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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Treasurer Ken Marchionno
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Upcoming Chapter Events

In Our Own Voices: Culture / Identity

University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus - Fairbanks, Alaska   |   September 13 - September 15, 2019

Explore the Last Frontier this fall at our 2019 Chapter Conference at the University of Alaska Fairbanks! This three-day conference will provide one track for peer-reviewed international presenters, panelists, workshop artists and portfolio reviewers while also dedicating an entire additional 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 conference will also feature a members-only show in the UAF Art Department Gallery in the Fine Arts Complex. Call for Art Proposal will go live before July 1, 2019.  Brian Adams, an Anchorage-based Inupiaq photographer, and Lorenzo Triburgo, Brooklyn-based photographer and performance artist, will serve as our keynote speakers for the event. Brian Adams documents the real Alaska through its people, their various cultures and their unique landscapes. Brian's photobooks, entitled I am Inuit and I am Alaskan provide wonderful context to the cultural diversity and traditions of the Last Frontier. Lorenzo Triburgo has helped with our previous SPE-NW conference at OSU in 2017 and is creating amazing work focusing on identity with their series of heroic "Transportraits" and their current performance work in front of Stonewall.  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. Affordable, on-campus housing will be provided by UAF Residence Life during the conference. A whole dorm has been set aside for #SPENW attendees and will cost $40/night + tax in a shared double occupancy room, $60/night + tax for a single occupancy room, and $80/night + tax for a full room with double occupancy (twin beds). Shared rooms have two twin beds in them while single rooms only have a single twin bed. Single rooms are extremely limited, so we ask that our attendees opt to share a room with other conference attendees. Request specific roommates by emailing us at or put your name on the list for pairing. Nerland Hall will be filled with 90+ photographers, educators and artists, so it is bound to be a blast! Be sure to add "ON-SITE Lodging" to your schedule for each day you plan on lodging on-campus. Any questions? Want to help sponsor our upcoming event? Please contact Conference Chair J. Jason Lazarus at!

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SPE Southcentral Conference 2019

Texas Tech University - Lubbock, Texas   |   October 10 - October 12, 2019

WITH AS MANY... points to the overlap and convergence of the many communities contemporary photographers foster, support. advocate for, and collaborate with through their photographic work.  PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.... presents immeasurable opportunities for defining ourselves and the places we come from and we are interested in catalyzing a conversation between photographers who: •    use their work to engage local communities•    give voice to underserved communities•    link communities together for a shared cause•    represent communities on their own terms•    build new communities through artistic collaboration MANY POSSIBLE... Proposals can be for individual presentations, collaborations, workshops and panels from member photographers, writers, educators, curators, historians, professionals, and students. Topics are not required to be theme-based, and may include but are not limited to; image-making, history, contemporary theory and criticism, multidisciplinary approaches and new technologies, and presentations of work in photography, film, video, performance and installation.  Texas Tech Conference Website

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2019 MidAtlantic Chapter Conference | PCA&D

MidAtlantic Image Makers

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design - Lancaster, Pennsylvania   |   October 12 - October 12, 2019

2019 MidAtlantic Chapter Conference @ PCA&D When October 12, 2019Where Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PennsylvaniaFeatured Speaker Justyna Badach Theme: MID-ATLANTIC IMAGE MAKERS The 2019 SPE MidAtlantic Chapter Conference @PCA&D will focus on the diverse photographic strategies used by artists and educators throughout the MidAtlantic region. We welcome proposals from all photographers, curators, critics, educators, students and other creative takes on the theme.

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2019 SPESE: Double-sided

This Conference is About Photography Books

Graduate Hotel, Richmond - Richmond, Virginia   |   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. Background image by Keynote Speaker: Carmen Winant, "My Birth, 2018." Found images, tape. Installation view of Being: New Photography 2018 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York"

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Communities, Collaborations and Collectives

Saint Kate - Milwaukee, Wisconsin   |   October 24 - October 27, 2019

Ours is a time of increasing political, cultural, and economic division.  While the impulse to turn inward and interact with only those of like minds is strong, the creative class has every opportunity to resist that urge by bridging divides, building community, and bringing visibility to voices and efforts that are working to strengthen our shared visions for the future.  Creative collaborations and artist collectives help to provide effective and sustainable models for building sound structures that serve to unify our regional, national, and global populations of varying needs and perspectives. This year's theme is an opportunity to think beyond the needs of the individual maker, gesture, or venue, in an effort to promote shared agency in utilizing the photographic medium as a tool for unifying group interests, bringing voice to underrepresented communities, and communicating the experiences of those on all sides of the divide.

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Photography: Mentorship and Legacy

Rhode Island School of Design - Providence, RI   |   October 26 - October 27, 2019

Each photographer carries with them the photographers who have gone before - those who were our mentors and educators, and those we never met but who taught us nonetheless. In many ways, these are the first important steps towards building support and community for ourselves. The 2019 SPE Northeast Chapter Conference will focus on photography's rich tradition of mentorship and legacy, and the ways in which we as educators continue that tradition in our classrooms. We are honored to have the photographers Doug DuBois and D'Angelo Lovell Williams giving a joint Keynote Presentation on Saturday night around the themes of our conference! OUR CALL FOR WORK IS LIVE! The Society for Photographic Education Northeast Chapter seeks submissions for a juried exhibition at the Red Eye Gallery at the Rhode Island School of Design to be held in conjunction with the 2019 Chapter Conference. The exhibition will be juried by our Keynote Speaker D'Angelo Lovell Williams. Submissions are encouraged, but not required to address the conference theme Photography: Mentorship and Legacy.ELIGIBILITY:SPE membership is not required as part of this call; we encourage submissions from members and non-members alike. In addition, we encourage submissions by photographers as well as artists using photography as a critical part of their process.SUBMISSION FEES:Free to submit if you are registered to attend the 2019 SPE Northeast Chapter Conference, $20 for members and students (discounted rate), and $30 for non-members. This includes 5 images per submission.For more information about SPE memberships, click here.HOW TO SUBMIT:1. As part of your online submission, please prepare the following: Title & Project Description (max. 300 words) 5 Images: saved as JPEG (sRGB Color, max. 1500px longer dimension) Name your JPEGs this way: last name_##.jpg (example: johnson_01.jpg) Information for each image: Title, Medium, Year, Dimensions Proof of Conference Registration, if applicable: include a jpg, pdf, or screenshot of your conference registration email as a free voucher for this submission Proof of SPE Membership or Full-Time Student Status, if applicable:include a jpg, pdf, or screenshot showing your current SPE membership or student enrollment status if submitting under the discounted rate 2. Click here to submit the materials listed above.SELECTION PROCESS & TIMELINE:The submission deadline on August 25, 2019 at 11:59pm EST is final. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.  Please direct any questions about the juried exhibition to

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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. The deadline for the Call for Proposals has passed. A peer review committee has made their decisions and notification emails have gone out. If you submitted a proposal and did not receive a notification, please check your spam folder and then email Registration fees, paid directly to SPE: Regular, Senior, or Sustaining member: $75 early, $90 regular Contingent Faculty/Part-Time or Bridge member: $40 early, $55 regular Student member: $20 early, $25 regular Non-member: $215 Student non-member: $80 Because nearby quick restaurants are very limited, we will be providing an optional $15 lunch on site on Saturday. Must be paid in advance at the time of registration. Registration is currently open and the Early Bird Deadline is October 1, 2019. Conference Chair: Renee BillingsleaConference Co-Chair: Amanda Dahlgren West Chapter Chair: Amanda DahlgrenSouthwest Chapter Chair: Abbey Hepner For questions or comments about the conference, please email:

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