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SPE Annual Members' Meeting
3:15 – 5:00 pm | Plaza Ballroom

All SPE members are invited and encouraged to attend the annual meeting of the membership. The SPE Members' Meeting is a forum for discussion of SPE business and information regarding the direction of the organization. Acquaint yourself with SPE's Board and Staff; learn about important organizational business, news, and updates. The membership will have a chance to address the leadership. Light refreshments will be served, and no other programming will conflict with this meeting.

Exhibits Fair Opening Welcome Reception
7:00 – 8:30 pm | Woodway II & III (Exhibits Fair)

The conference kicks off with an Opening Reception on the exhibit hall floor. This light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar reception is a great way for attendees to network and visit exhibitors!

Curator Portfolio Walkthrough
8:30 – 11:00 pm | Woodway I

SPE welcomes attendees to participate in the annual Curator Portfolio Walkthrough. Attendees who preregistered for the event are welcome to display their work, and all attendees can peruse the work displayed. This event offers an opportunity for students and professional members to share their work with the public, local and SPE member curators, collectors, historians, and scholars, and to receive feedback in an informal setting.

Ongoing Events Friday – Saturday

SPE Media Festival
9:00 am - 6:00 pm | Sage

This year's Media Festival will run each day from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm in Sage. Times are approximate—plan to arrive a few minutes early. Be sure to check out page 21 in your conference program guide for full film details.

Career Mentoring
Friday 1:00 – 3:00 pm | Westchester
Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Westchester

Preregistration for mentoring will begin on Thursday at 8:30 am in the Woodway Foyer. Day-of walk-ins are welcome.

Career Mentoring is open to adjunct/contingent faculty, MFA candidates, and recent graduates. A handful of volunteer mentors will be available during two sessions on Friday and Saturday to conduct mock interviews, receive feedback on teaching packets, and discuss professional development strategies that fall outside of the scope of professional portfolio reviews (such as professional development, seeking gallery representation, museum acquisitions, etc.).

Ongoing Events in the Exhibits Fair (Woodway II & III) Friday – Saturday

Exhibits Fair
Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Exhibits Fair is a unique opportunity to engage with university and institutional representatives, meet face to face with industry professionals, publishers, and others eager to talk about the latest and greatest equipment, supplies, books, and opportunities in the field. The Exhibits Fair also hosts a range of conference activities such as the Member Pin Up Show, Silent Auction, and Raffle. Read below for more information.

Exhibit Hall Passport Contest
Drawing takes place at 3:15 pm on Saturday

How to Play: You received a Passport game card inserted in your conference program guide. All you need to do is visit at least 20 exhibitors listed on the Passport, talk with the exhibitor, and take some time to view their products and demonstrations. You will then be rewarded with some great information and a custom stamp in their corresponding square on your passport.

Once you have filled at least 20 of the squares on your passport, turn your completed game card in at the Registration counters (located outside the Exhibits Hall in the Woodway Foyer) by 3:00 pm on Saturday, and be entered in the prize drawing for a Keliy Anderson-Staley print!

Prize Drawing: The prize drawing will take place on Saturday at 3:15 pm in the Exhibits Hall, starting off SPE's Annual Raffle drawing. Only participants who completed at least 20 stamped squares of the game card will be eligible for the prize drawing. You DON'T want to miss this opportunity to win a Keliy Anderson-Staley print from SPE's Collector's Circle collection.

Winners will be drawn at random and must be present at the prize drawing to win. To claim prize, winners must show their name badge for identification within 60 seconds of being drawn. Exhibitors are asked not to submit game cards.

Member Pin Up Show
Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

All member attendees are invited to hang a print (no larger than 11"x14") to exhibit throughout the duration of the Exhibits Fair Friday and Saturday. SPE will provide wall space and pins for members wishing to participate. Prints will be hung on a first come, first served basis, as space permits. Participating members should include their name and image information beneath each image, as no labeling will be provided. Participants should collect their prints at the end of the Exhibits Fair between 3:30 and 4:00 pm on Saturday or forfeit their print. This is a fun, casual opportunity to share your work with the attendees.

Silent Auction
Open for bids Thursday 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am – 12:15 pm

Bid on a fantastic roster of products from our donors including books, photographic supplies, marketing consultation, premium inkjet photo paper, online photography services, and much more. Timing is everything with the Silent Auction, so be sure to place your bids before 12:15 pm Saturday when the auction closing begins! 

On view Thursday 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am – 3:10 pm. Drawing begins at 3:15 pm

SPE has compiled an impressive selection of print donations by esteemed photographers from around the country. Enter for your chance to walk away with some serious conference swag. For only $10 you might be the lucky winner of a piece of photographic history while supporting SPE. Tickets may be purchased at Registration and from Board Members. Keep an eye out for the yellow buttons that say, "Raffle Tickets Here." Make sure to purchase your tickets and make your selections before Saturday at 3:15 pm when the Raffle drawing begins. Prices: $10 for one ticket, $25 for three tickets, $100 for 20 tickets.


