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2023 SPE Annual ConferenceSpeakers

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Jeremiah Ariaz

Jeremiah Ariaz

Saturday, March 18, 2023 @ 12:00pm, Tower D

Community News: The Fourth Estate in Kansas

"Louisiana Trail Riders" (Imagemaker)

Jeremiah Ariaz is an Associate Professor at Louisiana State University. LOUISIANA TRAIL RIDERS has received multiple awards and has been shown in exhibitions nationally. A monograph of the work was... read more

Justyna Badach received her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, she dedicated the last 25 years to teaching, curating and exhibiting her fine art work. She has been the Head of Imaging at the... read more

Raphael Begay

Friday, March 17, 2023 @ 10:00am, Tower B

Nihighan: Our Home

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Clare Benson

Clare Benson

Saturday, March 18, 2023 @ 1:00pm, Tower D

Ancient Cities, Daughters, and Suns

Clare Benson is an interdisciplinary artist from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her work, which explores themes of memory, science, and mythology, has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She received her MFA from University of... read more

Katina Bitsicas

Katina Bitsicas

Saturday, March 18, 2023 @ 11:00am, Tower B

In Over My Head & In Memoriam

Katina Bitsicas is a new media artist exploring grief, loss, trauma and memory. She received her MFA from the University of South Florida and is an Assistant Professor of Digital Storytelling at the University of... read more

Amanda Breitbach

Amanda Breitbach

Friday, March 17, 2023 @ 9:00am, Grandballroom II

The View from Above: Teaching Drone Photography

Amanda Breitbach is an assistant professor of art at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. She earned bachelor's degrees in photography and French from Montana State University and her MFA from the University... read more

Louis Chavez

Louis Chavez

Friday, March 17, 2023 @ 9:00am, Tower B

Grad Student Presentations

Louis Chavez is a visual artist and graduate student in the Photography and Related Media MFA program at Rochester Institute of Technology. Their solo exhibition, New Intimacies, was exhibited at University of Rochester's Hartnett Gallery... read more

Elizabeth Claffey

Elizabeth Claffey

Friday, March 17, 2023 @ 10:00am, Tower D

Thresholds

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

Laura Cobb

Laura Cobb

Saturday, March 18, 2023 @ 9:00am, Tower D

Grad Student Presentations

Laura Cobb is an MFA candidate at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She has been an artist in residence at various artist foundations. Her work... read more

Kelli Connell

Kelli Connell

Saturday, March 18, 2023 @ 11:00am, Grand Ballroom I

Mining Identities: Three Artists Discuss Their New Publications

Kelli Connell's work investigates sexuality, gender, and photographer / sitter relationships. She is a 2022-2023 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient for her project Picture for Charis which will be published by Aperture in 2024. Kelli lives in... read more

Gina Dabrowski

Gina Dabrowski

Friday, March 17, 2023 @ 3:00pm, Tower D

Women's Music Festivals: No Men Allowed

Gina Dabrowski is a visual artist in St. Paul, Minnesota. Gina uses photography to explore class and gender in contemporary culture. She has received awards of support from the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship, Jerome Foundation,... read more

Ryan Debolski

Ryan Debolski

Saturday, March 18, 2023 @ 1:00pm, Tower C

LIKE-WhatsApp and Migrant Workers in the Middle East

Ryan Debolski received an MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2014-15. His book, LIKE, received the 2020 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Jurors' Special Mention. He... read more

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