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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.

Call for Proposals | SPESC 2015 Regional Conference

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Due: June 1, 2015

SPESC welcomes proposals for the 2015 SPE South Central Regional Conference:

Spheres of Influence
University of Oklahoma and OKC Museum of Art
September 24 – 26, 2015
Conference Chair: Alex Emmons

Proposals can be for individual presentations, collaborators, workshops and panels from member photographers, writers,
educators, curators, historians, professionals and students. Topics are not required to be theme-based, and may include
but are not limited to, image-making, history, contemporary theory and criticism, multidisciplinary approaches and new
technologies, and presentations of work in photography, film, video, performance and installation.

1/2 to 1 page abstract, preferably in pdf form. Include title, AV needs, space concerns and CV for each presenter.

Minimum of 5 image(s) but no more than 10, if important to the proposal, sized to 1200 pixels on the long side at 100
ppi and saved as a jpg as Lastname_#.jpg. If selected, you will be asked to submit a higher quality representative image
for the conference program

Please send proposals to:
okc2015spesc@yahoo.com no later than June 1st with “2015 SPESC Conference Proposal” as the subject.

Spheres of Influence
Oklahoma City rests at the intersection of many highways that cross the continental US. OKC is known for Boomers and
Sooners, sunsets, beauty queens, red dirt, tornado alley, and a capital with an oil derrick on site. The variety contained
promotes why the locality of Oklahoma City is the perfect place to explore how we identify and reflect on the many
guiding “forces” impacting our creative lives. All of us are affected by a variety of influences from history, culture,
identity, geography, politics, scientific discovery, mentors, and experience to name some. This conference hopes to
address how these spheres of influence impact us as artists, educators, and students and how this manifests in our
photography as discovery, investigations, and recording in our worlds.

The conference organizers look forward to seeing your proposals!