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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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Toni Pepe is chair and assistant professor of photography at Boston University. She received her MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MLA in visual culture from Boston University. Her photographs and installation... read more

Sheila  Pree Bright

Sheila Pree Bright

Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 11:00am,

"#1960Now: We Love Our People"

Sheila Pree Bright is an acclaimed fine-art photographer known for her photographic series #!960Now Young Americans, Plastic Bodies, and Suburbia. She describe herself in the art world as a visual cultural producer portraying large-scale... read more

MFA, Tulane University. A former White House photo editor, Ragland currently teaches and coordinates exhibitions and community programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His social documentary and fine art work has been exhibited... read more

Elliot Ross

Elliot Ross

Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 2:00pm, Grand Ballroom Salon H


Elliot Ross, Savannah College of Art and Design 2011, is a Brooklyn-based artist investigating the complex political, social and environmental narratives surrounding the oftentimes arbitrary constructs of man-made borders. His work has been internationally shown... read more

Nadia Sablin

Nadia Sablin

Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 10:00am, Grand Ballroom Salon I

"At the Edge of the World"

Nadia Sablin is a photographer, whose work investigates the relationship between documentary and fictional storytelling, exploring the larger world through close personal narratives. Sablin's monograph, Aunties, was published by Duke University Press/Center for Documentary Studies... read more

Kerry Skarbakka

Kerry Skarbakka

Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 9:00am,


Kerry Skarbakka's performance-based photographic work has been exhibited internationally, featured in notable publications and is held in prominent collections. A 2005 Creative Capital Foundation grantee, Skarbakka received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago.... read more

Rafael Soldi is a Peruvian-born, Seattle-based photographer and independent curator. He holds a degree in Photography and Curatorial Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Soldi's work has been exhibited and published internationally. His... read more

Mary Virginia Swanson

Mary Virginia Swanson

Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 8:00am, Grand Ballroom Salon G

Student Seminar

Mary Virginia Swanson is the Executive Director of the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph. A respected educator, she is known for helping artists find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences and present... read more

Lorenzo Triburgo

Lorenzo Triburgo

Saturday, March 03, 2018 @ 11:00am,

"Beyond Tolerance: Pedagogy as Resistance"

Lorenzo Triburgo is a transgender artist who confronts the politics of representation and queer experience. He was most recently awarded a grant for his project, Policing Gender. Lorenzo holds a BA from New York University,... read more

After 32 years of teaching and administrative service at the University of Oregon, Terri Warpinski is now a Professor Emerita of Art and is realizing a lifelong dream of being a full time studio artist.... read more

Sasha Waters Freyer

Sasha Waters Freyer

Saturday, March 03, 2018 @ 1:00pm, Grand Ballroom Salon I

"The Feminist and the Street Photographer"

Sasha Waters Freyer is a moving image artist trained in photography and the documentary tradition who fuses original and found footage in 16mm film and digital media. In 2016, she received the Helen Hill Award... read more

Emily Wiethorn

Emily Wiethorn

Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 2:00pm, Grand Ballroom Salon G

Graduate Presentations

Emily Wiethorn (b.1991) is a 3rd yr. MFA candidate and Instructor of Record at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. She received her BFA in Photography from Northern Kentucky University. She was awarded the 2017 SPE... read more

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