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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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Material + Meaning

When October 04-06, 2018
Where Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Keynote Speaker Alfredo Jaar
Featured Speakers Alexandra Bell
Honored Educator Libby Rowe

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October 4th – October 6th, 2018

HOSTED BY: Louisiana State University
Conference Committee: Johanna Warwick (LSU), Kristine Thompson (LSU), Jeremiah Ariaz (LSU), Lily Brooks (Southeastern Louisiana University), Jonathan Traviesa (Tulane University), and Deb Lillie (Nicholls State University)

Material + Meaning brings together shared thematic concerns at the forefront of contemporary photographic practices. The widespread exploration of the aesthetic and physical possibilities of photography points toward a renewed understanding of the photograph as material object. We are interested in putting these investigations of the tactile and tangible in conversation withthe harder-to-pin- down social and political concerns of our time. What can photography help us understand about power, truth, transparency, and reliability? We look to artists who synthesize materiality and meaning to act as stewards of interpretation and representation---framing and shaping visual culture and politics. We hope this conference will provide a platform for us to connect and reflect on these themes within our region and beyond.


Early registration ends Sept 10, and closes October 1. On-site registration will be available.  Refunds must be requested by Sept 20, more detials in the Registration tab.

Regular Member-                                  $75l

Student Member-                                  $30

Contingent/ Part-time Member-            $55

Senior Member-                                    $40

Non-Member-                                       $110

Deadline: Sept 15
WHAT:  One-on-one meetings, pairing students with artists, curators, and educators from some of the most exciting institutions in the region and beyond! This is an opportunity for students to get feedback on their work, connect with faculty from other institutions, and create new professional relationships. Portfolio reviews are also an excellent recruiting tool for faculty looking for motivated students.
WHEN: Saturday October 6th, 12-3PM, Art Building, Louisiana State University
STUDENT REVIEWEES: To reserve your spot, email: by September 15th. Include a screenshot of your conference registration confirmation. Portfolios should consist of 10-20 examples of your best work. Reviews will be arranged on a first- come, first-served basis.
PORTFOLIO REVIEWERS: We'd like to have one reviewer from each interested institution, and ask that reviewers commit to three to five 20-minute sessions. Please email Lily Brooks at to confirm your interest, and the number of reviews you'd like to conduct, no later than September 15th. Reviewers must have a current SPE membership.

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2018

Join us for the SPE South Central Student Push-Pin Exhibition. SPESC students are invited to showcase their work at LSU's Gallery 229 during the weekend of the 2018 SPE SC Conference. No need to print, mat,  mount, or frame—we will do the printing for you. Prints will be mounted to gallery walls with push pins.

Submit up to three digital files via email and we will do the rest! We will print at least one the digital files submitted on 8.5x11" paper. We will then install your work for display throughout the weekend conference, October 4-6 and during a formal reception.

This year each registered conference attendee will have the chance to vote for "Best in Student Show". The top three student artists and their work will be announced on our website and on social media. 


  • Only SPESC student members are eligible to submit work.
  • Deadline for submission is September 15, 2018.
  • Images will be printed out at the size of the file submitted, up to 10" on the long side at 300dpi.
  • At least 1 file will be chosen for each submission received.

There is no entry fee!
Up to 3 files should be submitted as:                                             

  • Tiff files
  • 300dpi up to 10" on the long side
  • Adobe RGB color profile
  • Save files as:Last Name_First Initial_student_(number – 01, 02, 03).jpg. Example: Smith_J_student_01.jpg
  • Submit files in a .zip folder with an attached pdf indicating: student name and school, title, date, and size for each submitted artwork.
  • Zipped entries should be sent to with the subject:
    LastName_Juried Student Exhibition Submission
  • Deadline for Submission: September 15, 2018 by Midnight CST

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