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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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"Mad Hatters to Pixel Pushers"

When October 18-20, 2013
Where UNC Charlotte Center City, Charlotte, North Carolina
Keynote Speaker Dan Estabrook
Featured Speakers David Emitt Adams, S. Gayle Stevens
Honored Educator Phil Moody

The 2013 SPESE Conference, sponsored by The Light Factory and The UNCC College of Arts & Architecture, featured over the course of four days, diverse lectures, as well as, experiential workshops presented by a host of regionally and nationally acclaimed photographic artists that explored not only the origin of our shared photographic history but also its future. Keynote artist Dan Estabrook launched the conference with an eager group of participants in his Salt Printing Workshop. Humble, yet larger than life artist and professor Phil Moody of Winthrop University, was recognized as the 2013 SPESE Honored Educator. Featured presenters also included S. Gayle Stevens and David Emitt Adams. Notable and accomplished regional artists presented their work at the conference through lecture, exhibitions, workshops, and panel discussion. The traditional Saturday night conference party featured live music, dance, a print raffle, and a marathon silk screening of the conference t-shirt by UNC Charlotte's Printmaking Club and Art of Light Photography Club. Sunday morning events concluded the conference with a Portfolio Throwdown where prominent curators, professors, and practicing artists reviewed student portfolios throughout the morning while artists from Flaming Chicken Studio organized a wet plate collodion photo shoot on the back lawn. (Summary by Aspen Hochhalter) Conferenc Chairs: Aspen Hochhalter, Laurie Schorr

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