>  SCAD hosts 2011 Southeastern College Art Conference
Oct. 31, 2011
Poetter Hall, SCAD Savannah, Savannah, Georgia
Poetter Hall, SCAD Savannah, Savannah, Georgia
Savannahians are invited to join hundreds of artists and scholars connecting in Savannah for four-day conference, events and exhibitions

SAVANNAH, Georgia - The Savannah College of Art and Design will host the 2011 Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Nov. 9-12, at the Savannah Hilton Desoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty St. SCAD is a private, nonprofit, accredited, degree-granting institution.

The 2011 SECAC conference will honor iconic artist Ann Hamilton 7:30-9 p.m., Nov. 10, Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Conference registration is required. The conference will also feature a juried exhibition at SCAD's Gutstein Gallery curated by Dan Cameron, founding director of Prospect New Orleans, who will also deliver a plenary address.

The 67th meeting of the collegiate arts organization will welcome more than 750 participants from more than 300 universities and museums, hailing from six countries and 42 states. Most participants are professors of art history or studio arts with museum professionals, art educators and visual resource staff members also represented. This is also the first time that SECAC has been hosted at an art and design university.

Among the public offerings, SECAC has established Community Member Day Passes. This registration classification is available to members of the Savannah community who are not professionals in studio art, art history or related studies. Each day of the conference offers more than 30 speaker sessions and covers a range of topics from American art, fibers, race, photography, collection and exhibition, folk art, technology, and collaboration, in addition to painting, sculpture and graphic design. Participants with a day pass will also be admitted to evening events, such as the keynote presentation, associated with that day's programming Nov. 9-12.

The Community Member Day Pass is $110. Online registration closes Oct. 31. On-site registration begins at 7 a.m. in the conference hotel foyer on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. On Saturday, on-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. Sessions will begin at 8 a.m. and run concurrently until 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Saturday sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and run concurrently until 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m., depending on the presentation room in which the session is scheduled.

Additionally, the SCAD exhibitions department presents three exhibitions in conjunction with the conference: "The Systems of Conflict," a solo exhibition honoring the 2010 SECAC Fellowship Award recipient, sculptor Jim Neel, Nov. 9-23 at Hall Street Gallery, 212 W. Hall St.; SCAD painting professor Natalija Mijatovic's "Residual Landscape" at Alexander Hall Gallery Nov. 7-Dec. 2; and the "SECAC 2011 Juried Exhibition" Nov. 10-23 at Gutstein Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St. The SECAC 2011 Juried Exhibition was highly selective. Juror Dan Cameron selected 31 works by 26 artists from more than 400 submissions by 178 artists. The represented artists are from 11 different states, including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. These exhibitions are free and open to the public.

SECAC is a nonprofit organization that promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education on a national basis. SECAC facilitates cooperation and fosters on-going dialog about pertinent creative, scholarly and educational issues among teachers and administrators in universities, colleges, community colleges, professional art schools and museums as well as among independent artists and scholars.

Membership includes individuals and institutions from the original group of Southeastern states that founded the conference: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Over the decades, however, SECAC has grown to include individual and institutional members from across the United States, becoming the second largest national organization of its kind. SECAC is an affiliated organization of the national College Art Association and participates in its annual conferences.

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