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March 01-04, 2018

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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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Wednesday | February 28

LGBTQ Caucus Cocktail Hour
6:00 pm | Hotel bar

Panel Discussion and Reception at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
6:00 - 7:30 pm | 1400 N American Street

David Hartt: Negative Space / The Last Poet
David Hartt
Peter Barberie, Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Meg Onli, Assistant Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania

The genesis of Hartt's film and photographic series are photographs by Robert Rauschenberg documenting his journey along the East Coast of the United States. Hartt repeated Rauschenberg's journey using a drone camera. The landscape shows an extreme concentration and stratification of wealth and power on the one hand and the marginalization and displacement of industry and the emergent precarity of environmental catastrophe on the other.

Thursday | March 1

LGBTQ Caucus Coffee Hour
9:30 am | Starbucks/hotel bar 

SPE Annual Members' Meeting & Roundtable
12:00 – 1:30 pm | Meeting Room 302-303

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. Please plan to attend our annual meeting. Light refreshments will be served, and no other programming will conflict with this meeting.

Exhibits Fair Opening Welcome Reception
6:30 – 8:00 pm | Franklin Hall B (Exhibits Fair)

The conference kicks off with an Opening Reception on the exhibit hall floor. This light hors d'oeuvres and cocktail reception is a great way for attendees to network with one another and visit exhibitors without scheduling conflicts! 

Curator Portfolio Walkthrough
8:30 – 11:00 pm | Headhouse Tower

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. Sequential entry and setup will begin for exhibiting attendees at 8:00 pm outside Liberty Ballroom in the Headhouse Tower. Any unclaimed tables are first come, first served beginning when doors open to all conference attendees and guest curators at 8:30 pm. Come prowl the rows of tables and see what looks interesting! Mingle with fellow attendees and have fun! If you have any questions, please contact

Ongoing Events In the Exhibits Fair (Franklin Hall B)
Friday, March 2 & Saturday, March 3 

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

Situated in the center hub of conference activities, 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.

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

The Member Pin Up Show is back again this year! All member attendees are invited to hang a print (no larger than 11'' x 14'') 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 print at the end of the Exhibits Fair between 3:30 – 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 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 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 closes!

On view Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
and Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Drawing begins at 3:30 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 3:30 pm when the Raffle drawing begins.

Ticket prices: $10 for one ticket, $25 for three tickets, $100 for 20 tickets.

Friday | March 2

Industry & Education Forum
8:00 – 9:45 am | Meeting Room 304-305
Industry, Educators, and Students
Moderated by Tom P. Ashe

Check back for details.

Chapter Meetings
12:00 – 12:45 pm | check schedule for locations.

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.

LGBTQ Caucus Post-Meeting Coffee Hour
2:00 pm | Starbucks/Hotel Bar

The University of the Arts Exhibition Opening and Reception
6:30 – 8:30 pm | UArts Hamilton & Arronson Galleries

This exhibition will be on display in conjunction with the Society for Photographic Education's 55th Annual Conference: Uncertain Times, and will address questions of globalization, migration, territory, refuge, community, identity, nationalism, internationalism, crisis, celebration, and will evaluate the contribution of photographic practices seeking to humanize and reveal these topics. 

Saturday | March 3

Multicultural Caucus Coffee Meetup 
8:30 am | Hotel Starbucks

Silent Auction Closing
Closing begins at 12:15 pm | Franklin Hall B (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
Raffle reception begins at 2:45 pm with light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.
Drawing begins at 3:30 pm | Franklin Hall B (Exhibits Fair)

The Raffle Drawing will begin at 3:30 pm. Winning tickets MUST be identified within 60 seconds of being drawn to receive raffle item. 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!

LGBTQ Caucus Cocktail Hour
5:00 pm | Hotel Bar

Dance Party
10:30 pm – 1:30 am | Salon H

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!

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