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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Liz Allen - Board Chair
Lauren Greenwald - Vice Chair
Rebecca Nolan - Secretary
Ariel Shanberg - Treasurer
Anne Massoni - Executive Committee Member
Micah Cash
Elizabeth Claffey
Kelli Connell
Andrew Hershberger
Scott Hilton
Deborah Hollis
Tomiko Jones
Mark Malloy
Libby Rowe
Millee Tibbs

All board members are elected for four-year terms. Nominations for board members are due by the end of April or early May to the SPE office. Elections take place in the fall. The election of board members is staggered, so each year some board members roll off the board while new members are elected.

Liz Allen

Liz Allen was hired as curator of Northlight Gallery at Arizona State University in 1999 after earning an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. The exhibitions she curates demonstrate her profound interest in understanding, interpreting, and teaching the richness of photography as an evolving medium to an expanding community. The mission of the gallery under her direction has developed a dialog between established, emerging, and underrepresented artists working in a broad spectrum of photo-based media in collaboration with scholars also interested in challenging our perceptions of the human experience. Liz has been an SPE member since 2001 and served as ... read more

Liz Allen was hired as curator of Northlight Gallery at Arizona State University in 1999 after earning an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. The exhibitions she curates demonstrate her profound interest in understanding, interpreting, and teaching the richness of photography as an evolving medium to an expanding community. The mission of the gallery under her direction has developed a dialog between established, emerging, and underrepresented artists working in a broad spectrum of photo-based media in collaboration with scholars also interested in challenging our perceptions of the human experience. Liz has been an SPE member since 2001 and served as the chair of the Women's Caucus for over a decade. In 2012, Liz co-founded PhotoTapas, an annual festival in Arizona.

Lauren Greenwald

Lauren Greenwald is a visual artist working in photography and video, using a range of traditional and contemporary methods to explore landscape, perception, and the experiential. She received her M.F.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Museum Studies from the University of New Mexico, and her B.A. in Art History and French from the College of Charleston. She has recently joined the faculty of MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA; previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of South Carolina from 2014–2018 and taught at New Mexico State University from 2012–2014. She is a regular contributor ... read more

Lauren Greenwald is a visual artist working in photography and video, using a range of traditional and contemporary methods to explore landscape, perception, and the experiential. She received her M.F.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Museum Studies from the University of New Mexico, and her B.A. in Art History and French from the College of Charleston. She has recently joined the faculty of MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA; previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of South Carolina from 2014–2018 and taught at New Mexico State University from 2012–2014. She is a regular contributor to Fraction Magazine.

Rebecca Nolan

Rebecca Nolan grew up in a small rural community in southeastern Wisconsin. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay and an MFA from the University of Oregon, Eugene. She is the current photography department chair at Savannah College of Art and Design, where she has been teaching for the past 12 years. Nolan has also taught at the University of Kentucky, Lexington and Washington University in St. Louis. Influenced by her travels throughout America, Nolan's work deals with the ideas of place, culture, and the environment and how these constructs influence the people who create ... read more

Rebecca Nolan grew up in a small rural community in southeastern Wisconsin. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay and an MFA from the University of Oregon, Eugene. She is the current photography department chair at Savannah College of Art and Design, where she has been teaching for the past 12 years. Nolan has also taught at the University of Kentucky, Lexington and Washington University in St. Louis. Influenced by her travels throughout America, Nolan's work deals with the ideas of place, culture, and the environment and how these constructs influence the people who create them. The photographs often address the relationship a community or an individual has with the environment. She is interested in how the individuals that make up a community shape an environment and how that community and the environment shape the individual.

Ariel Shanberg

Ariel Shanberg is the Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, a multi-arts presenting organization and Arts Council for Sullivan County, NY. Previously he was the director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock from 2003 – 2015. He has guest-curated exhibitions at numerous institutions including the Dorsky Museum and the Light Factory. A visiting critic/guest speaker at various colleges and universities, his writings on artists have been featured in such publications as Aspect - The Chronicle for Media Art, Contact Sheet, European Photography, Exposure, Nueva Luz, and Photograph. ... read more

Ariel Shanberg is the Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, a multi-arts presenting organization and Arts Council for Sullivan County, NY. Previously he was the director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock from 2003 – 2015. He has guest-curated exhibitions at numerous institutions including the Dorsky Museum and the Light Factory. A visiting critic/guest speaker at various colleges and universities, his writings on artists have been featured in such publications as Aspect - The Chronicle for Media Art, Contact Sheet, European Photography, Exposure, Nueva Luz, and Photograph.

