SPE Addresses: James Nakagawa and Gerald Slota
Honored Educator Address with James Nakagawa and Featured Speaker talk by Gerald Slota, 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema.
More than 300 internationally-recognized artists, educators and students will gather at the University of Kentucky this week for the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Midwest Chapter Conference. The conference runs Nov. 1-4 with events at the Gatton Student Center, the Art and Visual Studies Building, the UK Art Museum, 21c Museum Hotel and Hilton Lexington/Downtown. Events include image maker presentations, panel discussions, portfolio sharing, workshops, exhibitions and more.
Gerald Slota is a fine artist and photographer who has been widely exhibited across the U.S. and abroad. He has had solo shows at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and Langhans Galerie in Prague, Czech Republic, as well as been shown at Recontres D’ Arles in Arles, France. Slota’s images have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, Vice, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Discover and Scientific America, as well as in BOMB, Blindspot, ARTNEWS, Art in America and Aperture. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Slota has garnered many awards including a Polaroid 20"x24" Grant, a MacDowell Artist Residency and a Mid-Atlantic Fellowship Grant in 2001 and 2009.
Osamu James Nakagawa was born in New York City and was raised in Tokyo. He returned to the United States, moving to Houston, Texas, at the age of 15. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas (Houston) and a master’s degree from the University of Houston. Nakagawa is the Ruth N. Halls Distinguished Professor of Photography at Indiana University, where he directs the Center for Integrative Photographic Studies. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Higashikawa New Photographer of the Year and Sagamihara Photographer of the Year in Japan. Nakagawa’s recent monograph “GAMA Caves” was published from Akaaka Art Publisher in Tokyo.