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When November 02-04, 2018
Where University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Keynote Speaker Ana Teresa Fernandez, Mario Ontiveros
Featured Speakers Syl Arena, Edward Bateman, Kathleen Bishop, Bostick and Sullivan, shiloh burton, Chase M. Clow, Maggie Dethloff, Carlos Duarte, Krista Elrick, Conor Elliott Fitzgerald, Vic G. Garcia, James Hajicek, Patti Hallock, Scott Hinton, Bree Lamb, Judy Leon, Daisy Monroy Lopez, Mathew Martinez, Andy Mattern, Don Messec, Kevin Mullhearn, Susan Ressler, Juliana Rico, Grant Scott, Nick Shepard, Mary Statzer, Mary Virginia Swanson, Abigail Taubman, John Tonai, Martin Felipe Wannam

Tickets are not available at this time.

From Many, To Many

Taking its name from the meeting of two rivers, the theme of the 2018 West/Southwest is based on the notion of meeting, exchanging, and transforming. It is based on the transformative power of conversation.

From the keynote dialogue with Ana Teresa Fernandez and Mario Ontiveros to the many opportunities for sharing, Conflux is a conference of member-initiated creative conversations, hands-on collaborative projects, roundtable discussions, demonstrations, member's exhibition, artistic feedback and cultural site visits which pivot around photographic practice and contemporary culture.

Keynote Conversation

The keynote event will be a conversation between artist Ana Teresa Fernandez and art historian Mario Ontiveros. Fernandez's interdisciplinary work, ranging from photography, to painting, to time based actions, illuminates the psychological and physical barriers that define gender, race, and class in Western society and the global south.  Ontiveros' research seeks to build productive links between sociopolitical awareness, political engagement, critical theory, artistic practice, and contemporary society. Their conversation will be a point of conflux among these areas of research.

Exhibition Opportunity!


Conflux Coming Together in Conversation Exhibition

College of Fine Arts-Downtown Studio, 113 4th St NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Reception: Friday, November 2, 2018 6 - 9PM

The exhibition, Conflux Coming Together in Conversation, is an open call to those attending the joint SPE W/SW conference. The exhibit aims to spark a visual dialog among participants by forging visual and conceptual similarities among the exhibited works. 

 Note: Artwork must be picked up Sunday, Nov. 4 from 10 AM-12 PM or it will be discarded, unless other arrangements are made in advance.

 Exhibition Specifics: 

  • Please bring one print per person (either unframed or framed work will be accepted) in person to the CFA gallery on Friday 3PM to 5PM during conference checkin (work can be dropped off until the close of the reception at 9PM but ideally it would be earlier), 
  • Maximum print size 30"x40"
  • All work brought in will be included and will be pinned/hung in the gallery with each artist making visual/conceptual connections to other artworks. 
  • Artwork must be picked up Sunday morning (hours TBD) or it will be discarded, unless other arrangements are made in advance.

Registration fees, paid directly to SPE:

  • Regular, Senior, Sustaining member: $75 early, $90 regular
  • Adjunct/part-time: $40 early, $55 regular
  • Student: $20 early, $25 regular
  • Non-member: $190
  • Student non-member: $60

Early bird deadline is October 7th, 2018

Cancellation Policy:

Conference registration is non-transferable and requests for a full refund must be received in writing to by October 16, 2018. After October 16, 2018, cancellations are subject to a $25 processing fee. The cancellation policy applies to all circumstances (including severe weather, natural disaster, flight cancellations, etc.).

Happening Nearby:

Jo Whaley: Echoes.  An installation of still life color photographs placed among Georgia O'Keefe's paintings, opening a new perspective on modernist compositions.
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, November 2nd, 2018 - February 24th, 2019.

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