Anne Massoni

Anne Massoni is program director of photography at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Before joining UArts in 2013, she taught at Marshall University, Cornell University, Tyler School of Art, Washington College, Memphis College of Art, and Monmouth University, designing new photo programs at MCA and Monmouth. She received an MFA in photography from Ohio University and BAs in photography and anthropology from Connecticut College. Her interests lie equally with appropriation of images already in the world and utilizing new technologies in her work. Her imagery addresses familial narratives and memories. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including at ... read more

Anne Massoni is program director of photography at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Before joining UArts in 2013, she taught at Marshall University, Cornell University, Tyler School of Art, Washington College, Memphis College of Art, and Monmouth University, designing new photo programs at MCA and Monmouth. She received an MFA in photography from Ohio University and BAs in photography and anthropology from Connecticut College. Her interests lie equally with appropriation of images already in the world and utilizing new technologies in her work. Her imagery addresses familial narratives and memories. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including at The Print Center, Philadelphia; Newspace, Portland; East End Film Festival, London, England; and IlCantinonearte Teatri, Montepulciano, Italy. Publications include ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art and The Photograph & The Album, published by MuseumsEtc. www.annemassoni.com

Micah Cash

Micah Cash is a photographer, educator, and arts nonprofit manager. Micah speaks widely on photography, exhibits his work internationally, and has published two photography books: Dangerous Waters: A Photo Essay on the Tennessee Valley Authority with University of Tennessee Press and the forthcoming Waffle House Vistas by The Bitter Southerner. He has taught at Wingate University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of Connecticut. He has worked in the arts nonprofit sector for fifteen years including positions at The Light Factory, The Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Columbia Museum of Art. He currently serves as ... read more

Micah Cash is a photographer, educator, and arts nonprofit manager. Micah speaks widely on photography, exhibits his work internationally, and has published two photography books: Dangerous Waters: A Photo Essay on the Tennessee Valley Authority with University of Tennessee Press and the forthcoming Waffle House Vistas by The Bitter Southerner. He has taught at Wingate University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of Connecticut. He has worked in the arts nonprofit sector for fifteen years including positions at The Light Factory, The Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Columbia Museum of Art. He currently serves as the Development Coordinator at the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Micah is also the co-director of Queen City Zine Fest in Charlotte, North Carolina, and serves as the chair of the Arts, Culture, and Heritage committee for the town of Harrisburg, North Carolina.  

Elizabeth Claffey

Elizabeth M. Claffey is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Indiana University in Bloomington. She is an honors graduate of Earlham College and has an MFA in photography from Texas Woman's University, where she also earned a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies. She received a 2012-13 William J. Fulbright Fellowship, which she used to support her documentary and creative research in Eastern Europe. Elizabeth's work focuses on the way personal and familial narratives are shaped by interactions with both domestic and institutional structures and spaces. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and been recognized ... read more

Elizabeth M. Claffey is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Indiana University in Bloomington. She is an honors graduate of Earlham College and has an MFA in photography from Texas Woman's University, where she also earned a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies. She received a 2012-13 William J. Fulbright Fellowship, which she used to support her documentary and creative research in Eastern Europe. Elizabeth's work focuses on the way personal and familial narratives are shaped by interactions with both domestic and institutional structures and spaces. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and been recognized by galleries and publications such as PDN Magazine, Project Basho Gallery, Abecedarian Gallery, and The Eddie Adams Workshop.

Kelli Connell

Kelli Connell’s work has been widely received and included in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Microsoft, Haggerty Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Dallas Museum of Art. Connell’s first full length monograph entitled Kelli Connell: Double Life was released by DECODE Books in August, 2011. Other publications include MP3: Midwest Photographersʼ Publication Project (Aperture: New York and Museum of Contemporary Photography: Chicago, 2006), ... read more

Kelli Connell’s work has been widely received and included in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Microsoft, Haggerty Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Dallas Museum of Art. Connell’s first full length monograph entitled Kelli Connell: Double Life was released by DECODE Books in August, 2011. Other publications include MP3: Midwest Photographersʼ Publication Project (Aperture: New York and Museum of Contemporary Photography: Chicago, 2006), Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon Press: London, 2006), Photo Art: The New World of Photography (Aperture: New York, 2008), and Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography (The Monacelli Press: New York, 2010). She is also one of the founders of SKYLARK EDITIONS, a non-profit publishing project based in Chicago. Connell teaches at Columbia College Chicago.

