Students Attend Society for Photographic Education Conference

November 20, 2009

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Department of Art and History, four students from the Photo III/IV Portfolio class attended a Society for Photographic Education Conference at Montclair State University in New Jersey on November 6 and 7, 2009.

This regional SPE MidAtlantic & Northeast Joint Conference was called "The Market" and all activities addressed themes related to the extraordinary ascents and declines of galleries and individual artists during the past several years as the art world was rocked by the international economic crisis. Presentations included ARTSTAR, a reality TV show about the mechanics of the art world and a presentation about the emerging photographic education system in China.

Pictured above are four exhausted but happy students at the end of the day on Saturday. Left to right are Devan Meck '10, Dominique Thomas '10, Brianna O'Connor '11 and Ben Wronkoski '11. They served as volunteer workers at the conference, presented their carefully edited portfolios individually for review by a number of professionals, visited exhibitions, watched "slide shows" by several young "art stars," and took lots of pictures. Before the conference date, they and other members of the class entered an online juried photography show that will be part of the SPE website.

All in all, the experience raised a lot of questions and was a great introduction to a professional system for networking in the arts. All four students are now members of the national organization and are considering making another road trip to Philadelphia in March 2010 for the national Society for Photographic Education conference,"Leveling the Playing Field" where their professor, Katharine Kreisher will be a panelist for a presentation entitled "Self As Object: Perspectives of Identity."

Professor of Art Kreisher is Arkell Hall Foundation Endowed Chair in the Arts at Hartwick. Her solo exhibit, "Sense of Self" is currently on view at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie NY. It closes on November 27.

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