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Jeff Curto - National Board Chair
Claude Baillargeon - Vice Chair
Bill Gaskins - Treasurer
Robin Germany - Secretary
Liz Allen
Michelle Bogre
Jim Casper
Stephen Chalmers
Erika Gentry
Amy Holmes George
Aspen Hochhalter
Mark Malloy
Anne Massoni
Rebecca Nolan
Ariel Shanberg
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 national 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.

Jeff Curto

Jeff Curto is professor emeritus of photography at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he taught from 1984 to 2014. He earned a BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1981 and an MFA from Bennington College in 1983. A collected and published fine art photographer, Curto has experience with commercial photography and jobs as a custom color and B&W printer. He also produces two popular photography podcasts, Camera Position and History of Photography. ... read more

Jeff Curto is professor emeritus of photography at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he taught from 1984 to 2014. He earned a BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1981 and an MFA from Bennington College in 1983. A collected and published fine art photographer, Curto has experience with commercial photography and jobs as a custom color and B&W printer. He also produces two popular photography podcasts, Camera Position and History of Photography.

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.

Bill Gaskins

Bill Gaskins has a professional base in photography and arts writing and an academic foundation in art, photography, and the history of photography. His work in photography as an artist, scholar, writer, and teacher, explores questions about portraiture, cinema, race and visual representation, the myths of photography and American culture. Gaskins is an associate professor in the Department of Art in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University and a faculty member in the American Studies Program at Cornell. Prior teaching appointments have been at The Ohio State University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, ... read more

Bill Gaskins has a professional base in photography and arts writing and an academic foundation in art, photography, and the history of photography. His work in photography as an artist, scholar, writer, and teacher, explores questions about portraiture, cinema, race and visual representation, the myths of photography and American culture. Gaskins is an associate professor in the Department of Art in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University and a faculty member in the American Studies Program at Cornell. Prior teaching appointments have been at The Ohio State University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Missouri, the College of Art, Media & Technology and the College of Art and Design Theory and History at Parsons School of Design, and the graduate program in media studies in The New School for Public Engagement in New York City.

Robin Germany

Robin Germany (BA, Philosophy, Tulane; MFA, University of North Texas) is an associate professor in the Texas Tech University School of Art. Her extensive contributions to SPE (both regional and national) include volunteering in the national office, teaching workshops, making panel presentations, reviewing portfolios, participating in peer review, co-chairing a regional conference, and co-organizing the graduate student presentations. She served as a regional chair (1994-1998) when the South Central region initiated a student scholarship fundraiser and reduced conference fees as a way to encourage adjunct faculty attendance. ... read more

Robin Germany (BA, Philosophy, Tulane; MFA, University of North Texas) is an associate professor in the Texas Tech University School of Art. Her extensive contributions to SPE (both regional and national) include volunteering in the national office, teaching workshops, making panel presentations, reviewing portfolios, participating in peer review, co-chairing a regional conference, and co-organizing the graduate student presentations. She served as a regional chair (1994-1998) when the South Central region initiated a student scholarship fundraiser and reduced conference fees as a way to encourage adjunct faculty attendance.

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.

Michelle Bogre

Michelle Bogre is an associate professor of photography at Parsons The New School for Design and former chair of the Photography Department there. She is a documentary photographer, copyright lawyer, and author of Photography As Activism: Images for Social Change, published by Focal Press. Her photographs and articles have been widely published in national magazines, and she is a regular contributor to American Photo and American Photo On Campus magazines. Her photographs have been featured in group shows at the Lawrence O'Brien Gallery in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and in Beauty Culture at the Annenberg Space for Photography ... read more

Michelle Bogre is an associate professor of photography at Parsons The New School for Design and former chair of the Photography Department there. She is a documentary photographer, copyright lawyer, and author of Photography As Activism: Images for Social Change, published by Focal Press. Her photographs and articles have been widely published in national magazines, and she is a regular contributor to American Photo and American Photo On Campus magazines. Her photographs have been featured in group shows at the Lawrence O'Brien Gallery in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and in Beauty Culture at the Annenberg Space for Photography in LA. She is working on a new book on teaching photography and, when time allows, is making incremental progress on a long-term photographic project on family farms in America.

