The Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Award for Excellence in Teaching is awarded in recognition of outstanding teaching by a SECAC member who demonstrates an exceptional command of his or her discipline through the ability to teach effectively, impart knowledge, and inspire students. Mary Stewart, of Florida State University, was one of four recipients of the 2010 award, presented on October 22, 2010, at the annual meeting held this year in Richmond, Virginia. She has had an impressive impact particularly in the area of teaching studio foundations. Jurors noted that she is an “exceptional innovator in teaching” and has made a “strong contribution to the profession.”
In 2009, Professor Stewart was awarded the Master Educator Award presented by Foundations in Art: Theory and Education.
In 2008, she was presented with the Award of Distinction by the National Council of Arts Administrators.