The city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is proud to host the 71st annual meeting of SECAC, to be held October 21-24 at the Wyndham Grand in downtown Pittsburgh. The 2015 theme, CONFLUENCE, aligns the geographic confluence of the Monongahela and the Allegheny rivers that form the Ohio river, with the conceptual confluence and fluidity of borders related to art, architecture, design, education, and pedagogy today. Pittsburgh is rich in history and art, being the birthplace of such notable artists as Andy Warhol, Mary Cassatt, and Henry Ossawa Tanner. This is the first time in SECAC history the annual conference will be held north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Links for room reservations will be added soon.

We will take advantage of the city’s important architectural history, heritage in steel and glass production, the proximity to diverse museums and cultural institutions, and the possibility for hands-on studio activities, walking tours, and collection visits.  We expect hundreds of attendees from around the nation representing a wide range of arts disciplines, multiple opportunities for inspiring discourse, national exposure for research, and great networking opportunities with friends, peers and higher education leaders.

The Wyndham Grand is a freshly remodeled hotel near the historic point in downtown Pittsburgh. The Fort Pitt Museum is located directly across the street from the hotel.  Within a few blocks of the hotel members can experience an abundance of restaurants, bars, museums, galleries, theaters and splendid architecture. Thursday night will feature keynote speaker, Terence E. Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh and recent author of Contemporary Art: World Currents which explores the international nature of the contemporary art scene.The SECAC 2015 Juried Exhibition will be held at the Future Tenant Gallery that is within walking distance of the conference hotel in the Cultural District.  

The SECAC 2015 call for sessions is underway. Stay tuned for more updates on the SECAC website.


Call for Papers

View available sessions and submission instructions.

Deadline, April 20, midnight, EDT.


Media Policy

  • All meeting room will be equipped with one digital projector.
  • Each room will be equipped with one screen.
  • Presenters must supply their own laptops.
  • Mac users must bring a VGA adapter. Newest versions of Macs will need a HDMI cable.
  • No internet access in the meeting rooms. Download what you need to portable media storage.
  • Session chairs must notify the conference director of any special media requests by July 1, 2015. 



Online registration opened on August 1, 2015.



Early Bird (August 1 - September 10)
$90 Students and Retired Members
$180 Individual Members

Regular rate (September 11-25)
$100 Student Members
$200 Individual Members
$95 Retired Members

Onsite in Pittsburgh
$130 Student Members
$260 Individual Members
$105 Retired Members


Conference Program

Available July 1.


Call for Session Proposals

Deadline: January 1, 2015, midnight, EST. 


SECAC 2015 Juried Exhibition

Deadline: April 1, midnight, EDT. Entry fee: $35

For instructions and links for submission of work and fee, see:



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.

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