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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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Thursday | March 7

SPE Annual Members' Meeting
12:00 – 1:00 pm | Hope 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. 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
7:00 – 8:30 pm | Superior Ballroom (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 | Hope Ballroom Foyers

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.

Pre-registration is full, but there will be a standby line onsite. Don't want to show your work? Come prowl the rows of tables and see what looks interesting! Mingle with fellow attendees and have fun!

Ongoing Events Thursday – Friday

Ask an Editor
Exposure 2.0: one-on-one discussions on ideas, teaching, and creative work with SPE's Exposure editor Stacy J. Platt
Thursday 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
5th floor near SPE Registration

Have you had a chance to read the new Exposure that launched online with Medium? Exposure has a new tone, is embarking on covering new terrain, and is now open, free, and accessible to all. Come by and chat with Exposure's editor Stacy J. Platt, and share your ideas, concerns, and content wish lists. Curators, gallerists, arts writers, critics, students, and educators are especially encouraged to drop in for conversation. What are the possibilities that you'd love to see the Exposure journal manifest? What kinds of conversations are we not having that you'd love to find? What educators are doing really innovative things that you'd like to tell us about and have us follow up on? What kinds of issues and/or themes have been keeping you up at night in the photo world that we're not covering ... but could?

Destination Cleveland Concierge Table
Thursday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
5th floor by SPE Registration

Destination Cleveland, the city's Convention & Visitors Bureau, will have a hospitality booth available staffed with a concierge expert to assist in any selection of restaurants and free-time activities to ensure your Cleveland experience is one to remember. They will also have available materials such as their official visitors guide, dining guide, maps, entertainment brochures, and much more to give you some ideas of how to make the most out of your trip in the "C-L-E."

Ongoing Events Friday – Saturday

SPE Combined Caucus Exhibition
24/7 | Cleveland Convention Center Gallery

The 7th Annual International Combined Caucus Juried Exhibition at the Cleveland Convention Center Gallery is organized in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Conference. The Exhibition is on view all day Friday and Saturday with a reception for all conference attendees on Saturday evening from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. The Exhibition was facilitated by Sheryl Anaya, Stephanie Brown, Diane Durant, and Amy Stevens, and juried by SPACES Executive Director, Christina Vassallo. Directions to Gallery: From Hilton Lobby, take escalators down to the ground level. Enter Convention Center and turn right.

Food Trucks
12:00 - 1:30 pm | Outside Hotel

Cleveland knows great food but we also know that time can be tight between conference sessions, and it can be hard to squeeze in a sit-down meal at one of our many fantastic eateries. So, we'll bring the experience to you! The Destination Cleveland's Food Truck Program brings Cleveland's food scene to the convention center complex so you can quickly grab a tasty lunch, prepared by a number of the city's hottest chefs.

Meet us outside the Hilton Cleveland Downtown on Friday and Saturday and we will rock lunch, Cleveland-style. Seating will be available inside the Hilton.

Career Mentoring
Friday and Saturday 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Veterans D 
Preregistration for mentoring will begin on Thursday at 9:00 am in the Superior Ballroom 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 which 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 (Superior Ballroom) Friday – Saturday

Exhibits Fair
Friday 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 3:55 pm on Saturday

How to PlayYou 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 Superior Ballroom Foyer) by 3:00 pm on Saturday, and be entered in the prize drawing for an original Bill Gaskins print!

Prize Drawing: The prize drawing will take place on Saturday at 3:55 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 an original Bill Gaskins 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. 

Member Pin Up Show
Friday 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 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 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am – 1:00 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 1:00 pm Saturday when the auction closes!

On view Thursday 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Friday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Drawing begins at 4:00 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 4:00 pm when the Raffle drawing begins.

Friday | March 8

Industry & Education Forum
8:00 – 9:45 am | Veranda C
Industry, Educators, and Students
Moderated by Tom P. Ashe

This forum will feature four topic: curriculum, demonstrations, resources, and students. Set your alarms early, and join us for this engaging forum! Click HERE for more details. 

Chapter Meetings
12:30 – 1:15 pm

International – Hope Ballroom C
Mid-Atlantic – Center Street D
Midwest – Hope Ballroom E
Northeast – Center Street A
Northwest – Veterans D
South Central – Veterans AB
Southeast – Center Street C
Southwest – Hope Ballroom A
West – Veterans C

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.

Combined Caucus Meet & Greet with SPE Media Festival Jurors and Filmmakers
6:45 – 8:00 pm | Bar 32 (Hilton 32nd Floor)

Stop by the Bar 32 between 7:15 and 8:30 pm for an informal meet and greet with SPE Media Festival filmmakers, jurors, and members of the SPE caucuses.

Saturday | March 9

Silent Auction Closing
Closing begins at 1:00 pm | Superior Ballroom (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 1:10 pm when the auction closes!

Raffle Drawing & Reception
Raffle reception begins at 3:15 pm with light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.
Drawing begins at 4:00 pm | Superior Ballroom (Exhibits Fair)

The Raffle Drawing will begin at 4:00 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!

SPE Combined Caucus Exhibition Reception 
7:30 – 9:00 pm | Cleveland Convention Center Gallery

All conference attendees are invited to attend the SPE Combined Caucus Exhibition Reception located in the Cleveland Convention Center Gallery.  The convention center gallery is a short walk through the Hilton Hotel. From Hilton Lobby, take escalators down to the ground level. Enter Convention Center and turn right.

Dance Party
10:00 pm – 1:00 am | Superior 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!

Sunday | March 10

Cleveland Clinic Gallery Tour
11:00 – 12:30 pm | Preregistration was required. FULL

The Cleveland Clinic invites SPE Conference Attendees to a private tour of their main campus collection and the new Taussig Cancer Center collection. If you are signed up for the tour and have questions please contact The Cleveland Clinic is a public facility and you are welcome to view the collection on your own. Miller Family Pavilion, 9300 Euclid Avenue, 44195

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