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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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Northeast Chapter | Conferences

SPE Northeast Chapter includes:
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Chair Camilo Ramirez
Vice Chair/Secretary Laura Beth Reese
Treasurer Robert Knight
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Past Conferences

Depth of Our Field: Collaborations and Partnerships in Arts Education

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

Conference Dates: October 28-29, 2016
Conference Theme: "Depth of Our Field: Collaborations and Partnerships in Arts Education"
Host: Penumbra Foundation, New York, NY
Keynote Speaker: Mia Fineman, Associate Curator Photography, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Invited Speaker: Alicia Hansen, Founder and Executive Director of NYCSalt.org
Honored Educator: Henry Horenstein, Professor of Photography, Rhode Island School of Design


The 2016 SPE-NE 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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Advocacy: Photography’s Role in Affecting Change

Photographic Resource Center - Boston, MA   |   November 06 - November 07, 2015


Conference Dates: November 6 - 7, 2015
Conference Theme: "Advocacy: Photography's Role in Affecting Change"
Host: Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Boston, MA
Keynote Speaker: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
Honored Educator: Arno Rafael Minkkinen
Invited Speaker: Jane D. Marsching
Invited Speaker: Zach Stephens

This years conference is dedicated to the memory of Gary Metz.


Presenters and panelists: listed/linked to on the next page, including schedule


Evidence and Advocacy: SPE Northeast Member Juried Exhibition
November 5, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Reception: November 7, 6:30 - 9:00pm
Jurors: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Keynote Speaker, and conference Co-Chairs, Bruce Myren and Camilo Ramirez

* Please click the yellow button to REGISTER and for more info, including the complete SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION options (under "program guide") and HOTEL - linked to on the menu at the right. *

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ACCESSIBILITY: Ubiquity vs. the Sublime

Clark Theater, New York State Museum - Albany, New York   |   October 24 - October 25, 2014

It seems that everyone is a photographer. How do we as educators, find the balance between ubiquity and the sublime? How do we as students acknowledge the traditions of photography while being true to our own photographic acumen. The 2014 SPE-NE Conference hopes to address our omnipresent medium in its developing manifestations and evolving aesthetics, ultimately leading to an understanding of how these fit into photographic education and learning.

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REDEFINING INFLUENCE: Balancing relationships and evolving processes

PhoPa Gallery - Portland, Maine   |   November 08 - November 10, 2013

Our SPE Northeast Conference Redefining Influence took place at Maine College of Art in Portland Maine, November 8 & 9, 2013. We had about 90 attendees which made for a very intimate and engaged group. Lisa Kereszi closed the first afternoon with the keynote presentation of her work and influences. We finished the day with the MECA Photography Student show opening reception. We started Saturday with a screening of Stephen DiRado's film "Summer Spent," that he made while on a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012. Once again lunch was provided to all attendees in the MCA cafeteria, allowing for continued conversation and socializing. The end of the day brought the presentation of the Honored Educator Award to Barbara Bosworth, long time educator from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Some of her former students, Justin Kirchoff, Bruce Myren, Cheryle St. Onge, and Michelle Sheppard, give odes to her teaching and there were not many dry eyes... The Conference wrapped up with a reception at PhoPa Gallery, Maine Media Workshops, Portland gallery space, showing work by the Workshops many educators. (Summary by Bruce Myren) Conference Chair: Justin Kirchoff

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EXPANSION: How photography has expanded since the 1960s

and what are we going to do with the unprecedented growth of images in the world?

Visual Studies Workshop - Rochester, New York   |   November 01 - November 03, 2012

SPE Northeast's regional conference opened with a pre-conference celebration of Hank Willis Thomas's show at VSW on Thursday night. We were delighted that so many of our attendees made it out that night to the opening and to pick up their badges early. One of the highlights of the weekend was Nathan Lyons, Joseph Jacobson, and Jessica MacDonald discussing the history surrounding Invitational Teaching Conference, and the founding of SPE fifty years ago.


The weekend ended with a look forward into the future of photographic education and the medium itself, led by Alison Nordstrom in the Dreyden Theatre at the Eastman House.

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