Society for Photographic Education
4th International Combined Caucus Juried Exhibition
LGBTQ, Multi-Cultural, and Women’s Caucuses
Juried by Aline Smithson -Artist, Educator, and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch
Mission of Society for Photographic Education and its Caucuses:
The Society for Photographic Education (SPE) 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 Multicultural Caucus supports and promotes multicultural image-makers and image making in regional, national, and international contexts. It functions as a venue for the discussion of cultural issues by people of diverse cultural backgrounds; and confronts visual, educational, and social-political issues with integrity, honesty, and justice. Everyone is welcome.
The Women's Caucus is committed to the advancement of women in the profession of photography and photographic education and to the advancement of women's issues in the exhibition, discussion and teaching of image making. All women of SPE are encouraged to attend the Women's Caucus organizational meetings.
Call for Women's Caucus histories: The WC has a rich and vibrant history that we do not want to see lost as we move forward with revitalized energy and focus. If you know pieces of the WC history or have stories that you would like to share with the newer members, please let us know! We are in the planning stages of a website and we would love to be able to post not just our current and future activities, but a bit of our colorful past as well.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Caucus within SPE exists to provide a safe and progressive environment for LGBTQ image-makers and educators. The caucus strives to strengthen the position of all LGBTQ people and to help create, develop, and support the current and next generations of LGBTQ artists and art educators.
SPE Organization Credits
Juror: Aline Smithson
Ashley Kauschinger, Patricia Lois Nuss -Women’s Caucus
Anh-Thuy Nguyen -Multi-Cultural Caucus
Logan Rollins -LGBTQ Caucus
Katharine Kreisher, Laine Wyatt -Women’s Caucus
Arthur Fields, Marivi Ortiz -Multi-Cultural Caucus
David N. Martin -LGBTQ Caucus
I looked for work that showed me new considerations or photographs that were created with high level of excellence. The range of subject matter in this exhibition is an excellent example of the fine art photography landscape in 2016. As photographers, we are making work in a time where infinite approaches to the photographic medium, both in the wet and digital darkrooms, are possible. Traditional approaches to classic subjects have morphed into a whole host of ways to consider our lives, our planet, our past and our futures, where the reflexive self is a significant part of our story telling. More than ever before, curators, editors, and gallerists are supporting work that is internal and personal, work that challenges the norm, and work steps outside the external and traditional portrayal of the photographic image. Needless to say, the 2016 SPE Combined Caucus Exhibition mirrors the incredible possibilities open to photographic image-makers today.
- Aline Smithson
Artist, Educator, and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch