Keynote Speakers


plus_bullet_point Fred Ritchin, founding director of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the School of ICP (International Center for Photography), was appointed Dean in 2014. Prior to joining ICP, Ritchin was professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and co-director of the NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights educational program.

Ritchin has written and lectured internationally about the challenges and possibilities implicit in the digital revolution. His books include In Our Own Image: The Coming Revolution in Photography, After Photography, and Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen. Ritchin has contributed to numerous books and publications such as Aperture, Camera Arts, Mother Jones, The New York Times, TIME LightBox, and the Village Voice.


plus_bullet_point Namita Gupta Wiggers is a writer, curator, and educator based in Portland, OR. She is the Director and Co-Founder of Critical Craft Forum. Wiggers teaches in MFA Applied Craft + Design, co-administered by Oregon College of Art + Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art.

From 2004-14, she served as the Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR. She contributes to online and in-print journals and books, serves as the Exhibition Reviews Editor, The Journal of Modern Craft, and is on the Editorial Board of Garland. She serves on the Board of Trustees, American Craft Council, and the Board of Directors, The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design.



plus_bullet_point Christina Z Anderson makes work that focuses on the cultural and spiritual landscape expressed in 19th century techniques, primarily gum and casein bichromate. Her work has shown nationally and internationally in 100 shows and 40 publications. She has authored several books, two of which—The Experimental Photography Workbook and Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes—have sold worldwide in 40 countries. She is co-author of Handcrafted: The Art and Practice of the Handmade Print (2014, Wang, Jianming, King, Chinese text only), now in its second publication. Gum Printing, A Step by Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice is scheduled for 2016 publication by Focal Press/Routledge. Anderson is Associate Professor of Photography at Montana State University, Bozeman.


plus_bullet_point Robert Asman, a master of black and white photography, has spent the past 35 years devoted to investigating and stretching the conceptual and technical boundaries of silver prints. He approaches art making as a transformative process, in which he mines the physical properties of his materials to create a work on paper, which are seemingly the result of alchemical change.

Asman taught photography at Moore College of Art & Design, Drexel University, University of the Arts and University of Pennsylvania, in addition to working as a fine art photographer and a running a commercial black and white printing lab. His career has been marked by several honors, including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His work has been exhibited internationally in many solo and group exhibitions.


plus_bullet_point Eric Baden is the Project Director for photo+craft. He is professor of photography and Director of Craft Programming at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.

A former Director of the Traveling Exhibitions Program at Apeiron Workshops in Millerton, NY, his photographs are in collections including the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the International Museum of Photography/George Eastman House in Rochester New York, and the Westlicht Museum for Photography in Vienna, Austria.


plus_bullet_point David J. Brown is an accomplished arts and culture administrator, curator, and organizational consultant, functioning as an active partner, collaborator, producer, and director. His activities in the field includes positions as Chief Curator and the HOME House Project Director, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art; Curator, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Director of Exhibitions, Maryland Institute, College of Art; and Deputy Director of Art, Taubman Museum. He served on the board for the Washington Project for the Arts and has worked on a contract basis for many museums and galleries. He has organized well over one hundred and fifty large-scale exhibitions and community-based projects and has worked with notables such as Yoko Ono, Roy Lichtenstein, David Byrne, Lesley Dill, and many others.


plus_bullet_point Alejandro Cartagena is an artist who lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues in Latin America. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of several museums including the SFMoMA, the MoCP, and the Portland Museum of Art.
Cartagena has received the Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award, the Lente Latino Award in Chile, and the Premio IILA-FotoGrafia 2012 Award in Rome. He has been named a FOAM magazine TALENT and one of PDN 30 emerging photographers in 2010. His work has been published internationally in magazines such as Newsweek, Nowness, Domus, the Financial Times, Le Monde, Stern, PDN, The New Yorker, and Wallpaper among others.


plus_bullet_point Courtney Dodd holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University with an emphasis in glass. She has been a Core Fellow at the Penland School of Crafts, an Artist in Residence in photography at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, and was the glass Artist in Residence at STARworks in Star, North Carolina for the fall of 2015. She has studied and worked at the Corning Museum of Glass, Denmark Design School in Bornholm, and the Pilchuck Glass School. In 2015, Courtney was nominated for the Irvin Borowsky Prize in Glass Arts.


plus_bullet_point Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman have collaborated on photographic projects since the 1980s. Their use of storytelling examines history, myth and popular culture. Barbara Ciurej is a Chicago-based photographer and graphic designer. She has a BS in Visual Communications from the Institute of Design+Illinois Institute of Technology. Lindsay Lochman is a Milwaukee-based photographer and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin /Milwaukee. She received her MS in Visual Communications at the Institute of Design+Illinois Institute of Technology.


plus_bullet_point Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull live in Asheville, NC and have collected contemporary art for over 20 years. They have art from the United States, Latin America and Europe, and recently had a portion of their collection on display in the exhibition Limited Visibility at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC. Randy Shull, himself an artist, works at the intersection of architecture, landscape design, furniture design and painting.


plus_bullet_point Elijah Gowin uses photography to speak about ritual, landscape and memory. His photographs are in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Center for Creative Photography, among others.

