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

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Scott Hilton - Chair
Lauren Greenwald - Vice Chair
Micah Cash - Secretary
Ariel Shanberg - Treasurer
Julie Anand
John Freyer
Deborah Hollis
Jordanne Renner
Rebecca Nolan
Mark Malloy
Rafael Soldi
Millee Tibbs
Arthur Fields
Larry Gawel
Abbey Hepner
Gabi Cruz

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.

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 was Associate Faculty at Collin College in Frisco, TX from 2006 until 2019.  Hilton has been an SPE member since 2003, has served as the Treasurer and Chair of the South Central SPE Chapter, was on the Planning Committee for the 2016 South Central Chapter "retreat" conference at Camp Stewart, TX.  He helped to initiate and organize the ... 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 was Associate Faculty at Collin College in Frisco, TX from 2006 until 2019.  Hilton has been an SPE member since 2003, has served as the Treasurer and Chair of the South Central SPE Chapter, was on the Planning Committee for the 2016 South Central Chapter "retreat" conference at Camp Stewart, TX.  He helped to initiate and organize the South Central Chapter's Portfolio Throwdown events 2019-2020. He is serving a term on the SPE Board of Directors 2019-2023, and as the Chair of the Board 2021-2023.

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.

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.  

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.

Julie Anand

Julie Anand is Associate Professor of Photography in the School of Art at Arizona State University where she has taught for fifteen years. Her projects often explore material culture and body/land relations. Material Histories, large montages of artifacts collected on walks that act as socio-environmental mirrors, were exhibited at the ASU Art Museum and published in the text Art & Politics: A Small History for Social Change after 1945. Parallel to her solo art practice, Anand sustains a collaborative art practice with her partner Damon Sauer. Both artists received their MFA degrees in Photography from the University of New Mexico ... read more

Julie Anand is Associate Professor of Photography in the School of Art at Arizona State University where she has taught for fifteen years. Her projects often explore material culture and body/land relations. Material Histories, large montages of artifacts collected on walks that act as socio-environmental mirrors, were exhibited at the ASU Art Museum and published in the text Art & Politics: A Small History for Social Change after 1945. Parallel to her solo art practice, Anand sustains a collaborative art practice with her partner Damon Sauer. Both artists received their MFA degrees in Photography from the University of New Mexico in 2005. Their current project Ground Truth explores Cold War concrete markers in the desert used to train the eyes of early spy satellites. This project is the collection of Nevada Museum of Art's Center for Art + Environment and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Ground Truth has been published in Wired, Harper's, National Geographic, and Hyperallergic. Anand and Sauer recently exhibited the work in a solo exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.

John Freyer

After 8 years teaching in the Photography program at the University of Iowa, John Freyer joined Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 where he is an Associate Professor of Cross Disciplinary Media. Freyer is an elected member of the Faculty Senate at VCU; a long-serving editorial board member of the Iowa Review and is on the steering committee for VCU's Collegiate Recovery Community. Freyer received a Faculty Fellowship at the VCU Center for Teaching and served as Co-Chair of Tasmeem, an art and design conference at VCUarts Qatar in Doha in 2017. He earned his B.A. from Hamilton College and M.A. ... read more

After 8 years teaching in the Photography program at the University of Iowa, John Freyer joined Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 where he is an Associate Professor of Cross Disciplinary Media. Freyer is an elected member of the Faculty Senate at VCU; a long-serving editorial board member of the Iowa Review and is on the steering committee for VCU's Collegiate Recovery Community. Freyer received a Faculty Fellowship at the VCU Center for Teaching and served as Co-Chair of Tasmeem, an art and design conference at VCUarts Qatar in Doha in 2017. He earned his B.A. from Hamilton College and M.A. & M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Freyer is a Fulbright Scholar, a Macdowell Colony Fellow and was an Artist in Residence at Light Work. Freyer has brought his social practice projects to the TEDx stage, Mixed Greens Gallery in New York, the Liverpool Biennial Fringe in Liverpool, UK and was a 2018 Tate Exchange Associate at Tate Modern in London. He joined SPE in 2001.

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.

Jordanne Renner

JordanneRenner is an artist that works across many platforms including large format film photography, figurative sculpture, mural paintings, public art & installation, and the repurposing of materials for social engagements & fundraising affairs. She considers photography as an extension of her Self, which is an ongoing photographic investigation for her since 2000. Jordanne also explores topics in the culture of place, the body and landscape, and the psychology of memory. She earned her BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003, and her MFA in Studio Arts/Photography from The Ohio State University in 2010. Jordanne is a recipient ... read more

JordanneRenner is an artist that works across many platforms including large format film photography, figurative sculpture, mural paintings, public art & installation, and the repurposing of materials for social engagements & fundraising affairs. She considers photography as an extension of her Self, which is an ongoing photographic investigation for her since 2000. Jordanne also explores topics in the culture of place, the body and landscape, and the psychology of memory.

She earned her BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003, and her MFA in Studio Arts/Photography from The Ohio State University in 2010. Jordanne is a recipient of an Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Fellowship (2009), a Puffin Foundation Grant (2015), a Greater Columbus Arts Council Individual Artist Grant (2020), a Big Ideas Grant (2020), and two FotoFocus Biennial Grants (2020).

Jordanne believes in giving back to the community, and is regularly involved with initiatives dismantling food deserts, supporting social justice, education, and arts outreach. Since 2008 she has served on the DC Council for the Wexner Center for the Arts while also professing art and photography as adjunct faculty. She is a wild woman that has most recently rallied establishing the WE, the Women's Caucus Exhibition opportunity.

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.

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.

