Ringling College of Art and Design to Host 70th Southeastern College Art Conference

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Academy Award-winning Ringling College Alumnus, Brandon Oldenburg, to Deliver Keynote Speech at Annual Gathering of Arts Educators and Administrators

SECAC is the premier gathering for on-going dialog about pertinent creative, scholarly and educational issues in the visual arts. We look forward to hosting a stimulating and valuable scholarly exchange.

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that it will host the 70th Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) from October 8-11, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota and Ringling College. The annual gathering of hundreds of faculty and administrators from universities, colleges, community colleges, professional art schools, and museums as well as independent artists and scholars provides SECAC members with a forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns relevant to the practice and study of art.

“Ringling College is honored to host SECAC 2014 and welcome our art and design educator colleagues from across the country to campus,” said Dr. Larry R. Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design. “SECAC is the premier gathering for on-going dialog about pertinent creative, scholarly and educational issues in the visual arts. We look forward to hosting a stimulating and valuable scholarly exchange.”

The annual conference regularly draws participants from the United States and other countries. Individuals who present their research or creative work at an annual conference gain national exposure for their work in the fields of studio art, art and architectural history, art education, museum studies, and visual resources. Membership is required to attend the conference.

This year’s theme, NEXUS: From Handmade to High-Tech, explores the creative intersection of handmade and high-tech applications in the practice and study of the visual arts. The conference agenda will include several days of inspiring speakers, practical workshops, and experiential events at the conference hotel, on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, and at other local venues including the Art Center Sarasota and The Ringling.

Brandon Oldenburg, a distinguished graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, Academy Award-winning short film producer and creative partner at Moonbot Studios, will deliver the conference keynote presentation on Thursday, October 9 following the SECAC Juried Art Show. Matthew McClendon, PhD, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Ringling, will serve as Juror. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to visit noted local exhibitions from internationally acclaimed artists James Turrell and Patrick Dougherty.

Participation in SECAC 2014 is limited to organization members. To learn more about SECAC membership and to register for the conference, visit http://www.secollegeart.org.

About Ringling College of Art and Design

Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelor's degree in 14 disciplines: Advertising Design, Business of Art & Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Located in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls 1,368 students from 44 states and 53 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts.

Visit http://www.ringling.edu for more information.

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