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).



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

Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Student members can apply for scholarships to offset the cost of attending the 2011 national conference in Atlanta, March 10-13, 2011.

Ten SPE Student Awards & The SPE Award for Innovations in Imaging in Honor of Jeannie Pearce feature:
* $500 travel stipend to attend the 2011 SPE national conference
* One-year membership to SPE
* Complimentary 2011 national conference pass

The Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement in Black and White Photography features:
* $5,000 cash prize
* One-year membership to SPE
* Complimentary 2011 national conference pass

Submit online!
Deadline: November 1, 2010 @ 11:59 PM EST

Download the 2011 Scholarship Opportunities Call for Entries pdf for complete rules and regulations.

via – www.spenational.org

Society for Photographic Eduction
March 4-7, 2010, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Rebecca Cummins


I just returned from the the 46th The Society for Photographic Education (SPE) National Conference in Dallas, Texas and I am tired. Three full days (and nights) of lectures, discussions, portfolio reviews and networking is something that I look forward to every year and this year did not disappoint (except for the weather).

Some of the highlights included the panel discussion, Art in the House of Science lead by Rebecca Cummins with J.D. Talasak, Justine Cooper, and Pamela Winfrey. I had the privilege of having Rebecca Cummins as my professor the University of Washington in Seattle and she was the first to introduce me to the wonderful world of SPE. Her work explores the sculptural, experiential and sometimes humorous possibilities of light and natural phenomena, often referencing the history of science and optics. Her Solstice Lunch with Lee, Tate Modern, London, December 22, 2003 (shown above) is a personal favorite of mine since I am fortunate to own a copy. This image is part of a larger series where she traces the sun’s movement during a sitting onto a table cloth, turning the objects on the table into gnomons.

During the panel discussion Rebecca showed some of her more recent work including the series Shooting Stars (shown below). Rebecca asked famous glass artists to donate their work, then shot their glass pieces with a gun and photographed their destruction with a sound triggered flash that she borrowed from Harold Edgerton‘s son. Great work.