Press Release / Nov. 9

The Savannah College of Art and Design presents SCAD AT MIAMI, Dec. 6-10

Carlos Cruz-Diez, "Physichromie (SCAD)," 2017. Image courtesy of Savannah College of Art and Design. Presented in collaboration with Articruz and the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation.


University partners with Untitled, Art to exhibit installations by Carlos Cruz-Diez; SCAD Art Sales to feature works by alumni Christopher Paul Dean, Cory Imig and Britt Spencer

MIAMI, Florida — The Savannah College of Art and Design presents SCAD AT MIAMI, a celebration of contemporary art and creative education, at Untitled, Miami Beach during Miami Art Week, Dec. 6-10, 2017.

Central to SCAD AT MIAMI is "Chroma," an exhibition of immersive installations by renowned international artist and SCAD deFINE ART 2017 honoree Carlos Cruz-Diez, presented by the SCAD Museum of Art, in collaboration with Articruz and the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation. "Chroma" explores Cruz-Diez's experimental and multidisciplinary practice and examines the artist's groundbreaking color theory philosophies.

SCAD Art Sales, the university's full-service art consultancy, introduces new works by SCAD alumni artists Christopher Paul Dean (M.F.A., sculpture, 2016), Cory Imig (B.F.A., fibers, 2008) and Britt Spencer (professor of illustration; M.F.A., painting, 2011; B.F.A., illustration, 2005) — three artists who, like Cruz-Diez, use vibrant color, pattern and crisp lines as primary elements in their compositions. SCAD Art Sales is located within the Untitled, Miami Beach pavilion at Booth #E28. Additional information is available at scadartsales.com.

This is the third year SCAD has exhibited during Miami Art Week. In previous years, the university presented "i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin," an exploration of fashion, film and painting through the eyes of three dynamic artists: multihyphenate performer André 3000 Benjamin, filmmaker Greg Brunkalla (B.F.A., video/film, 2001) and painter Jimmy O'Neal (M.F.A., painting, 2016; B.F.A., illustration, 1989); and "Theater of Self," a joint presentation of fashion and photography featuring works by London-based artist Daniel Lismore and SCAD alumni Bin Feng (M.F.A., photography, 2017) and Colin Douglas Gray (B.F.A., photography, 2004).

Additional SCAD AT MIAMI events scheduled throughout the week include a VIP and press preview, an alumni artist conversation, as well as workshops and admission information sessions for prospective students and families.

Untitled, Miami Beach takes place at Ocean Drive and 12th Street, Miami Beach, Florida.

For more information about SCAD AT MIAMI, events and featured SCAD artists, visit scadatmiami.com.

About the exhibition

'Chroma'

The SCAD Museum of Art, in collaboration with Articruz and the Cruz-Diez Art Foundation, presents "Chroma," a traveling exhibition by renowned international artist and color theorist Carlos Cruz-Diez. The exhibition includes a large-scale public artwork, a series of recent works and three new documentaries that examine the artist's life and prolific career.

The exhibition's title is derived from the Latinized form of the Greek 'khroma,' originally referring to the color and quality of skin and later evolving to indicate the quality or intensity of a hue. Like this word, "Chroma" considers Cruz-Diez's fundamental concerns regarding the transformative possibility that color is diachronic and unstable, dependent on individual perception, space and context. Cruz-Diez's works are — aside from their aesthetic uniqueness — provocations completed by the viewers' movement in the artist's chromatic environments, where objects deliver a profound viewer experience. In the words of Cruz-Diez himself: "The world of color is the world of emotion."

"Chroma" spans several prominent areas of the Untitled, Miami Beach pavilion. A concise selection of new works presented within the main entrance provides an overview of Cruz-Diez's conceptual concerns. An outdoor intervention extends the dialogue into the public space, a strategy in which the artist invites viewers to integrate an experience with color into their daily routines. A large, altered shipping container, also located outside the pavilion, holds "Chromosaturation," a series of connected color chambers that provides an intangible experience of pure color. These public gestures encourage viewers to reformulate their relationships to the urban landscape as a space that can be inhabited both critically and joyfully.

The exhibition, first presented at the SCAD Museum of Art, Feb. 21-Aug. 20, 2017, is curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, SCAD head curator of exhibitions, and SCAD alumna Raquel Serebrenik Sultan (B.F.A., art history, 2015). "Chroma" was selected as an Untitled, Miami Beach Special Project by Omar López-Chahoud, independent curator and artistic director of Untitled, Art.

Events

SCAD AT MIAMI takes place at Untitled, Miami Beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street, Miami Beach, Florida

'Chroma'

Dec. 6-10, 2017

Open to the public
Wednesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SCAD Art Sales (Booth #E28)

Dec. 6-10, 2017

Open to the public
Wednesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

VIP and press preview

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
1-8 p.m.

SCAD info session

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
10 a.m.

General admission: $30
Discounted admission (seniors and students): $20
Miami Beach residents: $20
Groups of 15 or more: $20 per person
Children under 12: Free

Purchase tickets online at untitledartfairs.com/miami-beach

About the artists

Carlos Cruz-Diez

French-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1923, and has lived and worked in Paris since 1960. He is a major protagonist in the field of Kinetic and Op Art, a movement that encourages "an awareness of the instability of reality." His body of work has established him as one of the key 20th-century thinkers in the realm of color.

Cruz-Diez's research, based on three color conditions (subtractive, additive and reflective), has contributed to a new way of understanding color phenomena in art, greatly expanding its perceptual universe. In his works, he shows that color, through interaction with the viewer, becomes an autonomous, evolving reality, devoid of anecdotes, which evolves in real time and space. His work includes research he has called Couleur Additive, Physichromie, Induction Chromatique, Chromointerférence, Transchromie, Chromosaturation and Couleur dans l'espace.

