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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Tahoe CoLab

When November 03-05, 2017
Where Granlibakken Tahoe, Tahoe City, California
Keynote Speaker Harrell Fletcher
Featured Speakers shiloh burton, Laura Camden, D. Bryon Darby, Elizabeth Freedman, Erika Gentry, Eliza Gregory, Abbey Hepner, Katty Hoover, Tim Hossler, Kirsten Hoving, Amber Hoy, Tarrah Krajnak, Zora J Murff, O. Gustavo Plascencia, Emma Powell, Kristen Roles, Ian Ruhter, Bailey Russel, Gazelle Samizay, Cintia Segovia, Paul Stock, Ariel C. Wilson, Rana Young
Honored Educator Robert Dawson, Joseph Marotta

Important Notes for Registration

Please note that you must reserve your lodging and meal package with Granlibakken Retreat Center separately by visiting https://www.secure.granlibakken.net/conference/forms/PHOTOED_form.asp or by calling (800) 543-3221.

All participants MUST be registered with Granlibakken as a retreat attendee or they will not be able to participate in the retreat. Reservations for Granlibakken are due by 10/3/2017 and any reservations received after this date are on a space available basis.

Retreat registration is done through this SPE website by clicking on the "register" link to the right.

On the pages that follow, be sure to choose only one activity for the Saturday 1–2 pm hour and a different one (and only one) for the 2–3 pm hour. Each activity is limited to 10 participants, the website will indicate if a particular activity is full.

To get the full experience, we strongly recommend staying on site at Granlibakken for both nights. If you are interested in staying off site or only attending a portion of the retreat, please email us for options: west@spenational.org.

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Retreat Information

Join us for Tahoe CoLab: an interactive, community-building retreat where we will explore the ways in which photographers collaborate with each other, with artists in different disciplines, with scholars in other fields such as science and the humanities, and with community members. The permutations are as endless as they are exciting.

We are thrilled to have Harrell Fletcher as our "weekend headliner!" He will be giving the keynote address on Friday evening, presenting a selection of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary work from his 25+ year career as a social practice artist using photography. In addition, Harrell will lead us all in an exciting participatory project on Saturday afternoon.

Granlibakken Tahoe Resort, just minutes from the shores of Lake Tahoe, will be the retreat backdrop as we dine, slumber, learn, create, and collaborate with others from the West and Southwest chapters of SPE: students, educators, curators, artists, etc. Programming will include image-maker presentations, intimate roundtable conversations, portfolio sharing, nature and photography outings, and a collaborative project.

Granlibakken is located five minutes from Tahoe City in the Tahoe National Forest and about an hour drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, serviced by major airlines such as Alaska, American, Delta, jetBlue, Southwest, and United. From the retreat location, Emerald Bay State Park is a 20 mile drive south and then it is an additional 52 mile drive around the lake with scenic wonders at each mile. For those who search for the cultural aspects of a region, a fifteen mile drive east will get you to the state line for the gambling and music at the Crystal Bay Club.

  • Retreat style, with lodging and food included. Rates for the 2-nights, including all taxes. Paid directly to Granlibakken by visiting https://www.secure.granlibakken.net/conference/forms/PHOTOED_form.aspor by calling (800) 543-3221.
    • Double occupancy: $367.20 per person
    • Single occupancy: $482.40 per person
    • Dorm-style (5–6 people per room): $220.80 per person
    • To get the full experience, we strongly recommend staying on site at Granlibakken for both nights. If you are interested in staying off site or only attending a portion of the retreat, please email us for options: west@spenational.org.
    • All participants MUST be registered with Granlibakken as a retreat attendee or they will not be able to participate in the retreat.
  • Registration fees, paid directly to SPE:
    • Regular, Senior, Sustaining member: $90
    • Adjunct/part-time: $55
    • Student: $25
    • Non-member: $190
    • Student non-member: $60

Retreat activities:

  • Retreat programming to start Friday at 5:30 pm with a hosted cocktail reception and juried exhibition presentation
  • Keynote Speaker: Social Practice Artist Harrell Fletcher
  • Participatory Workshop Project led by Harrell Fletcher
  • Wet plate collodion giant van camera demo by Ian Ruhter
  • Honored educators' (West and Southwest) talks
  • 15-minute image-maker presentations
  • Roundtable discussions on a variety of topics
  • Portfolio sharing
  • Hiking and photography outings
  • Programming to end Sunday at 1 pm after lunch


Cancellation Policy:

Conference registration is non-transferable and requests for a full refund must be received in writing to west@spenational.org by October 16, 2017. After October 16, 2017, cancellations are subject to a $25 processing fee. The cancellation policy applies to all circumstances (including severe weather, natural disaster, flight cancellations, etc.).

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