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SECAC 2020 - Richmond, Virginia

Call for Papers: February 10 – May 15, 2020
Juried Exhibition Entries: February 18 – May 15, 2020

SECAC has waived fees for Juried Exhibition entries.

Conference Dates: October 21 – 24, 2020
Venue: Richmond Marriott Downtown, 500 East Broad Street
Contact Conference Director Carly Phinizy:

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts is honored to host the 76th annual meeting of SECAC in Richmond, VA from October 21-24, 2020. As its theme, the conference will engage the concept of commonwealth as an ideal of common good that pervades the political landscape of arts and educational institutions. We will question the complexities of a commonwealth, both in its original utopian form and its attendant failings as a colonial structure. With its rich history and diverse arts community, the city of Richmond will serve as an excellent setting to explore the 2020 conference theme through panel and round-table sessions, special events and exhibitions, and countless opportunities for individual exploration.

We are planning for over 120 individual sessions at the 2020 conference, all to take place at the conference hotel. Additionally, we have exciting programming for conference participants, including:

      Keynote lecture by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

      Juried Members’ Exhibition at The Anderson (VCUarts campus), with prizes awarded by guest juror, Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

      2019 SECAC Artist’s Fellowship Exhibition at the VCUarts Fine Arts Building gallery, and opportunity for open studio visits

      Opening reception and awards luncheon at the conference hotel

      Excursions to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VCU’s Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Hartnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond

Conference Registration Rates

Individual member: early $195 | regular $245 | on-site $295 
Adjunct/Independent: early $130 | regular $175 | on-site $250
Student member: early $95 | regular $110 | on-site $140 
Retired member: early $115 | regular $125 | on-site $150

Early conference registration will open on August 4, 2020.

Media Policy

  • All meeting rooms will be equipped with one digital projector, screen, podium, and podium light.
  • Presenters must supply their own laptops.
  • All Macintosh users must supply the appropriate adapter.
  • No Internet access will be available in session rooms. 
  • Presenters must have website information downloaded to laptops or other media devices.
  • Session chairs must notify the conference director of any special media requests by July 1, 2020. The conference director will determine if special requests can be filled.
  • No slide projectors will be available. 

Future Conferences
For a list of future SECAC conference locations and dates, please see Future Annual Conferences.

Past Conferences
For a list of past SECAC conference locations, dates, and chairs, please see Annual Conference History.