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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 Paul Sisson
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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 August 9th 2014 death of Michael Brown, Jr. 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.

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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: Mia Fineman, Associate Curator Photography, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.Invited Speaker: Alicia Hansen, Founder and Executive Director of NYCSalt.orgHonored 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 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

Register now for SPE’s Northwest Regional Conference, Evolving: Craft & Concept, taking place in Seattle, November 3rd-6th. 2016. By pre-registering, you will save money on your admission and secure your attendance at the conference. Join us for three days packed full of presentations featuring John Keatley & Creative Live, a Chuck Close photographic exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery, an evening of photojournalism at PCNW featuring Honored Educator Walter Bodle & Youth In Focus, an exciting array of northwest artists and educators presenting their recent work and ideas, plus industry seminars, workshops, portfolio reviews, exhibitions, and more. Full schedule details coming soon.

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