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Mid-Atlantic Chapter | Conferences

SPE Mid-Atlantic Chapter includes:
Washington D.C., Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Chair Rebecca Michaels
Vice Chair/Secretary Elena Volkova
Treasurer Jeanne Anderton
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Past Conferences

Depth of Our Field: Collaborations and Partnerships in Arts Education

Penumbra Foundation - New York, New York

Penumbra Foundation - New York, NY   |   October 28 - October 29, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions will be joining forces for the fall 2016 Conference! This Conference aims to consider photographic education as not just something that happens inside the classroom, but within the larger arts community. Many non-profit organizations, community centers, art collectives,foundationsandmuseums work with educators at all levels to ensure that those non-textbook experiences are accessible to our students.

SPE itself emerged at a time when academic art departments were beginning to offer photography in their curriculum. In recognition of this newly emerging field of academia Nathan Lyons, Beaumont Newhall, Aaron Siskindandother prominent artist-educators started this community that we are a part of today. SPE is not alone inthemission of furthering photographic education and critical engagement. Many other non-profit and arts organizations have the same passion for shared knowledge and arts education. This conference hopes to continue the collaborative conversation that started in Rochester back in 1962.

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About A Place

Pittsburgh Filmmakers - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   |   October 23 - October 24, 2015

"About a Place" addresses social, natural, political, psychological, and personal geographies, broadly. We invite members to submit work that explores the intersections of these and other ways of understanding the worlds in which we live, and through which we move.

Our understanding of what constitutes "place" is rapidly changing, influenced by current events that ask how localities transform (gentrification), what national borders mean (ISIS, Russia/Ukraine) and to whom the United States "belongs" (Occupy); by geologic transformations (climate change, resource extraction); by new technologies (social media, surveillance and "big data," virtual realities, and global positioning); and more.

What distinguishes a place? How can photographic practice articulate the relationships between experience and memory, or between history and landscape? How can photographic processes transform knowledge about place-based subjects? What are the stories that we tell about places, and why? We look forward to seeing responses that engage with these themes, using photography to both address and raise questions "About a Place."

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Representing Others / Representing Ourselves

Lancaster Marriott Hotel & Convention Center - Lancaster, Pennsylvania   |   November 07 - November 09, 2014

This year's theme investigates the diverse strategies photographers use to picture others, as well as themselves. Beginning in the 19th century photographers changed our perception of self and other by creating "portraits for the masses". These images gave average people a realistic likeness, provided a window on the past and exposed them to the faces of distant cultures. For over 175 years photographers have expanded the concept of the portrait as realistic memento to include allegory, metaphor and symbol. Contemporary image-makers continue to expand this tradition.

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This Is Not Photography

Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel - Asbury Park, New Jersey   |   October 18 - October 20, 2013

Almost a year after Super-storm Sandy devastated the Mid-Atlantic region, canceling our 2012 conference the 2013 conference was successfully held in Asbury Park, NJ on a beautiful sunny weekend in October. Keynote Speakers Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor along with Honored Educator Wendel White gave compelling lectures as did all our speakers: Adam Ekberg, Amy Faris, Andy Bloxham, Ashley Craig & Sonseree Gibson (Ticka Arts), Carla Shapiro, Christopher Jordan, Colin Edgington, Jay Gould, Jeff Phillips, Joseph Gamble, Lori Hepner, Marni Shindelman and Nate Larson, Nancy Ori, and Robert Creamer. When not in lectures and workshops, conference goers took advantage of the sites in Asbury Park and neighboring communities, photographing and visiting the likes of the Stone Pony, the famed Convention Hall, the boardwalks, beaches, and ocean, a few even braved the cold water temperatures for an afternoon of surfing!. As the conference came to a close almost a third of the attendees dined together at Porta Pizzeria before heading downtown for an evening of gallery hopping. A warm thanks to our generous donors: University of the Arts, City of Asbury Park, Monmouth University, Shades of Paper, Gallery 13, Celia Morrisette and Keith Johnson. Thanks as well to our student volunteers! (Summary by Anne Massoni) Conference Chairs: Anne Massoni, Geanna Merola, John Viggiano

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A Path Home: Visualizing Trauma and Healing


Conference Host: NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY - Jersey City, New Jersey   |   November 09 - November 11, 2012

The 2012 SPE Mid-Atlantic conference was CANCELLED due to the state of emergency caused by Hurricane Sandy. All ticket were refunded.

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