Archive for October 14, 2009

Upcoming 2009 SPE Regional Conferences

Below are a list of all of the Society for Photographic Educations regional conferences.
They are a great way to network and get to know your local photography community. Also most SPE Regional Conferences also have a portfolio review component.
Upcoming 2009 Regional Conferences:
  • Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Joint conference: The Art Market, November 6-9, 2009, Montclair, NJ, Montclair State University.
  • Southeast: Crossroads, October 15-18, 2009, Atlanta, GA Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta.
  • South Central: Crosswinds, October 15-17, 2009, Thibodaux, LA, Nichols State University.
  • Midwest: Freeze/Thaw: Cycles in the American Heartland, October 29-31, 2009, Minneapolis, MN, Art Institutes International Minnesota.
  • Southwest: Photography Now!, November 12-15, 2009, Tucson, AZ, Amphitheater High School.
  • West: Document and Identity, December 4-6, 2009, Oakhurst, CA.
  • Northwest: November 6-8, 2009, Seattle, WA, Photographic Center Northwest.

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November 6-7: SPE Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

This year the regional conferences for the Society for Photographic education Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will be held together in Montclair, NJ on November 6th and 7th.

As part of the conference there will also be a Portfolio Review with several wonderful reviewers from the region.

From the website:

Executive Statement

Montclair State University will host the 2009 SPEMA and SPENE conference on the 6th–7th of November. The George Segal Gallery at MSU will host an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s polaroids and other photographs curated by William Ganis. The conference will offer practical opportunities for teachers, artists and commercial photographers through workshops, presentations, discussions, portfolio reviews and exhibitions.

The last few years has been characterized by contradictory economic effects upon photography—tightening budgets and a renaissance in amateur photography exert downward pressure in many areas in the commercial market, yet the fine art market, particularly in photography, has massively expanded and increasingly looks to younger emerging artists to fulfill the gallery opportunities.

The recent collapse of the market has changed the pragmatics of what to do but not the fundamental question: what is the relationship between the market and photographic practice? How does the market affect photographers, their methods, their aesthetics? Furthermore now there is a renewed interest in the role of teaching in relation to professional preparation—what is that relationship, and what do we do now?

Click here for the conference schedule.

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Deadline October 27th: Joyce Elaine Grant Juried Exhibition

The Deadline is  OCTOBER 27 for the Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition

The Juror is  Corey Keller, Associate Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

From the announcement:
Submissions for the 9th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition are now being accepted on-line at: until October 27, 2009Exhibition proceeds support scholarships for future graduate students in photography.
Please direct questions to: Elizabeth M. Claffey, Exhibition Coordinator,


Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition:  January 26-February 17, 2010
Texas Woman’s University Fine Arts Gallery, Denton, Texas

Juror: Corey Keller, Associate Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Entries due October 27, 2009
About the Juror: Corey Keller:

Corey Keller is Associate Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art where she has been on the curatorial staff since 2003. She recently organized the exhibition (and accompanying catalogue) “Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840-1900” as well as a retrospective survey of the career of Henry Wessel. Major upcoming projects include a permanent collection exhibition and catalogue in celebration of SFMOMA’s 75th anniversary (2010) and monographic exhibitions and catalogues on Francesca Woodman (2011) and J.B. Greene (2013). She is a PhD candidate at Stanford University, where she also earned her master’s degree in art history. Prior to attending Stanford, Keller worked at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Magenta Foundation Flash Forward 2010 Submissions Now Open

Now in its sixth year, the Magenta Foundation’s call for entries has been announced for Flash Forward 2010.

Also this year marks the first year of the new bi-annual Flash Forward Festival.

Here is how the Festival was described in the press release:

Set to take over Toronto’s Liberty Village area, Flash Forward Festival will provide an in-depth experience for emerging photographers with educational and networking opportunities including events with collectors, arts enthusiasts and industry professionals. The festival will include five curated exhibitions (representing Canada, the UK and the US, plus one guest nation), as well as workshops, a lecture series, nightly events, an art fair and a major closing event that will be filmed and transmitted globally.

From the website:

  • This is an open call for submissions.
  • All photographers in Canada, the UK and the US, 34 years of age and under, may submit.
  • All submission requirements and instructions are on our web site, at

Jurors for 2010

  • Canada:
    • Liz Ikiriko – Photo Editor, Toronto Life Magazine
    • Daniel Espeset, photo-eye Magazine
    • Myrabelle Charlebois – Photo Editor, enRoute Magazine
    • Erin Elder – Manager, Business Development, Digital Media, The Globe and Mail
  • UK:
    • Lorna Mary – Company Manager, Rhubarb-Rhubarb Festival
    • Chris Littlewood – Photography Coordinator, Flowers East Gallery
    • Simon Bainbridge, British Journal of Photography, London
    • Aaron Schuman – Director/Editor, Seesaw Magazine
  • US:
    • Andy Adams – Editor/Publisher, Flak Photo
    • Amanda Maddox – Assistant Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art
    • Susan Bright – Independent art writer and curator based in NY

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