Mark your calendars for SEMC2022 in Northwest Arkansas! 

October 24 - 26, 2022

Exhibiting Change  

Connect with your peers to discuss how museums and cultural sites across the region are “Exhibiting Change” as our field continues to rethink, reconstruct, and reconnect in a post-pandemic/endemic era. The SEMC 2022 Annual Meeting in Northwest Arkansas has been purposefully designed to offer a balanced program of sessions, workshops, and networking events that will provide professional development and opportunities to help your institution meet the moment and offer pathways to move a museum career forward. This year, sessions will focus on contemporary leadership practices centered on equity, current fundraising strategies, community engagement and the power of partnerships, ethical interpretation of collections and historic sites, managing collections under changing circumstances, curatorial trends in acquiring and sharing collections, job transitions, emerging technologies, and the many ways southeast museums are embedding principles of diversity, accessibility, and inclusion across all departments of an organization. SEMC is excited to welcome the membership to Northwest Arkansas to share creative ideas and success stories (as well as missteps), explore new directions and evolving trends in museums, and network with the most congenial and supportive group of museum professionals in the nation!

         Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

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Embassy Suites, Rogers, Arkansas

Registration for SEMC2022 is OPEN!

Register HERE

*SEMC Member Early Bird Rate (June 13, 2022 - August 19, 2022): $300.00

*you must be a current SEMC member to take advantage of the early bird registration rate

SEMC Member Regular Registration Rate (August 20, 2022 - October 17, 2022): $350.00

Student Registration Rate: $100.00

Non-Member Registration Rate: $425.00

On-Site Registration Rate (SEMC members and non-member): $425.

The Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center is the SEMC 2022 host hotel for rooms, sessions and the 2022 Resource Expo!

Take a Virtual Tour of the Embassy Suites and Rogers Convention Center

For additional information about the area, host organizations and the working schedule of off-site tours and events, please contact the 2022 Local Arrangements Co-Chairs:

Angie Albright, Director, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Springdale, AR

Serena Barnett, Director, Rogers Historical Museum, Rogers, AR

Special thanks to the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History for design of the SEMC2022 Logo!

Reserve your room for SEMC2022 today! Follow the link below to take advantage of the special SEMC rate of $162 per night. Amenities include:

  • Daily free breakfast (made to order)
  • Evening reception
  • Indoor pool & fitness center
  • FREE parking

Reserve your room for SEMC2022

Getting To Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) makes getting to Rogers and Northwest Arkansas a breeze. The airport is located 12 miles from the Embassy Suites and Convention Center. XNA offers over direct flights to 24 destinations. Visit our "Getting Here" page for a flight map and driving times to Rogers.  With 25 destinations XNA now has the most direct flights in the state and more than some metros twice our population. American, Delta, United, Breeze, Allegiant, and Frontier all fly through XNA. A newly renovated TSA check point just opened making getting through security much quicker and more improvements are on the way.  Taxis, Ubers, Lyfts, and car rentals are all available at the airport for your convenience getting to your final destination. We are located near the geographic center of the country making it an easy drive from nearby cities; 2 hours from Tulsa, 3 hours from Kansas City, 3 hours from Little Rock, 3.5 hours from Oklahoma City, 4 hours from Wichita, 5 hours from Dallas, 5 hours from Memphis, and 5 hours from St. Louis.

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Air Travel Discounts

Enjoy your trip to Northwest Arkansas (airport XNA)  with a flight deal! Book through our partner, American Airlines and save. 

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Memories from SEMC2021 in Chattanooga, Tennessee!

Semc Executive Director, Zinnia Willits and Knoxville Museum of Art Director, David Butler, standing side by side on the rooftop terrace at the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga, TN; mountains and skyline in background.

Thank you to ALL who submitted photographs. If you would like to add to the album, please email Michelle Schulte at