REGIONAL CONFERENCES of SPE: from late September into November!

As of this writing, the following regions of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) have planned 2008 Regional Conferences for the fall; all are open to non-members and offer an engaging dialogue about the medium and the industry (I wish I could be in the audience at ALL!), as well as time to share your work with your peers. Some offer scholarship assistance and exhibition opportunities as well. Non-members are encouraged to attend. The SPE National website has a map indicating what states are designated within each region but of course you are welcome to attend any and all of these conferences. Scroll down to find a conference near you, and if details are not posted here, check the region’s website.

I encourage you to attend!

The following information is from the REGIONS link on the SPE WEBSITE:

Northeast Region: “conference information coming”

Mid-Atlantic Region: November 7-8
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

Technocracy: image production/distribution/consumption
Techno-lust vs. Technophobia
Quoting Nicholas Bourriard “The art of postproduction seems to respond to the proliferating chaos of global culture in the information age.”

In this age of postproduction, how do imagemakers and institutions respond to this shifting landscape, creating alternative models for exhibition and education? How do those involved in the making, exhibiting and selling of images respond to the eradication of the boundary between production and consumption? How does imaging technology (camera phones, webcams, photo and video blogs) affect our capacity as imagemakers to navigate through the cultural chaos extracting new forms of production a.k.a art? Or does this proliferation of technology yield a return to traditional modes of production?

Andres Tapia-Urzua–Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Colette Copeland–SPEMA Chair

Southeast Region: November 7-9

THEME: “Transition”
CITY, STATE: Asheboro, NC
HOST INSTITUTION: Randolph Community College
CONFERENCE LOCATION: Photography Imaging Center, Randolph Community College
HOTEL INFO & RESERVATION RATES: Coming soon on the conference website

CONTACT INFO: (336)-633-0325

MAJOR SPEAKERS: Keynote Address: Tom Rankin, Director, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke Univ.; Honored Educator: Dr. Richard Zakia, Professor Emeritus and author, Rochester Institute of Technology; Joyce Tenneson, photographer and author; Johnny Horne, photographer and astronomer; plus much more!

SCHOLARSHIP & EXHIBITION INFO & DEADLINES: The conference will also include a faculty and student exhibition to be curated by Randolph Community College faculty members, Chuck Egerton and John Rash. Check the conference website for details.

South Central Region: October 30 – November 1, 2008

Theme: Allegory & Identity (no further details posted on the SPE NATIONAL website as of this writing)
Location: Memphis College of Art and University of Memphis – Memphis, TN

Click here to view complete details on the conference website.

Midwest Region: November 6-8

Theme: Imag(in)ing the Future of Photography: The Photographic and the Digita

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Keynote Speaker: Marvin Heiferman; Honored Educator: Dawoud Bey; Featured Imagemaker: Penelope Umbrico; Invited Speakers include artists Kelli Connell, Michelle Grabner, Brian Ulrich and Barbara Tannenbaum, Director, Akron Museum

Southwest Region; October 17-19

Theme: “Transformation”

Location: Ouray, Colorado (Southwestern CO)

Keynote speaker: Tom Fischer, Dean of Academic Affairs, Savannah College of Art and Design

Featured Speakers:

Gregory Cradick Executive Director Working With Artists,
Jeremias Paul Assistant Professor of Photography Southern Utah University
Jennifer Loshaw, Ridgway Arts Project Coordinator and the Ouray Chamber Executive Director
Jack Mosley Digital Printing Expert, Formally with the Rocky Mountain School of Photography
Jay Kinghorn Adobe Photoshop Certified Expert, ASMP Speaker

Photography has seen many forms of transformation in the medium alone, but how do we as creative individuals define transformation in the world of political dialogue, digital inspirations and employment possibilities? What happens when you graduate? How do we keep up with the world of continuous transformation while looking for a job, looking to show work, gaining tenure? How do we find our spiritual voice in our work, in our art? How do these issues transform our possibilities? This conference will break down the issues with a series of round tables, panel discussions, workshops, lectures and numerous photo opportunities.

Society for Photographic Education South West Region is proud to invite you all to attend this unique conference, designed for those who love photography and desire to unite in a supportive artist community.

For more information call Jennifer Loshaw – 970-325-4746 or email

Lodging options in Ouray:

Please see for additional information on this location.

West Region: November 13-16

Location: San Francisco, California

The SPE West Region will hold its annual conference Inspiration, November 13-16, 2008 in San Francisco, CA. Events will take place at Academy of Art University, our host institution and throughout San Francisco.


The act of inspiring; quality or state of being inspired – An inspiring or animating action or influence – Something inspired, as an idea – A result of inspired activity – A thing or person that inspires – The drawing of air into the lungs; inhalation – Theology – A divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul –The divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced.

Conference Co-Chairs: Erika Gentry and Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin

CONFERENCE DETAILS – For updated information visit:

Keynote Speaker: Alec Soth (Magnum)
School Sponsor: Academy of Art University (AAU)

Thursday Nov 13th: Alcatraz Night Tour & Stephen Wirtz Gallery Reception

Friday Nov 14th: SFMOMA Curatorial Tour, Opening Reception, Student Awards & Featured Speakers

Saturday Nov 15th: Conference Presentations, Keynote Speaker, Portfolio Reviews, Student & Member Show & Exhibit Fair

Sunday Nov 16th: SPE Brunch, Student & Member Show, Rayko Photo Wetplate and Digital Workshops OR Photograph San Francisco Fieldtrip

Hotel Information – Please let the hotel you are reserving rooms for the “Society for Photographic Education Conference”:

Hotel Rex, San Francisco
562 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Reservations: (800) 433-4434 OR
Attendee code: spewest (make sure to mention spe)
Cancellation Notice: 72 hrs in advance required
Cost:$149 per night (+14% hotel tax) $20 each addtl. person, 4 people maximum
Deluxe Queen or Deluxe Full/Full – King availabe for addtl. $20
Prices guaranteed until 10/12/08.
Valet Parking: $35 a night but Hotel Rex is walking distance from BART.

Northwest Region: No conference will be held this fall.


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