Midwest SPE Conference October 29 to 31

The Midwest Regional Society for Photographic Education (SPE) conference is being held in Minneapolis, MN, October 29, 30 & 31.

Attend the MW SPE Conference!

Attend the MW SPE Conference!

A large number of students attend this conference annually. It’s a great way to get to know other photography students from other schools in the midwest and it’s also a great place to see a lot of great photography, attend a lot of great presentations and meet photographers (and photo faculty) from around the region.

Excellent and thought provoking presentations on everything from fine art photography to marketing are part of the conference schedule.

And… the conference also offers portfolio reviews from a variety of great reviewers. Some information about the conference is below. hope some COD Photo students will make the trip. If you do, I’ll see you there!


Subject: RE: MWSPE 2009 Fall Conference Update

The conference schedule is now posted on our web site (http://midwestspe.org)!

Here’s an update portfolio reviewer list–don’t forget, the sooner you register, the more likely you will get a review with the person of your choice!
Thom Barry
Thomas Barry Fine Arts

Patricia Briggs
Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Patricia Briggs is an Associate Professor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she teaches art history and contemporary art criticism. She is an independent curator and critic whose writing appears in Artforum, History of Photography, Art Papers, Public Art Review, Senses and Society, and mnartists.org. The Twin Cities’ City Pages voted Briggs “Best Art Critic” in 2008. She is happy to give anyone feedback but prefers conceptual, experimental, and documentary work.

Kris Douglass
Rochester Art Center

Dana Fritz
Associate Curator
WorkSpace Gallery
Dana Fritz is Associate Curator of WorkSpace Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska and Associate Professor of Art in the Dept. of Art & Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. WorkSpace Gallery exhibits work by regional, national and international photographers whose work would not typically be shown in Nebraska. Funded by the Porter Foundation, the gallery pays all exhibition expenses and operates on a zero-commission basis. Dana would like to see completed bodies of work that are ready for exhibition.

Larry Gawel
Curator/ Director
WorkSpace Gallery
Larry Gawel is Director/Curator of WorkSpace Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska and a member of the Photography faculty at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. WorkSpace Gallery exhibits work by regional, national and international photographers whose work would not typically be shown in Nebraska. Funded by the Porter Foundation, the gallery pays all exhibition expenses and operates on a zero-commission basis. Larry would like to see completed bodies of work that are ready for exhibition as well as the work of anyone wishing to be considered for the Visiting Photographer Lecture Series at Metropolitan Community College.

Jane Gudmundson
Gallery Director
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Jane Gudmundson has worked in the art field for more than 30 years at institutions including the Creative Arts Studio and The Plains Art Museum, both in Fargo, ND. She is currently the director of the campus gallery at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Jane will review all types of work, except commercial work.

Leslie Hammons
Weinstein Gallery

Ben Heywood
Executive Director
The Soap Factory
Ben Heywood (38) is the Executive Director of The Soap Factory, Minneapolis. For six years he was an Officer in the Visual Arts Department at the Arts
Council of England, leading the development of national policy and spending on public art.

Caroline Houdek
The Art Institutes International Minnesota
Caroline Houdek holds an M.F.A. from the Univeristy of Minnesota, and a B.F.A. from the Collegel of Visual Arts. She is Adjunct Faculty at The Art Institutes International Minnesota.

Stephaine Hunder
Curator/Gallery Director
Concordia University
Stephanie Hunder teaches printmaking, photo, and digital media at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN, and is the director of the gallery program. She
received her BFA and MA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Graphics, and her MFA from Arizona State University in Photography. Her work
addresses order in nature, and combines photographic and digital techniques with traditional printmaking processes.

Russell Joslin
SHOTS Magazine is an independent, reader-supported, quarterly journal of fine art photography that reaches an international audience. Editor Russell
Joslin offers the opportunity of publication in SHOTS and is also interested in meeting with photographers who are open to honest dialogue/feedback and
the discussion of ideas related to their work. He prefers to review fine art photography.

