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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 Joseph Mougel
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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 Jason Lazarus
Treasurer Crystal McBrayer
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South Central

Chair Bryan Florentin
Vice Chair/Secretary Tom Turner
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 Paul Sisson
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Chair Amanda Dahlgren
Vice Chair/Secretary Renee Billingslea
Treasurer Ken Marchionno
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Upcoming Regional Events

Developing Spaces/Places

Embassy Suites by Hilton East Peoria Riverfront Hotel & Conference Center - Peoria, IL   |   October 12 - October 15, 2017

Call For Proposals: Developing Spaces/Places The city of Peoria, IL will host the 2017 Midwest Society for Photographic Education Regional Conference, Developing Spaces/Places, October 12-15, 2017. Featured speakers and exhibitions at Developing Spaces/Places include Guggenheim-award winners Penelope Umbrico, David Taylor, Wendel White, and William Fox. Conference organizers seek proposals from image-makers, historians, curators, writers, and students with innovative photographic approaches to place/space including, but not limited to, landscape and environmental concerns, border demarcations, and spatial justice. Strong proposals outside of the conference theme will also be considered for inclusion. Submission guidelines: Submission dates: March 1 - May 1, 2017 Submission method: Single PDF file, containing proposal summary (artist statement or synopsis of your presentation - see below for formats and lengths), 8-10 sample images, and an abbreviated CV (3 pages or less). This combined file must be less than 10 mb and should be emailed to Please use the following naming convention for the file: “LastName_FirstName”. Please do not send multiple attachments. For instructions on how to combine and merge files into one PDF, please see Submissions will be accepted from current SPE members only. Membership information is available at Conference attendance is open to all, regardless of membership. Session formats: Image-Maker Presentations: 40 minute talk, 10 minute Q&A session on personal work Student (undergraduate and graduate) Image-Maker Presentations: 20 minute session on personal work Lecture: 40 minute talk, 10 minute Q&A session on an historic topic, theory, or another artist’s work Panel Discussions: 75 minute talk, 15 minute Q&A group session led by a moderator to discuss a chosen topic Demonstration/Guided Discussions/Workshops: 90 minute session designed to share pedagogy or professional development strategies "Book Club" Discussions: 75 minute book club discussion on a pre-selected artist monograph or book on pedagogy, process, theory, or history. Exhibition Proposals: solo or group exhibitions, juried or invited. May or may not include a 40 minute juror’s session in which you will discuss your curatorial theme/practices for the exhibition. Proposals should include a 500 word (max.) artist statement or synopsis of your presentation topic, 8-10 image samples (when applicable), and a CV/resume (3 page max.). Questions about proposals should be sent to Proposals must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017 for consideration. Notification accepted proposals will be emailed by June 1, 2017.

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Considering the Emerging Trends and Vernacular in Photography

Baylor University - Waco, Texas   |   October 13 - October 15, 2017

This year’s conference will investigate and discuss how the current vernacular of imagery is ever-changing in the 21st century. It is estimated over 1.8 billion images are uploaded to the internet daily. We are living in a time when family snapshots are no longer consigned to be neglected in family albums but are now publicly shared and disseminated. As cell phone photography grows more sophisticated, and technologically so easily available, so does the curatorial and artistic sensitivities of the public. During this growth, and with technology so easily available, lens-based artists are incorporating new technology and methodologies while finding new ways to embrace and define the traditional foundations of photography. Drones, microscopes, satellites, internet, andsurveillance imagery, are all becoming part of the vernacular in which we experience lens-based images today. For questions, please contact – H. Jennings Sheffield, Co-Chair of 2017 SPE South Central Regional Conference, 254-710-6388

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Illuminate & Provoke: SPE-NW 2017

Oregon State University - Corvallis, Oregon   |   October 20 - October 21, 2017

Two days of photographic workshops, presentations & discussions, featuring the works of Christopher Russell, Rafael Soldi, Nicole Jean Hill and Alexis Pike. Richard Misrach is our keynote speaker for SPE-NW 2017. Additional Conference information will be made available soon - please come back later!

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Tahoe CoLab

Creativity, Community, and Collaboration

Granlibakken Tahoe - Tahoe City, California   |   November 03 - November 05, 2017

Join us at the Granlibakken Tahoe retreat center for this joint regional retreat between the West and Southwest regions of SPE.

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