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Take advantage of automatic enrollment in your regional chapter. While each of the eight regions is unique, they all provide local conferences, networking opportunites, and other benefits to serve the special needs of their constituency. You can also volunteer to serve as a regional leader. 

Regional Leadership


Chair Jay Gould
Vice Chair/Secretary Rebecca Michaels
Treasurer Jeanne Anderton
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Chair Larry Gawel
Vice Chair/Secretary BJ Cary
Treasurer Stafford Smith
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Chair Kieran Johnson
Vice Chair/Secretary Camilo Ramirez
Treasurer Robert Knight
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Chair David Strohl
Vice Chair/Secretary Allyson Klutenkamper
Treasurer Crystal McBrayer
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South Central

Chair Bryan Florentin
Vice Chair/Secretary Shannon Randol
Treasurer Scott Hilton
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Chair Christa Bowden
Vice Chair/Secretary Zane Logan
Treasurer Rylan Steele
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Chair Patti Hallock
Vice Chair/Secretary Megan Jacobs
Treasurer Gustavo Plascencia
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Chair Amanda Dahlgren
Vice Chair/Secretary Renee Billingslea
Treasurer Ken Marchionno
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Upcoming Regional Events

Conflict Resolution

Midwest Regional Conference

The Chase Park Plaza - St. Louis , Missouri   |   October 06 - October 08, 2016

Mark your calendar! "Conflict Resolution" MWSPE kicks off on October 6th, and you're invited to take part in the festivities. Come one, come all, spread the word, and head to STL. The theme of this conference is “Conflict Resolution” looking at the role of photography and art in documenting, analyzing and interpreting confrontation and struggle from an individual, regional, national and global perspective. The theme originated from the unrest in nearby Ferguson and the conversations and community engagement that has developed since. Our goal is to bring speakers with immense impact. We set out to create a one-of-a-kind experience devoted what is happening right before our eyes and cameras as witnesses. This weekend will be an event which is actively engaged, presenting new context to/from our students and membership. CALL FOR YOUR BOOK : +++Juried Book Showcase++++ We are thrilled to announce an opportunity to showcase your book! The 2016 St. Louis Midwest Regional Society of Photographic Education (SPE) Conference planning committee seeks a nation-wide SPE member submissions for a Juried Book Showcase held during our conference “Conflict Resolution” October 6-8th in St. Louis. We are accepting submissions from SPE students, professional & faculty members in good standing. Each book must function like a book (opening up and presenting a sequence or potential sequence of images, words, or ideas). Cash awards for the following categories:Grand PrizeBest Self-published- self-published either through (Artifact Uprising/ Blurb website) or through another self-publishing facilitation service.Best Artist BookBest in Professional Press- published by any third party publisher.Best in Student Book All submissions must be photography books and must be original works of authorship, entered by the author who holds all rights to the submission. Enter in multiple categories if applicable and submit as many books as you would like. All books submitted must represent work published within the 21st century. Entries must be postmarked by August 25, 2016. Books not chosen for the showcase will be mailed back September 25; unless you wish to donate your book to the MWSPE raffle. The raffle will raise funds for Midwest Region Travel Awards which are given to assist undergraduate, graduate, and adjunct members to travel to national and regional SPE conferences. Artists may submit more than one book. Submission/Shipment Logistics: Postage fee only, no submission feeAlong with your book send a one-page cover letter with a biographical note, specify appropriate categories, publication abstract, and indicate if the book is a donation to the raffle. SASE (return postage), unless given as part of the raffle.Please send questions to: Please ship to:SPE Juried Book Showcase C/O David Johnson2110 Portis Ave St. Louis MO, 63110

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2016 SPE SC Regional Conference