Andrew Hershberger

Photographic historian Andrew E. Hershberger received a 2001 Ph.D. from Princeton. A former Ansel Adams Fellow at the Center for Creative Photography, he has recently published a large compendium of 86 edited articles entitled Photographic Theory: An Historical Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014). The anthology has been reviewed very positively in peer-reviewed journals like Leonardo and History of Photography, and on websites like iPhotoCentral. In 2015, Hershberger received an Insight Award at the SPE annual conference in New Orleans. ... read more

Photographic historian Andrew E. Hershberger received a 2001 Ph.D. from Princeton. A former Ansel Adams Fellow at the Center for Creative Photography, he has recently published a large compendium of 86 edited articles entitled Photographic Theory: An Historical Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014). The anthology has been reviewed very positively in peer-reviewed journals like Leonardo and History of Photography, and on websites like iPhotoCentral. In 2015, Hershberger received an Insight Award at the SPE annual conference in New Orleans.

Scott Hilton

Scott Hilton earned his MFA at the California State University in Fullerton in 2005, and his BA at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1992.  Hilton has taught as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington since 2009, and as Associate Faculty at Collin College in Frisco, TX since 2006.  Hilton has been an SPE member since 2003, has served as the Treasurer and Chair of the South Central SPE Chapter, and was on the Planning Committee for the 2016 South Central Chapter "retreat" conference at Camp Stewart, TX ... read more

Scott Hilton earned his MFA at the California State University in Fullerton in 2005, and his BA at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1992.  Hilton has taught as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington since 2009, and as Associate Faculty at Collin College in Frisco, TX since 2006.  Hilton has been an SPE member since 2003, has served as the Treasurer and Chair of the South Central SPE Chapter, and was on the Planning Committee for the 2016 South Central Chapter "retreat" conference at Camp Stewart, TX

Deborah Hollis

I joined the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries faculty in 1993 and achieved tenure in 2000. As head of Special Collections, I curate several photobook collections of all imaginable genres which are heavily used in teaching across disciplines. Image-makers may ask, "what can a librarian bring to SPE's national discussions?" The answer is knowledge about the use of visual works in multi-disciplinary teaching based on twenty-plus years of working with faculty, in addition to my observation that definitions of diversity differ in photography from other disciplines. ... read more

I joined the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries faculty in 1993 and achieved tenure in 2000. As head of Special Collections, I curate several photobook collections of all imaginable genres which are heavily used in teaching across disciplines. Image-makers may ask, "what can a librarian bring to SPE's national discussions?" The answer is knowledge about the use of visual works in multi-disciplinary teaching based on twenty-plus years of working with faculty, in addition to my observation that definitions of diversity differ in photography from other disciplines.

Tomiko Jones

Tomiko Jones' work is linked to place, exploring transitions in the landscape in social, cultural and geographical terms. Loose narratives unfold in sculptural video installations and questionably fictional photographs. Jones received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is the recipient of awards including the 2013 En Foco New Works Fellowship (New York), 4Culture and CityArtists (Seattle), and Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes (France). Recent projects include Hatsubon, a two-volume project in photography and video installation; the long-term project Rattlesnake Lake; and the immersive theatre performance The Gretel Project, a four-person ... read more

Tomiko Jones' work is linked to place, exploring transitions in the landscape in social, cultural and geographical terms. Loose narratives unfold in sculptural video installations and questionably fictional photographs. Jones received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

She is the recipient of awards including the 2013 En Foco New Works Fellowship (New York), 4Culture and CityArtists (Seattle), and Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes (France). Recent projects include Hatsubon, a two-volume project in photography and video installation; the long-term project Rattlesnake Lake; and the immersive theatre performance The Gretel Project, a four-person collaboration. Tomiko spent three months in residence at Museé Niépce in Chalon-Sur-Saône, France, and in Cassis, France for a project-specific Fellowship at The Camargo Foundation. 

Currently Jones is an Assistant Professor of Art at University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an educator she was a Visiting Artist and Curator-in-Residence at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, Assistant Professor and Photography Program Coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Mendocino College, New Mexico State University and Drury University Summer Institute for Visual Arts.