Brett Kallusky
The Art Institutes International Minnesota

David Little, Ph.D
Curator and Head, Department of Photographs
Minneapois Institute of Arts
David Little is currently reviewing the permanent collection and developing an acquisitions plan for expanding the collection of contemporary photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) from the 1970s to the present day. Prior to joining the MIA in 2008, Dr. Little served as Associate Director of the Helena Rubinstein Chair of Educaiton for The Whitney Museum of American Art, Director of Adult and Academic Programs at The Museum of Modern Art, and as faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Anthony Marchetti
The Art Institutes International Minnesota

Kerry Morgan
Director of Gallery & Exhibition Programs
Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Kerry Morgan has recently become the Director of Gallery and Exhibition Programs at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Before moving to MCAD
she spent five years as the Coordinator of Galleries and Exhibits at Augsburg College. She has a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Kansas.

Deb Pastner
Senior Photo Editor
Star Tribune
Deb Pastner is the senior photo editor at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1999. Along with the senior video editor, Deb oversees the photo/multimedia department is responsible for all the still photography coverage in print and online. She has also worked as the photo editor for night, sports, and features. Before the Star Tribune, Deb worked as a newspaper photographer in Massachusetts, Washington and Michigan. She graduated from Wellesley College and is a Missouri School of Journalism

Jennifer Phelps
Art Director
Chambers, the Luxury Art Hotel
Jennifer Phelps has been the art director for the Chambers hotel since its opening in 2006. She is responsible for overseeing the hotel’s art collection and gallery store, organizing its Burnet Gallery exhibitions, and managing their art tour guide program. In 2008, Phelps was also named curator for the Foshay Museum, and she currently serves on the board of Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minnepaolis. She is interested in reviewing contemporary, fine art photography.

Michael R. Sawdey
Aurora Univeristy

Hillery Shay
Photo Director
Pioneer Press

George Slade
re:photographica (a St. Paul-based photography consultancy), and Adjunct Instructor, Dept. of Liberal Arts, Minneapolis College of Art and Design. A writer, historian, curator, and veteran portfolio reviewer, George Slade has over twenty years of professional experience with photographers and their art. He is currently looking at work that is evolving into maturity, hoping to help young photographers identify the strengths and weaknesses in their presentations and increase their appreciation for the images they are making. He would prefer to see student work at this point.

Scott Stulen
Project Director, mnartists.org, Walker Art Center and Director, McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers
Stulen also works as an independent curator, musician, writer, mixed-media artist and is the co-founder/director of SELLOUT gallery in NE Minneapolis.
He received his BFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1998 and his MFA in Painting and Drawing with a minor in Art History from the University of Minnesota in 2004. Scott¹s visual artwork explores personal and collective memory, pop culture, failure, loss and obsession through painting, sculpture, installation and video. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2004 Katherine E. Nash Purchase Prize, 2005 and 2008 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and 2008 Meet the Composer¹s Creative Connections Grant. Scott exhibits throughout the country and his work is included in numerous private collections including the Weisman Art Museum and University of Minnesota. Stulen can advise on a wide range of work, both student and professional and can answer questions regarding the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers and the Upper Midwest art scene. More information can be found at http://www.scottstulen.com.

Marydorsey Wanless
Washburn University
teach all levels of darkroom photography, but am most interested in non-silver and alternative process photography. My process of choice at the present time is tintypes, although I have done extensive work in gum bichromate in the past. I use digital photography as well as plastic cameras for capturing imagery that I use in the tintypes.

Michelle Westmark
Gallery Director
Bethel University Galleries

Steve Brown
Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

Gary Ciadella
Gary Cialdella (MFA University of Nortre Dame) is an educator, fine art photographer, and a professional architectural photographer. This fall, the University of Illinois Press and the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University will publish his book The Calumet: An American Place.

Brian Steele
Rochester Community and Technical College


One Response to Midwest SPE Conference October 29 to 31

  1. […] and regional conferences in the fall – one for each of the 8 regions in the organization. This blog had a post about the Midwest Regional SPE conference a few weeks […]

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