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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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School of Art & Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY   |   November 01 - November 04, 2018

Photography mediates the world. Artists continue to challenge and expand the possibilities of what can be expressed through this medium. How can we see what cannot be seen? How can we represent that which has not been represented? And how can we expand the ability of the lens-based arts to articulate what we care most about?  Medium is an opportunity to think about the role of the artist and how we might challenge and expand our ideas about what lens-based arts look like and what they can accomplish. Join us in Lexington, Kentucky for a weekend full of image maker presentations, panel discussions, portfolio sharing, workshops and more! Keynote, Honored and Invited Speakers include Genevieve Gaignard, Roger Ballen, Gerald Slota and James Nakagawa! To submit to the Juried Film Screening for Regular and Student Members with 10/2 deadline, click here.

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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. Exhibition Opportunity! Conflux Coming Together in Conversation College of Fine Arts-Downtown Studio, 113 4th St NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Reception November 3, 2018 6 - 9PM The exhibition, Conflux Coming Together in Conversation, is an open call to those attending the joint SPE W/SW conference. The exhibit aims to spark a visual dialog among participants by forging visual and conceptual similarities among the exhibited works. The reception will take place at the CFA downtown studio gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 3, 2018, 6 - 9PM.    Exhibition Specifics:  Please bring one print per person (either unframed or framed work will be accepted) in person to the CFA gallery on Friday 3PM to 5PM during conference checkin (work can be dropped off until the close of the reception at 9PM but ideally it would be earlier),  Maximum print size 30"x40" All work brought in will be included and will be pinned/hung in the gallery with each artist making visual/conceptual connections to other artworks.  Artwork must be picked up Sunday morning (hours TBD) or it will be discarded, unless other arrangements are made in advance. Video Submissions for Honoring Educators, SPE W/SW In the spirit of non-hierarchical collaboration, the SPE West/Southwest 2018 Conflux: Coming Together in Conversation conference committee is seeking submission videos honoring any and all educators and mentors who have had a profound impact on your life. This is not a contest, but rather a forum for honoring and highlighting those who have helped us most in our artistic journeys. We would love to hear about your relationships, memories, anecdotes, brilliant musings, etc. on a particular person who helped you become the artist you are today. To participate, send a photo with a placard of text (Ala Gillian Wearing) or video or a link to a video to or post on SPE West or SPE Southwest Facebook page. Please keep each video submission to 10 seconds to 2 minutes. The deadline for video submissions is October 15th. These are meant to be informal, just record yourself offering a word or two about someone who helped you along your way. Videos and photos will be compiled and shared during the SPE West/Southwest 2018 Conflux: Coming Together in Conversation conference and posted to the SPE W/SW Facebook pages after the conference. 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 7th, 2018 Cancellation Policy: Conference registration is non-transferable and requests for a full refund must be received in writing to by October 16, 2018. After October 16, 2018, cancellations are subject to a $25 processing fee. The cancellation policy applies to all circumstances (including severe weather, natural disaster, flight cancellations, etc.). Happening Nearby: Jo Whaley: Echoes.  An installation of still life color photographs placed among Georgia O'Keefe's paintings, opening a new perspective on modernist compositions.Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, November 2nd, 2018 - February 24th, 2019.

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