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March 16-18, 2023

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Scott Hilton - Chair
Priya Kambli
Leah Gose
Jordanne Renner - Treasurer
Janet Pritchard
Michael Borowski - Vice-Chair
Gabi Cruz
Eric Sung
Alexander Heilner
Larry Gawel
Arthur Fields
Margaret LeJeune
Julie Anand
Millee Tibbs
Marivi Ortiz - Secretary
Jason Reblando

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.

Priya Kambli

Biography  Priya Kambli received her BFA at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and an MFA from the University of Houston. She is currently Professor of Art at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.Kambli's work inadvertently examines the question asked by her son Kavi at age three; did she belong to two different worlds, since she spoke two different languages? The essence of his questioncontinues to be a driving force in her art making. In her work, Kambli has always strived to understand the formation and erasure of identity that is an inevitable part of the migrant experience, exploring the resulting fragmentation of family, identity, and ... read more

Biography 

Priya Kambli received her BFA at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and an MFA from the University of Houston. She is currently Professor of Art at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.
Kambli's work inadvertently examines the question asked by her son Kavi at age three; did she belong to two different worlds, since she spoke two different languages? The essence of his question
continues to be a driving force in her art making. In her work, Kambli has always strived to understand the formation and erasure of identity that is an inevitable part of the migrant experience, exploring the resulting fragmentation of family, identity, and culture.

Kambli's artwork has been well received, having been exhibited, published, collected and reviewed in the national and international photographic community. She was the winner of the inaugural Creator Labs Photo Fund by Aperture and Google, and The Magenta Foundation's Un-Stuck grant. She is also the winner of the 2021 Outstanding Artist Award from the Missouri Arts Council, the state's highest honor in the arts. The success of Kambli's work underlines the fact that she is engaged in an important dialogue, and reinforces her intent to make work driven by a growing awareness of the importance of many voices from diverse perspectives and the political relevance of our private struggles.

Statment

My focus as a Board Member for SPE would derive from my convictions as an artist and educator. As an artist I seek to make images that engage in a dialogue, across cultures and across time. My teaching is firmly based in my identity as an artist of color and my experience at a small liberal arts institution where the opportunities for close mentorship have been among the most rewarding parts of my work. However, teaching in the rural midwest I am also isolated, and SPE has provided me with a crucial bridge to a broader professional community. I bring a perspective to both art and education that is uniquely my own but is made vital by my ability to connect with others – with artists, with students – with community. Those are the values I believe SPE has, and must continue
to, advance.

Leah Gose

Biography Leah Gose is a photographic artist and educator. She is an Associate Professor and Interim Dean of the Fain College of Fine Arts at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. She holds a B.A. in Photography from the University of Colorado and an M.F.A. in Photography from Texas Woman's University. Her work seeks to challenge the viewers relationship to their own perception, and ask questions of the reliability of memory. Her work has been exhibited in various venues both nationally and internationally. Statement It would be honor and privilege to serve on the Society of Photographic Education Board and give back to ... read more

Biography

Leah Gose is a photographic artist and educator. She is an Associate Professor and Interim Dean of the Fain College of Fine Arts at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. She holds a B.A. in Photography from the University of Colorado and an M.F.A. in Photography from Texas Woman's University. Her work seeks to challenge the viewers relationship to their own perception, and ask questions of the reliability of memory. Her work has been exhibited in various venues both nationally and internationally.

Statement

It would be honor and privilege to serve on the Society of Photographic Education Board and give back to an organization that has provided so many opportunities for me as an artist and educator. My vision for my participation on the Board is two parts.

First, I am excited for the opportunity to work with my peers in order to shape the future of photographic education. The 21st century has brought many changes to the world of higher education.
Some have been exciting and awe inspiring while others have created unforeseen challenges. SPE and higher education are intrinsically connected and what we do at our institutions effects SPE and its
future. We as educators and leaders need to be visionaries and be prepared to adapt. This can be scary, but if photography has taught us anything, it is that it is always evolving. Why should our organization be any different? I approach these challenges as an opportunity.

