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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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South Central Chapter | Conferences

SPE South Central Chapter includes:
Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas

Chair Bryan Florentin
Vice Chair/Secretary Tom Turner
Treasurer Scott Hilton
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THIS, THAT, or The OTHER

Considering the Emerging Trends and Vernacular in Photography

Baylor University - Waco, Texas   |   October 13 - October 15, 2017

This year's conference held in the Fine Arts Building at Baylor University, will investigate and discuss how the current vernacular of imagery is ever-changing in the 21st century. It is estimated that over 1.8 billion images are uploaded to the internet daily. We are living in a time when family snapshots are no longer consigned to be neglected in family albums but are now publicly shared and disseminated. As cell phone photography grows more sophisticated, and technologically so easily available, so does the curatorial and artistic sensitivities of the public. During this growth, and with technology so easily available, lens-based artists are incorporating new technology and methodologies while finding new ways to embrace and define the traditional foundations of photography. Drones, microscopes, satellites, the internet, and surveillance imagery, are all becoming part of the vernacular in which we experience lens-based images today.
For questions, please contact – spescinfo@gmail.com.
H. Jennings Sheffield, Co-Chair of 2017 SPE South Central Regional Conference, 254-710-6388.
Chris Ireland, Co-Chair of 2017 SPE South Central Regional Conference, 254 968 9274.


Featured Speaker events are free and open to the public.


Friday Featured Speakers Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison
Friday, October 13 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Jones Theatre
You can find more details about this lecture at the following link.
https://www.spenational.org/conferences/this-that-or-the-other/schedule/2017/10/13/featured-speakers-robert-and-shana-parkeharrison-lecture


Saturday Featured Speaker Charlotte Cotton
Saturday, October 14 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Jones Theatre
You can find more details about this lecture at the following link.
https://www.spenational.org/conferences/this-that-or-the-other/schedule/2017/10/14/featured-speaker-charlotte-cotton




Sponsorship
This year's conference is sponsored by


• Creative Waco Artsmatch Grant
• Sprint Systems
• Baylor University
• Tarleton State University – College of Liberal and Fine Arts
• Texas Humanities
• Waco Hilton – Conference Hotel
• Texas Photographic Society
• Tarleton Ultra Club
• Frame Destination
• Red River Paper
• Baylor Libraries
• San Antonio Camera Exchange
 

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2016 SPE SC Regional Conference

Camp Stewart

- Hunt, TX   |   October 13 - October 16, 2016

Join together with friends (and future friends) at our all-inclusive 2016 Conference/ Retreat! Nestled by the Guadalupe River in the picturesque and culturally rich Texas Hill Country, the site of our conference will be Camp Stewart, a summer camp in Hunt, TX.


This regional conference offers the type of programming you expect as well as some new experiences. There will be two full days of lectures, workshops, demonstrations and portfolio reviews from regional SPE members, as well as keynote presentations in poetry, performance and the written word. Unique to this conference will be outdoor cookouts, a gourmet catered meal, ongoing exhibitions, a Yurt Obscura and outdoor activities!


Camp Stewart is located near the small town of Hunt, TX, about 15 miles from Kerrville, 116 miles from Austin, and 80 miles from San Antonio. Lodging options include group cabins (bunk beds), shared rooms, private rooms, campsites, and an off-site motel.


Registration begins on August 15. Only current SPE members may register. Be sure to buy or renew your SPE membership before you register. Non-members will have their registration cancelled. Advanced Registration Only. No on-site registration.


TO SEE ALL CONFERENCE INFORMATION (including schedule, lodging, speakers, events, etc.) AND TO REGISTER click on the link:


www.regonline.com/SPESC16




Special Events and Activities-


Friday Evening Performance: Montopolis Trio performs Monolith – (Sponsored by the University of Texas at Arlington)


A “Psychedelic Modern Classical Ensemble” from Austin TX, performing “Monolith,” a recently debuted work for piano and strings, inspired by the massive pink granite monolith called “Enchanted Rock,” 40 miles north of the conference site. The performance includes projected photographic images and spoken word narrative of the monolith’s geological formation.


Ongoing Photo Show – Take advantage of on-site printers, paper, and portable walls, for a crowd-sourced exhibition that will change and evolve as the retreat progresses. Sponsored by Red River Paper, Hannemuhle, Propanels and KIND Snack Bars.


Open Portfolio Reviews – New format: Reviewees will be assigned a table. Official Portfolio Reviewers commit to spend an hour moving from table to table offering feedback to each Reviewee, allowing the flexibility for longer (or shorter) individual reviews.


Friday Morning Hike by the River – Enjoy an invigorating stroll through the Hill Country landscape.


Saturday Morning Yoga – Led by Colette Copeland, SPE member and Certified Yoga Instructor. Bring your own mat!


Hammock Pavilion – Overlooking the Guadalupe River. Relax, sway slowly in the breeze, sit a spell, and cleanse your mind for creative rejuvenation. Sponsored by Eagle’s Nest Outfitters.


Yurt Obscura – A 150 sq. ft. circular temporary “tent” made of foam insulation panels and duct tape, with a lens mounted in one wall! Experience the optical thrill known since ancient days. Courtesy of SPE Member Rachel Rushing.


FREE TIME! Fridays and Saturdays 3:00-6:00 will be free time for swimming, canoeing, archery ($35 fee), or one of several informal demonstrations such as Carbon Transfer, Wet Collodion, and Screen Printing.


Gourmet Dinner – Catered by Brenton Childs, former Executive Chef at the Salt Lick and Bess Bistro (both in Austin, TX), and Stubb’s BBQ. He specializes in “Southern gourmet comfort food.”

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Spheres of Influence

University of Oklahoma - and, Oklahoma City Museum of Art   |   September 24 - September 27, 2015

Conference events on Friday will take place at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) in Oklahoma City. Saturday events will take place in Norman, Oklahoma, at the University of Oklahoma and at MAINSITE Contemporary Art Gallery.


Oklahoma City rests at the intersection of many highways that cross the continental US. OKC is known for Boomers and Sooners, sunsets, beauty queens, red dirt, tornado alley, and a capital with an oil derrick on site. The variety contained promotes why the locality of Oklahoma City is the perfect place to explore how we identify and reflect on the many guiding "forces" impacting our creative lives. All of us are affected by a variety of influences from history, culture, identity, geography, politics, scientific discovery, mentors, and experience to name some. This conference hopes to address how these spheres of influence impact us as artists, educators, and students and how this manifests in our photography as discovery, investigations, and recording in our worlds.


For questions, please contact okc2015spesc@yahoo.com


Conference Chair - Alex Emmons

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Engaging Possibilities

Middle Tennessee State University - Murfreesboro, TN   |   October 02 - October 05, 2014

Please join us for an exciting regional conference, exploring ideas of "Engaging Possibilities." The conference will take place on the Middle Tennessee State University campus and will have content such as workshops, imagemaker presentations, and demonstrations presented by SPE members. Other events throughout the conference include a film screening, portfolio reviews, member exhibit, special exhibit, and a Nashville evening experience. Saturday morning we welcome ASMP sponsored presenters, alongside some Nashville based artists.

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Refining Humanity: Photography and Empathy

Houston Center for Photography - Houston and Galveston, Texas   |   October 17 - October 20, 2013

The 2013 South Central Regional Conference began in Houston with portfolio reviews at Houston Center for Photography on Thursday. The reviewers were Jason Dibley, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Libbie Masterson, Houston Center for Photography; Jennifer Ward, FotoFest; and Clint Willour, Galveston Arts Center. After the reviews, attendees toured the Menil Collection then boarded buses for an exhibition at FotoFest. The evening ended with dinner and a reception at HCP. On Friday and Saturday the conference moved to College of the Mainland (COM) in Texas City for presentations and a dinner reception for one of two Member and Student shows. Honored Educator Keith Carter and keynote speaker Tracy Xavia Karner (author, curator, and visual sociologist) delivered very compelling talks. Saturday's bus tour of Galveston galleries included the Galveston Arts Center and Galveston College where the second Member and Student exhibition was on display. Dinner was provided back at COM, along with the raffle drawing, a photo booth and photo-themed piatas! The conference ended on Sunday with a tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston print room. The tireless conference Co-Chairs, Kristy Peet and Juliana Forero, and their dedicated committee and student volunteers put together an outstanding conference! (Summary by Bryan Florentin) Conference Chairs: Kristy Peet, Juliana Forero

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Nothing Ventured/Nothing Gained: The Creative Risk

- Starkville, Mississippi   |   October 25 - October 28, 2012

The 2012 South Central Society for Photographic Education conference was held at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS and co-hosted by the Department of Art and the Department of Communication. The conference titled Nothing Ventured/Nothing Gained: The Creative Risk focused on the risks artists take in the conceptual and technical aspects of their work, and the challenges they overcome in their visual research. Mississippi State University's commitment to hosting the conference and very generous support cultivated an environment that allowed us to critically examine the diversity of photographic practice by addressing the three major physical sectors of photography: traditional, digital, and alternative processes. The tireless efforts of the conference co-chairs, Marita Gootee, Dominic Lippillo, and Wendy Roussin, along with their enthusiastic team of volunteers, truly made it an event to be remembered. Dornith Doherty was presented with the Honored Educator award as modest appreciation for her excellence as a teacher, artist and SPE leader. The conference included many fine and exciting presenters, including the featured speakers: Kelli Connell, Todd Hido, and Susan Burnstine. To top it all off, Mississippi State University provided several fantastic exhibitions and a party with a Jazz band, we could not have asked for anything else. (Summary by Jay Gould)

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