"You have opened a new path for my photography. I appreciate your commitment to demanding excellence." - Student
Robert Renfrow is an artist who uses photography to interpret the world around him. As an instructor he believes that self-expression and exploration are the essence of photography and a technical command of the camera is simply a means to that end and is not an end in itself. While teaching, Renfrow helps his students to find their unique voice through the medium of photography.
Renfrow attended the Kansas City Art Institute graduating Salutatorian with a B.F.A. in Photography/Video in 1988. He was then awarded a merit Fellowship to attend the University of Arizona where he received an M.F.A. in photography in 1991. He is co-founder of the nonprofit organization Art Research Tours and International Studios, and taught university summer classes for many years at their Florence, Italy studio. Robert is also on the Teaching Artists' Roster of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. He teaches workshops internationally and has been teaching photography for the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute since its beginning. His works in photography and video have been shown in numerous exhibitions internationally.