Co-Chairing a panel discussion with artist H. Jennings Sheffield entitled “Square Peg in a Round Hole”.
FATE’s (Foundations  in  Art : Theory  &  Education) 
17th Biennial Conference
Foundations in Flux
Columbus College of Art & Design 
Columbus, Ohio
April 4th-6th, 2019

I am presenting on the panel “Reflecting the Contemporary Art World through Undergraduate Curriculum Reform ” where I will be giving my lecture “Fables of the Curriculum Reconstruction”, talking about my experiences in setting the art curriculum at Tarleton State, and the challenges of innovating in a small state school.  Thanks to Shannon Lindsey (University of Central Florida) for inviting me to be on the panel.  It is an honor to present with  Valerie Powell (Sam Houston State University), Jessica Burke (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), and Michael Marshall (University of Georgia).

I recently attended the Society for Photographic Education – South Central Chapter conference in Baton Rouge.  I presented the lecture “Collaboration is Easy…and Other Fake News” with my friend and collaborator, the amazing H. Jennings Sheffield.  I took a cadre of Photo students from Tarleton and we had an inspiring time, with great friends, inspiring talks, and a chance to meet Alfredo Jaar.  Congrats also to Libby Rowe, this year’s Honored Educator.

Hanging out with Tarleton Photo students at Chimes Restaurant.

Saying hi to Mike the Tiger outside LSU Stadium

Society for Photographic Education Regional Conference 2017

Here is a slideshow of pics from the Society of Photographic Education – South Central Chapter Conference in Waco, TX.  I had the honor of co-chairing the conference with Jennings Sheffield of Baylor University.  We put together a program that included featured speakers Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, author and curator Charlotte Cotton, and Honored Educator Deborah Lille.  We had a good crowd of about 150 members of SPE, plus members of the public,  come to Baylor University and Downtown Waco for the different conference events, including panels and presentations, workshops, exhibitions, and get togethers.   I am especially proud of the Tarleton students who helped volunteer for the event to help it run smoothly. Thanks again to our sponsors: Baylor University College of Arts and Sciences, Tarleton State University College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Creative Waco, Sprint Systems of Photography, Humanities Texas, Hilton Waco, Texas Photographic Society, Tarleton Ultra Club, Baylor Libraries, Black Oak Art, Red River Paper, Pro Panels, and Frame Destination

I am excited to announce I will be co-chairing this years Society For Photographic Education – South Central Regional Conference with my good friend and colleague Jennings Sheffield.  Here is the press release and the call for proposals.  More information can be found on the SPE national website.


When October 13-15, 2017 Where Baylor University, Waco, Texas Featured Speakers Charlotte Cotton, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

This year’s conference will investigate and discuss how the current vernacular of imagery is ever-changing in the 21st century. It is estimated that over 1.8 billion images are uploaded to the internet daily. We are living in a time when family snapshots are no longer consigned to be neglected in family albums but are now publicly shared and disseminated. As cell phone photography grows more sophisticated, and technologically so easily available, so does the curatorial and artistic sensitivities of the public. During this growth, and with technology so easily available, lens-based artists are incorporating new technology and methodologies while finding new ways to embrace and define the traditional foundations of photography. Drones, microscopes, satellites, the internet, and surveillance imagery, are all becoming part of the vernacular in which we experience lens-based images today. For questions, please contact – H. Jennings Sheffield, Co-Chair of 2017 SPE South Central Regional Conference, 254-710-6388. Chris Ireland, Co-Chair of 2017 SPE South Central Regional Conference, 254 968 9274. Call for Entries Submission Details Proposals can be for individual presentations, collaborations, workshops, and panels from member photographers, writers, educators, curators, historians, professionals, and students. Topics are not required to be theme-based, and may include but are not limited to, image-making, history, contemporary theory and criticism, multidisciplinary approaches and new technologies, and presentations of work in photography, film, video, performance and installation. Requirements 3/4 to 1 page abstract, preferably in pdf form. Include title, AV needs, space concerns, and CV for each presenter. Minimum of 5 images, but no more than 10. Images must be sized to 1200 pixels on the long side at 100 ppi and saved as a jpg as Lastname_#.jpg. If selected, you will be asked to submit a higher quality representative image for the conference program. Please send all proposals to: no later than June 1st with “2017 SPESC Conference Proposal” as the subject. The conference organizers look forward to seeing your proposals!

This week I will be participating in the panel discussion Hooking the Non Major Into Art: Incorporating Creativity and Inspiration to All!, moderated by Angela Mircsov.  This is part of the Foundations for Art, Theory, and Education (FATE) 2017 Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kansas City.  Happy to have a break from teaching to learn and be surrounded by good colleagues and friends.

My presentation of my recent work was accepted to be presented by the Society of Photographic Education – South-Central Regional Conference in Hunt, TX on Friday, October 14 from 10:30-11:20. The conference will be at Camp Stewart, in the Texas Hill Country from October 13-15th, 2016. The creative work I plan to show during this talk was inspired by the collection, organization, and discovery I experienced in creating a digital version of my family album. I had experienced a death in the family over the last couple months and it inspired me to scan and categorize all the photos that were scattered around my childhood home. I catalogued all the images in Adobe Lightroom, and became aware of motifs and unintended visual patterns that became apparent while looking at the archived images. These patterns where not only interesting visually, but also in some cases revealed character traits and anecdotes about my family that I was previously unaware of. This presentation will cover this experience and I hope will start a discussion on the meaning/use of the family album in a digital catalogue.

8:00am bedside 2006/2016

(from left) Brandie Smith, Otoniel Chaine, Chris Ireland, and Nicole Shortes

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I will presenting the lecture “Maker State U.” at FAB Now, a Conference and Maker Expo at Tarrant County College – Trinity River Campus in Fort Worth, TX on Feb. 19th, 2016. I will presenting along with Tarleton students and alumni Brandie Smith, Nicole Shortes, and Otoniel Chaine. More details on the event here “The FAB Now Community: calling all makers in North TX. FAB Now is a conference and EXPO for all; we welcome tech & computer folks, artists & artisans, teachers, librarians, entrepreneurs & inventors, cooks & quilters, writers, musicians – yes: ALL!”  – Len Avecilla, organizer


Arthur Fields, Chris Ireland, and H. Jennings Sheffield