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

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The SPE Gallery is located at SPE’s headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. The Gallery was established in 2014 as an important initiative of SPE’s 50th Anniversary campaign, “Future Focus.” The Gallery is a supportive venue for the lens-based practice of SPE’s members by providing a year-round public forum for exhibitions, workshops, community and educational programs, and other career enhancing opportunities. 

Current Exhibition
Kelli Connell / Double Life: Fifteen Years
January 13, 2017 - April 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 5:00 - 8:00pm


Kelli Connell’s body of work, Double Life, is now in its fifteenth year. Throughout this time we’ve seen the unfolding of an intimate and complex dynamic of a woman’s relationship; defined perhaps as a self-portrait acted out by another, or perhaps a metaphor for all relationships, or perhaps still a view of an everlasting affair with the self. As this series continues, it begins to take new shape as we now see the characters begin to age. Yet as they grow older, the emotional bonds established in the beginning of this series still hold strong with the familiarity of a long marriage.

Connell states, “This work represents an autobiographical questioning of sexuality and gender roles that shape the identity of the self in intimate relationships. Polarities of identity such as the masculine and feminine psyche, the irrational and rational self, the exterior and interior self, the motivated and resigned self are portrayed. By combining multiple photographic negatives of the same model in each image, the dualities of the self are defined by body language and clothing worn. This work is an honest representation of the duality or multiplicity of the self in regards to decisions about intimate relationships, family, belief systems and lifestyle options.”

Kelli Connell: Double Life / Fifteen Years is a traveling exhibition organized by the Society for Photographic Education and is made possible in part by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. 

For traveling exhibition booking information contact: info@spenational.org

Past Exhibitions

Double Life: Fifteen Years

January 13th, 2017 @ 10:00am
Cleveland, OH

Double Life: Fifteen Years

Works by Kelli Connell

Kelli Connell’s body of work, Double Life, is now in its fifteenth year. Throughout this time we’ve seen the unfolding of an intimate and complex dynamic of a woman’s relationship; defined perhaps as a self-portrait acted out by another, or perhaps a metaphor for all...

[Hyphen] Americans

May 13th, 2016 @ 10:00am
Cleveland, OH

[Hyphen] Americans

tintypes by Keliy Anderson Staley

What is our place in history and what is the role that photographic technologies and the history of photography play in defining identity? These are two questions that Keliy Anderson-Staley approaches in her series [Hyphen] Americans. Anderson-Staley is well-known for her portrait work with the 19th...

Your White Light

December 12th, 2015 @ 9:00am
Cleveland, Ohio

Your White Light

Works by Sonja Thomsen

The Society for Photographic Education (SPE) opens a new series of exhibitions with Your White Light by photographer Sonja Thomsen. This exhibition features photographs, sculpture and a site-specific installation. Your White Light is an iteration of Thomsen’s on-going project Glowing Wavelengths In-Between. Thomsen builds an environment...

Off the Web, On the Wall 3

June 12th, 2015 @ 9:00am
Cleveland, OH

Off the Web, On the Wall 3

An SPE Member Show

The Society for Photographic Education is proud to announce the opening of Off the Web, On the Wall 3, displaying the work of nine adjunct-level SPE members from across the country and Canada. The opening reception, with featured photographers Eric Zeigler and Kate Schneider, will...

Off the Web, On the Wall 2

November 14th, 2014 @ 9:00am
Cleveland, OH

Off the Web, On the Wall 2

An SPE Member Show

Off the Web, On the Wall 2 is the second in a series of SPE member exhibitions held at the SPE national office in Cleveland, OH. Curated from SPE’s online member gallery, the exhibition represents members from all of SPE’s regional chapters and international membership,...

Off the Web, On the Wall

June 20th, 2014 @ 9:00am
Cleveland, OH

Off the Web, On the Wall

An SPE Member Show

SPE's first Cleveland exhibition features member work as curated from SPE's online member gallery. A selection of artists whose portfolios have been highlighted in an ongoing virtual exhibition at spenational.org were invited to display their work this summer in the exhibition space at SPE's Cleveland...

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