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.

August Opportunities


Call for Entry

  • Due: August 3, 2015
    SHOTS no. 129 Autumn Issue 2015
    Theme(s): Reflections & / or Shadows

  • Due: August 3, 2015
    SEITIES Autumn Publication + Exhibition
    Theme: Macabre

  • Due: August 5, 2015
    Portfolio Showcase: The Constructed Image Photo Collage, Photo Montage, In-Camera/Scanner Assemblages
    Davis Orton Gallery
  • Due: August 10, 2015
    2015 Alternative Process Competition | Soho Photo Gallery
    Juror: Joni Sternbach
  • Due: August 10, 2015
    Going Places | PhotoPlace Gallery
    Juror: Carlan Tapp
  • Due: August 12, 2015
    Nocturne | Darkroom Gallery
    Juror: Lance Keimig
  • 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
  • Due: August 21, 2015
    Open Call Guate Photo 2015
  • Due: August 22, 2015
    2015 Art in the Metroplex Exhibition
    Juror: Peter Doroshenko
  • Due: August 23, 2015
    At Home | Don’t Take Pictures
  • Due: August 28, 2015
    Illuminate | The Center for Fine Art Photography
    Juror: Elizabeth Avedon

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!

SPESC Student Scholarship | Rachael Banks

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Congratulations to Rachael Banks for being awarded a SPESC Student Scholarship to attend the 2015 SPE National Conference in New Orleans, LA.

Rachael is a Louisville, KY native and MFA photography candidate at Texas Woman’s University with an expected graduation date of May 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in photography and painting at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY.

SPESC Student Scholarships | 2015 SPE National Conference


Due: February 20, 2015
SPESC Student Scholarship | Society for Photographic Education South Central Region


SPE South Central invites applications for scholarships to support student attendance at the 2015 SPE National Conference at in New Orleans, LA, March 12-15.


SPESC region encourages participation in SPE conferences to introduce talented students to the dynamic culture and programs of SPE. By defraying travel expenses of attendance, SPESC invites a broad regional audience of qualified students to participate in the activities and values of our organization.


SPESC seeks current student members of our SPE region who can articulately demonstrate his or her intent to travel to the conference. Preference is given to students who provide examples of extra-curricular activities within a photography program, SPE, or other relevant group or activity. Winners must be in attendance at the conference to receive the award. Members who received the scholarship within the last year are not eligible.


Supporting faculty are not required to provide written letters of support. However, faculty should be notified and willing to support the applications as a reference. Applicants must provide accurate faculty contact information including name, title, phone, and email. If needed, board members will contact faculty to confirm applications.


Please follow the guidelines exactly so that the application is not disqualified:

  1. Formal letter of application. Letter should detail level of education, involvement with SPE or related activities, and brief description of artwork. Student should also illustrate reasons why he or she should be selected for the scholarship.
  2. Please create a single PDF file that contains:
  • The letter of application.
  • Faculty reference information (name, title, phone, and email).
  • A direct link to one Image Gallery on your profile.
    i. You will need to be a current member to create and link to a gallery.
    ii. The URL in your application should link directly to the gallery.
    iii. Gallery must be made public.
    iv. Applications that do not link directly to an SPE Member Gallery will not be considered.
  • Label PDF file as Lastname_Firstname_spesc_spring2015.pdf.

3. Email application pdf file to:

  • Bryan Florentin at
  • Use the exact subject line: SPE Student Scholarship Applicant – Spring 2015


Scholarship winners will be notified of their status no later than February 27. Scholarship winners will be presented with their check at the regional business meeting during the conference. Therefore, winners must register for the conference and arrange travel and accommodations themselves.