The city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is proud to host the 71st annual meeting of SECAC, to be held October 21-24 at the recently remodeled Wyndham Grand Hotel 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. As our planning proceeds we are ready to offer an excellent meeting with a series of activities meant to encourage conversation and inspire fellowship among those members who attend. Within a few blocks of the hotel members can experience an abundance of restaurants, bars, museums, galleries, theaters and splendid architecture.

In addition to the rich variety of sessions that are traditionally offered, other exciting activities have been planned for the conference. The conference is launched on Wednesday with the Board Meeting followed by an opening reception at the hotel. Sessions begin on Thursday morning and will continue through Saturday afternoon. Thursday evening will feature keynote speaker, Terence E. Smith, an 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 that explores the international nature of the contemporary art scene. A pre-talk reception will be offered and following the keynote, buses will begin to circulate from the hotel to events in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh. Activities include the Carnegie Museum of Art, the University of Pittsburgh Faculty Exhibition and reception at the beautiful Frick Fine Arts Building and a visit to the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University.


Friday the conference will feature a gallery crawl in and around downtown Pittsburgh. Shuttle buses will begin to circulate from the hotel at 5:00 pm. The main feature of the gallery crawl will be the SECAC 2015 Juried Exhibition and reception at Future Tenant, within walking distance of the hotel. Members then can decide to visit the other sites on the crawl that include the Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, The Andy Warhol Museum, and the Artists Image Resource on Pittsburgh’s Northside where the West Virginia University Faculty Exhibition and 2014 Artist’s Fellowship winner Derek Larson’s exhibition and reception will take place.


Activities and sessions will continue into Saturday beginning with a combined Members Meeting and Annual Awards Ceremony breakfast. Immediately following the meeting members will have the opportunity to travel to the campus of Carnegie Mellon University with a tour and possible workshop at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. Participants can enjoy the Conflict Kitchen for lunch and return to the conference hotel for the afternoon sessions.

For room reservations at the Wyndham ($189/night plus 14% tax): Wyndham reservations. A few of the Saturday night rooms are $199/night plus 14% tax). However, we have run out of rooms for some nights, but have been able to add a few more at $199/night.

Transportation: The conference hotel can be easily reached from the Pittsburgh International Airport by taxi of shuttle service. Taxi fares from the airport are approximately $45.00 and shuttle fees around $25.00. The Pittsburgh Port Authority bus to the downtown area is $3.75, about 4 blocks from the Wyndham. The hotel does not operate a shuttle. If you are driving the hotel offers valet parking ($30/night) and there are a variety of parking garages within walking distance to the hotel. Mobile app information is available for the Port Authority. Plan your bus travels in Pittsburgh here.


Conference schedule:

Wednesday, October 21:        4-7 pm, SECAC Board of Directors meet
                                                7-9 pm, Welcome Reception in the Wyndham

TH-FR, October 22-23:  Sessions from 8 am to 5 pm
Saturday, October 24:   7-9:15 am, Members Meeting and Annual Awards Ceremony
                                      9:30 am-5 pm, Sessions



Conference Program

View the Conference Program.


Media Policy

  • All meeting rooms will be equipped with one digital projector.
  • Each room will be equipped with one screen.
  • Presenters must supply their own laptops.
  • VGA and HDMI cables will be supplied for laptops to be connected to the projector. If the laptop being used cannot connect directly using these connections, it is the presenter's responsibility to bring an appropriate adapter.
  • 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. 



Register here. You will need your membership username and password to login to register.


Early Bird (August 1 - September 20)
$90 Students and Retired Members
$180 Individual Members

Regular rate (September 21-October 4)
$100 Student Members
$200 Individual Members
$95 Retired Members

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


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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