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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

Mid-Atlantic

Chair Jay Gould
Vice Chair/Secretary Rebecca Michaels
Treasurer Jeanne Anderton
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Midwest

Chair Larry Gawel
Vice Chair/Secretary BJ Cary
Treasurer Stafford Smith
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Northeast

Chair Kieran Johnson
Vice Chair/Secretary Camilo Ramirez
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Northwest

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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Southeast

Chair Christa Bowden
Vice Chair/Secretary Zane Logan
Treasurer Rylan Steele
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Southwest

Chair Patti Hallock
Vice Chair/Secretary Megan Jacobs
Treasurer Gustavo Plascencia
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West

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: stlouis2016mwspe@gmail.com 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 Confernce

Camp Stewart

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

Please join us in the beautiful Texas Hill Country for a weekend of storytelling, music, and creative possibilities.

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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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Hunting + Gathering: Trends in Photo Books and Image Archives (West)

University of Arizona, Center for Creative Photography - Tucson, AZ   |   November 04 - November 06, 2016

Hunting and Gathering: Trends in Photo Books and Image Archives Physical and online platforms dedicated to the interpretation, collection and distribution of photographic image content have blossomed over the last decade. Simultaneously the photo book has enjoyed a resurgence - with a proliferation of innovative trade and independently published titles. Artist-made books that function as a malleable narrative vehicle and the image archive, in service to various conceptual frameworks, have remapped the way we consume and engage with pictures. The 2016 West/Southwest Regional SPE conference will bring together speakers and panelists to discuss the latest developments in photographic books and image collections. Participants will examine the ways in which bodies of images are amassed, curated, narrated, sequenced, cross-referenced, published and distributed to create new forms of visual meaning. November 4–6, 2016 Tucson, AZ University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography Pima Community College Southwest University of Visual Arts Etherton Gallery This is a joint conference between the West and Southwest regions. Preliminary schedule is posted on this website. Subject to change. Early-bird pricing until September 16:Adjunct/Part-Time SPE Members: $40Regular, Senior, and Sustaining SPE Members: $75Student SPE Members: $20Non-members: $175Student non-members: $55Pricing after September 16:Adjunct/Part-Time SPE Members: $55Regular, Senior, and Sustaining SPE Members: $90Student SPE Members: $25Non-members: $190Student non-members: $60

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Hunting + Gathering: Trends in Photo Books and Image Archives (Southwest)

University of Arizona, Center for Creative Photography - Tucson, AZ   |   November 04 - November 06, 2016

Hunting and Gathering: Trends in Photo Books and Image Archives Physical and online platforms dedicated to the interpretation, collection and distribution of photographic image content have blossomed over the last decade. Simultaneously the photo book has enjoyed a resurgence - with a proliferation of innovative trade and independently published titles. Artist-made books that function as a malleable narrative vehicle and the image archive, in service to various conceptual frameworks, have remapped the way we consume and engage with pictures. The 2016 West/Southwest Regional SPE conference will bring together speakers and panelists to discuss the latest developments in photographic books and image collections. Participants will examine the ways in which bodies of images are amassed, curated, narrated, sequenced, cross-referenced, published and distributed to create new forms of visual meaning. November 4–6, 2016 Tucson, AZ University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography Pima Community College Southwest University of Visual Arts Etherton Gallery This is a joint conference between the West and Southwest regions. Preliminary schedule is posted on this website. Subject to change. Early-bird pricing until September 16:Adjunct/Part-Time SPE Members: $40Regular, Senior, and Sustaining SPE Members: $75Student SPE Members: $20Non-members: $175Student non-members: $55Pricing after September 16:Adjunct/Part-Time SPE Members: $55Regular, Senior, and Sustaining SPE Members: $90Student SPE Members: $25Non-members: $190Student non-members: $60

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