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Janelle Lynch , Presence TB, 2013; Color photograph; Courtesy of the artist

Janelle Lynch , Presence TB, 2013; Color photograph; Courtesy of the artist

Artist in Residence Janelle Lynch to speak at SPE Northeast Regional Conference

Saturday, November 9, 2013

About the conference: Redefining Influence: Balancing relationships and evolving processes.

Influences change and perspectives continue to shift. The expanding definition of what photography is and can be, creates an unsettling, but rich climate. Students hold high esteem for the craft, yet embrace the medium's modern flexibility. Educators and their students challenge and collaborate to redefine how historic and modern tools shape the amalgam of the medium. In this process, students sift through what to absorb, imitate, revere, and what to discard. This SPE Northeast Regional Conference will examine how artists balance developing subject matter and utilizing mentors, while reinforcing the medium's evolving processes.

The conference is from Portland, Maine
November 8-9, 2013 at the Maine College of Art, Holiday Inn Portland - By The Bay, PhoPa Gallery

About Lynch's lecture: “True Pursuits”

She'll be using her new book, Barcelona, and Burchfield Penney artist in residence experience as a framework to talk about:

1. Why, despite all of the choices available today, she continues to use the 8x10 camera;

2. The important role of mentors in her practice—from my grandmother to Stephen Shore to Tony Bannon;

3. How Charles Burchfield and other artists and writers have influenced her work and creative process.

About SPE

SPE is the nonprofit organization for photographic education in the US. Members are teachers of photography (all realms--art practice; photo history; criticism); photo historians; curators, etc. I'm sure Tony is a member. Here’s their description from web:

The Society for Photographic Education is a nonprofit membership organization that provides and fosters an understanding of photography as a means of diverse creative expression, cultural insight, and experimental practice. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms through teaching and learning, scholarship, and criticism.

The Society for Photographic Education (SPE). Prior to the 1960s, photography was taught primarily in departments of journalism at American universities. SPE emerged at a time when art departments were beginning to offer photography in their curriculum.