The Department of Art encourages students and faculty to join and participate in local, regional, national, and international organizations. This connection to other artists is vital to the growth and development of one's creative endeavors.
American Advertising Federation
As the "Unifying Voice for Advertising," the American Advertising Federation (AAF), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the trade association that represents 50,000 professionals in the advertising industry. AAF's 130 corporate members are advertisers, agencies and media companies that comprise the nation's leading brands and corporations. AAF has a national network of 210 ad clubs and connects the industry with an academic base through its 210 college chapters.
Art Directors Club
College Art Association
The College Art Association (CAA) is the premier national organization which supports artists, art historians, arts educators in higher education, and other visual arts professionals. It holds regional workshops and meetings as well as yearly national meetings which allow for the presentation of the latest scholarship and innovative art and offer a place to share valuable information about teaching practices and the most recent developments in classroom technology.
Graphic Artists Guild
The Graphic Artists Guild (GAG) is a national union of illustrators, designers, web creators, production artists, surface designers and other creatives who have come together to pursue common goals, share their experience, raise industry standards, and improve the ability of visual creators to achieve satisfying and rewarding careers.
We do this through democratic and egalitarian means within a structure open to all working artists. Every Guild member is guaranteed a voice and the opportunity to actively participate.
Southeastern College Art Conference
The Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of art in higher education through facilitating cooperation among teachers and administrators in universities and colleges, professional institutions and the community served by their institutions. SECAC fulfills its purpose in part by sponsoring an annual fall conference, hosted by an institution of higher learning. The conference provides members with a forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns relevant to the practice and study of art.
Society of Publication Designers
For over a quarter of a century, the Society of Publication Designers (SPD) has been a driving force for quality and innovation in publication design. It is the one venue in which the best of the best continually strive.
SPD encourages artistic excellence by judging annually the work of thousands of design professionals in the United States and abroad. The activities of SPD promote the art director's role as visual journalist and partner in the editorial process -- the partner responsible for telescoping and shaping information, the one who gives tone to an editorial voice.
Since drafting its charter in 1965, SPD remains the only organization specifically addressing the concerns of trade, corporate, institutional, newspaper and consumer editorial art directors. Guidance is provided by a board of directors composed of top editorial art directors and allied professionals. The Society provides programs which explore the collaborative work of the best illustrators, photographers and typographers, and constantly examines the real impact of evolving technologies.
Society of Typographic Aficionados
The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of type, its history and development, its use in the world of print and digital imagery, its designers, and its admirers.