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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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Francis Almendárez

Francis Almendárez

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 11:00am, Galleria III&IV

"Re-photographing the Boundaries: A Double Consciousness"

Francis Almendárez is an interdisciplinary artist from Los Angeles and currently based in Houston where he teaches at University of Houston and Houston Community College. His work has been exhibited regionally and internationally including at... read more

Jonathan Castillo

Jonathan Castillo

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 1:00pm, Galleria I&II

"Shifting Visions from Me to We"

Jonathan Castillo's photography focuses on people, place and social issues. His work has been featured with Wired, the BBC, CBS: Los Angeles and G1 Globo. , Awards and honors include the Albert Weisman Award, the... read more

Elizabeth Claffey

Elizabeth Claffey

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 1:00pm, Galleria III&IV

Dialogic: WOMEN, HUMOR, EMPATHY AND REPRESENTATION

Elizabeth Claffey is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University, a 2019-20 Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, and a 2012-13 Fulbright Fellow. Her work focuses on the way... read more

Beth Dow

Beth Dow

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 9:00am, Galleria III&IV

Dialogic: 21st C FAMILY

Beth Dow's work examines ways we shape our environments, the material nature of photography, and how we use photography to mediate experience. She has exhibited widely, and Prediction Error was recently featured at the Minneapolis... read more

Zackary Drucker

Zackary Drucker

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 5:30pm, Galleria Ballroom

Evening Guest Speaker Zackary Drucker

Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and... read more

Diane Durant

Diane Durant

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 9:00am, Galleria III&IV

Dialogic: 21st C FAMILY

Diane Durant is Associate Professor of Instruction and Director of the Comer Collection of Photography at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a member of the LGBTQ Caucus Leadership Team and Chair of... read more

Odette England's photographs have shown in over 90 exhibitions. Venues include George Eastman House, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the New Mexico Museum of Art. England's first edited volume Keeper of the Hearth launches Spring... read more

Anahid Ghorbani

Anahid Ghorbani

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 1:00pm, Galleria I&II

"Shifting Visions from Me to We"

Ghorbani received her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2017 and her BA in 2012 from Tehran University of Art in Iran. Engaged with creating site specific installations that utilize photography and video... read more

Susan kae Grant

Susan kae Grant

Thursday, March 05, 2020 @ 8:30am, Plaza I

Student Seminar

Susan kae Grant (MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Cornaro Professor of Art Emerita, (Texas Woman's University) and teaches workshops annually at the International Center for Photography. She is the 2014 SPE Honored Educator and has... read more

Rebecca Hackemann

Rebecca Hackemann

Thursday, March 05, 2020 @ 1:00pm, Galleria III&IV

Dialogic: CAMERALESS PHOTOGRAPHY

Rebecca Hackemann is a British / German / newly American scholar and conceptual artist. Dr. Hackemann recently published a paper with Leonardo, MIT Press and exhibited at the Museum für Photographie in Germany in summer... read more

Mona Hajiaghabozorgi

Mona Hajiaghabozorgi

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 1:00pm, Galleria III&IV

Dialogic: WOMEN, HUMOR, EMPATHY AND REPRESENTATION

Was born and raised in Iran, Bozorgi utilizes photography to represent the complexities of culture, society, and personal reflection. Her work questions and challenges the contemporary understanding of self, culture, and identity. Bozorgi received her... read more

Abbey Hepner

Abbey Hepner

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 1:00pm, Galleria III&IV

Dialogic: WOMEN, HUMOR, EMPATHY AND REPRESENTATION

Abbey Hepner is an artist and educator whose work focuses on health and technology. She frequently works at the intersection of art and science, navigating through collaborative and research-oriented practices. Hepner holds degrees in Art... read more

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