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SPE Midwest Chapter Conference Call for Proposals

SPE Midwest Chapter   /   Deadline: 06/08/19

The 2019 Midwest Society for Photographic Education Conference #SPEMKE planning committee is seeking proposals for any interpretation of the conference theme, "Communities, Collaborations, and Collectives", with special encouragement for group presentations and collaborative/interactive approaches. We welcome submissions from artists from all parts of the global photographic community.

About the conference
Ours is a time of increasing political, cultural, and economic division. While the impulse to turn inward and interact with only those of like minds is strong, the creative class has every opportunity to resist that urge by bridging divides, building community, and bringing visibility to voices and efforts that are working to strengthen our shared visions for the future. Creative collaborations and artist collectives help to provide effective and sustainable models for building sound structures that serve to unify our regional, national, and global populations of varying needs and perspectives. This year's theme is an opportunity to think beyond the needs of the individual maker, gesture, or venue, in an effort to promote shared agency in utilizing the photographic medium as a tool for unifying group interests, bringing voice to underrepresented communities, and communicating the experiences of those on all sides of the divide.


Saint Kate, Milwaukee, WI


Current membership is required for all participants of accepted proposals. All presenters, co-presenters, panelists, and moderators will have 10 days to join SPE or renew their membership once acceptance notifications are sent out.


Non-traditional formats will be considered.

Categories include:
• Student (15 min) – short presentation of your own artistic work and a brief introduction to your academic program.
• Imagemaker (40 min) – presentation on your own artistic work
• Lecture (40 min) – presentation on historical topic, theory, or another artist's work
• Panel Discussion (90 min) – active discussion among panelists, moderator, and audience to discuss a chosen topic.

Submit your proposal here:


Present at the Midwest Chapter Conference October 24 - 27, 2019.


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