Preliminary Conference Program
Call for Papers
Juried Exhibition
Future Conferences
Past Conferences


SECAC’s 70th Annual Conference, NEXUS: From Handmade to High-Tech, will take place October 8 – 11, 2014 in Sarasota, Florida. SECAC 2014 sessions and activities will take place at the beautiful waterfront Hyatt Regency Sarasota for the first three days of the Conference. Wednesday's schedule: 4-7 pm, SECAC Board of Directors meeting, and an evening Welcome Reception. Thursday through Saturday will have a full slate of sessions, panels and workshops. On Saturday, we will board buses from the Hyatt for a short ride to Ringling College of Art and Design, our host, for Saturday’s presentations, Awards Luncheon, and workshops on campus. NOTE: No sleeping rooms remain in our block at the Hyatt. Make your reservation at the conference rate of $179 for single or double occupancy, $189 for triple occupancy, or $199 for quadruple occupancy here:, or call Hyatt Central Reservations for groups at (888) 421-1442 and reference the event “SECAC.”

There are a few rooms available in the Hotel Indigo across the street from the Hyatt. Call 941-487-3800, group code is EGE. Ask for in-house reservations. First night deposit is non-refundable. Rate is $179 plus taxes. THIS BLOCK IS FILLED.

Conference highlights will include the Juried Art Show and keynote presentation on October 9. The reception and show, judged by Dr. Matthew McLendon, Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art at The Ringling Museum, will take place across the street from the Hyatt at the Art Center Sarasota. Following the reception we’ll head back to the Hyatt for dessert and a keynote speech by Ringling College alumnus Brandon Oldenburg, founder of Moonbot Studios. Oldenburg, whose short animated film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore won an Academy Award in 2012, has a long history of collaboration with some of the world’s top studios including DreamWorks, Pixar, and Disney. He and designer Brad Oldham collaborated on a giant sculptural series called The Traveling Man, which has won national acclaim. Oldenburg is also a Trustee of Ringling College of Art and Design and the recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award. Following Oldenburg’s keynote, those with a desire to party on will be invited back to the Arts Center Sarasota grounds for a celebration with food trucks, music, and more.


The Ringling Museum, featuring 31 galleries with everything from Old Masters to Contemporary masterpieces, is rolling out the red carpet for SECAC attendees. Show your Conference badge from October 8-12 and receive a special $10 rate for admission (a $15 savings off the regular price). While you’re at The Ringling, you won’t want to miss a tour of the spectacular Ca d’Zan, a 56-room Italian palazzo on Sarasota Bay; the Ringling Art Library, home to over 80,000 volumes; and the Circus Museum, a tour through the history of the American circus. Tickets to James Turrell’s Joseph’s Coat Skyspace on the evening of October 10 will be available during online conference registration. Only 50 tickets are available, so please be sure to get yours when registration opens on August 1.

In addition to the museums, gardens, public art, and performing arts you’ll have a chance to enjoy while in Sarasota, SECAC 2014 Conference Chair Jeff Schwartz and his team have prepared a number of optional tours and excursions for you to choose from during online registration. Among them are sunset cruises on tranquil Sarasota Bay and tours of famed Sarasota School of Architecture private residences and commercial buildings. And for those of you who really need a day to relax, there is always the beach. Siesta Key Beach, ranked the best beach in the United States for its sugar sand beaches and pristine gulf waters, is just down the road.

The SECAC 2014 call for papers has ended and presentation selection is underway. Stay tuned for more updates on the SECAC website.



Online registration opened on August 1, 2014. Online registration closes at midnight, EDT, September 25. You will need your membership username and password to login to register here: 2014 SECAC in Sarasota


Early Bird (August 1 - September 10) 
Individuals: $170
Students: $90
Retired: $85

Regular rate (September 11-25)
Individuals: $200
Students: $100
Retired: $95

Onsite in Sarasota
Individual: $250
Students: $130
Retired: $105 


Preliminary Conference Program

The Preliminary Conference Program is available here. 


Call for Session Proposals

Open November 11, 2013/Closed January 1, 2014


Call for Papers

Open February 1, 2014/Closed April 20, 2014. Go here to see a full list of available sessions:

SECAC membership and conference registration are required of all chairs, presenters and attendees.


SECAC 2014 Juried Exhibition

Submission deadline: April 1, 2014, midnight, EDT. Late entries will not be reviewed.

Notification date is May 15, 2014.

For full information about the 2014 Juried Exhibition, follow this link:

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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