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Liz Allen


SPE Member since 2001
Member Chapter: Southwest


I am fortunate to work as the curator at Northlight Gallery which is part of the School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Northlight shows a broad spectrum of photo-based work by internationally known, emerging and underrepresented artists. Since my first conference as a grad student at RIT, SPE has supported my growth as an educator through its dynamic community of professional and student members. Involvement in the caucuses and service on National and Regional Conference Planning Committees has offered me the most significant opportunity to connect with our diverse community. As we all benefit by supporting the well-being of every other member, this collaborative environment challenges us to be our best selves, and that promotes our effectiveness as teachers, artists and citizens. I had the privilege of serving as the chair to the Women's Caucus for over a decade as we worked to increase engagement with the greater membership and the Multicultural Caucus and LGBTQ Caucus. Each year the caucuses invite prominent members of the photo community to jury an exhibition of its members to be hosted at the national conference. In 2014 the last year of my tenure as chair, I was absolutely thrilled that funds from this annual exhibition allowed the joint caucuses to sponsor Catherine Lord, an SPEWC founding member, as an invited speaker. I was elected to the SPE Board in 2016, and I am currently serving as the Chair of SPE. Liz Allen, curator Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University SPE WC, MCC, LGBTQ Caucus Member

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