This publication covers the full scope of the SECA awards as well as the story of SECA's layered development and the many educational activities it has sponsored. Included are descriptive quotes — from the artists themselves, former award curators, art journalists, and art professionals — that further illuminate each artists work. New essays by Gass and Zimbardo look at the social history of SECA and its impact on artists, as well as resonances between artists and across genres.
The book showcases other special awards the group periodically held in addition to the ongoing SECA Art Award, such as the SECA Vernal Equinox Special Award (1970 to 1973), SECA Film as Art Award (1973 to 1998), SECA Photography Invitationals (1980 and 1982), SECA Video Invitational and Award (1988 and 1992), SECA Electronic Media Award (1996), and SFMOMA Experimental Design Award (2001). Additional texts look at various projects the group has spearheaded through the years, elucidating the richness of their diverse activities.