Aggie Toppins, associate professor and chair of undergraduate design, has been named the 2021 recipient of the SECAC Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Graphic Design. The honor recognizes individuals who have been particularly successful in their design practice as demonstrated through regional, national, or international professional activities.
At the awards meeting on December 10, representatives from SECAC highlighted aspects of Toppins’ studio practice such as the impact of her work with the Women’s Group on Race Relations in St. Louis, as well as a project she did in Chattanooga called “Restore Your Right to Vote!” which explained the complex process of applying for voting rights restoration following a felony conviction.
Toppins was nominated for the award by associate professor Amanda Horton of the University of Central Oklahoma and selected by a jury of SECAC members.
SECAC (formerly the Southeastern College Art Conference) is a nonprofit 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.
For more information, visit the SECAC website.