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2018 SPE Annual Conference: UNCERTAIN TIMES: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood

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Chair Jay Gould
Vice Chair/Secretary Rebecca Michaels
Treasurer Jeanne Anderton
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Chair Larry Gawel
Vice Chair/Secretary Garin Horner
Treasurer Joseph Mougel
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Chair Kieran Johnson
Vice Chair/Secretary Camilo Ramirez
Treasurer Robert Knight
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Vice Chair/Secretary Jason Lazarus
Treasurer Crystal McBrayer
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Chair Bryan Florentin
Vice Chair/Secretary Tom Turner
Treasurer Scott Hilton
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Chair Christa Bowden
Vice Chair/Secretary Zane Logan
Treasurer Emily Gomez
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Chair Abbey Hepner
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 Chapter Events

Developing Spaces/Places

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

We are excited to host this year's Midwest SPE Regional Conference! Located in the geographic center of our SPE region, we look forward to seeing members from every state in the Midwest come out in full force to Peoria, Illinois. The bulk of the programming will take place at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. Exhibitions and receptions will take place across Peoria including at the Bradley University Galleries, Riverfront Museum, Contemporary Art Center, Prairie Center for the Arts, and Peoria Library Downtown. Hands-on workshops will be given throughout the weekend at Bradley University's Heuser Art Center. Featured speakers and exhibitions at Developing Spaces/Places include Guggenheim-award winners Penelope Umbrico, David Taylor, Wendel White, William Fox, and esteemed 2017 Midwest Regional Honored Educator Judy Natal. Stay tuned for more information! 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. 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 midwestSPE2017@gmail.com. Please use the following naming convention when naming your file: “LastName_FirstName_Title”. Please do not send multiple attachments. For instructions on how to combine and merge files into one PDF, please see https://acrobat.adobe.com/us/en/acrobat/how-to/merge-combine-pdf-files-online.html. Submissions will be accepted from current SPE members only. Membership information is available at www.spenational.org. 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 midwestSPE2017@gmail.com. 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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THIS, THAT, or The OTHER

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 that 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, the internet, and surveillance imagery, are all becoming part of the vernacular in which we experience lens-based images today. For questions, please contact – spescinfo@gmail.com. H. Jennings Sheffield, Co-Chair of 2017 SPE South Central Regional Conference, 254-710-6388. Chris Ireland, Co-Chair of 2017 SPE South Central Regional Conference, 254 968 9274. Call for Entries Submission DetailsProposals can be for individual presentations, collaborations, workshops, and panels from member photographers, writers, educators, curators, historians, professionals, and students. Topics are not required to be theme-based, and may include but are not limited to, image-making, history, contemporary theory and criticism, multidisciplinary approaches and new technologies, and presentations of work in photography, film, video, performance and installation. Requirements 3/4 to 1 page abstract, preferably in pdf form. Include title, AV needs, space concerns, and CV for each presenter. Minimum of 5 images, but no more than 10. Images must be sized to 1200 pixels on the long side at 100ppiandsaved as a jpg as Lastname_#.jpg. If selected, you will be asked to submit a higher quality representative image for the conference program. Please send all proposals to: spescsubmissions@gmail.com no later than June 1st with "2017SPESC Conference Proposal" as the subject. The conference organizers look forward to seeing your proposals!

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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. SPENW welcomes proposals from photographers, artists, writers, educators, curators, historians, and professionals fromother fields for the 2017 northwest regional conference: Illuminate and Provoke. In his introductory essay for the anthology of Orion essays “The Future of Nature” the poet, Barry Lopez, sublimely intertwines writing of his observations of birds of western Oregon with the disorders facing human-life; before guiding the reader towards the attributes of courage, justice, and reverence as necessary virtues as we work towards a civil society. In doing so, he situates writing as a social as well as an artistic act and suggests that, like birds, writers “represent a visible, coherent trajectory through a confusing wood. They illuminate and provoke.” Photographers also illuminate and provoke, and this conference topic challenges photographers, writers, social scientists, and photo-historians to consider how your work is a social as well as an artistic act. On Friday, the conference will begin at 1pm and will start with a choice of three-hour in-depth workshops. On Saturday, individual and shorter presentations will take place alongside opportunities for portfolio reviews. The keynote speaker is Richard Misrach and featured artists include Nicole Jean Hill, Alexis Pike, Christopher Russell, and Rafael Soldi. Topics are not limited to the theme and may include image-making, history, contemporary theory and criticism, multidisciplinary approaches, new technologies, effects of media and culture, educational issues, funding, professional practices, and presentations of work in photography, film, video, performance, and installation. Eligibility This call for proposals is open to SPE members and non-members. Presentation Formats  Workshops (3 hours) – Participants may propose teaching & learning workshops, extensive hands-on demonstration and/or making activities, and/or opportunities for a group of people to explore guided-readings in order to have discussions in greater depth.  Dialogic (15 min) – Presentations where photographers/artists with complementary or, sometimes contrasting subject matter will be selected and grouped together in a carefully curated 45 - 90 minute block.  Imagemaker (45 min) – Presentation on your own artistic work; proposals may be considered for a Dialogic Presentation.  Lecture (45 min) – Presentation on historical topic, theory, or another artist’s/artists' work.  Panel Discussion (90 min) – Active discussion among panelists (max: 3), moderator, and audience to discuss a chosen topic.  Teaching & Learning (45 min) – Presentations, workshops, demos that address educational issues, including teaching resources and strategies (syllabi, videos, assignments, readings, class prep/setup, and PowerPoint presentations); curricula to serve diverse artists and changing student populations; and professional exchange. Deadline and Submission Details Proposal submissions are due by MAY 15, 2017, 11:59 PM PCT. Submit proposals to spenw.proposals@gmail.com Include in one PDF package no larger than 20 MB: Presentation Title Presenter Name(s) A 80-120 word biography of each presenter or panel member Up-to 500 word description of your proposal Equipment or space-needs (particularly for workshop proposals) Up-to 10 jpeg images (embedded in the PDF package) Any questions? Contact the Conference Chair: Julia Bradshaw Julia.bradshaw@oregonstate.edu