Second, I want to continue to learn and grow as an active SPE member. I believe one crucial role of a board member is to observe and better understand the organization's operations. As a new board member, my intentions would of course not be to reinvent the wheel, but instead offer my skills and new energy to areas that need assistance. My skills are as follows:
• Administrative Leadership
• Program Assessment
• Grant Writing
• Creative Problem Solving
• Active Listening and Collaboration

I am grateful for this opportunity to apply for the appointed board position and would bring all of my experiences as an artist, educator and SPE member to strive to make great decisions for continued success of the organization. I would endeavor to continue the legacy that previous leaders have provided.

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.

Janet Pritchard

Biography Before pursuing a career in photography, Janet Pritchard worked as an outdoor education instructor and spent her youth traveling between the Northeast and Rocky Mountain West. These early experiences led to an awareness of regional differences within the US, and she describes herself as geographically bilingual. Her methodology, described as historical empathy, relies on history, material culture, and ecology to guide her depictions of landscapes as expressions of time and place, situating landscape photography at the intersection of nature and culture.  In her current project, The Wild Heart of New England: The Connecticut River & Watershed, she photographs the riverscapes as a ... read more

Biography

Before pursuing a career in photography, Janet Pritchard worked as an outdoor education instructor and spent her youth traveling between the Northeast and Rocky Mountain West. These early experiences led to an awareness of regional differences within the US, and she describes herself as geographically bilingual. Her methodology, described as historical empathy, relies on history, material culture, and ecology to guide her depictions of landscapes as expressions of time and place, situating landscape photography at the intersection of nature and culture. 

In her current project, The Wild Heart of New England: The Connecticut River & Watershed, she photographs the riverscapes as a complex interconnected system. She relies on history and science for greater understanding. Her book More than Scenery: Yellowstone, an American Love Story, which views the world's first national park through the lenses of nature, culture, and history, is due in October from George F. Thompson Publishing. 

Honors and awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship; Connecticut Office of the Arts Artist Fellowships; American Antiquarian Society Jay and Deborah Last Fellowships; National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar, Smith Center for Cartography, Newberry Library; Artist-in-Residencies at Ucross Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University, Millay Foundation, and the Vindolanda Trust; UConn awards include Research Excellence Program, School of Fine Arts Research Grant, and a Humanities Institute Fellowship. Her exhibition venues include Philadelphia Museum of Art; RISD Museum, Providence; Fruitlands and New Bedford Art Museums, Massachusetts; Fraction Magazine; FlakPhoto; Lenscratch; International Center for Photography, New York; Martha Schneider Gallery, Chicago; Photographic Resource Center, Boston; and the SPE sponsored National Trust for Historic Preservation traveling exhibition America's Uncommon Places.

Pritchard is a Professor, Area Coordinator, Graduate Advisor in Photography, and an Affiliated Faculty Member of the Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering and the Institute of the Environment at the University of Connecticut. She has taught in various visiting and contingent capacities at Tyler School of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Colorado (Boulder & Denver), and the University of New Mexico. Pritchard received her BA in art history, classics, and philosophy from the University of Colorado and her MA and MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico.

Statement 

My relationship with SPE has varied. I joined as an undergraduate, then worked as paid staff through graduate school and beyond, 1986–1992, including Director of Publications, Managing Editor of exposure, oversight of the conference trade show, and finishing as Co-Executive Director during the national conference in Silver Spring, Md. After that, I lost much of the 1990s to raising young children while teaching in contingent capacities. Since then, I have attended and presented at national and chapter conferences, regularly reviewed student portfolios, and currently serve on Northeast Chapter Board.

I am willing and interested in sharing the burden of a working board necessitated by SPE's recently reinvented Executive-Directorless formation. I see this as an essential step in maintaining economic sustainability for the organization and applaud the board members responsible for this transition during a challenging time. SPE has a history of reinventing itself, and as a legacy member, I have a long view of these changes and believe it is a strength in the organization. I think this process of reinvention is vital; this seemingly metamorphic response to cultural, economic, and social stresses that push and pull the organization to change its form and function as a reflection of changing times across multiple generations of photographers can be healthy. I have experience in communication and leadership with an interest in governance.

