Allen has taught photography at MCC, GCC and CGCC during her more than 20 years as contingent faculty. Allen has been a Society for Photographic Education (SPE) member since 2001 and served as the chair of the SPE’s Women’s Caucus for more than 10 years.
Allen earned an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1995 and has been curator of Northlight Gallery at the ASU Herberger Institute’s School of Art since 1999. Northlight exhibits a broad spectrum of photo-based work by internationally known, emerging and underrepresented artists.
“As contingent faculty traveling around the valley to teach at different places, I am challenged to feel part of the academic community at any one institution,” said Allen. “SPE has provided me with a professional community where my work is supported, valued and respected.”
According to SPE, the exhibitions she curates “demonstrate her profound interest in understanding, interpreting, and teaching the richness of photography as an evolving medium to an expanding community. The mission of the gallery under her direction has developed a dialog between established, emerging, and underrepresented artists working in a broad spectrum of photo-based media in collaboration with scholars also interested in challenging our perceptions of the human experience.”
SPE is considered the leading forum for fostering understanding of photography in all its forms and strives to foster the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship, and critical analysis. The organization engages its 1,800 worldwide membership and affiliated communities through conferences, events, and publications.
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