I just returned from a wonderful trip to NYC where I spent some time doing studio visits with artists, meeting up with collectors and curators, and spending time with my family and friends. From there I headed out to Chicago for the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) national conference. I love this conference and try to attend every year, every year I get to see amazing presentations by image makers, scholars, and educators. It's also a great time to see great new art, connect with artists and future colleagues, and get inspired.
This year I got to present twice. First, I presented as part of Queer Photography: An open and inclusive panel discussion on queer art in schools, studios, galleries, and beyond, alongside David N. Martin, Jess T. Dugan, and Logan Rollins. This panel went great, after our presentation there was about 40 minutes of very engaging discussion with the audience --always a good sign. You can download the presentation here.
The second panel I participated in was Wilgus Gallery: Empowering Students and Fostering Engagement Outside of the Classroom. This one was presented alongside Elle Perez and Jessica Marx, fellow MICA grads. I'm very proud of this one because we were able to present on a subject that was very personal to us, a project that we all poured our hearts into. Link to the presentation coming soon.
Unlike other years, this year I didn't really have much time to look at other people's work, I wish I did, it's one of my favorite parts of the weekend. These are some of the great artists and works that I discovered:
David N. Martin