Lycoming College students see snapshots of their future at SPE Conference

Lycoming College students see snapshots of their future at SPE Conference

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From March 6-10, Lycoming College students attended the SPE Conference (Society for Photographic Education) in Cleveland, Ohio. They were able to attend many lectures by leading educators in the field of photography, as well as to network with graduate chairs and other photographic professors from universities from across the United States.

The students were able to present their work to the likes of gallery owners, graduate professors, magazine editors, and photo festival organizers.  Afterwards, they were able to receive invaluable feedback. They also showcased their work in the curator portfolio walk-through. All of the students did a few hours of volunteer work in order to pay for their registration fee.

 The Lycoming College students in attendance were:

  • A'Feyah Smith ’20 (St. John, Virgin Islands)
  • Xiyue Yang ’20 (Beijing, China)
  • Kayla Everett ’19 (Joppa, Md.)
  • Martina Westcott ’21 (Clearfield, Pa.)
  • Charles Blake ’19 (Lutherville, Md.)
  • Emily Shaffer ’19 (Jersey Shore, Pa.)
  • Jessalyn Smith ’20 (East Windsor, Conn.)
  • Rebecca Donohue ’19 (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.)

“This trip was one of the most inspiring, inclusive, and scholastic trips I've been on yet. I was able to receive spectacular criticism from well-known artists, attend invigorating speeches and talk sessions, and leave not only feeling capable of my skills and work, but also determined to keep pushing and doing much better. This is something that I would love to be a part of again,” says Smith '20. 

Yang '20 adds, “I really enjoyed this trip not only because of all the outstanding artists I met, but also the bonding experience between me and my fellow peers. We live together, work together, and therefore get familiar with each other during the days. This is an awesome chance for me to view their works, understand them on a deeper level, and hopefully support each other's career experiences in the future. That is valuable and priceless for me.”