Greatest Hits SPESC Regional Juried Student Exhibition | Deedra Baker

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Congratulations to Deedra Baker for having her photograph, An Apple from the Earth, selected for the Greatest Hits SPESC Regional Juried Student Exhibition hosted by the University of Oklahoma in The Lightwell Gallery at the School of Art & Art History. The exhibition runs September 14 through October 2, 2015.

Deedra received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011, from Washburn University in Topeka, KS. She is currently working toward a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts with a Photography Concentration and Intermedia Secondary Concentration at Texas Woman’s University.

Portfolio Reviewers, SPESC Regional Conference | Kalee Appleton and Rachael Banks

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Congratulations to Texas Woman’s University Alumnae, Kalee Appleton and Rachael Banks, for being selected as Portfolio Reviewer at the 2015 SPE South Central Regional Conference at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The conference runs September 24 through September 26, 2015.

Kalee is a photography-based artist and educator living in Dallas, Texas. Originally from Hobbs, NM, she attended Texas Tech University and received a BFA in Photography in 2005. Shortly after graduated she worked as a commercial corporate and aviation photographer before attending Texas Woman’s University, where she received an MFA in Photography in 2014.

Rachael is a Louisville, KY native who is living and working in Dallas, TX. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from Texas Woman’s University and Bachelor of Arts degree in photography and painting from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Currently, Rachael is working as adjunct faculty at Texas Woman’s University and El Centro College in Dallas, TX.

Neighbors SPESC Regional Juried Educators Exhibition | Jana C. Perez and Angilee Wilkerson

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Congratulations to Texas Woman’s University Alumnae, Jana C. Perez, and Angilee Wilkerson for being selected by juror Katherine Ware for the Neighbors SPESC Regional Juried Educators Exhibition at MAINSITE Contemporary Art Gallery in Norman, OK. The exhibition runs September 21 through October 2, 2015.

Jana  is an artist, graphic designer, photographer and educator. She currently holds the rank of Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, Graphic Design at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

Angilee holds an MFA in Photography and a Minor in Intermedia. She is an artist, adjunct professor, and professional editorial photographer.

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 Entry | Greatest Hits 2015 SPESC Regional Student Juried Exhibition

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Due: August 15, 2015
Greatest Hits 2015 SPESC Regional Student Juried Exhibition | The Lightwell Gallery, School of Art and Art History at OU.
Jurors: Jennings Sheffield and Kristina Smith

Students are an important component of the Society of Photographic Education, they inspire and challenge their photography instructors in meaningful ways every day. This exhibition is an opportunity to highlight the best student work present within the South Central region as evidence of an important catalyst for learning. Students submitting and accepted are encouraged to attend the conference and the Awards ceremony for this exhibition. There will be a short description of the photography work submitted along with the jury process.

As part of the regional SPE SC conference in Oklahoma City & Norman, there will be a juried student exhibition. The Lightwell Gallery is located in the central atrium of the School of Art & Art History at the University of Oklahoma. It’s a large space, with an uninterrupted footprint of 20’ by 65’, and a unique 45’ high, sky-lit ceiling providing visibility from studios, offices, and hallways from one and two stories above the gallery floor.

The SPE Multicultural Caucus’ purpose is to facilitate the investigation of multicultural image-makers and image making in regional, national, and international contexts. The official jurors from the Multicultural Caucus.

H. Jennings Sheffield, a contemporary artist working in lens based media, digital video and sound installation. Her work has been widely shown across the US and internationally, including: The Print Center in Philadelphia, Houston Fine Art Fair, Lens Culture, Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon, and Medien Kultur Haus Wels, Austria. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Baylor University.

Kristina Smith, a narrative photographer and artist whose creative research focuses on memory, story telling, and the human condition. She currently resides in Denton, TX, where she earned her MFA from Texas Woman’s University. She currently is the
acting Interim Gallery Director at Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas. Her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally.

There is no theme for this exhibition. The work does not need to be made for a specific photography class or be part of a project but it must have been made while you were enrolled as a student at a higher education institution from the SPE
SC region. It should be your best work. Please see your photo instructor(s) for advice regarding this submission.

2015 SPE SC regional conference celebrates the plurality of photography. From traditional to digital to alternative processes to video, all photographic techniques and approaches are welcome. Fine Art photography, documentary, commercial, mixed media incorporating photography, photo books & sculptures, and digital imaging and collages – are all eligible! Please submit your best photo-based work that was made over the past 2 years from Fall 2013 to Fall 2015.

There is no entry fee. All submissions should be submitted via email as jpgs. Please see instructions for submission. Students will be responsible for the cost of shipping of all accepted artwork to and from the exhibition venue, if required. To do this, you will need to include a UPS or FedEx Return Label with your ready-to-hang work.

Must be a currently enrolled student at an institution within the SPE SC regional conference in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Submission Instructions Send images for 3 artworks as JPEGS with the submission form via email to Save files as: Last Name_First Initial_student_(number – 01, 02, 03)_(view – if applicable). jpg Examples: Smith_J_student_01.jpg or Smith_J_student_01_view1.jpg. Files should not exceed 2.5MB in size, 1,000 pixels on the longest dimension, Save as AdobeRGB, and 2 views as appropriate for 3-D related work. Please note: Improperly titled jpegs and/or a missing submission form will result in your submission(s) not being reviewed.

Call Deadline for Submission: August 15, 2015 by Midnight CST
Date of Notification: August 24, 2015
Arrival Shipment / Drop Off Dates: September 10 – 11th, 2015 by 4:30 PM
Return Shipment / Pick-Up Dates: October 5 – 6th, 2015 9 – 4:30 PM
Exhibition dates: September 14th – October 2nd, 2015.

Up to 3  pieces in a photo-related medium, finished in an appropriate manner, and ready to be displayed.

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: 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!

Call for Proposals | 2016 SPE National Conference, Constructed Realities


Due: June 1, 2015

Call for Proposals:
SPE welcomes presentation proposals for SPE’s 2016 National Conference, Constructed Realities, from member photographers, writers, educators, curators, historians and professionals from other fields.

Next year’s theme will address the aspects of myth, fantasy, and reality in photography and deconstruct rhetoric of what constitutes a photograph.

Topics are not required to be theme-based, and may include but are not limited to, imagemaking, history, contemporary theory and criticism, multidisciplinary approaches, new technologies, effects of media and culture, educational issues, funding, and presentations of work in photography, film, video, performance and installation.

Presentation Formats:
Graduate Student – short presentation of your own artistic work and a brief introduction to your graduate program (must be enrolled in graduate program at time of submission)

Imagemaker – presentation on your own artistic work

Lecture – presentation on historical topic, theory, or another artist’s work

Panel Discussion – active discussion among panelists (max 4), moderator and audience to discuss a chosen topic

Teaching & Learning – presentations, workshops, or demos that address educational issues, including teaching resources and strategies

Submission Deadline: JUNE 1, 2015, 11:59 PM EDT

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