The Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) has an annual awards program to recognize exemplary work in the visual arts in higher education. Nominations are accepted and reviewed by a diverse panel of SECAC members, and awards are announced at the annual SECAC meeting. In addition to the awards listed below, the SECAC President is authorized to designate recipients for the Award of Distinction (recognizing former officers), the Certificate of Merit (members who are entering retirement), and the Award for Exemplary Achievement (exceptional individuals who have demonstrated significant personal and professional development and long-standing service to SECAC).
SECAC is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the awards program for 2014.
Instructions for applying for the SECAC Artist's Fellowship (August 1) and the Levin Award for Research in Art History (March 1) are different than those used for various awards. Follow the link under the description for these two awards below for those instructions.
To nominate an individual for a SECAC award, include a letter of nomination specifying the intended award with the nominee's CV. The nominee's SECAC membership status should be current at the time of nomination. Support materials should not exceed 10 pages.
To nominate a group of collaborators, an organization, or an institution, the nominator should provide a letter of nomination specifying the intended award. The nominee's SECAC membership status should be current (in the case of a collaborating group at least one person must be a current SECAC member).
Nominations may be submitted (1) in hard copy, with accompanying book, catalogue, or CD of images if appropriate; (2) upload documents to Google Drive or Dropbox and share with jguynes@southalabama; or (3) materials may be on a CD (pdf format for letters, cvs, and documents, jpegs for images) with accompanying book or catalogue, if appropriate. Support materials should not exceed 10 pages. Images, when appropriate, should be submitted digitally on a CD (jpeg format no larger than 1500 px) and should not exceed 20 in number.
Nominations, accompanied by all supporting materials, can be mailed to Jason Guynes, Chairperson, Department of Visual Arts, The University of South Alabama, VAB 168, Mobile, AL 36688. Deadline for receipt of all materials: February 7, 2014 (postmark). Nominators will be notified of results on or about August 15, 2014. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recommendations to the SECAC President and Vice-President for the awards mentioned in the first paragraph above may also be sent to Jason Guynes.
The SECAC Artist's Fellowship
The SECAC Fellowship was established in 1981 for the purpose of supporting member artists and to encourage individual creative growth - the development of new ideas for exhibitions and creative projects. Through this program's SECAC can more completely serve member artists and institutions.
The William R. Levin Award for Research in the History of Art
Levin endowed this award in 2013 to encourage and recognize research in art history.
The SECAC Award for Excellence in Teaching
Awarded in recognition of outstanding teaching by a SECAC member who demonstrates an exceptional command of his or her discipline through the ability to teach effectively, impart knowledge, and inspire students. A brief description of the nominee's teaching philosophy should be included.
SECAC Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication
Awarded for outstanding research shown in the recent publication (within the last two years) of a book, article or series of articles. A precise description of research accomplishments and the nominee's research agenda should accompany the nomination. Nominators are responsible for providing a copy of the publication to be considered.
The SECAC Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement
Awarded to recognize, encourage, and reward individuals who have been particularly successful in their creative work as demonstrated through regional, national or international exhibitions or presentations. The nominee's artist's statement should be included.
The SECAC Award for Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Historical Materials
Awarded in recognition of an exhibition (within the last two years) of historical materials, which by its design, installation, and/or catalogue is considered exemplary. Support materials should include an abstract that summarizes the concept and execution of the nominated exhibition. Nominators are responsible for providing a copy of the publication to be considered.
The SECAC Award for Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Contemporary Materials
Awarded in recognition of an exhibition (within the last two years) of contemporary materials, which by its design, installation, and/or catalogue is considered exemplary. Support materials should include an abstract that summarizes the concept and execution of the nominated exhibition. Nominators are responsible for providing a copy of the publication to be considered.
The SECAC Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Graphic Design
Awarded to recognize, encourage, and reward individuals who have been particularly successful in their design practice as demonstrated through regional, national, or international professional activities. Nominations should include a CV and a portfolio. Digital submissions and web-based portfolios are acceptable or uploaded to Google Drive or Dropbox and shared with email@example.com.
In addition to these professional achievement awards, SECAC also presents upon occasion three special awards designated by the president. These include:
The Organization encourages nominations for awards in all of these categories.
Gulnar Bosch Travel Awards
The Gulnar Bosch Travel Awards provide limited travel funds for select graduate students whose papers or works have been accepted for juried presentation so that they can attend the SECAC Annual Meeting. It was Gulnar Bosch's intent through a bequest to SECAC that interest generated from funds invested by SECAC would be used to encourage graduate student participation in SECAC and their future involvement in the organization.