SECAC 2017 - Columbus, Ohio

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) looks forward to hosting "Microscopes and Megaphones," the 73rd annual SECAC Conference, October 25-28, 2017. Eleanor Fuchs, Associate Provost at CCAD, will serve as conference director. The Hilton Downtown Columbus will host attendees and all sessions; this official conference hotel is located in the south end of the Short North, Columbus’ arts district. Attendees may easily walk to the many wonderful restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries this neighborhood has to offer. Those coming in from out of town are strongly advised to reserve their hotels well in advance of the conference to avoid competing with Ohio State University football fans. For reservations:

Keynote speakers are Tyree Guyton, founder, and Jenenne Whitfield, Executive Director, of the of the Heidelberg Project. 

 Off-site events during the conference will include a Thursday night Open House at CCAD, featuring the SECAC 2017 Juried Exhibition, delicious food trucks and refreshments, and extended hours at the newly renovated Columbus Museum of Art. The conference’s keynote will take place that Friday, followed by a Gallery Hop in the Short North. After the conference, Franklin Park Conservatory, the Idea Foundry, and Columbus Zoo are all memorable destinations where attendees can relax and enjoy autumn in Columbus.

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

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 25: 4-7 pm SECAC Board of Directors meeting
Thursday, October 26: 7-5 registration 7-5 (TH and FR), sessions and panels. Evening at CCAD, Keynote and Juried Exhibition reception
Friday-Saturday, October 27-28: Sessions and panels 8-5. Registration: 7-3

Call for Session Proposals

Submit your proposal(s) here. Abstracts must be 200 words or less.

Deadline: January 1, midnight EST

Call for Paper Proposals

The call for paper proposals is available. The deadline is April 20 at midnight EDT.

SECAC 2017 Juried Exhibition

The juried exhibition prospectus is available. The deadline is April 9 at midnight EDT.
Entry fee: $35 

Registration Rates

Early rate (August 1 - October 1)
Individual member: $180
Adjunct and Independent: $160
Student : $90
Retired: $90

Regular rate (October 2 - 10)
Individual member: $200
Adjunct and Independent: $180
Student: $100
Retired: $95

Onsite (October 26)
Individual: $260
Adjunct and Independent: $220
Student: $130
Retired: $105


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 VGA 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, 2017. 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.