He has a B.A. in Visual Media with a minor in Cinema Studies from The American University in Washington, D.C., where his narrative thesis film won the American Visions juried competition.
Spencer was sponsored by Czech author and screenwriter Arnost Lustig to attend FAMU, the Czech National Film School in Prague, where he studied with luminaries of Czech and European cinema.
Additionally, he was one of 13 students from across the U.S. chosen by author and presidential historian, Dr. Douglas Brinkley, for "The Majic Bus," a collegiate experiential learning program.
On "The Majic Bus," Spencer traveled most of the United States, living on the first natural gas powered bus, spending time and studying with, often at their homes, cultural icons Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter S. Thompson, Bo Diddley, Townes Van Zandt, Toni Morrison, Arthur Miller, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Rita Dove, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Hubert Selby, Jr., Ramblin' Jack Elliot, William vanden Heuvel, Robert Hunter, Steven Soderbergh, Kerry Kennedy, Allen Ginsberg, Jim Carroll, Steven Ambrose, Jimmy Carter, Chris Felver, T. Boone Pickens, Alice Brock, William Kennedy, Chuck Berry, Hamilton Jordan, Larry Woiwode, John Kenneth Galbraith, Kinky Friedman, Melba Pattillo Beals, Liz Gilbert, and many others.
Summer 2017 Spencer exhibited at Carriage Trade Gallery in Social Photography V. Curator: Peter Scott.
September - October of 2016, Spencer exhibited in "Sensing Place" at Chris Davison Gallery, Newburgh, New York, curated by Chris Davison and Kevin Kearns.
In January, 2016, he was selected to exhibit and speak on his work at the New York Public Library's "Librarian's Choice," curated by Fred Gutzeit.