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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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Ken Gonzales-Day

Ken Gonzales-Day

Friday, November 01, 2019 @ 5:00pm, Edward Dowd Bldg: 1st Floor Foyer

Exhibition Reception

Friday, November 01, 2019 @ 7:00pm, de Saisset Museum Auditorium

Keynote Talk

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Meggan Gould

Meggan Gould

Saturday, November 02, 2019 @ 7:30pm, de Saisset Museum Auditorium

Honored Educator Talks

Meggan Gould is a photographer living and working in the mountains outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of New Mexico. She received her MFA from... read more

Charlotta María Hauksdóttir is an Icelandic artist, residing in California, working primarily in photography. Her work centers around the unique connection one has to places and moments in time, and how memories embody and elevate... read more

Victoria Mara Heilweil is a feminist photographic artist, curator and educator. Her artwork has been included in exhibitions at the de Young Museum, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, University... read more

Ron Herman

Ron Herman

Saturday, November 02, 2019 @ 11:30am, de Saisset Museum Auditorium

In Search of Representational Justice: from the Abolitionists to the Black Lives Matter Movement

Ron Herman is an award-winning educator and Chair of the Photography Department at Foothill College. He has lectured at Cornell, Stanford, and Yale Universities, and his work is included in such collections as the Fototeca... read more

Dan Herrera

Dan Herrera

Saturday, November 02, 2019 @ 2:30pm, de Saisset Museum Auditorium

Memes as a Pathway to Social Justice

Dan Herrera is an image maker and educator based in Sacramento, CA. Herrera uses an elaborate means of image capture, composition, and output that merges 19th century printing techniques with digital production. His work explores... read more

Scott Hinton

Scott Hinton

Saturday, November 02, 2019 @ 9:00am, de Saisset Museum Auditorium

Post-New Topographic Photography as an Approach for Increasing Social Awareness

Scott Hinton is a photographer and educator documenting the complex geographies of the human environment in landscapes of the evolving American West. The stimulus to photograph in the West is to experience the grandeur of... read more

Sant Khalsa is an artist and activist whose artworks develop from her impassioned inquiry into complex environmental and societal issues. Her works are widely shown, published and collected by LACMA, Center for Creative Photography, Nevada... read more

Isabella La Rocca González

Isabella La Rocca González

Saturday, November 02, 2019 @ 4:15pm, de Saisset Museum Auditorium


Isabella La Rocca González is an artist, educator and activist working primarily with photography. Her work is part of a long tradition in art: to bring to light and find beauty in the disregarded, hidden,... read more

Dr. Hilda Lloréns

Dr. Hilda Lloréns

Saturday, November 02, 2019 @ 1:00pm, de Saisset Museum Auditorium

Images of Disaster: A Case Study in Puerto Rico

Dr. Hilda Lloréns is the author of Imaging the Great Puerto Rican Family: Framing Nation, Race, and Gender during the American Century (2014). She researchers and writes about race and gender, nation, migration, environmental racism... read more

Ken Marchionno

Ken Marchionno

Saturday, November 02, 2019 @ 4:30pm, de Saisset Museum Auditorium

15 Years on the Ride to Wounded Knee

Ken Marchionno is Associate Professor at ArtCenter College of Design. His work has been widely published and exhibited--the Smithsonian Institute, Moscow Film Festival, Song Zhuang Culture and Art Festival, the US embassy in Prague. In... read more

Shanna Merola

Shanna Merola

Saturday, November 02, 2019 @ 4:45pm, de Saisset Museum Auditorium

Know Your Rights for Photography; Defending the First Amendment in Public Space

Shanna Merola is a visual artist, photojournalist and legal worker. In addition to her studio practice, she has been a human rights observer during political uprisings across the country - from the struggle for water... read more

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