Mark Malloy

Mark Malloy is a Los Angeles-based photographer, filmmaker, and adjunct educator. A 2002 MFA Photography graduate from the SCAD and a 2009 MA Media Studies graduate from Parsons/New School, Mark has been an adjunct MFA Instructor at Academy of Art University since 2011, and was Assistant Professor of Technical Photography at Appalachian State University in North Carolina from 2002-2010. He has served on the SPE Board since 2015, and served as Chair of SPE's Southeast Chapter from 2006-2009. Mark is currently producing the documentary film project Hearts Road (to be released in 2019) and has been involved as Director of Photography ... read more

Mark Malloy is a Los Angeles-based photographer, filmmaker, and adjunct educator. A 2002 MFA Photography graduate from the SCAD and a 2009 MA Media Studies graduate from Parsons/New School, Mark has been an adjunct MFA Instructor at Academy of Art University since 2011, and was Assistant Professor of Technical Photography at Appalachian State University in North Carolina from 2002-2010. He has served on the SPE Board since 2015, and served as Chair of SPE's Southeast Chapter from 2006-2009.

Mark is currently producing the documentary film project Hearts Road (to be released in 2019) and has been involved as Director of Photography on the live-action short Writer's Block, as well as the documentaries Hollywood Don't Surf! (2010/2015), Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013), and Beyond Boobs - The Weight Of Breasts (2018). Mark's work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro (Havana, Cuba), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the International Terminal at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Libby Rowe

As a member of SPE, Libby Rowe has served as treasurer for single terms in SPENW and SPESC and two terms as chair for SPESC. Her tenure with SPE has provided her the opportunity to serve as a co-chair for two SPESC conferences and as a consultant for the 2017 conference. Additionally, Rowe's experience serving on university committees and councils, allows her to offer significant experience with governance, administration, and leadership. Planning conferences gave Libby additional experience with identifying and securing funding to support the goals of the conference programs through direct donations and grant sources. Libby is currently an ... read more

As a member of SPE, Libby Rowe has served as treasurer for single terms in SPENW and SPESC and two terms as chair for SPESC. Her tenure with SPE has provided her the opportunity to serve as a co-chair for two SPESC conferences and as a consultant for the 2017 conference. Additionally, Rowe's experience serving on university committees and councils, allows her to offer significant experience with governance, administration, and leadership. Planning conferences gave Libby additional experience with identifying and securing funding to support the goals of the conference programs through direct donations and grant sources. Libby is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Millee Tibbs

Millee Tibbs is an Associate Professor and Photography Area Coordinator at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. She holds an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the recipient of two MacDowell Colony fellowships, as well as multiple national and international artist residency awards. Her work has been published by the Humble Arts Foundation, NYC and the Aperture Foundation, and is held in the permanent collections of the George Eastman Museum, the Chrysler Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and the RISD Museum. Millee Tibbs' work derives from her interest in photography's ubiquity and the tension between ... read more

Millee Tibbs is an Associate Professor and Photography Area Coordinator at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. She holds an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the recipient of two MacDowell Colony fellowships, as well as multiple national and international artist residency awards. Her work has been published by the Humble Arts Foundation, NYC and the Aperture Foundation, and is held in the permanent collections of the George Eastman Museum, the Chrysler Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and the RISD Museum. Millee Tibbs' work derives from her interest in photography's ubiquity and the tension between its truth-value and inherent manipulation of reality.

Photography is a medium which is in constant flux, so too should be SPE. I am grateful for the organization; the support and connectivity that SPE provides has been an invaluable asset to my artistic practice and role as an educator. As an SPE board member, I want to foster and expand that sense of community and invite diverse voices to participate in the continual expansion of photographic dialogue. By developing outreach and programing that highlight the ever-shifting landscape of contemporary photographic practices and photography in the expanded field, I want to ensure that SPE is an organization that is relevant to young photographers, fosters critical dialogue about the uses (and misuses) of the medium, and challenges those who use it to think critically about their practice. I want it to be the resource students turn to when seeking the future of the medium and a guide for their possible futures. The SPE community is comprised of my peers, colleagues, mentors and mentees. As a board member, I want to give back through my time and expertise to those who have guided, challenged, and encouraged me in my photographic practice.

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