As an artist, I am proud of my career, doing what I believe fits my nature and still achieving validation. I have received numerous fellowships and artist residencies, notably a 2019 Guggenheim. Along the way, I developed a cross-disciplinary working methodology. My first book, More than Scenery: Yellowstone, an American Love Story, will be available this fall, while my second book, The Wild Heart of New England: The Connecticut River & Watershed, is under development.

As an educator, I am proud of the span of my career and the multiple modalities of teaching situations I have engaged. I worked as a graduate instructor at UNM and as a Visiting Asst. Prof. at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the following year. I taught adjunct at Metropolitan State College and the University of Colorado, Denver, before landing a non-tenure track position there as an Asst. Prof. We moved to Philadelphia, where I was a non-tenure track Asst. Prof at Tyler School of Art while an adjunct at Bucks Country Community College. In 2001, we moved to the Univ. of Connecticut, where I engaged in the tenure process and taught for several summers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

I work collaboratively to develop innovative curricula and programs for undergraduate and graduate students while working hard to support students through advising and mentoring. I also work collaboratively as an artist and member of the Hadrian's Wall Working Group: http://www.like-a-whisper.com/. I hope to bring my wealth of experience and long-sighted view of SPE to the table of the board and the membership at large.

Michael Borowski

Michael Borowski (he/him) is an artist living and working in occupied Tutelo/Moneton land (Blacksburg, Virginia). He works with an expanded photographic practice, critically examining architecture, technology, and the environment to show that design is not neutral, but reflects political values, personal biases, and desires. His work has been included in national and international exhibitions, and is a 2019 recipient of a Graham Foundation grant. He received his MFA from the University of Michigan, and a BFA from the University of New Mexico. Michael is currently the Chair of Studio Art and Assistant Professor of Photography at Virginia Tech. ... read more

Michael Borowski (he/him) is an artist living and working in occupied Tutelo/Moneton land (Blacksburg, Virginia). He works with an expanded photographic practice, critically examining architecture, technology, and the environment to show that design is not neutral, but reflects political values, personal biases, and desires. His work has been included in national and international exhibitions, and is a 2019 recipient of a Graham Foundation grant. He received his MFA from the University of Michigan, and a BFA from the University of New Mexico. Michael is currently the Chair of Studio Art and Assistant Professor of Photography at Virginia Tech.

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.

Eric Sung

Biography  Eric Sung is an artist and photographer. He is associate professor in the Art and Art History Department at Providence College and the founding director of a cutting-edge program in Business and Innovation. Sung has established himself as a visionary artist, publicly engaged scholar, and award-winning teacher. His innovative and creative vision has materialized multiple interdisciplinary ideas into action with a diverse group of stakeholders. Sung is recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Research Grant, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) Project Grant, and many more recognitions for his creative activities.  His experiential scholarship and companion works ... read more

Biography 

Eric Sung is an artist and photographer. He is associate professor in the Art and Art History Department at Providence College and the founding director of a cutting-edge program in Business and Innovation. Sung has established himself as a visionary artist, publicly engaged scholar, and award-winning teacher. His innovative and creative vision has materialized multiple interdisciplinary ideas into action with a diverse group of stakeholders. Sung is recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Research Grant, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) Project Grant, and many more recognitions for his creative activities.  His experiential scholarship and companion works have appeared internationally in peer-reviewed and juried conferences and venues, including the Society for Photography Education (SPE), International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA), Imagining America, International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement International Conference (IARSLCE), and Global University Network for Innovation International Conference (GUNI). 

Statement

It is my most sincere interest to serve as a member for the Board of Directors for SPE.  My lived experience as a photographer, researcher, and administrator positions me well to support SPE continue to be welcoming commons for anyone with positive intention for learning and practicing photography.  My main focus as a new member for the Board of Directors will be amplifying and materializing the efforts made by the previous and current leaders so SPE can sustain to serve the photographers in our society.  I will help to build a learning community where all members including students, community members, smaller and larger institutions, emerging and experienced artists, and image makers from the commercial field, can connect and cultivate their growth without borders.  Also, I would be interested in further developing SPE's positionality as an entity for higher education serving individual members as well as intuitions, aiming on SPE being an agency guiding and re-imagining photography education for the future.  My vision for this work is to help identifying specific and latent needs for the members, organizers, and supporters, building a bank of resources for them so the needs can be met, and promote inclusive growth for the organization.  

