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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Treasurer Paul Sisson
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Treasurer Ken Marchionno
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Upcoming Chapter Events

In Our Own Voices: Culture / Identity

University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus - Fairbanks, Alaska   |   September 13 - September 15, 2019

Explore the Last Frontier this upcoming fall with our 2019 Chapter Conference - being held at the University of Alaska - Fairbanks! This three day conference will provide one track for peer-reviewed international presenters, panelists, workshops artists and portfolio reviewers while also dedicating an entire track to Alaska-based photographers, indigenous artists and educational opportunities. The theme, which is "In Our Own Voices: Culture / Identity", invites a wide array of photographers and educators to share their talent with our international guests and local artists. Our conference will also feature a members-only show in the UAF Art Department Gallery in the Fine Arts Complex. Call for Art Proposal will go live before July 1, 2019.  Brian Adams, an Anchorage-based Inupiaq photographer, and Lorenzo Triburgo, Brooklyn-based photographer and performance artist, will serve as our keynote speakers for the event. Brian Adams documents real Alaska through its people, their various cultures and their unique landscapes. Brian's photobooks, entitled I am Inuit and I am Alaskan provide wonderful context to the cultural diversity and traditions of the Last Frontier. Lorenzo Triburgo has helped with our previous SPE-NW conference at OSU in 2017 and is creating amazing work focusing on identity with their series of heroic "Transportraits" and their current performance work in front of Stonewall.  Our two day business expo will be open and free to the public, and will feature a wide variety of major corporate sponsors, local businesses and educational opportunities. Affordable, on-campus housing will be provided by UAF Residence Life during the conference. A whole dorm has been set aside for #SPENW attendees and will cost $40/night + tax in a shared double occupancy room and $60/night + tax for a single occupancy room. Shared rooms have two twin beds in them while single rooms only have a single twin bed. Single rooms are extremely limited, so we ask that our attendees opt to share a room with other conference attendees. Request specific roommates by emailing us at or put your name on the list for pairing. Nerland Hall will be filled with 90+ photographers, educators and artists, so it is bound to be a blast! Be sure to add "ON-SITE Lodging" to your schedule for each day you plan on lodging on-campus. Any questions? Want to help sponsor our upcoming event? Please contact Conference Chair J. Jason Lazarus at !

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SPE Southcentral Conference 2019

Texas Tech University - Lubbock, Texas   |   October 10 - October 12, 2019

WITH AS MANY... points to the overlap and convergence of the many communities contemporary photographers foster, support. advocate for, and collaborate with through their photographic work.  PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.... presents immeasurable opportunities for defining ourselves and the places we come from and we are interested in catalyzing a conversation between photographers who: •    use their work to engage local communities•    give voice to underserved communities•    link communities together for a shared cause•    represent communities on their own terms•    build new communities through artistic collaboration MANY POSSIBLE... Proposals can be for individual presentations, collaborations, workshops and panels from member photographers, writers, educators, curators, historians, professionals, and students. Topics are not required to be theme-based, and may include but are not limited to; image-making, history, contemporary theory and criticism, multidisciplinary approaches and new technologies, and presentations of work in photography, film, video, performance and installation.  Texas Tech Conference Website

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MidAtlantic 2019 PopUp @ PCA&D

MidAtlantic Image Makers

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design - Lancaster, Pennsylvania   |   October 12 - October 12, 2019

MidAtlantic 2019 PopUp @ PCA&D When October 12, 2019Where Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PennsylvaniaFeatured Speakers Justyna Badach Theme: MID-ATLANTIC IMAGE MAKERS The 2019 SPE MidAtlantic Chapter PopUp@PCA&D will focus on the diverse photographic strategies used by artists and educators throughout the MidAtlantic region. We welcome proposals from all photographers, curators, critics, educators, students and other creative takes on the theme.

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2019 SPESE: Double-sided

This Conference is About Photography Books

Graduate Hotel, Richmond - Richmond, VA   |   October 17 - October 20, 2019

With the rise of self publishing, installation, performance, and expanded approaches to the photo book, SPESE 2019 invites you to Richmond, VA where VCUarts and the Departments of Art & Art History at William & Mary and the University of Richmond will explore Photography off the wall – disseminated and transmitted by gatekeepers and DIY'ers, through actual and virtual networked communities. Topics of exploration  include the nature of research and image circulation; collectives and special collections; working with designers, writers and text; the book as object and event, and most importantly, empowering our students to move the conversation around Photography Books forward for the next generation of artists, educators, consumers and producers. Background image by Keynote Speaker: Carmen Winant, "My Birth, 2018." Found images, tape. Installation view of Being: New Photography 2018 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York"

