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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Nicole Jean Hill was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She received a BFA in photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work has been featured in the Magenta Foundation publication Flash Forward: Emerging Photography from the U.S., U.K., and Canada, the Humble Art Foundation's The Collector's Guide to Emerging Photography, and National Public Radio. She is a Professor of Art at Humboldt State University.

Living in Humboldt County, California, Nicole Jean Hill photographs Mixed Martial Arts events that take place in the casinos and tribal lands in the Northern regions of California. Gaining the trust of trainers and fighters, Hill's photo-series offers a distinct visual narrative of this male-dominated sport from the point-of-view of a female photographer. Giving us an insight into the sport beyond stereotypical images of masculinity, Hill said "I am constantly aware of these formulaic images of masculinity," said Hill. "I equally embrace the show-worthy toughman alongside the seemingly vulnerable moments when they become lost in themselves--from adrenaline, exhaustion, fear or relief."

This exhibition is organized by Julia Bradshaw, Assistant Professor of Art and New Media Communications at Oregon State University. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Society of Photographic Educators Northwest Regional Conference, which will take place at Oregon State University on 20/21 October. For more information contact: Julia Bradshaw

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