Alexander Heilner

Biography Alexander Heilner is a multi-disciplinary artist and photographer whose work inhabits both fine art and documentary initiatives as he investigates the relationships between artificial and natural elements within the environment, and within our culture. A winner of the prestigious Baker Artist Prize, Alex has exhibited, screened, and performed his work nationally and internationally, Photography festivals including Pingyao, Sienna, and Daegu have featured his aerial photography, and he has been awarded numerous grants and commissions in support of his ongoing environmental projects. Alex is presently engaged in two long-term endeavors which document radical shifts in our physical and social landscapes due to global warming. Draining ... read more

Biography

Alexander Heilner is a multi-disciplinary artist and photographer whose work inhabits both fine art and documentary initiatives as he investigates the relationships between artificial and natural elements within the environment, and within our culture. A winner of the prestigious Baker Artist Prize, Alex has exhibited, screened, and performed his work nationally and internationally, Photography festivals including Pingyao, Sienna, and Daegu have featured his aerial photography, and he has been awarded numerous grants and commissions in support of his ongoing environmental projects.

Alex is presently engaged in two long-term endeavors which document radical shifts in our physical and social landscapes due to global warming. Draining the Colorado catalogs the diminishment of water throughout the Colorado River Basin; while The New Arctic examines the imminent and rapid changes occurring in Arctic coastal communities. For over a decade, Alex has also been photographing the elaborate campsites that serve as "home" for citizens of Black Rock City, the temporary desert metropolis built each summer for Burning Man.

Alex' editorial and fine art work have been featured in National Geographic, The Guardian, Politico, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Details; myriad websites including WiredLenscratch, Ain't-BadFraction,Juxtapoz, and Design Taxi; and he has produced numerous photo essays for public radio's Marketplace. Nearly 200 of Alex' photographs are featured in the Encyclopedia of New York City, published in 2010. Alex was commissioned by Johns Hopkins Hospital to create digital collages which are featured throughout its complex and Baltimore magazine named him the city's best photographer in 2012.

Alex earned his B.A. at Princeton University and his M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has been teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art since 2003, and served as the College's Associate Dean for Design and Media Studies from 2011 to 2018.

Statement

SPE has been at the center of my photography world since I joined in 2006. I have come to appreciate the unique opportunities for personal and professional growth that have grown out of my engagement with the organization; and with the countless fellow artists, educators, thinkers, and shapers of the medium who I have met through SPE over the past two decades. 

I am honored to have been nominated for service on the board, and if elected, I hope I can contribute to the continued improvement of the organization itself – particularly for the benefit of younger and newer members. Over 25 years, I have lived and worked many iterations of photography and higher education; full-time and part-time; art college and research university; first-year introductions and graduate seminars; deep creative research and commitment to pedagogical growth and integrity; still imagery, motion pictures, and live performance; not to mention seven years in design and media administration. My hope is that this breadth of experience will prove useful as the board steers SPE toward new ideas about how we work, meet, share, and grow in a time of political and social flux.

I am a firm believer in meaningful collaboration. I value building positive relationships, and I strive for good communication in all that I do. I would like to be involved in SPE's efforts to foster these values as we continue to improve the organization for all of our members, especially those who have not always felt centered in the organization's ethos. Great strides have been made in these directions recently, and I'm excited to play a bigger role in building upon these improvements.  

Thank you!

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.  

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.

