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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Claude Baillargeon - Board Chair
Anne Massoni - Vice Chair
Rebecca Nolan - Secretary
Ariel Shanberg - Treasurer
James Wyman - Executive Director
Liz Allen
Stephen Chalmers
Elizabeth Claffey
Kelli Connell
Andrew Hershberger
Aspen Hochhalter
Deborah Jack
Tomiko Jones
Daniel Kariko
Mark Malloy
Libby Rowe
Liz Wells

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.

Claude Baillargeon

Claude Baillargeon is associate professor of art history at Oakland University (Rochester, MI). He holds an MFA in photographic practice from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1988), an MA in critical theory and contemporary art (SAIC, 1989), and a PhD in the history of photography from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2002). With two decades of museum, curatorial, and teaching experience, Baillargeon is well suited to serve the diversified needs of the SPE membership. ... read more

Claude Baillargeon is associate professor of art history at Oakland University (Rochester, MI). He holds an MFA in photographic practice from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1988), an MA in critical theory and contemporary art (SAIC, 1989), and a PhD in the history of photography from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2002). With two decades of museum, curatorial, and teaching experience, Baillargeon is well suited to serve the diversified needs of the SPE membership.

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

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 a curator, writer, and advocate for emerging voices in photography and related media. Since 2003 he has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock, an artist-centered not-profit where he oversees its ever-evolving programs and services including exhibitions, artist-workspace residencies, professional traditional and digital workspace, and more. In addition Ariel 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, ... read more

Ariel Shanberg is a curator, writer, and advocate for emerging voices in photography and related media. Since 2003 he has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock, an artist-centered not-profit where he oversees its ever-evolving programs and services including exhibitions, artist-workspace residencies, professional traditional and digital workspace, and more. In addition Ariel 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.

James Wyman

James Wyman is the Executive Director of the Society for Photographic Education. He has more than twenty years of experience as a curator, museum director, educator, and fundraiser specializing in photography at museums of art in the context of institutions of higher education. Among his administrative and fundraising achievements are successful multi-million dollar building campaigns and strategic departmental leadership roles in major capital campaigns at Doctoral/Research Universities—Extensive, such as Ohio University's "Bicentennial Campaign," where he served as Director of the Kennedy Museum of Art, and the University of Michigan's "The Michigan Difference," where he served as Chief Curator of the University ... read more

James Wyman is the Executive Director of the Society for Photographic Education. He has more than twenty years of experience as a curator, museum director, educator, and fundraiser specializing in photography at museums of art in the context of institutions of higher education.

Among his administrative and fundraising achievements are successful multi-million dollar building campaigns and strategic departmental leadership roles in major capital campaigns at Doctoral/Research Universities—Extensive, such as Ohio University's "Bicentennial Campaign," where he served as Director of the Kennedy Museum of Art, and the University of Michigan's "The Michigan Difference," where he served as Chief Curator of the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Recently he served as Director of Development at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY. 

Wyman has developed and implemented many new membership and community outreach programs and has received more than 100 grants from various state and federal agencies, foundations, and corporations. As a curator, he has organized hundreds of exhibitions, dozens of which have traveled to museums and galleries throughout the United States. His exhibitions and accompanying programs have been among the first to explore participatory, multi- and inter-disciplinary interpretive strategies. He is a leading figure in the development of new paradigms for art exhibitions, public engagement, and the museum experience. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from The Ohio State University, Columbus (1983); a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from the University of Colorado at Boulder (1987); and certificate work in Organizational Behavior, Master of Business Administration, from the University of Liverpool, England (2006).

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.

Stephen Chalmers

Stephen Chalmers has taught many workshops in alternative photographic processes and digital imaging, and been a visiting artist at numerous colleges and universities. He has also been a contributor to five books, and has been in group and solo exhibitions throughout the US and also in Australia, Ireland, British Columbia, Thailand, England, South Africa, and China. The work of Stephen Chalmers is in several collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Light Work, Polaroid, and the Getty Research Institute and has been covered extensively by international media including NPR, The Huffington Post, Time, Pics Magazine (China), Vision Magazine (China), PhotoART ... read more

Stephen Chalmers has taught many workshops in alternative photographic processes and digital imaging, and been a visiting artist at numerous colleges and universities. He has also been a contributor to five books, and has been in group and solo exhibitions throughout the US and also in Australia, Ireland, British Columbia, Thailand, England, South Africa, and China. The work of Stephen Chalmers is in several collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Light Work, Polaroid, and the Getty Research Institute and has been covered extensively by international media including NPR, The Huffington Post, Time, Pics Magazine (China), Vision Magazine (China), PhotoART Contemporary Photography Magazine (Thailand), and The Daily Mail (UK). Chalmers is currently an Associate Professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio. www.stephenchalmers.com.

