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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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Treasurer Paul Sisson
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Upcoming Chapter Events

SPESC Portfolio Throwdown

Portfolio Reveiws at the Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Sculpture Center - Dallas, TX   |   April 14 - April 14, 2019

The South Central Chapter of the Society for Photographic Education is pleased to host our inaugural Portfolio Throwdown on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at the Nasher Sculpture Center in the Arts District of Downtown Dallas.  This will be a unique opportunity for photography students from Undergraduate and Graduate programs to bring their best work, and meet with Photography Instructors, Commercial Photographers, and Museum or Gallery Professionals. Students can refine their photographic vision by getting honest, forthright feedback, and hone their skills at discussing and presenting their work.  Students also get the benefit of expanding their personal network by meeting instructors, professionals, and other students outside of their own academic programs.  Reviewers may benefit by meeting potential future students, interns, or assistants, and by seeing the developing work of the next generation of photographers. Portfolio Reveiw Strategies Bring a portfolio of 15-20 photographs.  Reveiwers are interested in seeing how well you can explore an idea in depth, not how many different styles of photographs you can make, so it's best choose images that have a cohesive theme or approach.  Reviewers will prefer to look at prints, rather then images on a screen, but if your work is sculptural, motion, or time-based, then bring a laptop or pad- just make sure ahead of time that your files are viewable and working.  Reviewers prefer not to look at images or videos on a phone. The best option is to bring prints in a clamshell-style portfolio box. Prints in a binder-style portfolio are okay, but some reviewers do not like looking at prints that are in any kind of plastic sleeve or page.  Matted prints are fine, but not required. Prepare your "elevator speech"- a brief description of your work, what you think it means, what your concerns are as a photographer, and what you hope your audience will get out of seeing your work.  Your "speech" doesn't need to be memorized and recited, but you will be better able to represent your work and ideas if you have some practice talking about it. Make some business cards or postcards, with an image and some contact information, and hand that to the reviewer at the end of your review. Reveiwers will ask questions about your work, but you should also have some questions ready to ask them.  Good reviews are dialogue between the reviewer and the artist, so it's best to be prepared, but also able to "go with the flow" of the conversation. Information about the location and parking can be found in the "location & travel" tab, or just click here.

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In Our Own Voices: Culture / Identity

- 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 two 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 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. Information about our upcoming Call for Proposals will be available after March 2019.  If you would like to help sponsor our upcoming event, please contact our Conference Chair, J. Jason Lazarus at . 

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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.

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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. CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Proposals are due May 1, 2019. 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 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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