SECAC (formerly the Southeastern College Art Conference) 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: 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.
Membership is open to anyone interested in SECAC’s mission, and can be acquired by completing the membership form available on the website and including payment. Membership dates are from receipt of payment for one calendar year.
SECAC fulfills its purpose in part by sponsoring an annual fall conference. The conference provides members with a forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns relevant to the practice and study of art. The conference regularly draws participants from the United States and other countries. Individuals who present their research or creative work at an annual conference gain national exposure for their work in the fields of studio art, art and architectural history, art education, museum studies, and visual resources. Membership is required to attend the conference.
The organization publishes annually Art Inquiries (formerly The Southeastern College Art Conference Review), a peer-reviewed journal of scholarly articles on art, art education, and art history. It also includes book and exhibition reviews. Art Inquiries is available in a number of North American university libraries and, through three full-text aggregators, its content is available online internationally.
The organization also publishes a semi-annual newsletter; it serves to keep members informed of SECAC programs, activities, conference plans, and schedules. Individual, Contributing, and Institutional Members receive all publications, and Student Members receive the newsletters. Additionally, Institutional Members' libraries receive all publications, including Art Inquiries.