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:

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:

Lecture Series | Tuesday Evenings at the Modern

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This popular series of lectures by artists, architects, historians, and critics is free and open to the public.

Lectures begin at 7 pm. To assure seating, two free admission tickets can be picked up at the Modern’s admission desk beginning at 5 pm on the day of the lecture. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and is limited to 250. A live broadcast of the lectures is shown in Café Modern for any additional guests.

Café Modern serves cocktails, salads, and appetizers on Tuesday nights until 7 pm during the lecture series.

  • March 17—Tom Sachs, an influential sculptor best known for elaborate re-creations of various modernist icons in masterpieces of engineering and design, presents the work and ideas that have garnered him such renown.
  • March 24—Emily Jacir is a professor at the International Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah and an artist whose work—including film, photography, social interventions, installation, performance, video, writing, and sound—has been recognized with significant exhibitions and awards, including a Golden Lion and a Hugo Boss Prize.
  • March 31—Philip-Lorca diCorcia, known for creating images poised between documentary and theatrically staged photography, discusses his photographic work in which everyday occurrences are taken beyond the realm of banality and seemingly insignificant gestures are infused with psychology and emotion.
  • April 7—Mario García Torres, a Mexico City–based conceptual artist who addresses the ways in which art and information are constructed over time, is in conversation with Modern curator Alison Hearst, who organized FOCUS: Mario García Torres.
  • April 14—Sina Najafi is editor-in-chief of Cabinet magazine and the editorial director of Cabinet Books. He has curated or co-curated a number of exhibitions and projects, including “Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s Fake Estates,” the subject of this presentation.
  • April 21—Laurie Simmons, a New York–based artist renowned since the mid-1970s for staged black-and-white photographs referencing domestic scenes and most recently for life-size color photographs of kigurumi (Japanese costume play), shares her experiences and the development of her work.

Public Lecture | The Guerrilla Girls


The Guerrilla Girls are coming to Texas Woman’s University at the end of February!!!!

PUBLIC LECTURE: Thursday, February 26, 2015 | 7:30 p.m. 
Margo Jones Performance Hall

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. / Free Admission

The Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman’s University will be hosting a free public lecture by Kathe Kollwitz of the Guerrilla Girls, an art activist group. The Guerrilla Girls are feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman. Over 55 women have been members over the years, some for months, some for decades. They use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose discrimination and corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture. They undermine the idea of a mainstream narrative by revealing the understory, the subtext, the overlooked, and the downright unfair. They’ve unveiled anti-film industry billboards in Hollywood just in time for the Oscars, dissed the Museum of Modern Art, New York, at its own Feminist Futures Symposium, and created large scale projects for the Venice Biennale; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Istanbul; Mexico City; London; Athens; Rotterdam; Bilbao; Sarajevo; Shanghai; Ireland; Krakow and Montreal. They are authors of stickers, billboards, posters, street projects, and several books including The Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art; Bitches, Bimbos and Ballbreakers: The Guerrilla Girls’ Guide to Female Stereotypes; TheGuerrilla Girls’ Art Museum Activity Book; and The Guerrilla Girls’ Hysterical Herstory of Hysteria and How it Was Cured, from Ancient times Until Now. Their work is passed around by their tireless supporters. They travel the world doing performances and workshops, encouraging thousands of people to invent their own crazy kind of activism, too. Just in the few years, they have been in the UK, France, Australia, Brazil, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Poland, Ireland, and Canada, as well as all over the United States.

For more information contact: Vance Wingate, Gallery Director, Department of Visual Arts | (940) 898-2533 or