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Annual SEA Conference
NEXT EVENT:  February 2022 (No event in 2021)
LOCATION:  Columbia College - Chicago, IL  (Tentative)


The Annual Conference is geared towards emerging visual, performing, literary, and media artists. Activities include keynote presentations, artist-led sessions, panel discussions, one-on-one mentoring sessions, round table discussions, and workshops.


There are also a variety of other activities like a juried college art competition and funding pitch competition. For educators and art organization leaders, there are also sessions and opportunities to share best practices.

The event is held each year at the end of February over two days -  Saturday / Sunday. To view 2020's program, click here.

Please note that due to Covid-19, there will be no in-person annual conference this February 2021. We are reimagining SEA with a variety of virtual programs all year long that will still allow you to connect with the presenters that have become the heart and soul of SEA. Check out our 2020-21 Programming for more details. More programming will be added throughout the year.