Rafael Soldi

Rafael Soldi is a Peruvian­-born, Seattle-based artist and curator. He holds a BFA in Photography & Curatorial Studies from the MICA. His practice centers on how queerness and masculinity intersect with larger topics of our time such as immigration, memory, and loss. He has exhibited internationally at the Frye Art Museum, American University Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography, ClampArt, The Print Center, Museo MATE, Filter Space, and Burrard Arts Foundation, among others. Rafael has received grants and awards from the Magenta Foundation, Puffin Foundation, smART Ventures, Artist Trust, 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and Center Santa Fe. ... read more

Rafael Soldi is a Peruvian­-born, Seattle-based artist and curator. He holds a BFA in Photography & Curatorial Studies from the MICA. His practice centers on how queerness and masculinity intersect with larger topics of our time such as immigration, memory, and loss. He has exhibited internationally at the Frye Art Museum, American University Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography, ClampArt, The Print Center, Museo MATE, Filter Space, and Burrard Arts Foundation, among others. Rafael has received grants and awards from the Magenta Foundation, Puffin Foundation, smART Ventures, Artist Trust, 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and Center Santa Fe. He has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, PICTURE BERLIN, Oxbow Space, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

His first monograph, Imagined Futures / Futuros Imaginarios (Candor Arts), and CARGAMONTÓN (self-published), were both published in 2020.

His work is in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, King County Public Art Collection, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Rafael's work has been reviewed on ARTFORUM, The Seattle Times, The Boston Globe, Photograph Magazine, The Seen, Art Nexus, and PDN. He is the co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective and co-curator of the High Wall.

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.

Arthur Fields

I am an Associate Professor of Art specializing in Photography, and gallery director at Vincennes University in southwestern Indiana.  I have been a longtime member and student advocate of SPE where I served as national Student Volunteer Coordinator and Social Media Chair. In addition, I have held various leadership positions in several photo arts organizations including Texas Photographic Society and Ticka-Arts. ... read more

I am an Associate Professor of Art specializing in Photography, and gallery director at Vincennes University in southwestern Indiana.  I have been a longtime member and student advocate of SPE where I served as national Student Volunteer Coordinator and Social Media Chair. In addition, I have held various leadership positions in several photo arts organizations including Texas Photographic Society and Ticka-Arts.

Larry Gawel

Larry Gawel grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and holds a BFA Degree in Applied Media Arts with a concentration in Photography from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography from Penn State. After graduation, he relocated to Tempe, Arizona where he established his art practice, started a commercial photography business, and held adjunct teaching positions at both Arizona State University, and within the Maricopa County Community College system. In 1998, he moved to Lincoln, Nebraska and began working at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, a position that he still holds. Since 2002 ... read more

Larry Gawel grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and holds a BFA Degree in Applied Media Arts with a concentration in Photography from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography from Penn State. After graduation, he relocated to Tempe, Arizona where he established his art practice, started a commercial photography business, and held adjunct teaching positions at both Arizona State University, and within the Maricopa County Community College system. In 1998, he moved to Lincoln, Nebraska and began working at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, a position that he still holds. Since 2002 he has been Photography Program Coordinator, managing a department that includes four full-time and four adjunct faculty members for a student body of between 150 and 200 students. In 2008, he founded WorkSpace Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska to exhibit work by contemporary photographers. He served as Chairperson of the Midwest Chapter of the SPE from 2013 to 2019.  

Abbey Hepner

Abbey Hepner is Assistant Professor of Photography at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She holds undergraduate degrees in Art and Psychology from the University of Utah and an MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico. Her work examines health, technology, and our relationship with place. She frequently works at the intersection of art and science, examining biopolitics and the use of health as a currency. Her work has been exhibited widely, and her first monograph, The Light at the End of History, will be published by Daylight Books in 2021. ... read more

Abbey Hepner is Assistant Professor of Photography at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She holds undergraduate degrees in Art and Psychology from the University of Utah and an MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico. Her work examines health, technology, and our relationship with place. She frequently works at the intersection of art and science, examining biopolitics and the use of health as a currency. Her work has been exhibited widely, and her first monograph, The Light at the End of History, will be published by Daylight Books in 2021.

Gabi Cruz

I'm a first generation Mexican-American Woman born to parents that are immigrants, becoming a product of the American Dream. All my mom ever wanted for her children was to get an education, to help further the family. I recently received my MFA in Visual Arts at The University of Texas At San Antonio. By wanting to make my mom proud I've been able to achieve things I never thought a little brown girl from a small town could do. They include solo exhibitions: Satellite Gallery, Huntsville, TX; The Brick, San Antonio, TX; Presa House Gallery, San Antonio, TX; Casa Lu, ... read more

I'm a first generation Mexican-American Woman born to parents that are immigrants, becoming a product of the American Dream. All my mom ever wanted for her children was to get an education, to help further the family. I recently received my MFA in Visual Arts at The University of Texas At San Antonio. By wanting to make my mom proud I've been able to achieve things I never thought a little brown girl from a small town could do. They include solo exhibitions: Satellite Gallery, Huntsville, TX; The Brick, San Antonio, TX; Presa House Gallery, San Antonio, TX; Casa Lu, Mexico City. Numerous group exhibitions: Luis Leu Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany; The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX; Won Best in Show at "56th Annual Juried Competition Exhibition'' at Masur Museum in Monroe, Louisiana. Winning two CAMMIE awards from Blue Star Contemporary and Luminaria Contemporary Cultural Center during Contemporary Art Month 2020. Having two publications collected by The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Lastly, being hired as the Photography Professor at Dine College, that's the first Native-American College.

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