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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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Treasurer Paul Sisson
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Developing Spaces/Places

Embassy Suites by Hilton East Peoria Riverfront Hotel & Conference Center - East Peoria, IL   |   October 12 - October 15, 2017

We are excited to host this year's Midwest SPE Chapter Conference! Located in the geographic center of our SPE region, we look forward to seeing members from every state in the Midwest come out in full force to Peoria, Illinois. The bulk of the programming will take place at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. Exhibitions and receptions will take place across Peoria including at the Bradley University Galleries, Riverfront Museum, Contemporary Art Center, Prairie Center for the Arts, and Peoria Library Downtown. Hands-on workshops will be given throughout the weekend at Bradley University's Heuser Art Center. Featured speakers and exhibitions at Developing Spaces/Places include Guggenheim-award winners Penelope Umbrico, David Taylor, Wendel White, William Fox, and esteemed 2017 Midwest Regional Honored Educator Judy Natal. Schedule of Speakers Check out our schedule of amazing presentations -- invited speakers, imagemakers, lectures, and workshops -- at conference details. Bridge SPE Membership Are you a recent photo grad? Register for the conference through the new Bridge SPE membership level to help individuals who have graduated from a degree program within the last two years and/or currently seek employment opportunities to stay professionally engaged. Free Workshops Are you looking for a new process to bring back to your school? We're incredibly excited that our free alternative process workshops are quickly filling up! Slots for these workshops are limited and pre-registration is required. Check out: Gum Bichromate Workshop Mordancage Workshop Van Dyke Brown Workshop Wet Plate Collodion Photogram Workshop DASS Sauce Inkjet Transparency Transfer Workshop Portfolio Reviews Share your work through one-on-one professional and student portfolio reviews. Slots for reviews are limited and pre-registration is required. Calls for Work Annual Juried Members Exhibition - Deadline: 07/24/17 This juried show will highlight the unique environmental and cultural character of the Midwest in its diverse expression, cultural insight, and experimental practice. The exhibition will take place at the Contemporary Art Center (CAC) in Peoria, Illinois. The CAC is a non-profit, 14,000-square-foot facility on the 2nd and 3rd floors of a renovated warehouse located in Peoria’s Riverfront district. Jurors: Marivi Ortiz and Marico Fayre. More info: https://www.spenational.org/resources/calls-for-entry/spe-2017-midwest-chapter-members-exhibition-juried-showJuried Student Members Exhibition - Deadline: 08/18/17 Call for student artwork: The Midwest Society for Photographic Education (SPE) and Prairie Rivers Network request submissions for the exhibition Water, to be held at the Peoria Public Library and Project 1612 in Peoria, IL. The exhibition, part of the 2017 Midwest SPE conference and the PRN Wild and Scenic Film Festival, is a collaboration geared to draw attention to contemporary water issues. Artists whose photographic-based or video works address issues of water including, but not limited to, water quality, conservation, pollution, climate change, spatial justice, and ecology, are encouraged to apply. SPE and PRN will award over $500 in prizes and one student will be awarded a solo exhibition at Peoria-based artist-run project space, Project 1612. Project 1612, founded in 2015, brings artists to Peoria for short-term artist residencies. More information about Project 1612 can be found at www.project1612.com. Jurors: Carol Hayes, executive director of Prairie Rivers Network, and artist Alexander Martin. More info: https://www.spenational.org/resources/calls-for-entry/spe-midwest-chapter-student-members-exhibition Special thanks to: Bradley University, Illinois State University, Jacob and Lorrie Bunn, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria Public Library, Illinois Community College, Prairie Center of the Arts, Bradley University Parent's Association, Bradley University Intellectual and Cultural Activities Committee, Bradley University Instructional Technology and Media Services, and Bostick and Sullivan.

