003, 2004,2005, 2006, 2007

Denver Post 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 , 2001,2002,2004, 2005, 2006

Westword 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004,2005, 2006, 2007




2011            Botanica, Republic Plaza, Denver, CO

2010            Under The Influence, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

2009            Corporate Collections Denver, Co

            New Work The Pattern Shop Gallery Denver, CO

2008            In And Out Of Focus, Denver, Co

            Faculty Exhibit, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO

2007            I Am A Man Ironton Gallery, Denver, CO

            The Tribe  910 Arts, Denver, CO

2006            Corporate Collections, Denver, Co

            The Nitto Files  910 Arts, Denver, CO

2005      Luminosity, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Denver, CO

Minimalism, Flash Gallery, Denver, CO

Faculty Exhibit, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, Denver, CO

2004      Entrance/En-Trance  William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

The Figure Explored  Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO

2003            Corporate Collections  Republic Plaza, Denver, CO

            Members Select  Spark Gallery, Denver, CO

            Love For Sale  Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

            Trances  Funky Buddha, Denver, CO

2002              Artists of Choice  Art Students League of Denver

2001            New American Talent 16,  Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin,TX

            Figuration,  Carson Masuoka Gallery, Denver, CO

            National Prize Show,  Cambridge Art Center, Boston, MA

            New American Talent 16,  Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas

            Dream Mill,  Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, CO

            Past/Present, Carson Masuoka Gallery, Denver, CO           

2000            Searching for Balance,  DeLeon White Gallery, Denver, Co

            THE NO ZONE,  Market Street Gallery at Guiry's, Denver

1999            Black & White, Perspectives in Contrast,  Republic Plaza, Denver, CO

            Intro II,  Carol Keller Gallery, Denver

            AAA Open Studios,  Alternative Arts Alliance, Denver           

1998            The Bob Newart Show,  Ron Judish Gallery, Denver

            Co=Excellence 1998

   Emmanuel Gallery, Denver

               Eleanor Biss Center for the Arts, Steamboat Springs, Co

               University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, Co

            Intro I,  Carol Keller Gallery, Denver

            Spark Open,  Spark Gallery, Denver

1997            Colorado Contempo,  Republic Plaza, Denver

            Photo Colorado,  Core New Art Space, Denver           

1996      Colorado Open,  Foothills Art Center, Golden, Co           

1995Personal Visions,  Grant Gallery, Denver

1994            Native Peoples, Our ways Shall Continue,  Denver Art Museum

Thrive, Works of Innovation in Architecture,  Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO

            Architectural Landscapes, Harvard School of Design, Cambridge, MA