Hunt, Texas
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Sunday, October 16, 2016

Camp Stewart
612 FM 1340
Hunt, Texas 78024
United States

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Join together with friends (and future friends) at our all-inclusive 2016 retreat...

This year's regional conference will be at Camp Stewart, a 500 acre summer camp situated on the North Fork Guadalupe River in Hunt, TX.

We are honored and excited to invite all SPE members to experience the unique beauty and inspiration of the Texas Hill Country - a place rich in art, music & culture, with a dash of Texas Bravado.

Headliner Events

    Curator and Latino art scholar Claudia Elisa Zapata, editor and publisher of ChingoZine
    Poet and Photographer Joshua Edwards, author of Architecture for Travelers and Photographs Taken at One-Hour Intervals During a Walk from Galveston Island to the West Texas Town of Marfa
    "Psychedelic Modern Classical Ensemble" Montopolis, performing their recently debuted musical/photographic/spoken word work Monolith
    Honored Educator Tim Tracz, Professor of Art at Austin College in Sherman, TX

This regional conference offers the type of programming you expect and love, as well as additional events and experiences. There will be two full days of lectures, workshops, demonstrations and portfolio reviews from regional SPE members, as well as keynote presentations in poetry, performance and the written word. Unique to this conference will be outdoor cookouts, a gourmet catered meal, ongoing exhibitions, outdoor activities and a Yurt Obscura!

Camp Stewart is located near the small town of Hunt, TX, about 15 miles from Kerrville, 116 miles from Austin, and 80 miles from San Antonio.

Only current SPE members may register. Be sure to buy or renew your SPE membership here before you register. Non-members will have their registration cancelled. Advanced Registration Only! No on-site registration.

Special Events and Activities

    Kindness and Community Ongoing Photo Show- On-site printers, paper, and portable walls, for a crowd-sourced exhibition that will change and evolve as the retreat progresses. Sponsored by Red River Paper, Hannemühle, Propanels and KIND Snack Bars.
    Hammock Pavilion- Overlooking the North Fork Guadalupe River. Relax, sway slowly in the breeze, sit a spell, and cleanse your mind for creative rejuvenation. Sponsored by Eagle’s Nest Outfitters.
    Yurt Obscura- A 150 sq. ft. circular temporary “tent” made of foam insulation panels and duct tape, with a lens mounted in one wall! Experience the optical thrill known since ancient days. Courtesy of SPE Member Rachel Rushing.
    Portfolio Reviews- with a twist! Instead of the 20-minute timed format, reviewers and reviewees will be scheduled for 50 minute "walk-through" sessions.  This allows the flexibility for longer (or shorter) reviews, as feels right.  More details in the Portfolio Reviews tab.
    Friday Morning Hike by the River- Enjoy an invigorating stroll through the Hill Country landscape.
    Friday Afternoon Yoga- Led by Colette Copeland, SPE member and Certified Yoga Instructor. Bring your own mat!
    FREE TIME! Friday and Saturday 3:00-6:00 will be a free time for swimming, canoeing, archery (for a $35 fee), or one of several plein air informal demonstrations. Processes that will be demonstrated are Carbon Transfer by Kent Rush and Neal Cox, Wet Collodion by Scott Hilton, and Screen Printing by Kelly Flynn (of Hen Laying Egg). Or, take an afternoon nap! (Refer to “Hammock Pavilion” above.)

Registration Fees

    SPE Regular Member Conference Registration- $100
    SPE Student or Adjunct Member Conference Registration- $75

    Registration deadline is Saturday, September 17

Meal Plan

An optional $110 Meal Plan can be included with your registration payment and includes the following eight meals: Thursday night cookout, Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and catered dinner, and Sunday breakfast.

The Meal Plan is optional, however, Camp Stewart is in a semi-remote area and there are not many restaurants within 15 miles. You are welcome to bring your own food if you wish. More details under the Food tab.

Lodging Options

Housing options are available for 3-night stays (Th, F, and S) onsite at Camp Stewart, or at the Heart O' the Hills Lodge, 5 miles away.  These options may also be included in the same payment as your registration. More details in the Lodging tab.

Off-site lodging, with an SPE group discount, is also available at Hunter House Inn & Suites- about 9 miles away. 

Have a fun and engaging break from the rigors and distractions of everyday life. Convene, collect, and connect with our welcoming community of people who are just as passionate about photographic education as you are!

Contact Information

  • Registration and Conference: 
    Scott Hilton
    (214) 298-1704

    SPE SC questions:
    Bryan Florentin, Regional Chair

    SPE National Office: 
    (216) 622-2733

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