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The World Forgetting by the World Forgot

The World Forgetting by the World Forgot
December 7 – December 13, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday / December 7, 5:30 – 7:30

Columbus College of Art & Design
Faculty Presentation Gallery
Second Floor of Design Studios on Broad
390 East Broad Street, Columbus Ohio

This exhibition of photographic based work from 14 CCAD students in Shannon Benine’s Digital Imaging class explores and examines the relationship between memory and photography.

Memory is an enigma, inconceivable in its entirety. It is a connection to our past in the most literal sense – a moment or years frozen in time. Our memories stand as a vital part of our being; it collectively forms who we are today and who we will remain to be in the future. It is quantitative and qualitative, non-material and non-physical. For us, memory is photographs. More so, the photograph is the vessel of memory. As photographers, we are explorers of memory – trekking the journey across time, space and sense.

I am excited to say that I have been nominated and accepted to be on the ballot for the 2013 – 2017 Society for Photographic Education (SPE) National Board of Directors Election! If you are a member of SPE be sure to vote for me, the last day to vote is November 30th (so you have a bit more time than the Presidential election).




October 13–October 14
October 16–October 28
Clifton Cultural Arts Center

Join me this weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio for the Midwest Regional Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Conference and Fotofocus, a month long celebration of photography. Be sure to stop by the Clifton Cultural Arts Center and see work from Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) Photography students and alumni, Cosby Linquist (2012 MFA recipient), Crystal Tursich (2012 MFA recipient), Marcus Morris (2012 Photo Major), Lian Dziura (2012 Photo Major), Henry Scott (Junior, Photo Major), and Tom Hoying (Junior Media Studies Major).

This was a competition style exhibition in which 10 institutions exhibited student work and juror Dr. James Crump, Chief Curator and Curator of Photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum, chose 4 award winners, 3 Best in Show and 1 Honorable Mention. Cosby Lindquist and Marcus Morris won 2 of the Best in Show awards while Lian Dzuira received the Honorable Mention, all award winners’ work will remain on view in the Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s Gallery until Oct 28th.

In addition:

Rachel (Girard) Reisert (CCAD class of 2012, photo major) has a solo exhibition, Tropism at 1305 Gallery in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood on view until Nov 11th. Reisert also will give a brief presentation about the work at conference on Saturday, Oct 13th as an honor for receiving a MWSPE Juror’s Special Recognition Scholarship in 2011, these scholarships help students and adjunct instructors cover the costs of attending the larger national conferences held every spring.

CCAD Photography Professor Helen Hoffelt is exhibiting in two Fotofocus exhibitions, MWSPE Members Exhibition at The Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center in Covington, KY on view until Oct 31st and Images of the Great Depression: A Documentary Portrait of Ohio 1935-2010 at University of Cincinnati’s Sycamore Gallery on view until Oct 27th. In the latter she was invited to be a part of a group of 6 area photographers that re-photographed scenes Depression-era photographers documented long ago.

Daily Practice


Images from Plural’s solo exhibition (which includes collaborative works from Jeremiah Chiu and myself).

Daily Practice
October 4 – November 1 / 2012
Salisbury University

SPE student members can apply for scholarships to offset the cost of attending SPE’s 2013 SPE National Conference in Chicago March 7-10, 2013.

All awards include a 2013 national conference fee waiver and a one-year membership to SPE.

SPE Awards
Ten SPE Awards are offered and feature a $500 travel stipend to attend the national conference.

The SPE Award for Innovations in Imaging in Honor of Jeannie Pearce
Open to all eligible students working primarily with digital technology and is designated for work only possible because of emerging digital technologies-no alternative processes or gelatin silver prints. A project description describing how the work is possible as a result of emerging digital technologies is required as part of the submission process. Jurors will seek to award work that demonstrates the most innovative, unique, and freshest uses of digital technologies.

This year’s jurors are SPE national board members serving on the Awards and Recognition Committee: Lupita Murillo Tinnen (Chair), Sama Alshaibi, Dornith Doherty, Dennis Keeley and Betsy Schneider.

Download the Student Scholarship Opportunities Form for full guidelines and instructions on how to submit online.

November 1, 2012 @ 11:59 pm EST

Continuum: Photography and Education
October 11-13 / 2012
Cincinnati / OHRegister NOW!
Regular Registration Ends September 15, 2012

To register:

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Registration prices go up September 15th
Register now to attend the MW SPE Conference at the regular low cost
Professional Member- $40
Professional Non-member- $50
Student Member- $10
Student Non-member- $15
Discount Hotel prices are available through September 20th.
Student Volunteers Needed:
Three hours of volunteer time is required for free admission to the conference.  Any current undergraduate or graduate student (who will be enrolled during the fall 2012) is eligible to apply regardless of SPE membership.  Please contact Ryan Adrick for further details and instructions for registration.

Receive Continuing Education or College Credit:
Attend the conference and get credit! This option is perfect for K-12 teachers needing Continuing Education Units or Professional Development Units. Students may also take the course. 
1 credit undergraduate (AH210) or 1 credit graduate (AH5120) art history courses are being offered. Click here for more information.

Fall 2013 Regional Conference:
If you are interested in hosting the fall 2013 regional conference, please contact Shuichi at shuichi.murakami@gmail.com to discuss further!

For information: midwest.spenational.org

To receive a conference poster or postcards,
email mwspe@artacademy.edu with your address.