Jim Casper

Jim Casper is Editor-in-Chief, Publisher and Co-founder of LensCulture, a global photography network and online magazine celebrating current trends of contemporary photography in art, media, politics, commerce and popular cultures worldwide. LensCulture is one of the largest online destinations to discover curated contemporary photography from around the world. We reach a global audience of over 1.5 million monthly via the web, social media, and mobile platforms. Throughout the year, LensCulture hosts several international photography competitions with photographers from over 140 countries. We also curate photography exhibitions in leading cities and create projections that are screened at international photography festivals. Our mission is ... read more

Jim Casper is Editor-in-Chief, Publisher and Co-founder of LensCulture, a global photography network and online magazine celebrating current trends of contemporary photography in art, media, politics, commerce and popular cultures worldwide.

LensCulture is one of the largest online destinations to discover curated contemporary photography from around the world. We reach a global audience of over 1.5 million monthly via the web, social media, and mobile platforms. Throughout the year, LensCulture hosts several international photography competitions with photographers from over 140 countries. We also curate photography exhibitions in leading cities and create projections that are screened at international photography festivals.

Our mission is to discover the best of contemporary photography and share it with the largest audience possible. We believe talented photographers deserve global exposure that can lead to valuable, career-building opportunities. We are committed to helping photographers of all levels to advance their careers and become better photographers, a goal we hope to accomplish in everything we do at LensCulture.

Casper works as an author, critic, lecturer, curator, events organizer, consultant, portfolio reviewer, juror for photography competitions worldwide, and he currently serves on the board of directors of SPE.

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.

Erika Gentry

Erika Gentry is a multimedia artist and educator. An early adopter of the creative digital domain, she has been working in and teaching digital arts and photography since 1996. Gentry grew up in Portland, OR, and received her BA from the University of Oregon and her MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has served on the SPE West Region BOD, the SPE National BOD, as vice president of Fotovision.org, and as an adviser to Lens Culture. She exhibits and travels internationally and designs photography workshops in France and San Francisco, where she is currently an associate professor and ... read more

Erika Gentry is a multimedia artist and educator. An early adopter of the creative digital domain, she has been working in and teaching digital arts and photography since 1996. Gentry grew up in Portland, OR, and received her BA from the University of Oregon and her MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has served on the SPE West Region BOD, the SPE National BOD, as vice president of Fotovision.org, and as an adviser to Lens Culture. She exhibits and travels internationally and designs photography workshops in France and San Francisco, where she is currently an associate professor and the department chair of photography at City College of San Francisco.

Amy Holmes George

Amy Holmes George is a fine art photographer and educator based near Dallas, Texas, where she has held teaching appointments at Baylor University, the University of North Texas, and Collin College. Exhibited widely throughout the US as well as in Italy, England, France, and China, her work has been featured in over 100 exhibitions and is housed in collections such as The Getty, The Kinsey Institute, and the Fratelli Alinari Museum in Italy. George is a co-founder of alt8 (an alternative photographic processes group based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area) and president of the Texas Photographic Society, serving previously as ... read more

Amy Holmes George is a fine art photographer and educator based near Dallas, Texas, where she has held teaching appointments at Baylor University, the University of North Texas, and Collin College. Exhibited widely throughout the US as well as in Italy, England, France, and China, her work has been featured in over 100 exhibitions and is housed in collections such as The Getty, The Kinsey Institute, and the Fratelli Alinari Museum in Italy. George is a co-founder of alt8 (an alternative photographic processes group based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area) and president of the Texas Photographic Society, serving previously as chair, treasurer, and vendor liaison on the SPE South Central Regional Board. As a former tenured professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, she co-directed the photo and digital media curricula and also founded the school's first study abroad program. The recipient of a 2008 Fulbright grant, she holds an MFA from Clemson University and a BFA from Miami University.

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.

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.

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.

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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