Artist Presentation: SECAC 2020 Virtual ConferenceDecember 6, 2020
SECAC 2020 Conference
Virginia Commonwealth University
Conference Dates: November 30 – December 11, 2020
I’m honored to serve as a presenting panelist at SECAC’s 2020 virtual conference presented by Virginia Commonwealth University. My presentation, Home is Any Place? Transcending Geographic and Historic Site-Specificity, will be part of the panel entitled Narrative Art: The Work Does Not Need to Tell the Story chaired by Jason Lee (West Virginia University).
Panel Description: Many works of art are inspired by an artist’s personal experiences. Narrative is a common form of expression in many creative fields, but is it incumbent upon the work of art to tell the story? The work of art may stand alone, merely inspired by the events of life but not tasked with retelling the story itself. How does the work transcend its inspiration? How does something personal become universal? What is used and what is left behind in service of viewer interpretation?
About the SECAC 2020 Conference:
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts is honored to host the 76th annual meeting of SECAC as a fully virtual conference. As its theme, the conference will engage the concept of commonwealth as an ideal of common good that pervades the political landscape of arts and educational institutions. We will question the complexities of a commonwealth, both in its original utopian form and its attendant failings as a colonial structure. A virtual conference is a new venture for SECAC, and we are all excited to reimagine the core of what makes the annual conference so meaningful to our community. There will be 80 individual sessions at the 2020 conference, all to take place online.
SECAC (formerly the Southeastern College Art Conference) is a non-profit organization that promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education on a national basis. SECAC facilitates cooperation and fosters on-going dialog about pertinent creative, scholarly and educational issues among teachers and administrators in universities, colleges, community colleges, professional art schools, and museums; and among independent artists and scholars. Membership includes individuals and institutions from the original group of southeastern states that founded the conference: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Over the decades, however, SECAC has grown to include individual and institutional members from across the United States, becoming the second largest national organization of its kind. SECAC is an affiliated organization of the national College Art Association and participates in its annual conferences.