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2023 SPE Annual Conference Overview

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When March 16-19, 2023
Where Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, Colorado

Honored Educator Henry Horenstein

Online registration for "Homecoming" is now closed. Please email if you have any questions, or would like any additional information.

As of 2/1/23, the Sheraton Downtown Denver hotel is now booked up for the duration of the SPE conference. Rooms may come available at random, but we are not able to establish a wait list. Sorry.

These hotels are quite close to the Sheraton Denver Downtown, within easy walking distance:

Hampton Inn & Suites

Holiday Inn Express Downtown


Conference Early-Bird Registration will open November 1, 2022 and will Close February 1, 2023.  Registration closes at midnight on March 3, 2023.

Conference registration is non-refundable or tranferable.


The world has radically transformed in the years since we last met in person, and many of us have had to fundamentally reformulate how we live, work, and learn. The trials of the COVID era have been an enormous challenge, but our members have adapted and grown to rise to the moment, developing myriad new approaches to artmaking, teaching, and scholarship.

We can at last gather together to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements that have sustained us, share the stories and strategies that have carried us through these trying times, and build the next era of the Society for Photographic Education. It is time to welcome each other back to SPE.

2023 marks the 60th anniversary of SPE as a crucial incubator for scholarship, community building, and professional development. The Board of Directors, along with Chapter and Caucus leaders, have diligently worked to sustain our vital mission, build upon our remarkable history, and plot a new course for our beloved organization. New initiatives include year-round virtual programming in addition to our Annual and Chapter conferences, and the return of our peer-reviewed journal exposure.

Denver is the perfect place for our homecoming. The Mile-High City is known for its vibrant arts, culture, and food. Our conference will run concurrently with the Month Of Photography Denver, organized by the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. The Sheraton Denver Downtown is next to the exquisite 16th Street promenade designed by I.M. Pei. We will be close to the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museo de las Américas, and the River North Art District

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SPE values the health and safety of all our members and conference attendees.  We will be following the guidance of the Colorado Department of Public Health, which does not currently require social distancing or mask-wearing at public events.

We recommend that all attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  SPE will provide disposable masks and hand-sanitizer packets at the conference registration area. 

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