Awards include the John S. Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 as well as grants from the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Puffin Foundation. Presently, he is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he directs photographic studies.


plus_bullet_point Clay Harmon is a geophysicist and geologist by trade, and a specialist in a variety non-silver photographic processes including platinum/palladium, gum bichromate, and photogravure. He has taught workshops at the Houston Center for Photography, Asheville Bookworks, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, the Penland School of Crafts, and North Light Photographic Workshops. His work has been exhibited widely and is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.



plus_bullet_point James Huckenpahler is an artist who works primarily digitally, embracing processes that allow something wholly overlooked and uncalled for to emerge. From fairly simple abstract structures—essentially based on sets of simple rules or instructions—rich images unfold.

His work is represented in Washington DC by Hemphill Fine Arts. He is a member of FURTHERMORE, a research and development lab for visual culture. He is a fellow of Provisions Research Library, and currently serves on the advisory board of Transformer, non-profit, artist-centered organization that connects and promotes emerging artists locally, nationally and internationally.


plus_bullet_point Rocky Kenworthy worked in the photography industry for 20 years before creating Dot Editions in 2005, one of the strongest fine art printing studios on the East Coast. With Dot Editions, Kenworthy brings together and applies the knowledge of traditional silver, platinum and dye transfer methods to the evolving digital process for photographers who wish to publish limited fine art works.

Early clients such as Mark Seliger, Gregory Heisler and Contact Press Images helped Kenworthy realize the importance of working collaboratively to help artists produce iconic images. He later went on to print the works of David Burnett, Annie Leibovitz, Don McCullin, Sebastião Salgado and many others. In 2013, Kenworthy established a presence for Dot Editions in Asheville, North Carolina while continuing to work with high profile clients.


plus_bullet_point Vesna Pavlović is an Assistant Professor of Art at Vanderbilt University where she teaches photography and digital media. She has exhibited widely and her work is included in major private and public art collections –the Phillips Collection and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington DC, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia, among others.

Pavlović has been awarded grants from the Art Matters Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, CEC ArtsLink, Schepp Foundation, and residencies at the FAIR Copenhagen, NIFCA Helsinki, and Location One, New York. She is the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Fellowship at Vanderbilt University in 2010 (Representation and Social Change).


plus_bullet_point David Raymond has been an internationally recognized collector of contemporary and vintage photographic works for over 20 years. Numerous publications, including Art and Antiques and the Art Market Guide, have named David as a top-100 American collector.

In 2007, the Cleveland Museum of Art acquired and was gifted a portion of his surrealist and modernist photography collection. The exhibition, Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography, The David Raymond Collection opened in the fall of 2014-2015 at the CMA. From 2000-2004, Raymond served as an advisor to the Getty Museum and in 2006 he served as the Artistic Director for Magnum Photo’s Paris Photo presence. David Raymond has lectured around the world on the subjects of collecting and the art market. He is also an artist, photographer, and filmmaker.


plus_bullet_point Clarissa Sligh is a visual artist, lecturer, and essayist. Her photo-text images, artists’ books and installations have been exhibited in places such as The Museum of Modern Art and the Jewish Museum, New York, NY, Walker Art Center and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN, Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National African American Museum Project, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

For over 25 years, Sligh has woven together the cultural, historical, personal and political to explore themes of memory, transmutation, and perceptions of boundaries and identity. Sligh’s most recent award was a 2013 grant from the Shlenker Block Fund of the Houston Jewish Community Foundation. Other awards include an International Center of Photography Annual Infinity Award (1995) and fellowships from Anonymous Was a Woman (2001), the National Endowment for the Arts (1988), the New York Foundation for the Arts in artist’s books (2005) and in photography (1988 and 2000).


plus_bullet_point Constance Thalken lives and works in Atlanta, GA and is a professor of photography at Georgia State University. She received her MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art. Thalken has received numerous award and research grants for her work and has been featured in over 90 exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including the San Diego Art Institute (CA), the New Orleans Museum of Art (LA) and The Light Factory (NC). Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Birmingham Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Bunnen Collection, Yale University Library, and other private collections.

plus_bullet_point Harvey Wang is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been screened in film festivals all over the world. He won the prize for Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003 and was an audience favorite. He has also done extensive documentary work for television, published six books of photography and has exhibited widely at museums, including the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the New-York Historical Society, and the Museum of the City of New York.


plus_bullet_point Bernard Welt holds a PhD in Literary Studies from American University. He is a Professor of Arts and Humanities at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC and is known as a model innovator of interdisciplinary humanities courses exploring the relation between dreams, imagination, and the arts–especially film. Bernard Welt is a former member of the board of directors of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and has recently written the article on cinema and dreams for The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams.


plus_bullet_point Janelle Young, of Dayton, Ohio, completed her bachelor’s of fine art degree in photography with minors in film studies and art history at the University of Dayton. She exhibits in juried and group shows, was awarded a 2013 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a Willson Center Graduate Research Award at the University of Georgia where she is currently a master of fine art candidate in the photography department.