Hear, See | SPE National Conference Las Vegas

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National Conference Registration is Now Open

Registration is now open for SPE’s 53rd National Conference, Constructed Realities, to be held March 10 – 13, 2016, at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Preview the conference schedule and register online today to qualify for early rate pricing! The early rate ends January 4, 2016.


Thursday Keynote Speaker: Gregory Crewdson
Friday Featured Speaker: Lyle Ashton Harris
Saturday Featured Speakers: Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

Congratulations to our 2016 Honored Educator, Jim Stone!


The Red Rock Resort will serve as the primary location for conference programs and events.

Rooms are available for SPE attendees at the discounted rate of $165 + tax per night. Visit SPE’s reservation page for the Red Rock Resort and book your room today! You can also make reservations by calling the hotel reservation line at 866-767-7773. Please reference SPE’s 2016 National Conference when making your reservations. The reservation cut-off date is February 17, 2016.

We also offer discounts on flights through United Airlines and multiple car rental companies. Click here for more information.


SPE is looking for committed student members to participate as volunteers at the conference. Volunteers who have completed the service requirement will receive a full conference registration rebate.


Student portfolio critiques and professional portfolio reviews remain free of charge, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

SPE seeks both student and professional portfolio reviewers to share their expertise and feedback with conference attendees. In return, SPE will offer reviewers a 50% discount on registration.

Student Reviewers: artists, professors, and professionals who can provide feedback for students on portfolios and a range of opportunities including artistic direction, graduate school consultation, exhibition, or publication possibilities

Professional Reviewers: individuals who can provide professional members with exhibition or publication opportunities

If you are interested in reviewing portfolios at the conference, please contactportfolio@spenational.org with your name, institution, and any opportunities you can offer reviewees by no later than November 11.


Attendees interested in displaying work at the Curator Portfolio Walkthrough must pre-register for the event. Space is limited, so register today!

Visit spenational.org/conferences/schedule for a full line-up of conference events!


Artist Lecture | Sam Abell and Ed Kashi

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The Dallas Center for Photography is hosting two distinguished photojournalists at the Dallas Center for Photography – Sam Abell and Ed Kashi. Both events require registration beforehand through their website.

Renowned National Geographic photographer, Sam Abell, will be doing a group image critique from 2:45-5pm on Saturday, October 31. Tickets to the critique are $25. You can register and purchase tickets here: http://goo.gl/msX086

Ed Kashi, photojournalist and member of VII Photo Agency, will be in town teaching his 4-day workshop Near and Far. On Tuesday, October 27 he will be giving a lecture on his work at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10. You can register and purchase tickets here: http://goo.gl/IAG7RH

Sensuous World, Gallery 219 | Group Exhibition Featuring TWU Alumni

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Congratulations to Texas Woman’s University Alumni, Kalee Appleton, Rachael Banks, Josh Dryk, Ashley Kauschinger, and Allison Jarek, for being included in Sensuous World at Eastfield College Gallery 219. The exhibition runs October 15 through November 20, 2015.

Exhibition Dates: October 15 – November 20, 2015

Opening Reception: October 15, 2105 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Kalee Appleton will be giving an Artist Talk on October 22, 2015, from 2:15 to 3:15 PM at Eastfield College in Room F218.

Save the Date | SPE National Conference Las Vegas

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Save the Date!

The Society for Photographic Education’s 2016 National Conference, Constructed Realities, will take place March 10-13, at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, NV.

SPE’s 53rd National Conference will feature four days of cutting-edge programming including presentations, industry seminars, an exhibits fair, portfolio critiques, a print raffle, silent auction, mentoring sessions, film screenings, exhibitions, receptions, a dance party, and more!

Registration opens on November 2, 2015. Pricing is structured to encourage early registration. SPE conferences have sold out in the past, so it is recommended that you register in advance.

Registration Options

Full Conference Pass: entitles attendees full access to all conference programming

Day Pass: provides full access to conference programming on a single day of the conference (maximum one day pass per registrant)

Session Pass: ticket to a single session (daytime concurrent sessions and/or evening guest speaker presentations only)

Stay tuned as we announce our line-up of evening guest speakers! Visit SPE’s conference page for more details and the conference schedule.

Visiting Artist | Alec Soth in Dialogue with Anne Tucker

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October 21, 2015 | 7:00 PM
Fine Arts Building, Room 148
700 Greek Row Dr.
Arlington, TX


The Department of Art + Art History at The University of Texas at Arlington is pleased to announce the First Annual Arlington Camera Lecture Series sponsored by Arlington Camera. The series launches at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in room 148 of the Fine Arts Building, 700 Greek Row Drive.

The event features Alec Soth, a Minneapolis-based photographer known for his photographs and many publications.  He will discuss his newest project, “Gathered Leaves”, in conversation with his friend and colleague Anne Wilkes Tucker.

Soth’s photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. Soth’s first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004 to critical acclaim. Since then Soth has published NIAGARA(2006), Fashion Magazine (2007) Dog Days, Bogotá (2007) The Last Days of W (2008), andBroken Manual (2010). In 2008, a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work was exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. The Walker Art Center produced a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work entitled From Here To There in 2010 and since that time Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013).

Tucker recently retired from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston where she served as founding curator of the photography department. It was for her work there that Tucker was named America’s Best Curator by TIME magazine in 2001. Over the course of her career at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tucker organized or co-organized more than 40 exhibitions, including landmark presentations that helped define scholarship of underexplored areas of the medium. These include Czech Modernism: 1900–1945 (1989), The History of Japanese Photography (2003), and the currently touring WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath (2012), an unprecedented exploration of war through the eyes of photographers. She has also authored dozens of publications, including theWAR/PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition catalogue, which received the prestigious 2013 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award for best photography book.

There will be a reception for the speakers in the Gallery at UTA beginning at 6 p.m., with the artist’s lecture immediately following at 7 p.m.  Both events are free and open to the public.   For more information, please go to http://www.uta.edu/art or call 817-272-2891.

DCP Speaker Series | Dornith Doherty and Lupita Murillo Tinnen

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August 20, 2015 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Dornith Doherty and Lupita Murillo Tinnen | DCP Speaker Series

Tickets: $5 in advance; $8 at the door

DCP and the Texas Photographic Society are proud to present an evening of inspiring lectures by two talented photographers: Dornith Doherty and Lupita Murillo Tinnen, former graduate school mentor and student respectively. Dornith and Lupita share a deep and meaningful creative connection; yet, their photographic work is visually and conceptually quite disparate. They each will speak about their current projects and also address their teacher/student relationship in a subsequent Q&A panel session.

For more information, click here.

Regional Conference | Society for Photographic Education South Central


September 24 – 26, 2015

2015 SPESC Regional Conference in Oklahoma

When choosing hotels (see website – Embassy Suites, Norman is main conference hotel) please note that the conference will be at the OKC Museum of Art on Friday and at OU (Norman) on Saturday. Bus info between Norman and OKC will be posted later.


Keynote Speaker: Sharon Harper

Sharon’s work explores the intersection of technology and perception and is featured in prominent permanent collections including MOMA, the Whitney, and MFA Houston. She has attended numerous artist residency fellowships and is a 2013 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in Photography. She is Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.

Featured Speaker: William (Will) Wilson

Born in San Francisco, Will is a Diné photographer who spent his formative years living in the Navajo Nation. He is part of the Science and Arts Research Collaborative (SARC) that fosters collaboration between artists and scientists. He has participated in residencies (School of Advanced Research, Santa Fe), received grants (Joan Mitchell Foundation) and fellowships (Eiteljorg Museum). He is Photography Program Head at Santa Fe Community College.

Professional Development Speaker: Mary Virginia Swanson

Swan is an author (her latest, Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs to be published this year), educator (2014 ASMP Susan Carr Award for Education; 2015 SPE Honored Educator) and consultant. She presents seminars and lectures on marketing opportunities that have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level.

 2015 SPESC Regional Honored Educator: Chad D. Smith

Chad is an accomplished photographer with over 25 years of teaching experience in both the applied and fine art fields of photography and has conducted workshops national and internationally. He has numerous awards and his photographs have been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally.

All other presenters and the conference schedule will be posted to the regional website soon. Please note that the new SPE website is expected to launch next week. We hope to have a smooth transition but glitches may occur.

Artist Talk | Danielle Rene’ Khoury and Sandra Morante


July 23, 2015 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Artist Talk | Danielle Rene’ Khoury and Sandra Morante

Gallery 76102
1401 Jones Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

In association with the 897 Square exhibition at Gallery 76102, winner, Danielle Rene’ Khoury, and runner up, Sandra Morante will give an artist talk concerning their work that was accepted into the juried competition, as well as their artistic processes, inspiration, and more.

Check out Gallery 76102’s website to see the feature on both of these talented women: http://www.uta.edu/fortworth/gallery76102/

There will be light refreshments served during the event.

A Natural Order and Of Nature | Lectures and Exhibitions at UT Dallas


Photographer Lucas Foglia will lecture on his series A Natural Order on March 31st, Tuesday, 7:30 pm in JSOM Davidson Auditorium, 1.118

A reception for the artist will be held in the O’Donnell Building Gallery, first floor, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, before the lecture.

Of Nature
(Comer Photography Collection / curated by Twyla Bloxham)

Exhibition Dates:   March 27 – April 24, 2015

Of Nature presents an overview of photographers who take inspiration from the natural world. From an emphasis on scientific phenomena and the recording of flora and fauna, to fictional images of natural phenomena, these artists reveal to us the power of observation and our relationship to our environment. Exhibiting artists include Lucas Foglia, Tom Chambers, Camille Solyagua, John Pfahl, Zeke Berman, Steve Goff, Robert Langham III, Laszlo Layton, and Kate Breakey.

Curator Twyla Bloxham will lecture on the exhibition Of Nature on April 2nd, Thursday, 2:00 pm in JSOM Davidson Auditorium, 1.118
A reception for the curator will be held in the O’Donnell Building Gallery, first floor, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Film Screening | Miss Representation


Miss Representation at Texas Woman’s University
Thursday, March 26th, at 6:00 p.m. CFO 203
Film Screening: Miss Representation w/ Director Ms. Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Miss Representation reveals the betrayal of women in the media. The film demonstrates how society is misguided by media content, which generally highlights the mere physical attributes and nurturing abilities of women, but limits recognition of their intellectual capabilities. The film also uncovers how successful women in various careers are still deprived of respect and recognition for their achievements in comparison to the male gender.  Miss Representation will leave the audience thinking of the many opportunities our world could be deprived of if women’s endeavors continue to go unsupported or underrepresented.

Join our guest speaker; film Director, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, as she discusses Miss Representation and its efforts to raise awareness about stamping out inequality and discrimination. The event is sponsored by Commuter Services and Lasso 100th in celebration of Women in the Media and International Women’s Day.

Follow the link to the Miss Representation trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2UZZV3xU6Q.