As part of the Summer Conference line-up, and our continuing partnership with the American Society for Photographic Education (SPE), we will also be welcoming Terri Warpinksi as the Honoured Educator.
After 32 years of teaching and administrative service at the University of Oregon, Terri is now a Professor Emerita of Art dedicated to a full-time practice as a studio artist. Her creative and scholarly career is distinguished by a Fulbright Fellowship (Israel 2000-2001) and most recently as a recipient of a DAAD Research Grant (2016) to Berlin working with the Stiftung Berliner Mauer as her host institution. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship (2014), and two Career Opportunity Grants (2015, 2013) from the Ford Family Foundation and the Oregon Art Commission. She has been awarded artist residencies at Ucross (2000), Playa (2011, 2014) and Caldera (2016). Her work reflects her long-term interest in the traces of human activity embedded in the landscape. Recently completed projects include – Surface Tension: three landscapes of division; and Liminal Matter: Fences a collaboration with Portland poet Laura Winter. She has been a member of SPE since 1980. She served two terms as the regional chair of the Northwest Region (1986-1990), served two terms on the national board of SPE (2000-2008), and served two terms as the Chair of the board of directors (2002-2006). In March of this year Warpinski received the award of highest distinction conferred by the Society for Photographic Education at their international conference in Philadelphia as the Honored Educator of 2018.
Paper for conference: Death|s|trip: A reflection on bordering and mortality
Over the last decade my landscape based photographic work has been driven by the conviction that a border is as much a process as it is a physical location – a construction that is a conscious human determination. It is a decision with consequences that extend from the global arena of political and economic power struggles down to the intimate level of individual human lives. The story of border-related death written on the landscape is ongoing, with more nations fortifying borders today than at any other time in history. My current project, Death[s]trip, gives voice to these realities through the analog of present day Berlin viewed through the lens of history focusing attention on the 140 victims of the Berlin Wall.