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.

Aspen Hochhalter

Aspen Hochhalter was born and raised in Chipita Park, Colorado. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Photo Based Media at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and her BFA in Photography from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She is an Associate Professor of Art and the Photography Area Coordinator in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Her work explores the crossover between digital technologies, historic processes and the use of experimental materials through appropriation, self-portraiture, and collaborative projects. Recent accomplishments include work published in The Book of Alternative Photographic ... read more

Aspen Hochhalter was born and raised in Chipita Park, Colorado. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Photo Based Media at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and her BFA in Photography from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She is an Associate Professor of Art and the Photography Area Coordinator in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Her work explores the crossover between digital technologies, historic processes and the use of experimental materials through appropriation, self-portraiture, and collaborative projects. Recent accomplishments include work published in The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes: 3rd Edition, McColl Center for Art + Innovation Residency, exhibits at Pease Gallery CPCC, Castell Photography Gallery, East Carolina University, Kiernan Gallery, The Light Factory, and many other venues across the country. She is an active member of SPE, most notably co-chairing the 2013 SPE Southeast Regional Conference, Mad Hatters to Pixel Pushers, co-hosted by UNC Charlotte and the Light Factory.

Deborah Jack

Deborah Jack is currently tenured faculty at New Jersey City University, where her role as Coordinator of the Photo area, the BFA Coordinator, Curriculum committee Chair and Co-chair of the dept. NASAD reaccreditation committee, has given her an understanding into photographic pedagogy that she can use. As an educator she has witnessed the assent of digital photography, and now the expansion into video and sound, as part of the photo based education. Deborah hopes to champion and continue to develop the educational support that this organization provides to educators and students. She has also exhibited work in many group ... read more

Deborah Jack is currently tenured faculty at New Jersey City University, where her role as Coordinator of the Photo area, the BFA Coordinator, Curriculum committee Chair and Co-chair of the dept. NASAD reaccreditation committee, has given her an understanding into photographic pedagogy that she can use. As an educator she has witnessed the assent of digital photography, and now the expansion into video and sound, as part of the photo based education. Deborah hopes to champion and continue to develop the educational support that this organization provides to educators and students. She has also exhibited work in many group and solo exhibitions. She has presented on the scholarship around her work at national and international conferences. Deborah enjoys working collaboratively and believes that serving on the board will provide a unique opportunity to serve and give back to the photo community.

Tomiko Jones

Tomiko Jones is an artist, educator and curator, whose work is linked to the identity of place in social, cultural and geographical terms. Jones received an MFA Photography and Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona. Awards include the En Foco New Works Fellowship, and SPE’s Freestyle Crystal Apple Award. She taught photography at New Mexico State University and 3D Concepts in Drury University’s Graduate Program. As an Assistant Professor and Photography Coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver, she built a program serving a wide range of photographic processes, developed new courses, a Study Abroad Program ... read more

Tomiko Jones is an artist, educator and curator, whose work is linked to the identity of place in social, cultural and geographical terms. Jones received an MFA Photography and Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona. Awards include the En Foco New Works Fellowship, and SPE’s Freestyle Crystal Apple Award. She taught photography at New Mexico State University and 3D Concepts in Drury University’s Graduate Program. As an Assistant Professor and Photography Coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver, she built a program serving a wide range of photographic processes, developed new courses, a Study Abroad Program and integrated scholarship within student-centered learning models. Currently Tomiko is a Curator-in-Residence and Visiting Artist and at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco.

Daniel Kariko

Biography - Daniel Kariko is an Associate Professor of Photography and an Interim Assistant Director of the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina. Originally from Yugoslavia, Kariko received his undergraduate degree at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and his Masters of Fine Arts from Arizona State University in Tempe. From 2002 until 2010 he was a faculty at Florida State University. Kariko's images investigate environmental and political aspects of landscape, land use, and cultural interpretation of inhabited space. He worked on several projects in his homeland of Serbia, recording the aftermath of the war ... read more

Biography - Daniel Kariko is an Associate Professor of Photography and an Interim Assistant Director of the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina.

Originally from Yugoslavia, Kariko received his undergraduate degree at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and his Masters of Fine Arts from Arizona State University in Tempe. From 2002 until 2010 he was a faculty at Florida State University.

Kariko's images investigate environmental and political aspects of landscape, land use, and cultural interpretation of inhabited space. He worked on several projects in his homeland of Serbia, recording the aftermath of the war in Balkans. Kariko's current projects include documentation of the endangered wetlands of South Louisiana, land development in central Florida, and in collaboration with an entomologist, microscopic portraits of common household pests.

