Time for Light: Midwest Society for Photographic Education Regional Conference
September 30-October 2, 2010
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 2010 Regional MWSPE Time for Light conference was a collaborative meditation on the past, present, and future contributions of lens-based media to art, society, and culture. The conference invited imagemakers and theoreticians to examine and share the benefits and consequences of photography to the societies and cultures behind or in front of the lens. So that imagemakers may better understand the past, record the present, and shape the future, the MWSPE Time For Light conference culminated in the restoration, renewal, and new discoveries of historic and post-historic photographic discourse and practice. As we move forward and look backward, the conference convened in Kalamazoo to make and take time for light.
The Time for Light conference attained record midwest conference attendance of 620 registered and invited guests. The conference featured internationally known critic Lucy Lippard as Keynote speaker. Additional featured speakers included Laura Letinsky (sponsored by Kalamazoo College), Colleen Plumb (sponsored by Kendall College of Art & Design), Lori Nix: Dangers (sponsored by Photography and Intermedia Collective, a WMU Student Organization), Jen Blazina (sponsored by Frostic School of Art Visiting Artist Grant) and Sylvie Bélanger (sponsored by Frostic School of Art Visiting Artist Fund). The educators honored were Dr. Nathan Lyons, Dr. Jennifer Pearson Yamashiro and Cheryl Younger (supported by the WMU Instructional Development Grant). The October 2010 Kalamazoo Art Hop was organized so that it was primarily photography and encompassed nearly 60 venues, numerous individuals in the Frostic School of Art, the College of Fine Arts, the university at large and many individuals through out the Kalamazoo community.