Chapter Meetings
12:00 – 12:45 pm

Mid-Atlantic: Chevy Chase
Midwest: Galleria I & II
Northeast: Plaza I
Northwest: Monarch
South Central: Galleria III
Southeast: Plaza II
Southwest: Westchester
West: West Alabama
International: Galleria IV

Catch up on the latest SPE news with your regional friends and colleagues by attending your chapter meeting. Chapter meetings are the best place to make new contacts, mingle with friends, get involved with SPE, share information about important activities, and stay informed about events closest to home. Check the schedule for meeting locations. 

Industry & Education Forum
3:30 – 5:00 pm | Plaza Ballroom

For us, as professionals, educators, students, and artists, photography continues to evolve in exciting and challenging ways. To help us educators and students alike manage these changes and thrive, we need to reinforce, and build community and strengthen collaboration through continued dialogue. We will continue last year's new open "round table" format. There will be four distinct portions of the discussion, each lead by a pair of education and industry representatives: the Curriculum portion will focus on pedagogical concerns common to both parties; the Demonstrations portion will concentrate on issues surrounding demonstrating equipment or techniques, the Resources portion will look at the importance of providing and obtaining the needed supplies and information for teaching photography; and the Student's portion will allow those currently learning photography to add their important perspectives and needs to the discussion. Throughout we will record the important observations, learnings, conclusions, and next steps. Finally, after the event SPE will distribute and share a final summary, including action items. 

University of Houston Receptions and Exhibitions
Host institution University of Houston welcomes you to visit their open house on campus Friday night. Events include:

University of Houston Fine Arts Building
4173 Elgin St.

Blaffer Art Museum Exhibition Reception
Paul Mpagi Sepuya | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

UH School of Art Photography and Digital Media Open Studios
Featuring BFA and MFA student work | 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Third Space Exhibition Reception
UH MFA and BFA Photographic student work | 7:00 – 10:00 pm

William R Jenkins Architecture, Design and Art Library
4800 Calhoun Rd. (Adjacent to the Blaffer Art Museum)

PDM BFA Class of 2020: The Photographic Diptych
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Transportation provided and managed by The University of Houston will be available on a first come, first served basis for a limited number of attendees. The buses will pick up at The Westin Galleria and drop off at the Blaffer Museum. The first bus will depart The Westin Galleria at 7:00 pm, and the second bus will depart at 7:15 pm. The buses will depart from West Alabama Street (directly across from the hotel entrance doors). The first bus will depart the Blaffer Museum at 8:45 pm and the second bus will depart at 9:15 pm.

SPE South Central Chapter Exhibition Reception
7:00 – 9:00 pm | Houston Community College West Loop Gallery, 5601 W Loop S

This exhibition of images includes work by members of the South Central chapter of the Society for Photographic Education. The chapter includes students, educators, and photography professionals from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. These artists approach photography from a variety of intentions and techniques.

SPE High School Educators Caucus Exhibition Reception
Episcopal High School USC Gallery
4650 Bissonnet Street
6:30 – 8:30 pm

The High School Educators Caucus is pleased to present the first annual SPE High School Photography Exhibition at Episcopal High School of Houston. This free exhibit will showcase some of the very best photographic imagery from high school students across the nation.

SPE Combined Caucus Exhibition and Reception
BOX 13 ArtSpace
6700 Harrisburg Blvd. 
On view: March 6 – April 18, 2020
Opening reception: March 6, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

The LGBTQ, Multicultural, and Women's caucuses of SPE are pleased to announce the 8th Annual International Combined Caucus Juried Exhibition. This year's show is installed at BOX 13, an artist-run co-op in Houston, and will remain on display until April 18 (which also coincides with FotoFest). Zackary Drucker, one of this year's evening guest speakers, served as the juror.


Silent Auction Closing
Closing begins at 12:15 pm | Woodway II & III (Exhibits Fair) 

GET TO THE EXHIBITS FAIR AND PLACE YOUR BIDS! Timing is everything with the Silent Auction; be sure to place your bids before 12:15 pm when the auction closes!

Raffle Drawing & Reception
Reception begins at 2:45 pm with light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Drawing begins at 3:15 pm | Woodway II & III (Exhibits Fair)

The Raffle Drawing will begin at 3:15 pm. Winning tickets MUST be identified within 60 seconds of being drawn to receive raffle item(s). Raffle winner will be asked to show the other half of their winning ticket to receive their item(s). If you are unable to attend the raffle drawing, you may send a representative; however, they must have your ticket in hand. Good luck to all!

Combined Caucus Meet & Greet with SPE Media Festival Jurors and Filmmakers
Westin Lobby Bar | 8:00 pm 

Stop by the Westin Lobby Bar for an informal meet and greet with SPE Media Festival filmmakers, jururs, and members of the SPE Caucuses. 

Dance Party
10:30 pm – 1:00 am | Galleria Ballroom

One of the most highly anticipated events of the conference! Three days of intellectual stimulation can sometimes lead to oversaturation, so blow off that excess steam on the SPE dance floor!


State of Water: Our Most Valuable Resource, Brad Temkin
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
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