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2024 Annual Conference

St. Louis

March 21-23, 2024

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Annie Hodgkins is a multimedia artist who is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa. Her work explores themes of survival, lifecycles and the various facets of women's work, such as birth and... read more

Garin Horner is a Professor of Art at Adrian-College. Since 2017 he's interviewed, photographed, and written about contemporary Alchemist George Kingswood. His book will be titled, A Feather on the Breath of Ra: Conversations with... read more

Brett Kallusky

Brett Kallusky

Friday, October 07, 2022 @ 2:15pm, Caprice 1

Landfill: Elegy for the Santa Maria Valley

Brett Kallusky is an assistant professor in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls where he teaches photography. He has been the recipient of two Minnesota State Arts Board Grants, a... read more

R. J. Kern (b. 1978) is an American artist whose work investigates ideas of home, ancestry, and a sense of place. His portraits focus on intimate, interdependent relationships of people, animals, and landscape. Monographs include... read more

Laura Larson

Laura Larson

Friday, October 07, 2022 @ 11:00am, Caprice 1

City of Incurable Women

Laura Larson is a photographer and writer based in Columbus, OH. She's exhibited her work extensively, at such venues as Columbus Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Wexner Center for the Arts. Hidden... read more

Tom  Leininger

Tom Leininger

Saturday, October 08, 2022 @ 1:00pm, Caprice 1

Let it be Lit: A flash first approach

Tom Leininger is a photographer and educator based in Appleton, Wisconsin, and teaches in the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

He was born in California, raised in upstate New York,... read more

Margaret LeJeune is an image-maker, curator, and educator and is an Associate Professor of Photography at Bradley University. LeJeune has created work at numerous residency programs that foster collaboration between the arts and sciences, including... read more

Mara Magyarosi-Laytner

Mara Magyarosi-Laytner

Friday, October 07, 2022 @ 1:15pm, Caprice 1

In Conversation: Rural Gallery | Urban Artists

Mara Magyarosi-Laytner is a Detroit based artist and educator. A graduate of CCS and SCAD, her experience crosses photography, education, and arts administration. Her work has been shown across the United States and internationally, including... read more

Penny Molesso

Penny Molesso

Friday, October 07, 2022 @ 3:30pm, Caprice 2

Alternate Realities: Worldbuilding in New Media

Penny Molesso is a transmedia artist and writer from Arkansas. They received their BFA at the University of Arkansas, and is pursuing an MFA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Their work uses video and installation to... read more

Zora J  Murff

Zora J Murff

Friday, October 07, 2022 @ 5:00pm, Xavier University, Kennedy Auditorium

Zora J Murff

Zora J Murff is an artist and educator living in Arkansas. He is Black; therefore, he is. read more

Laura Napier is a socially engaged artist producing projects exploring behavior, sociology, and place through participatory and collaborative performance, moving image, photography, and installation. Currently she is researching the social cultures of oil and gas... read more

Gina  Osterloh

Gina Osterloh

Thursday, October 06, 2022 @ 6:30pm, University of Cincinnati, Aronoff 4400

Gina Osterloh

Gina Osterloh's photography and conceptual art takes the form of printed photographs, film, video, sculptural forms, and performance. Her work often depicts mark-making and her own body traversing, tracing, and puncturing photographic space in... read more

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