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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Mid-Atlantic

Vice Chair/Secretary Rebecca Michaels
Treasurer Jeanne Anderton

Midwest

Chair Larry Gawel
Vice Chair/Secretary Garin Horner
Treasurer Joseph Mougel
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Northeast

Chair Camilo Ramirez
Vice Chair/Secretary Laura Beth Reese
Treasurer Robert Knight
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Northwest

Chair David Strohl
Vice Chair/Secretary Jason Lazarus
Treasurer Crystal McBrayer
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Chair Bryan Florentin
Vice Chair/Secretary Tom Turner
Treasurer Scott Hilton
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Southeast

Chair Christa Bowden
Vice Chair/Secretary Marni Shindelman
Treasurer Emily Gomez
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Southwest

Chair Abbey Hepner
Vice Chair/Secretary Megan Jacobs
Treasurer Paul Sisson
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West

Chair Amanda Dahlgren
Vice Chair/Secretary Renee Billingslea
Treasurer Ken Marchionno
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Upcoming Chapter Events

Human/Nature

AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park - AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming   |   September 21 - September 23, 2018

This year's Northwest SPE conference will examine how the photographic medium can explore interactions between human and nature, as well as human nature itself. How do these concepts oppose one another? In what context can they be compatible? Against the backdrop of the Wyoming's Teton mountains, workshops, panels, and discussions will expand beyond landscape photography, delving into topics such as portraiture within nature, human impact on the environment, construction of boundaries, public lands management, and more. Where: University of Wyoming's NPS Research Station at the AMK Ranch.  On Jackson Lake, 1 hour north of Jackson, Wyoming. Keynote Speaker: TBD Contact: brussel@uwyo.edu Conference Tickets are not yet available. In September of 2018 SPE Northwest will be retreating to the banks of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park to discuss how photographers incorporate nature and our ecosystems into our work.  Featuring artist talks, panel discussions, demonstrations and photographic excursions, this will be a unique conference event.   Proposal submissions will be available in March and conference registration should begin in April.

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Material + Meaning

Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, Louisiana   |   October 04 - October 06, 2018

Material + Meaning brings together shared thematic concerns at the forefront of contemporary photographic practices. The widespread exploration of the aesthetic and physical possibilities of photography points toward a renewed understanding of the photograph as material object. We are interested in putting these investigations of the tactile and tangible in conversation with the harder-to-pin-down social and political concerns of our time. What can photography help us understand about power, truth, transparency, and reliability?  We look to artists who synthesize materiality and meaning to act as stewards of interpretation and representation---framing and shaping visual culture and politics. We hope this conference will provide a platform for us to connect and reflect on these themes within our region and beyond. 

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Conflux

Coming Together in Conversation

University of New Mexico - Albuquerque, New Mexico   |   November 02 - November 04, 2018

From Many, To Many Taking its name from the meeting of two rivers, the theme of the 2018 West/Southwest is based on the notion of meeting, exchanging, and transforming. It is based on the transformative power of conversation. From the keynote dialogue with Ana Teresa Fernandez and Mario Ontiveros to the many opportunities for sharing, Conflux is a conference of member-initiated creative conversations, hands-on collaborative projects, roundtable discussions, demonstrations, member's exhibition, artistic feedback and cultural site visits which pivot around photographic practice and contemporary culture. proposal submission and registartion information coming soon!

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