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Vice Chair/Secretary Rani Robison
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Upcoming Conference

Beyond the Photographic Document

Black Hills State University - Spearfish, South Dakota   |   September 24 - September 27, 2020

SPE-NW at Black Hills State University in Spearfish South Dakota
We invite you to join us for the 2020 SPE-NW chapter conference in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota at Black Hills State University, September 24-27, 2020. The theme of this year's conference is "Beyond the Photographic Document." Photography is known for its ability to document the world, but there are images that transcend the notion of photography as a document and hold deeper meaning. Images that are symbolic, poetic, inspiring, cerebral, spiritual, images that have an essence of something more. We invite you to submit proposals that interpret the theme in your unique way.

During the conference we are planning trips to Devil's Tower, Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, and Spearfish Canyon. We hope you will join us to enjoy the crisp weather and beautiful fall colors in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  

We are accepting proposals in the following categories:

  • Imagemaker (45 min)

  • Student Presentations (15 min)

  • Teaching Methodology and Research (45 min)

  • Workshops/Hands-On Training (45 min)

  • Panel Discussion (3-4 people. 45 to 90 min)

  • Lightning Round Artist Presentations - For Single Bodies of Work (15 min)

We accept submissions from photographers, educators, artists, students, and professionals that are not SPE members as well as people living outside of our region. Thank you for your interest and do not hesitate to contact our Conference Chair through email (provided below) or via SPE-NW's Facebook and Instagram pages. 

Please enter your proposals at:

Submissions are due by May 29th, 2020

Please keep submissions to 500 words or less.

We will also be accepting entries for a month-long "SPE-NW: Beyond the Photographic Document", an exhibition in the BHSU Ruddell Art Gallery.

SPE-NW Conference Exhibition Details:

Submission Deadline: July 18, 2020 before Midnight MST

Announcement of Accepted Work: Before August 1

Accepted Work Due to Gallery: August 17-22 (if it comes earlier than this date please, as no one from the gallery will be on campus to receive the image)

Exhibition Dates: August 27 - September 25th

Closing Reception: September 25, 4-6pm

Please submit up to 3 images related to the conference theme to by July 18, 2020. Accepted work will be announced early August, Work due to the gallery between August 17-21. The show will be on display from August 27 to September 25th. Prize winners will be announced during the gallery closing reception on September, 25th 4-6pm.

Please provide return shipping labels in packaging, or be ready to take the work with you after the closing exhibition.

Our conference theme is largely inspired by the work of our Keynote speaker, Linda Connor. Those familiar with her work will know the presence of the Other, something beyond the scene photographed, that is ever present in her work. Each of Connor's images resonate with an unseen spirituality. 

Linda Connor is an American photographer who photographs spiritual and exotic locations including India, Mexico, Thailand,Ireland, Peru, and Nepal. Connor has taught at San Francisco Art Institute since 1969, and in 2004 was the Honored Educator, for the Society of Photographic Education.

Linda's photographs appear in a number of books, including Spiral Journey, a catalog of her exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in 1990 and Odyssey: Photographs by Linda Connor, published by Chronicle Books in 2008. Connor was awarded National Endowment for the Arts grants in 1976 and 1988, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1979. Connor's work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

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SPE is happy to host the 4th weekly FotoFika on Wednesday, April 8th at 4:00 pm EDT.  This week, we will be sharing part two in a series on transitioning thesis exhibitions online.

We will continue with the same format, 20 minutes of ideas (including answering some of the questions we had from the first meeting). And then 40 minutes of time will be dedicated to your questions and solutions. 
We look forward to seeing you on Zoom - link in bio!

If you plan on attending the meeting on April 8th, 4pm EDT please RSVP to

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SPE is happy to host the 4th weekly FotoFika on Wednesday, April 8th at 4:00 pm EDT. This week, we will be sharing part two in a series on transitioning thesis exhibitions online. We will continue with the same format, 20 minutes of ideas (including answering some of the questions...

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