Playing with Perceptions
Month of Photography Exhibition
1ST & MAIN Building, Frisco

March, 2019

A pop-up photography exhibition featuring Summit County, Colorado artists Todd Powell (Image left, Looks Like Rain ) and Kia Neill (Image right, Language of Evolving Trails ) in conjunction with the Month of Photography Denver (MoP) event.

Playing with Perceptions exhibits the artists’ abstract landscape images fueled by their passion for their surrounding mountain environment.


Opening Reception: March 6, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Artist Talk: March 23, 4:30-6:00pm

Gallery Hours for March 2nd thru the 31st:

And by request — please contact the artists directly.


1ST & MAIN Building, 108 Main Street, Frisco, CO 80443

Brief Description

Playing with Perceptions exhibits the work of Todd Powell and Kia Neill who take very different approaches to share the detail, vibrancy and their admiration of the Rocky Mountains. 

Detailed Description

Summit County photo artists Todd Powell and Kia Neill will activate the Town of Frisco’s 1st & Main Space with the pop-up art exhibition “Playing with Perceptions” as part of Month of Photography Denver (MoP).

This exhibition is a pilot program to explore cultural and community uses of this space while the Town of Frisco and the community determine a final plan for the building and land.

Both artists’ work is fueled by their surrounding landscape and take very different approaches to share the detail, vibrancy and their admiration of the Rocky Mountains.


Kia Neill uses abstract photography and mixed media collage to capture something more about a landscape than the way it literally appears; to portray an experience that is not seen, but only felt. Neill’s work is heavily influenced by her own sense of spirituality in relation to nature, as she reflects upon the “conversations” she has with the mountain while exploring new terrain, challenging athletic endurance, facing fears and limitations, and decompressing mental setbacks. With her work, Neill’s aim is to hint at an ephemeral experience, to suggest multiple points of time, or perhaps imply landscape as a whimsical “beast” constantly in motion.


Todd Powell hopes that his landscape photos will inspire admiration and respect of the natural world. In this collection of abstract images, Powell hopes to draw in the viewer, welcoming a longer gaze and questioning visual perceptions found in nature. This personal portfolio of photos challenges the act of seeing and the understanding of what is seen.

About the Month of Photography Denver

(MoP) is a biennial celebration of fine art photography with hundreds of collaborative public events throughout Denver and the region during March and April 2019. MoP joins multiple museums, galleries and schools surrounding fine art photography creating an exciting artistic and educational event for the city of Denver and the region.

About the Artists: 

Native to Chicago IL, Kia Neill is a multidiscipline artist working in photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and installation. She received her MFA from The University of California San Diego and has taught college level art for more than 12 years, in addition to a variety of art programs for students from 3 to 70-years old for the past seven years. She held a position as full-time faculty at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Glassell School of Art for six years, before relocating to Colorado and becoming Adjunct Faculty at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History. Neill teaches at The Colorado Photographic Arts Center in Denver, BreckCreate in Breckenridge, and teaches snowboarding and skiing at Keystone Resort.


Todd Powell's passion for photography began as he watched his first print develop in the orange glow of the darkroom in 6th grade.  It continued to grow through high school and as he earned a degree in professional photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. 

Photographing a multitude of people, places and things as his career evolved, his life has been centered around image making.  He moved to the Colorado Rocky Mountains in 1986 to follow his goal of photographing adventure sports and travel subjects. His magazine and advertising work have been published widely around the world.

In 2001, he began to exhibit personal images from his lifetime collection of images. Today, his fine art prints are found in hotels, healthcare facilities, offices and private homes around the country. 

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