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THIS, THAT, or The OTHER

Considering the Emerging Trends and Vernacular in Photography

Baylor University - Waco, Texas   |   October 13 - October 15, 2017

This year’s conference will investigate and discuss how the current vernacular of imagery is ever-changing in the 21st century. It is estimated that over 1.8 billion images are uploaded to the internet daily. We are living in a time when family snapshots are no longer consigned to be neglected in family albums but are now publicly shared and disseminated. As cell phone photography grows more sophisticated, and technologically so easily available, so does the curatorial and artistic sensitivities of the public. During this growth, and with technology so easily available, lens-based artists are incorporating new technology and methodologies while finding new ways to embrace and define the traditional foundations of photography. Drones, microscopes, satellites, the internet, and surveillance imagery, are all becoming part of the vernacular in which we experience lens-based images today. For questions, please contact – spescinfo@gmail.com. H. Jennings Sheffield, Co-Chair of 2017 SPE South Central Regional Conference, 254-710-6388. Chris Ireland, Co-Chair of 2017 SPE South Central Regional Conference, 254 968 9274. Call for Entries Conference Proposals Submission DetailsProposals 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. Requirements 3/4 to 1 page abstract, preferably in pdf form. Include title, AV needs, space concerns, and CV for each presenter. Minimum of 5 images, but no more than 10. Images must be sized to 1200 pixels on the long side at 100ppiandsaved as a jpg as Lastname_#.jpg. If selected, you will be asked to submit a higher quality representative image for the conference program. Please send all proposals to: spescsubmissions@gmail.com no later than June 15th with "2017SPESC Conference Proposal" as the subject. The conference organizers look forward to seeing your proposals! Call for Entries Educators Exhibition For a full description please download this document. https://docs.google.com/document/d/167Vi1blHs8JL1U74z04cOFCLR-_NjiM0_03hPOJviCg/edit?usp=sharing DESCRIPTION The Art Center of Waco has generously offered to host the SPESC Regional Juried Educator’s Exhibition during our 2017 conference. This exhibition is an opportunity to highlight our regional educators’ recent and extensive portfolios as a part of the South Central region and as a result of our passionate commitments to the arts and photographic education. Location The Art Center of Waco is a non-profit art gallery established in the 1970s in Waco, Texas. The mission of the Center is to promote the arts in Central Texas through exhibitions, collections, and educational programs. The center is situated in the historic William Cameron summer house on the campus of McLennan Community College in the Cedar Ridge neighborhood. Call for Entries Student Push-Pin Exhibition For a full description please download this document. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gFux0EIVnWwAv0SE6lQNmroWDx0fQm7Dvtp2WH6oSpw/edit?usp=sharing Join us for the SPE South Central Student Push-Pin Exhibition. SPESC students are invited to showcase their work at The Arts Center of Waco during the opening reception of the SPESC Chapter Juried Educators’ Exhibition. No need to print, matte, mount, or frame—we will do the printing for you. Prints will be mounted to temporary gallery walls with push pins. How It Works Submit up to three digital files via email and we will do the rest! We will print one copy of each digital file submitted (to your specifications--up to 11” x 14”). We will then install your image on temporary walls to be on display at the opening reception at The Art Center of Waco. If you wish to sell your images, be sure to list your phone number on your information submitted. Buyers will know to text/call you during the reception to make the exchange. All prints sold are the responsibility of the artist. People's Choice Award This year everyone will have the chance to vote for their favorite prints, and the top 3 artists and their work will be announced on our website, and on social media.

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Illuminate & Provoke: SPE-NW 2017

Oregon State University - Corvallis, Oregon   |   October 20 - October 21, 2017

Two days of photographic workshops, presentations & discussions, featuring the works of Christopher Russell, Rafael Soldi, Nicole Jean Hill and Alexis Pike. Richard Misrach is our keynote speaker for SPE-NW 2017. SPE-NW has welcomed proposals from photographers, artists, writers, educators, curators, historians, and professionals from other fields for the 2017 northwest regional conference: Illuminate and Provoke. We will be releasing a detailed schedule of the conference in the coming weeks. On Friday, the conference will begin at 1pm and will start with a choice of three-hour in-depth workshops. On Saturday, individual and shorter presentations will take place alongside opportunities for portfolio reviews. The keynote speaker is Richard Misrach and featured artists include Nicole Jean Hill, Alexis Pike, Christopher Russell, and Rafael Soldi. Topics are not limited to the theme and may include image-making, history, contemporary theory and criticism, multidisciplinary approaches, new technologies, effects of media and culture, educational issues, funding, professional practices, and presentations of work in photography, film, video, performance, and installation.

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Tahoe CoLab

Creativity, Community, and Collaboration

Granlibakken Tahoe - Tahoe City, California   |   November 03 - November 05, 2017

