The Meredith College Art Department proudly hosted 700 visual arts professionals at the 2012 Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in downtown Durham, October 17-20. This year’s theme, COLLISIONS: Where Past Meets Present, included more than 130 conference sessions and panels over three days of the meeting, a keynote speech by Debbie Fleming Caffery at the historic Carolina Theatre, a reception at the Durham Arts Council for the 2012 SECAC Annual Juried Exhibition and an exhibition of Meredith College Art Faculty work. Of 282 artworks submitted to the SECAC juried exhibition, 45 works were accepted by juror Charles Joyner, Professor Emeritus of North Carolina State University.
SECAC is a non-profit 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, and among independent artists and scholars.
Membership includes individuals and institutions from the original group of southeastern states that founded the conference; however it now has grown to include individual and institutional members from the 48 continental states and 7 countries, becoming the second largest national organization of its kind.
Meredith Professor of Art History Beth Mulvaney served as this year’s Conference Director, in addition to being the organization’s Secretary-Treasurer. Associate Professor of Graphic Design Dana Gay provided her services as a graphic designer for all aspects of the conference, including its stunning program.
Professors Jane Terry and Warner Hyde helped to jury the 78 entries for the SECAC Artists Fellowship, a prize of $5,000 awarded annually. Adjunct Professor Holly Fischer coordinated the Annual SECAC Juried Exhibition. Adjunct Professor James Boyles vetted session proposals, the Bosch Travel Awards, and gave a paper “I want to make a sacred space”: From Warhol to Gober, Gay American Artists and Catholicism. Kristen Gallagher, ’14, worked as Mulvaney’s assistant on the conference and also contributed a paper to a session. Gallagher’s paper was titled: Jasper Johns: Encaustic Influences. Finally, many Meredith students volunteered time at the conference as well as attended conference sessions. Next year SECAC will be hosted by UNC Greensboro, October 30-November 2, 2013.
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