SPE South Central Regional Conference to be held at MSU

October 16th, 2012 Comments Off on SPE South Central Regional Conference to be held at MSU

The 2012 Society for Photographic Education South Central (SPESC) Conference titled Nothing Ventured/Nothing Gained: The Creative Risk will focus on the risks artists take in the conceptual and technical aspects of their work and the challenges they overcome in their visual research.

Mississippi State University’s commitment to hosting the conference will help critically examine the diversity of photographic practice by addressing the three major physical sectors of photography: traditional, digital and alternative processes.

The conference will feature many events that are open to the public to promote an awareness of photographic art on a national, regional and local level.

Internationally known artists Todd Hido, keynote speaker, and featured speakers Kelli Connell and Susan Burnstine will present the photography exhibition, Nothing Ventured/Nothing Gained: The Creative Risk. Works will also be included from SPESC Honored Educator and Guggenheim Fellow Dornith Doherty.  The exhibition will be on display in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.

An exhibition showcasing SPE members’ work and art by the North Texas Alternative Process Group (NTAPG) will be on display at the Visual Arts Center Gallery located on University Drive.

Finally, the SPE Student Members’ Exhibition will be on display in the Colvard Student Union Gallery.

All exhibitions run from Oct. 16 – Nov. 2.

This year’s conference will also include a high school educator and student panel discussion. The event is scheduled for Fri., Oct. 26 from 10 – 11 a.m. The panel will be made up of SPE members who will address topics related to integrating photography and photographic technology into the Mississippi high school art curriculum.

“This opportunity will allow SPE members to use their knowledge and expertise to address questions and concerns about photographic education, careers in photography, photography as art and much more,” said Dominic Lippillo, assistant professor of art and SPESC co-chair.

Conference registration is at a discounted rate for high school educators and is free for high school students who must be registered by their art teacher. For more information contact Dominic Lippillo at dlippillo@caad.msstate.edu.

This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state Agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The Society for Photographic Education is a nonprofit membership organization that provides a forum for the discussion of photography and related media as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. The South Central SPE chapter is comprised of seven states: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, with conferences hosted by institutions of higher education for the exploration of academic discourse surrounding the medium of photography.

For more information on SPE please visit their website www.spenational.org.

Click here to view the flyer with more information.

Click here to read the story on MSU’s website.

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