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

This, That, or The Other: Emerging Trends and Vernacular in Photography, is a juried exhibition from the Society for Photographic Education, South Central (SPESC), hosted at the Art Center of Waco in conjunction with their annual conference. The exhibition will be on display at the Art Center from October 14-29. The conference is jointly hosted by Baylor University and Tarleton State University. Both the exhibition and the conference address the way lens-based artists are incorporating new technology and methodologies while finding new ways to embrace and define the traditional foundations of photography. It is estimated over 1.8 billion images are uploaded to the internet daily. We are living in a time when family snapshots are no longer relegated to family albums, but are publicly shared and disseminated. The exhibit will embody how the common language of imagery is changing in the 21st century.

Reception on Friday, October 13, 2017 7 to 9 at the Waco Art Center

Work from my series Ordinary Time will be up in the Department of Fine Arts at Orange Coast College until September 29th.  

Opening this Friday in the 500x Galley – Upstairs Gallery, the 2017 Member’s Exhibition, which features many of my new works, which I have been too busy making to take time to upload to my website just yet.

August 19 – September 24, 2017, Reception: August 19th, 7-10pm

Featured artists:

Kalee Appleton, Clint Bargers, Lynne Bowman-Cravens, Molly Dierks, Ross Faircloth, Chris Ireland, Steven Foutch, Julie Libersat, Seth Lorenz, Valerie Powell, Justin Strickland-Hoff, James Talambas, Tabatha Trolli, Tony Veronese, and Ashley Whitt.

Here is the press release…

500x is kicking off the new season with the 2017 annual members show. This exhibition will be showcasing a variety of content and style that is representative of our members. We will also be welcoming the addition of several new members to 500x Gallery. As the oldest artist run co-op in Texas, the idea of collaboration, finding fresh talent and building community is what this current group hopes to continue to foster. Come out and help us kick off the 2017 season!


I will be becoming a member of 500X Gallery starting this summer.  500X Gallery is widely known as one of Dallas’ oldest, artist run, cooperative galleries.  As a member, I will be helping with operations as well as PR.  I will also  be exhibiting at the space at various times over the next year, starting with the Members Exhibition this August.  I will also have a solo exhibition in January, more info to come.

Second Annual Fine Art Exhibition – “Singular (Point of View)” – at the Los Angeles Center of Photography.

The Los Angeles Center of Photography proudly presented its Second Annual Fine Art exhibition – “Singular (Point of View)” – an incredible collection of fine art photography selected by juror Crista Dix.  Opening reception is Friday, May 19, 7-10 pm

Exhibiting artists: Adam Gerlach, Alina Marin-Bliach, Allyson Klutenkamper, Andi Schreiber, Andrew Caldwell, Angelica Petryshyn Ariya Bunyapamai, Barbara Noah, Beatrix Reinhardt, Beth Maier, Bill Tancer, Brian Kosoff, Britta Baumann, Carl Shubs, Chloe Meyner, Chris Ireland, Cody Bratt, Diane Silverman, Eleonora Ronconi, Enrique Landgrave, J. K. Lavin, Jennifer Pritchard, Jessica Chappe, Jessica Chen, Jung S Kim, Lisa Gizara, Lisa McCord, Louisa St Aubyn, Mark Uhalley, Peter J Baumgartner, Qin Zhang, Raquel Natalicchio, Sally Ann Field, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, Sandy Kroopf, Sarah Malakoff, Sean Du, Susan Greene, Susan Swihart, and Zoe Aparicio.  Click here to see photos

(above text taken from LCOP press release)

LACP’s Second Annual Fine Art Exhibition – “Singular (Point of View)” – 2017

Myself and faculty and students from Tarleton took a field trip to New York City in April of 2017.  Students got to see the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art, the Met, the Brooklyn Museum and others.  They visited for a couple hours with artists Josh Nierodzinski and Natasa Prjelvic to talk about graduate programs, residencies, and studio and professional practices.

New York City Student trip 2017

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.

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 work is featured in the current edition of Light: A journal of Photography & Poetry.  The theme of the Spring 2017 is “dwell” and my work from the series Ordinary Time was chosen to be featured along other great writers and photographers.

You may buy the digital or print editions here.