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Communities, Collaborations and Collectives

Saint Kate - Milwaukee, Wisconsin   |   October 24 - October 27, 2019

Ours is a time of increasing political, cultural, and economic division.  While the impulse to turn inward and interact with only those of like minds is strong, the creative class has every opportunity to resist that urge by bridging divides, building community, and bringing visibility to voices and efforts that are working to strengthen our shared visions for the future.  Creative collaborations and artist collectives help to provide effective and sustainable models for building sound structures that serve to unify our regional, national, and global populations of varying needs and perspectives. This year's theme is an opportunity to think beyond the needs of the individual maker, gesture, or venue, in an effort to promote shared agency in utilizing the photographic medium as a tool for unifying group interests, bringing voice to underrepresented communities, and communicating the experiences of those on all sides of the divide. Calls for Entry: Student Exhibition: #SPEMKE Student Exhibition juried by Alejandro Cartagena. Deadline: June 15 This open-theme call for entry is open to all student members of SPE. All lens-based media and works made utilizing photographic processes will be considered for exhibition. Selected works will be exhibited in the Brooks Stevens Gallery at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Sept 21-Oct 27, 2019. Submit your work here: About the Juror: Alejandro Cartagena lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture to examine social, urban, and environmental issues in America.  Cartagena's work has been exhibited internationally and is in public and private collections in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, and the United States, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Museo de Arte Moderno in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cartagena has published several photo books including Santa Barbara Shame on US (Skinnerboox, 2017), A Guide to Infrastructure and Corruption (The Velvet Cell, 2017), Rivers of Power (Newwer, 2016), Santa Barbara Return Jobs to US (Skinnerboox, 2016), Before the War (self-published, 2015), Carpoolers (self-published / FONCA 2014), and Suburbia Mexicana (Daylight/ Photolucida 2011). He is the recipient of several major national and international grants, numerous honorable mentions and acquisition prizes in Mexico and abroad including the Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award, the Lente Latino award in Chile, and the Premio IILA-Fotografia 2012 award in Rome. He has been named a FOAM Magazine "Talent" and one of PDN's 30 "International Emerging Photographers To Watch". Member's Exhibition: #SPEMKE Members Exhibition juried by Jennifer Murray, Executive Director of Filter Photo. This open-theme call for entry is open to all professional members of SPE. All lens-based media and works made utilizing photographic processes will be considered for exhibition. Selected works will be exhibited in the Brooks Stevens Gallery at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Sept 21-Oct 27, 2019. Submit your work here: Deadline: June 15 About the Juror: Jennifer Murray is an artist, curator, and educator who lives and works in Chicago. She is the Executive Director of Filter Photo. Filter organizes the annual multi-day Filter Photo Festival and hosts year-round programing at Filter Space, including social, educational, and professional development activities, exhibitions, workshops, and lectures. She was Director of Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, at Columbia College Chicago for eleven years where she organized a broad range of exhibitions in art and design. She is an Instructor of Photography at Loyola University Chicago and an independent artists' consultant and mentor working with artists on project development and exhibition preparation. She is a frequent portfolio reviewer and juror at photography events across the US including FotoFest, Photolucida's Critical Mass, SPE, and Filter Photo, among others. Recent curatorial projects include Furtive at the Chicago Cultural Center, Aint-Bad Magazine Issue 13, and Jackson Patterson: Recollected Memories at Gallery 19, Chicago. Murray received an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2002.Call for Proposals: #SPEMKE planning committee is seeking proposals for any interpretation of the conference theme, "Communities, Collaborations, and Collectives", with special encouragement for group presentations and collaborative/interactive approaches. We welcome submissions from artists from all parts of the global photographic community. Submit your proposal here: Deadline: June 15 Non-traditional formats will be considered. Current membership is required for all participants of accepted proposals. All presenters, co-presenters, panelists, and moderators will have 10 days to join SPE or renew their membership once acceptance notifications are sent out. Please indicate which presentation category you are applying for within your proposal.  Categories include:  • Student (15 min) – short presentation of your own artistic work and a brief introduction to your academic program.• Imagemaker (40 min) – presentation on your own artistic work • Lecture (40 min) – presentation on historical topic, theory, or another artist's work • Panel Discussion (90 min) – active discussion among panelists, moderator, and audience to discuss a chosen topic. !!!Past!!! Midwest Honored Educator: Students, educators, professionals: please email by May 15 with your nominations for Midwest Honored Educator to be awarded at the 2019 Midwest Society for Photographic Education Conference #SPEMKE this October. The criteria for selection of the Honored Educator are as follows:  The recipient has made a significant contribution to the field of photographic education. The contribution to the field could be made through classroom teaching, writing, publishing, museum education, or other areas of professional practice in the field of photography.  The recipient is a full-career educator. There is no specific requirement for the number of years in the field, but 15 years would generally be seen as a minimum.  The recipient has been a member of SPE.  To be considered for the Honored Educator Award, the educator must be nominated by a current member of SPE.  Nominations should include a formal letter of nomination citing specifics about the educator's contributions to the field of photographic education and a summary of the nominee's career. Past Midwest Recipients include: 2018 James Nakagawa2017 Judy Natal2016 Barbara Houghton2015 Linda Adele Goodine2014 Stan Strembicki2013 Jeff Curto2012 Ardine Nelson

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Photography: Mentorship and Legacy

Rhode Island School of Design - Providence, RI   |   October 26 - October 27, 2019

Each photographer carries with them the photographers who have gone before - those who were our mentors and educators, and those we never met but who taught us nonetheless. In many ways, these are the first important steps towards building support and community for ourselves. The 2019 SPE Northeast Chapter Conference will focus on photography's rich tradition of mentorship and legacy, and the ways in which we as educators continue that tradition in our classrooms. We welcome proposals from all photographers, but are particularly excited to see combined proposals from educators and their former students, and other creative takes on the theme. Call for presentations is open! See information below: Deadline: Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 at 11:59pm (EST)We are seeking proposals from SPE member and non-member photographers, writers, educators, curators, historians, and artists/professionals from other fields to present at the 2019 SPE Northeast Conference.We encourage proposed presentations that address the theme of the conference, Photography: Mentorship and Legacy. You may submit more than one proposal if you wish to submit to more than one presentation category.To submit a proposal, click here. Have the following information prepared:1. Your name 2. Category to which you are submitting (from one of the following six options): Academic Practicum Workshop (45 min) a lecture, demonstration, or panel that addresses pedagogy. Lecture (30 min) a presentation on an historical topic, theory, or another artist's work. Panel (60 min) a group led by a moderator to discuss a chosen topic. Imagemaker (30 min) a presentation of the artist's own work. Imagemaker PechaKucha Presentation (6 min 40 sec) a timed presentation of 20 slides of the artist's own work. What is a PechaKucha presentation? Click here to find out more! Student PechaKucha Presentation (6 min 40 sec) a timed presentation of 20 slides of the artist's own work. 3. Title of your presentation proposal 4. A description of your presentation, no longer than 300 words and saved as a PDF. 5. If submitting an Imagemaker or PechaKucha Series, 10 supporting images saved as: JPEG, sRGB Color, max quality, 1200px long dimension. Name your jpg's this way: lastname_## (example: johnson_01.jpg). The submission deadline of Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 (EST) is final. Late or incomplete proposals will not be accepted. Selected presenters register for the conference at a 50% discounted rate. Email with any questions about the conference or presentation proposals.

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All-Inclusive: Photography for Social Justice

2019 Joint West/Southwest Chapter Conference

Santa Clara University - Santa Clara, CA   |   November 01 - November 03, 2019

Come learn from and connect with other individuals working with critical issues in social justice. This conference is co-hosted by the West and Southwest Chapters of SPE and the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, minutes from the San Jose Airport and less than an hour from the old stomping grounds of Group f/64, which includes Carmel, San Francisco, and Oakland.     We will explore how photography is used to challenge injustice, pursue social equality, and advance human rights through creative skills in order to inspire social movements, to witness, to resist oppression, to pose the difficult questions, and to stimulate debate and awareness about critical social issues. The deadline for the Call for Proposals has passed. A peer review committee has made their decisions and notification emails have gone out. If you submitted a proposal and did not receive a notification, please check your spam folder and then email Registration fees, paid directly to SPE: Regular, Senior, Sustaining member: $75 early, $90 regular Adjunct/part-time: $40 early, $55 regular Student: $20 early, $25 regular Non-member: $215 Student non-member: $80 Because nearby quick restaurants are very limited, we will be providing an optional $15 lunch on site on Saturday. Must be paid in advance at the time of registration. Registration is scheduled to open June 30, 2019 and the Early Bird Deadline will be October 1, 2019. Conference Chair: Renee BillingsleaConference Co-Chair: Lamia Khorshid West Chapter Chair: Amanda DahlgrenSouthwest Chapter Chair: Abbey Hepner For questions or comments about the conference, please email:

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