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Tahoe CoLab

Creativity, Community, and Collaboration

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

Join us for Tahoe CoLab: an interactive, community-building retreat where we will explore the ways in which photographers collaborate with each other, with artists in different disciplines, with scholars in other fields such as science and the humanities, and with community members. The permutations are as endless as they are exciting.Granlibakken Tahoe Resort, just minutes from the shores of Lake Tahoe, will be the retreat backdrop as we dine, slumber, learn, create, and collaborate with others from the West and Southwest chapters of SPE: students, teachers, curators, and artists. Programming will include image-maker presentations, teaching and learning discussions, and a collaborative project exploring the Lake Tahoe region.Granlibakken is located five minutes from Tahoe City in the Tahoe National Forest and about an hour drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, serviced by major airlines such as Alaska, American, Delta, jetBlue, Southwest, and United. From the retreat location, Emerald Bay State Park is a 20 mile drive south and then it is an additional 52 mile drive around the lake with scenic wonders at each mile. For those who search for the cultural aspects of a region, a fifteen mile drive east will get you to the state line for the gambling and music at the Crystal Bay Club. Retreat style, with lodging and food included. Rates for the 2-nights, including all taxes. Paid directly to Granlibakken. Double occupancy: $370 per person Single occupancy: $485 per person Dorm-style (5–6 people per room): $225 per person Proposed retreat registration fees. Paid directly to SPE: Regular, Senior, Sustaining member: $75 early, $90 regular Adjunct/part-time: $40 early, $55 regular Student: $20 early, $25 regular Non-member: $190 Student non-member: $60 Early bird deadline will be October 1, 2017 Proposed conference activities: Friday optional workshops for an additional fee (perhaps wet plate collodion and/or drone photography) Retreat programming to start Friday at 5:30 pm Authentic collaboration project throughout weekend 1-Track programming Keynote speaker, honored educators’ (West and Southwest) talks, invited speakers 15-minute image-maker presentations Teaching and learning discussions Portfolio sharing and/or print exchange Hiking and photography outing Programming to end Sunday after lunch Look for emails regarding Calls for Proposals in mid-April with a deadline of June 1.

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Tahoe CoLab

Creativity, Community, and Collaboration

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

Join us for a fantastic joint conference between the West and Southwest Chapters. Tahoe CoLab: an interactive, community-building retreat where we will explore the ways in which photographers collaborate with each other, with artists in different disciplines, with scholars in other fields such as science and the humanities, and with community members. The permutations are as endless as they are exciting.Granlibakken Tahoe Resort, just minutes from the shores of Lake Tahoe, will be the retreat backdrop as we dine, slumber, learn, create, and collaborate with others from the West and Southwest regions of SPE: students, teachers, curators, and artists. Programming will include image-maker presentations, teaching and learning discussions, and a collaborative project exploring the Lake Tahoe region.Granlibakken is located five minutes from Tahoe City in the Tahoe National Forest and about an hour drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, serviced by major airlines such as Alaska, American, Delta,jetBlue, Southwest, and United. From the retreat location, Emerald Bay State Park is a20 mile drive south and then it is an additional 52mile drive around the lake with scenic wonders at each mile. For those who search for the cultural aspects of a region, afifteen mile drive east will get you to the state line for the gambling and music at the Crystal Bay Club. Retreat style, with lodging andfoodincluded. Rates for the 2-nights, including all taxes. Paid directly to Granlibakken. Double occupancy: $370 per person Single occupancy: $485 per person Dorm-style (5–6 people per room): $225 per person Proposed retreat registration fees. Paid directly to SPE: Regular, Senior, Sustaining member: $75 early, $90 regular Adjunct/part-time: $40 early, $55 regular Student: $20 early, $25 regular Non-member: $190 Student non-member: $60 Early bird deadline will be October 1, 2017 Proposed conference activities: Friday optional workshops for an additional fee (perhaps wet plate collodion and/or drone photography) Retreat programming to start Friday at 5:30 pm Authentic collaboration project throughout weekend 1-Track programming Keynote speaker, honored educators’ (West and Southwest) talks, invited speakers 15-minute image-maker presentations Teaching and learning discussions Portfolio sharing and/or print exchange Hiking and photography outing Programming to end Sunday after lunch Look for emails regarding Calls for Proposals in mid-April with a deadline of June 1.

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