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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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SPE Midwest Chapter includes:
Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Chair Larry Gawel
Vice Chair/Secretary Garin Horner
Treasurer Joseph Mougel
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Upcoming Conference

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 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

  • 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.).

  • 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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