Margaret LeJeune

Margaret LeJeune is an image-maker, curator, and educator from Rochester, New York (USA). She received an MFA from Visual Studies Workshop. Working predominantly with photographic-based mediums, LeJeune explores our precarious relationship to the natural world. Her work has been widely exhibited at institutions including The Griffin Museum of Photography (USA), The Center for Fine Art Photography (USA), ARC Gallery (USA), Circe Gallery Cape Town (South Africa), Science Cabin (South Korea), and Umbrella Arts (USA). LeJeune has been invited to create work at several residency programs which foster collaboration between the arts and sciences including the Global Nomadic Art Project - ... read more

Margaret LeJeune is an image-maker, curator, and educator from Rochester, New York (USA). She received an MFA from Visual Studies Workshop. Working predominantly with photographic-based mediums, LeJeune explores our precarious relationship to the natural world. Her work has been widely exhibited at institutions including The Griffin Museum of Photography (USA), The Center for Fine Art Photography (USA), ARC Gallery (USA), Circe Gallery Cape Town (South Africa), Science Cabin (South Korea), and Umbrella Arts (USA). LeJeune has been invited to create work at several residency programs which foster collaboration between the arts and sciences including the Global Nomadic Art Project - The Ephemeral River (England), University of Notre Dame Research Center (USA), D'art et de Reves (Canada), and Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (USA). She has been awarded a Puffin Fellowship, The Sally A. Williams Artist Grant, and a Bradley University Research Excellence 'New Directions' Grant for her interdisciplinary project Growing Light. Her works have recently been published in Culture, Community, and Climate: Conversations and Emergent Praxis and Evolving The Forest from art.earth press. LeJeune is an Associate Professor of Photography at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She is currently serving as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Fine Art Photography program at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

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.

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.

Marivi Ortiz

Marivi Ortiz is a Puerto Rican born, Chicago based photographer, commercial photo retoucher and adjunct educator. She holds an MFA from the University of Chicago at Illinois. In her art practice she investigates the desire for human connection, personal loss and trauma. She is interested in the process of healing after a traumatic event and the lingering effects of what remain during the process. Her work is meant to inspire, and help survivors convey personal narratives, self-expression and advocacy.  Her work has been shown at numerous museums and galleries including University of Texas in San Antonio, Collective Experiences, Chiang Mai Photo Festival in ... read more

Marivi Ortiz is a Puerto Rican born, Chicago based photographer, commercial photo retoucher and adjunct educator. She holds an MFA from the University of Chicago at Illinois. In her art practice she investigates the desire for human connection, personal loss and trauma. She is interested in the process of healing after a traumatic event and the lingering effects of what remain during the process. Her work is meant to inspire, and help survivors convey personal narratives, self-expression and advocacy. 

Her work has been shown at numerous museums and galleries including University of Texas in San Antonio, Collective Experiences, Chiang Mai Photo Festival in Thailand, Awakening Foundations literary magazine, Poke Artists and Online Social Media at Foto Fest in Houston. Other exhibitions include Extended Family for the School of Art in Collaboration with local high schools at Night Gallery in Tempe, Arizona, and Family Matters at Northlight Gallery on the campus of Arizona State University. She has been a longtime member of SPE and previous Co-Chair of the multi-cultural caucus at SPE. 

Jason Reblando

Jason Reblando is an artist and photographer based in Normal, Illinois. He received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and a BA in Sociology from Boston College. He is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines, two Artist Fellowship Awards from the Illinois Arts Council, and a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Jason's work focuses on labor, migration, and the socioeconomic forces that shape communities. His projects have been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, Politico, Camera Austria, PDNedu, Slate, Bloomberg ... read more

Jason Reblando is an artist and photographer based in Normal, Illinois. He received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and a BA in Sociology from Boston College. He is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines, two Artist Fellowship Awards from the Illinois Arts Council, and a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Jason's work focuses on labor, migration, and the socioeconomic forces that shape communities. His projects have been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, Politico, Camera Austria, PDNedu, Slate, Bloomberg Businessweek, Marketplace, MAS Context, Real Simple, Places Journal, Chicago Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. His photographs are collected in the Library of Congress, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Pennsylvania State University Special Collections, the Midwest Photographers Project of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His monograph New Deal Utopias was published in 2017 by Kehrer Verlag. He is an Assistant Professor of Photography in the Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University.

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