Faculty bring conference to Lancaster

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

PCA&D faculty members Christine Welch and Eric Weeks are the driving force behind the upcoming regional conference of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE).

“Representing Others/Representing Ourselves” is SPE’s mid-Atlantic gathering and will be held from November 7 – 9 at the convention center in downtown Lancaster.

The conference will connect PCA&D and other arts and cultural organizations to photographic educators, artists and students who will attend. Keynote speaker will be recent Guggenheim Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier, who is the author of a newly released Aperture monograph, “The Notion of Family Photographs.”

Photographer Lydia Panas, a PCA&D “Mosaic Project” artist, will also be a speaker at the SPE conference. Panas’ work is currently featured in PCA&D’s gallery along with artist Toyin Odutola as part of the college’s annual Mosaic Project. At PCA&D, Panas will present an artist talk at 3:30 p.m. and be at a reception for the exhibit on November 7, First Friday, which is the first night of the three-day SPE conference.

Lancaster is a strong location for any gathering of artists and educators.

PCA&D’s photography program is well-rounded and equally supports technique and concept in the service of clear, visual communication. Our faculty exhibit nationally or are working photographers. They live in Lancaster, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore and bring unique experiences to the Lancaster arts community. PCA&D alumni are here, as well, and contribute to our vibrant arts scene.

To make the upcoming SPE conference a success, Welch and Weeks have organized the conference by curating a member’s exhibit, selecting speakers and securing the conference site; organizing logistics for meetings, speakers and meals; and arranging for off-site portfolio reviews.

About Chris and Eric:

Christine Welch, professor and former Chair of the Photography Department, has taught at PCA&D for 30 years. She has been a member of SPE since 2004.

Eric Weeks, assistant professor, is the Chair of both the Fine Art and Photography departments. He became a member of the PCA&D faculty in 2010 and has been a member of SPE since 2011.