Join us for Tahoe CoLab: an interactive, community-building retreat where we will explore the ways in which photographers collaborate with each other, with artists in different disciplines, with scholars in other fields such as science and the humanities, and with community members. The permutations are as endless as they are exciting. We are thrilled to have Harrell Fletcher as our "weekend headliner!" He will be giving the keynote address on Friday evening, presenting a selection of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary work from his 25+ year career as a social practice artist using photography. In addition, Harrell will lead us all in an exciting participatory project on Saturday afternoon.Granlibakken Tahoe Resort, just minutes from the shores of Lake Tahoe, will be the retreat backdrop as we dine, slumber, learn, create, and collaborate with others from the West and Southwest chapters of SPE: students, teachers, curators, and artists. Programming will include image-maker presentations, teaching and learning discussions, and a collaborative project.Granlibakken is located five minutes from Tahoe City in the Tahoe National Forest and about an hour drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, serviced by major airlines such as Alaska, American, Delta, jetBlue, Southwest, and United. From the retreat location, Emerald Bay State Park is a 20 mile drive south and then it is an additional 52 mile drive around the lake with scenic wonders at each mile. For those who search for the cultural aspects of a region, a fifteen mile drive east will get you to the state line for the gambling and music at the Crystal Bay Club. Retreat style, with lodging and food included. Rates for the 2-nights, including all taxes. Paid directly to Granlibakken. Double occupancy: $367.20 per person Single occupancy: $482.40 per person Dorm-style (5–6 people per room): $220.80 per person Off-grounds: $168 per person 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: $190 Student non-member: $60 Early bird deadline is October 1, 2017 Retreat activities: Retreat programming to start Friday at 5:30 pm with a hosted cocktail reception and juried exhibition presentation Keynote Speaker: Social Practice Artist Harrell Fletcher Participatory Workshop Project led by Harrell Fletcher Wet plate collodion giant van camera demo by Ian Ruhter Honored educators’ (West and Southwest) talks 15-minute image-maker presentations Roundtable discussions on a variety of topics Portfolio sharing Hiking and photography outings Programming to end Sunday at 1 pm after lunch Please contribute to the following calls related to the retreat. Your participation is critical! Call for Ideas and Proposals for Roundtable Conversations,deadline July 15: https://goo.gl/forms/2X31pw7exJSJwsfh1 Call for Honored Educator Nominations,deadline July 15: https://goo.gl/forms/JiGM8wmnAstqwJ8U2 Juried Exhibition, open to ALL SPE members,deadline July 31: https://goo.gl/forms/cN8Z5uE3zgN6rGA42 Travel Award applications, deadline July 31: http://mailchi.mp/037bdc839d8a/call-for-image-maker-proposals-2434189

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Tahoe CoLab

Creativity, Community, and Collaboration

Granlibakken Tahoe - Granlibakken Tahoe, Tahoe City, California   |   November 03 - November 05, 2017

Join us for Tahoe CoLab: an interactive, community-building retreat where we will explore the ways in which photographers collaborate with each other, with artists in different disciplines, with scholars in other fields such as science and the humanities, and with community members. The permutations are as endless as they are exciting.Granlibakken Tahoe Resort, just minutes from the shores of Lake Tahoe, will be the retreat backdrop as we dine, slumber, learn, create, and collaborate with others from the West and Southwest chapters of SPE: students, teachers, curators, and artists. Programming will include image-maker presentations, teaching and learning discussions, and a collaborative project exploring the Lake Tahoe region.Granlibakken is located five minutes from Tahoe City in the Tahoe National Forest and about an hour drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, serviced by major airlines such as Alaska, American, Delta,jetBlue, Southwest, and United. From the retreat location, Emerald Bay State Park is a20 mile drive south and then it is an additional 52mile drive around the lake with scenic wonders at each mile. For those who search for the cultural aspects of a region, afifteen mile drive east will get you to the state line for the gambling and music at the Crystal Bay Club. Retreat style, with lodging andfoodincluded. Rates for the 2-nights, including all taxes. Paid directly to Granlibakken. Double occupancy: $370 per person Single occupancy: $485 per person Dorm-style (5–6 people per room): $225 per person Proposed retreat registration fees. Paid directly to SPE: Regular, Senior, Sustainingmember: $75 early, $90 regular Adjunct/part-time: $40 early, $55 regular Student: $20 early, $25 regular Non-member: $190 Student non-member: $60 Early bird deadline will be October 1, 2017 Proposed conference activities: Friday optional workshops for an additional fee (perhaps wet plate collodion and/or drone photography) Retreat programming to start Friday at 5:30 pm Authentic collaboration project throughout weekend 1-Track programming Keynote speaker, honored educators’ (West and Southwest) talks, invited speakers 15-minute image-maker presentations Teaching and learning discussions Portfolio sharing and/or print exchange Hiking and photography outing Programming to end Sunday after lunch Call for Image Maker Proposals: Objective: To provide opportunities for current SPE members in the Southwest and West Chapters to present their work at the 2017 "Tahoe CoLab: Creativity, Community, and Collaboration" SW / W Chapter Retreat, to be held November 3–5, 2017 at the Granlibakken Tahoe in Tahoe City, California. Presentation Criteria: Although encouraged, work presented is not required to be theme-based. Presentations are limited to 15 minutes.Collaborators: If your work is collaborative, we encourage you to present with your collaborator(s) if possible. If so, please complete this form only once for all the participants, choosing one main contact and indicating the collaborator(s) below.Eligibility: All undergraduate and graduate students, educators, and professional artists are welcome to submit proposals as long as they have not presented their work at any SPE conference in the last 2 years. Awards: Unfortunately, given that SPE is currently facing unprecedented financial difficulties, accepted presenters (including collaborators), will only be given discounted registration to attend the 2017 SW / W Chapter Retreat if requested by September 1, 2017. Evaluation Criteria: A peer review panel will review submissions. Awarded presenters will be notified no later than July 15, 2017. If awarded, you will need to return a Presenter Contract by August 1, 2017.Terms: By submitting a proposal, you agree to be a presenter/speaker during the conference (November 3–5, 2017) if your proposal is awarded. Submit your proposal by Thursday, June 15: https://goo.gl/forms/VxrhsLzwaP9VprsA3

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