His artworks are housed in prestigious permanent collections at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany; the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Christopher Paul Dean

SCAD alumnus Christopher Paul Dean (M.F.A., sculpture, 2016) was born in Milton Keynes, England, north of London. With a focus on art as a device to re-experience, he creates work that simultaneously utilizes and disrupts the viewers' expectations of the familiar. At the core of his practice is an interest in the fragility of experience, and how subtle manipulations of familiar components allow for an elevation in perception. Dean's intention is to provide the viewer with an opportunity to question past, current and future interactions with the familiar.

Since 2010, he has assisted artists at the Danish Folk Art School, Holbaek, Denmark; Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit, Michigan, and the U.S. Embassy and Consulates, Monterrey, Mexico. Dean has been featured in multiple publications including a cover feature for Artvoices Magazine, features in Studio Visit magazine, Looking at Painting and 101 Contemporary Artists. He has exhibited in numerous locations including London; New York, New York; and multiple locations across Atlanta, Georgia.

Cory Imig

SCAD alumna Cory Imig (B.F.A., fibers, 2008) has attended residencies at The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont; Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Studio, Kansas City, Missouri; ACRE Artist Residency, Chicago, Illinois; and Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, New York. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions across the U.S., including the Charlotte Street Foundation Project Space; Hardesty Art Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma; ACRE Projects; and the Kansas City Art Institute. She was a 2012 fellow in the Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship Program, where she worked with leading regional and national curators, critics and academics. From 2012 to 2014, Imig lectured in fibers classes at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is currently completing an M.F.A. degree in sculpture from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Britt Spencer

Savannah, Georgia-based artist and SCAD alumnus Britt Spencer (SCAD professor of illustration; M.F.A., painting, 2011; B.F.A., illustration, 2005) has been published internationally and earned recognition from the Society of Illustrators, New York, New York; the Society of Illustrators West, Los Angeles, California; and New American Paintings. Spencer has had several solo exhibitions, including Marquis: Contez Fleurette at the Blue Gallery in Lacoste, France; Oddly Enough at the Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery at Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, among others. He also has participated in various group museum exhibitions, including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

About SCAD Art Sales

A full-service art consultancy, SCAD Art Sales offers its distinctive design and curatorial services to a global clientele of collectors, businesses and organizations. SCAD Art Sales thrives in projects of every size, from modest residential and commercial spaces to large-scale venues such as Facebook's offices in Atlanta, Georgia, and the DeSoto by Sotherly hotel in Savannah, Georgia. With access to a vast network of more than 45,000 artists and designers, SCAD Art Sales provides the creative resources, guidance and expertise needed to maximize your collection's potential and define your personal style. Learn more at scadartsales.com.

About the SCAD Museum of Art

The SCAD Museum of Art features emerging and established voices in the contemporary art world through commissioned artworks and rotating exhibitions; develops rich connections between university curriculum and exhibitions, programming and the museum's collection; engages local communities with special initiatives of an international scope and serves as a resource for SCAD students and alumni during their academic careers and beyond.

As a center for cultural dialogue, the SCAD Museum of Art engages students through dynamic, interdisciplinary educational experiences. A growing international roster of artists provides opportunities for students from all majors to learn about wide-ranging artistic practices and worldviews. Museum docents are also SCAD students from multifarious degree programs and backgrounds, and conduct extensive research on exhibiting artists and their work to share with museum visitors.

The museum has presented exhibitions by artists including Jane Alexander, Radcliffe Bailey, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Subodh Gupta, Alfredo Jaar, Sigalit Landau, Liza Lou, Ebony G. Patterson, Robin Rhode, Bill Viola, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley and Fred Wilson, as well as site-specific installations by Daniel Arsham, Kendall Buster, Jose Davila, Michael Joo, Odili Donald Odita and others. Oscar de la Renta and Vivienne Westwood are among previously featured fashion designers; Dakota Jackson and Steven and William Ladd have been the subjects of solo design exhibitions. The museum's permanent collection includes the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art, the Modern and Contemporary Art Collection, the Earle W. Newton Collection of British and American Art, the 19th- and 20th-century Photography Collection and the SCAD Costume Collection.

The museum's architecture demonstrates the university's ongoing commitment to historic preservation and adaptive reuse. Originally constructed in 1853 and transformed in 2011 by architect Christian Sottile (M.Arch., 2000; B.Arch., 1997) — a SCAD alumnus and architecture professor — the museum building is a National Historic Landmark and part of the oldest surviving antebellum railroad complex in the U.S.

For more information, visit scadmoa.org.

About SCAD deFINE ART

SCAD deFINE ART is an annual program of exhibitions, lectures, performances and public events that highlights emerging and established artists and visionaries. SCAD will present the ninth edition of deFINE ART, Feb. 20-23, 2018, at university locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, and Hong Kong.

About Untitled, Art

Untitled, Art is an international, curated art fair founded in 2012 that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Untitled, Art innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team to identify and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and nonprofit institutions and organizations, in dialogue with an architecturally designed venue.

SCAD: The University for Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors, as well as minors in more than 75 disciplines across its locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning. With more than 35,000 alumni worldwide, SCAD demonstrates an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. The diverse student body, consisting of nearly 14,000, comes from across the U.S. and more than 100 countries.

In 2017, the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD as the top university in the U.S. and in the top two universities in the Americas and Europe. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni employment rate. In a study of Spring 2016 SCAD graduates, 98 percent were employed, pursuing further education, or both within 10 months of graduation. For more information, visit the official SCAD blog at scad.edu/blog.

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