Statement - As many of us, I attended my first SPE conference as a student, encouraged by a professor. My involvement with SPE started in earnest a few years later, while co-chairing the regional conference in Tallahassee in 2005, and continued with my service as a Treasurer, Secretary, and Southeast Regional Chair.

I dedicated my career to teaching photography as a fine art and cross-disciplinary practice. I feel that some of my best educational and professional practices stem from my experience with SPE, and it's fostered community of artists, colleagues, and mentors. I continue to complete the circle by encouraging my own students to attend our conferences and take part in what is one of the most fulfilling professional relationships in my life.

I hope that I can continue to serve the Society on a national level by developing mentoring programs for emerging photography educators, expanding international connections, and using my experience as an administrator to further SPE's educational mission.

Mark Malloy

Mark Malloy is a photographer, cinematographer, educator, and mentor, crediting his undergraduate photo professor at New England College (Henniker, NH & Arundel, West Sussex, England) with instilling in him a love of teaching. Currently on the faculty at Academy of Art University, Malloy spent the decade prior to his academic career working and shooting in the photo industry in New York City.A 2002 MFA graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, he was assistant professor of technical photography at Appalachian State University in North Carolina from 2002 to 2010, served as the Society for Photographic Education's southeast regional ... read more

Mark Malloy is a photographer, cinematographer, educator, and mentor, crediting his undergraduate photo professor at New England College (Henniker, NH & Arundel, West Sussex, England) with instilling in him a love of teaching. Currently on the faculty at Academy of Art University, Malloy spent the decade prior to his academic career working and shooting in the photo industry in New York City.

A 2002 MFA graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, he was assistant professor of technical photography at Appalachian State University in North Carolina from 2002 to 2010, served as the Society for Photographic Education's southeast regional chair from 2006 to 2009, and in 2009 received a master's degree in media studies from The New School in New York City.

Now based in Los Angeles, Malloy is currently involved in several documentary film projects, including Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (released in 2013) and Hollywood Don't Surf!, and as director of photography on the live-action short, Writer's Block, and the documentary short, The Weight of Breasts, all currently in postproduction.

Malloy's work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Academia de Bellas Artes San Alejandro, in Havana, Cuba, and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Libby Rowe

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

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

Statement - I see photographic education as having an ever-shifting foundation that is continually challenged by academic institutions and the general political climate.

My academic pursuits have given me a wide variety of experience including development of curriculum and pedagogy, curation, the development of two international courses in photography and time based arts, and research in historic and contemporary cultural theory support these pursuits.

As a member of the SPE board, I would like to participate in fostering a functional relationship between the academic membership and the vendors and resources we rely so heavily on. I see the engagement of students as an important aspect of what we do as a society, and would also like to see an expansion of professional level members to include academic institutions that have been underrepresented in the past. I would like to be a part of finding a solution to restoring financial stability for this institution. The new direction SPE is taking with planning conferences is intriguing and I look forward to being a part of the conversation of what SPE can do to better serve all members of this community. 

Liz Wells

Liz Wells writes and lectures on photographic practices. She edited The Photography Reader (2003), Photography: A Critical Introduction (2009, 4th ed., 5th ed. 2015; Greek ed. 2008; Chinese ed. 2012) and is co-editor of photographies, Routledge journals.Exhibitions as curator include Light Touch (Maryland Arts Place for BWI airport, Feb-June, 2014); Sense of Place, European Landscape Photography (BOZAR, Brussels, June-Sept, 2012). Publications on place, land, and landscape include Liz Wells, Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert and Nicos Philippou Photography and Cyprus: Time, Place and Identity (2014); Liz Wells, ed. Landscapes of Exploration (2012); Liz Wells, Land Matters, Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity (2011). She ... read more

Liz Wells writes and lectures on photographic practices. She edited The Photography Reader (2003), Photography: A Critical Introduction (2009, 4th ed., 5th ed. 2015; Greek ed. 2008; Chinese ed. 2012) and is co-editor of photographies, Routledge journals.

Exhibitions as curator include Light Touch (Maryland Arts Place for BWI airport, Feb-June, 2014); Sense of Place, European Landscape Photography (BOZAR, Brussels, June-Sept, 2012). Publications on place, land, and landscape include Liz Wells, Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert and Nicos Philippou Photography and Cyprus: Time, Place and Identity (2014); Liz Wells, ed. Landscapes of Exploration (2012); Liz Wells, Land Matters, Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity (2011). She is a professor in photographic culture, faculty of arts and humanities, Plymouth University, UK, and convenes the research group for Land/Water and the Visual Arts. (www.landwater-research.co.uk).

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