Camp Stewart

- Hunt, TX   |   October 13 - October 16, 2016

Join together with friends (and future friends) at our all-inclusive 2016 Conference/ Retreat! Nestled by the Guadalupe River in the picturesque and culturally rich Texas Hill Country, the site of our conference will be Camp Stewart, a summer camp in Hunt, TX. This regional conference offers the type of programming you expect as well as some new experiences. There will be two full days of lectures, workshops, demonstrations and portfolio reviews from regional SPE members, as well as keynote presentations in poetry, performance and the written word. Unique to this conference will be outdoor cookouts, a gourmet catered meal, ongoing exhibitions, a Yurt Obscura and outdoor activities! Camp Stewart is located near the small town of Hunt, TX, about 15 miles from Kerrville, 116 miles from Austin, and 80 miles from San Antonio. Lodging options include group cabins (bunk beds), shared rooms, private rooms, campsites, and an off-site motel. Registration begins on August 15. Only current SPE members may register. Be sure to buy or renew your SPE membership before you register. Non-members will have their registration cancelled. Advanced Registration Only. No on-site registration. TO SEE ALL CONFERENCE INFORMATION (including schedule, lodging, speakers, events, etc.) AND TO REGISTER click on the link: Special Events and Activities- Friday Evening Performance: Montopolis Trio performs Monolith – (Sponsored by the University of Texas at Arlington) A “Psychedelic Modern Classical Ensemble” from Austin TX, performing “Monolith,” a recently debuted work for piano and strings, inspired by the massive pink granite monolith called “Enchanted Rock,” 40 miles north of the conference site. The performance includes projected photographic images and spoken word narrative of the monolith’s geological formation. Ongoing Photo Show – Take advantage of on-site printers, paper, and portable walls, for a crowd-sourced exhibition that will change and evolve as the retreat progresses. Sponsored by Red River Paper, Hannemuhle, Propanels and KIND Snack Bars. Open Portfolio Reviews – New format: Reviewees will be assigned a table. Official Portfolio Reviewers commit to spend an hour moving from table to table offering feedback to each Reviewee, allowing the flexibility for longer (or shorter) individual reviews. Friday Morning Hike by the River – Enjoy an invigorating stroll through the Hill Country landscape. Saturday Morning Yoga – Led by Colette Copeland, SPE member and Certified Yoga Instructor. Bring your own mat! Hammock Pavilion – Overlooking the Guadalupe River. Relax, sway slowly in the breeze, sit a spell, and cleanse your mind for creative rejuvenation. Sponsored by Eagle’s Nest Outfitters. Yurt Obscura – A 150 sq. ft. circular temporary “tent” made of foam insulation panels and duct tape, with a lens mounted in one wall! Experience the optical thrill known since ancient days. Courtesy of SPE Member Rachel Rushing. FREE TIME! Fridays and Saturdays 3:00-6:00 will be free time for swimming, canoeing, archery ($35 fee), or one of several informal demonstrations such as Carbon Transfer, Wet Collodion, and Screen Printing. Gourmet Dinner – Catered by Brenton Childs, former Executive Chef at the Salt Lick and Bess Bistro (both in Austin, TX), and Stubb’s BBQ. He specializes in “Southern gourmet comfort food.”

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2016 SPE Southeast Regional Conference

Eye South Symposium

Columbus State University - Columbus , Georgia   |   October 14 - October 16, 2016

2016 SPE Southeast Regional conference in Columbus, Georgia, October 14th – 16th. Conference will be held in collaboration with Eye South Symposium, the Do Good Fund, Aint-Bad Magazine and Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Conference will explore key themes in contemporary photography and will be comprised of panel discussions, lectures, exhibitions and portfolio reviews.

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Depth of Our Field: Collaborations and Partnerships in Arts Education

Penumbra Foundation - New York, New York   |   October 28 - October 29, 2016

Conference Dates: October 28-29, 2016Conference Theme: "Depth of Our Field: Collaborations and Partnerships in Arts Education"Host: Penumbra Foundation, New York, NYKeynote Speaker: TBAInvited Speaker: TBAHonored Educator: TBA The 2016 SPE-NE Conference aims to consider photographic education as not just something that happens inside the classroom, but within the larger arts community. Many non-profit organizations, community centers, art collectives,foundationsandmuseums work with educators at all levels to ensure that those non-textbook experiences are accessible to our students. SPE itself emerged at a time when academic art departments were beginning to offer photography in their curriculum. In recognition of this newly emerging field of academia Nathan Lyons, Beaumont Newhall, Aaron Siskindandother prominent artist-educators started this community that we are a part of today. SPE is not alone inthemission of furthering photographic education and critical engagement. Many other non-profit and arts organizations have the same passion for shared knowledge and arts education. This conference hopes to continue the collaborative conversation that started in Rochester back in 1962. * Please click the yellow button to PRE-REGISTER, more information to come

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EVOLVING: Craft & Concept

Art Institute of Seattle, Main Venue - Seattle, WA   |   November 03 - November 06, 2016

More information and ticket info coming soon!

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