Collaborations is an intensive, after-school program that celebrates photography and encourages cooperation and teamwork between Houston-area high school students as they create an exhibition from beginning to end. For fifteen weeks, the students meet once a week at Houston Center for Photography and at partner organizations like The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Hardy & Nance Studios to discuss various photographic processes, view original works by master photographers, and learn about various professional paths related to photography and lens-based art by interacting with curators, educators, and collection managers.


Why participate in Collaborations?

  • Build confidence while presenting your work during regular critiques
  • Meet professionals working within photography-related careers
  • Go on field trips to various art organizations
  • Form relationships with other students interested in photography
  • Develop skills to further your career in photography
  • Exhibit your work at the leading photography gallery in the region


Collaborations XX application is closed. Reopening September 2023.

  • Applications Open: Monday September 12, 2022
  • Applications Deadline: Sunday November 13, 2022
  • Notification: Friday November 18, 2022
  • Mandatory Orientation (virtual): Tuesday December 13, 5-6pm

The program will take place on Tuesdays, from 5 to 7 pm, from January 10 to April 24, 2023. All classes will be in person at the Houston Center for Photography except for field trips, which are to be determined.


A limited number of scholarships are available. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must complete the scholarship application included within the general program application and answer all questions in their entirety. Program limited to 16 participants.

Apply to Collaborations XX:

Application requirements: To be considered for this program, applicants must complete the Collaborations XX application at the link below and email their photography portfolio to anne@hcponline.org by Sunday, November 13, 2022.


Portfolio submission requirements: 8 to 10 photographs as a PDF or a set of JPEGs that are named sequentially, e.g. Lastname_firstname_sequence (01-99). JPEG files should be in sRGB, and no more than 1500 pixels in the longest direction.


Applicants will be notified via email of their acceptance status, scholarship status, and next steps by Friday, November 18, 2022.



Apply to Collaborations

For more information about Collaborations, contact our Access and Community Education Associate (ACE).

Email ACE