Evidence + Advocacy:
SPE Northeast Member Juried Exhibition
November 5, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Jurors: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Keynote Speaker, and SPE-NE conference Co-Chairs, Bruce Myren and Camilo Ramirez
Public opening reception: Saturday, November 7th, 6:30-9pm

The PRC is pleased to present Evidence + Advocacy, a Juried Exhibition of SPE Members. This thematic show is held in conjunction with SPE-NE's timely 2015 conference. Held November 6-7th on the BU campus, and hosted by the PRC, the SPE-NE conference explores the theme of "Advocacy: Photography's Role in Affecting Change" from a range of perspectives. For the provocative show, SPE-NE and the jurors sought photographic work from members that did the same thematically.

From a call for work, the jurors — Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, 2015 SPE-NE Keynote Speaker, and conference Co-Chairs, Bruce Myren and Camilo Ramirez — selected 17 photographers, with 16 series, and over 35 works to feature. One of the prevailing themes that emerged from the selected work concerned environmental issues — from unassuming greenspaces that harbor dumpsites to satellite imagery of the snowiest peaks printed using an antique process and meant to fade. Social issues surface in portraits taken in the wake of recent events in South Carolina and the visualization of the forced removal of Rio de Janeiro's favela residents in the face of the Olympics. Issues of diversity and identity emerge in work that engages an exploration of an Albanian community, contemporary blindness, and an ongoing series on Boston's LGBTQ prom. Displayed next to each artist's series in the gallery space will be a short statement concerning his or her body of work.

The selected "Evidence + Advocacy" photographers include:

Lindsey Beal (North Kingstown, RI - Adjunct Faculty RISD & NHIA)
Michael Cardinali (Jamaica Plain, MA - Lecturer, University of New Hampshire)
Mark Chester (Woods Hole, MA)
Elizabeth Claffey (Lexington, KY - Assistant Professor, Indiana University)
James Colby (Lakewood, NY)
Avery Danziger (Sharon, CT)
Christine Holtz (Pittsburgh, PA - Professor, Robert Morris University) AND Lauren Zadikow (Auburn, CA - PhD Candidate, European Graduate School, Saas Fe, CH)
Jennie Kormanik (Jamaica Plain, MA - MFA Candidate, MassArt)
Mark Ludak (Lambertville, NJ - Specialist Professor, Monmouth University)
Carolyn Monastra (Brooklyn, NY - Associate Professor, Nassau Community College)
David Mussina (Medford, MA - Faculty, SMFA, Boston)
Marc Ohrem-Leclef (Brooklyn NY)
Zoe Perry-Wood (Lexington, MA)
Thalassa Raasch (Providence, RI - MFA Candidate, RISD)
Eduardo Rivera (Jamaica Plain, MA - MFA Candidate, MassArt)
DM Witman (Rockland, ME - Adjunct Faculty, Unity College)

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Mark Ludak, Guns Down, 2015, from the series "With Our Eyes Closed," Archival pigment print, 20 x 27 inches, courtesy of the artist

In addition to panels and presentations, which were just announced, the 2015 SPE-NE Conference includes Keynote Speaker Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, also juror for this and Faculty at SMFA, Boston; Honored Educator Arno Rafael Minkkinen, current Guggenheim Fellow and Professor at University of Massachusetts, Lowell; and Invited Speaker Jane Marsching, Creative Capital recipient and Associate Professorat Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 

A full schedule is listed in the SPE-NE announcement, located here, and registration for the conference and hotel can be completed via the region's website (see the "Program Guide" for complete registration options/info): www.spenational.org/regions/northeast/conferences.  

A few logistical notes: In addition to the presentations and speakers noted here, the SPE-NE conference will include a reception at the PRC for the show on Saturday evening, November 7th, as a capstone to the conference (which is free & open to the public from 6:30-9pm). The opening and Campos-Pons lecture on Friday at 4:30pm will be open to PRC members and the general public (the latter has a $10 admission fee and is free for Institutional Members students, but the conference itself does require advanced registration. SPE-NE is a wonderful time to learn, connect, and network with fellow photographers, educators, and students in this region!