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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Colette Copeland is a multi-media visual artist whose work examines issues surrounding gender, death, and contemporary culture. Sourcing personal narratives and popular media, she utilizes video, photography, performance and sculptural installation to question societal roles and the pervasive influence of media, and technology on our communal enculturation.

In 2011, she relocated to Dallas where she teaches art appreciation, digital video and digital photography at Collin College, and the University of Texas at Dallas. From 2002-2011, she taught photography, visual studies and critical writing at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in New York and her MFA from Syracuse University. She is the recipient of a LeewayFoundation Award for Art & Change.

Over the past 16 years, her work has been exhibited in 18 solo exhibitions and 87 group exhibitions/festivals spanning 34 countries. Highlights include the Arad Biennale in Romania, the Museum of Fine Arts in Venado Tuerto, Argentina, the National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Novosibirsk State Art Museum in Russia, City Nord in Hamburg, Germany, Ars Latina in Macerata, Italy, Mexicali, Baja and Castellon, Spain, Cultural Communication Center in Klapeda, Lithuania, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Scope Hamptons in New York, Kratkofil Film Festival in Bosnia/Herzgovina, and a traveling exhibition throughout India and Bangladesh, including Calcutta, Bombay and Dhaka.

Ms. Copeland writes cultural and arts criticism for Glasstire and Eutopia. She has also written for The Photo Review, Afterimage Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Ceramics: Art and Perception. And Exposure Journal. She is a member of AICA--International Association of Art Critics.

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