5 Things I Learned at SCAD with Stephen Amicucci


It's no surprise students spend their whole time at SCAD learning and preparing for their creative careers, but learning goes beyond the classroom. We reached out to students across all disciplines and asked what they've learned during their time here. This week, our list comes from Stephen Amicucci (B.F.A., motion media design).

  1. If you live on or near campus, join in on all the activities SCAD offers. One of my favorites is Casino Night during fall quarter. Every quarter has a ton of events to offer so attend as many as you can.
  2. Put forth your best effort with each project. Every assignment you get is a chance to learn something new or gain a skill. Why not work hard and get the most out of your experience here?
  3. Learn new skills and hobbies. Professor Whittington in 3-D Design introduced me to laser cutting freshmen year. I still constantly come up with new ideas of things to cut and build.
  4. Meet new students from around the world. SCAD is very diverse and it's easy to learn about many cultures.
  5. Always make time to attend a presentation when a professional or company visits SCAD. You never know if you many one day work for them.

Spotlight on SCAD Historic Preservation


There's more to historic preservation than just rehabilitation and restoring parts of the community. Students in SCAD’s historic preservation program focus on issues of advocacy, restoration, economics, project management and neighborhood renewal.

Get a first-hand look at the sort of work SCAD students do with this video about the Cuyler-Brownville project.

In just the past four years, SCAD's historic preservation program has earned bragging rights to 12 Association for Preservation Technology International Student Scholars, 3 National Council for Preservation Education Student Scholars, and 2 National Trust for Historic Preservation Mildred Colodny Diversity Scholars.

On the international scale, SCAD continues to win recognition for rehabilitation efforts around the world, including the revitalization of the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia; La Maison Basse in Lacoste, France; and the historic North Kowloon Magistracy in Hong Kong.

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Spotlight on SCAD Photography


Photography is more than a snapshot; it's an expression of a personal vision. But do you know what it takes to turn that vision into an award-winning piece of art? Students in SCAD's photography programs do — as a result, they are among the most renowned up-and-comers in the industry.

Students and alumni have been spotted in eminent places, working and interning for big names such as Annie Leibovitz, Turner Broadcasting, Vanity Fair, Vogue, CNN and Google, just to name a few. Just last month, Elliot Ross (B.F.A., photography) was featured in National Geographic’s Daily Dozen series.

Feast your eyes on a sampling of work from SCAD's stand-out photographers:

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Alfie Allen's Top 5 Pieces of Advice for Actors


The Savannah Film Festival brings incredible screenings, spanning from documentary to animation to shorts to featured films. Actors, producers, directors, casting agents, fans, movie-lovers and so many more attend the festival for the celebration of the creative spirit within the industry. But for SCAD film and performing arts students, the festival includes master classes: intimate, hour-long discussions with visiting established industry professionals. This year, HBO "Game of Thrones" star Alfie Allen was among those sharing his experiences and advice.

When Allen took his seat in the wing-backed chair situated on the stage of the Mondanaro Theater at Crites Hall, silence fell upon the audience. Then nearly every hand shot up to ask a question for their own career. These are the top five pieces of advice he gave:

  1. “The best acting advice I received was from my dad. It sounds cliché, but acting is really through the eyes. If you can show the emotion in your eyes then the rest of it will show, as well.”
  2. “I like to bond with people. The actor who plays Ramsey — I wanted to be friends so it’s a real relationship on screen. That way we are actually connecting on-screen.”
  3. “People can smell desperation and that’s not an attractive trait. So make sure you are acting for yourself and not for those you are auditioning in front of.”
  4. “Bring yourself into the character. Step into the character as much as you can. Make it naturalistic as possible. It’s tough, but can be done.”
  5. “A lot of people in this industry forget it’s about having fun. Too many people take themselves seriously. Don’t be too hard on yourself. This industry is incredible — enjoy it.”

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Through the Lens: The First Week of Fall Quarter


What's the first week of classes like at SCAD? According to our students, it's nothing short of awe-inspiring. We took to Instagram to see how they're settling in at all four of our locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and Hong Kong.


Doing some work where Picasso painted. #scad #scadlacoste #scadlife #lacoste #oil #artist #pleinair

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About the very first day <3 #scad #monty #animation

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Back to the photo grind. || #photography #scadphoto #scad #vsco #vscocam

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The fact that I get to do this for school is surreal. #fashion #design #textiles #scad #college

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Looking good, #SCAD. #SCADATL #SCADAtlanta #ATL #BacktoSchool #Hashtags

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Art art art ✏ - - #vscocam #art #scad

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My library is cooler than yours #scadlibrariesinspire #scad

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home for the next eight weeks with these three // lacoste, france.

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It's gonna be M.A.A.E.


Ever imagine living on another planet — Mars, perhaps? The SCAD architecture department went past imagination with one professor, seven students and their design for a sustainable housing solution for Earth and beyond.

Their design, titled Mars Artificial Atmospheric Envelope (M.A.A.E.), was submitted to the NASA and America Makes 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge. As a new $2.25 million competition, the challenge is to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars.

M.A.A.E. is designed with a resilient shell made from advanced 3-D printing technologies and available natural resources to protect against the extreme conditions found on Mars. The approach of the creation focuses on a human-centric design in order to provide for the inhabitants' psychological and physiological well-being. Ideally, the location of this design is inside the Gale crater due to the found layers of in-situ material, natural shelter from extreme windstorms, potential water source and proximity to the Mars Curiosity Rover. The team also designed a more advanced, Mars-sustainable 3-D printer to aid in the creation of M.A.A.E.

On August 10, team MP1-S7 from the summer 2015 Architectural Craft and Tectonics (ARCH 428/728) class received notification as a finalist within the competition. Starting as entry #142 out of over 200 contestants, MP1-S7 currently stands within the top 30 submissions. Now they prepare for the first official phase of the event: the 2015 World Maker Faire in New York on September 26 and 27.

Professor Ryan Bacha leads the talented group of SCAD students that make up MP1-S7: Charles A. Drummond (M.Arch, candidate), Noe A. Figueroa (B.F.A., architecture and sculpture, senior), Karishma A. Goradia (M.Arch, candidate), Cameron N. Hoskins (M.Arch, candidate), Alex Morales (B.F.A., architecture, junior), Alsharif Khaled M. Naha (B.F.A., architecture, senior) and Jordan Rich (B.F.A., architecture, senior).

Phase one of the competition requires the participants to develop state-of-the-art architectural concepts, which take advantage of the distinct capabilities 3-D printing offers. At this stage, judgement awards a prize purse of $50,000. MP1-S7 will present a scaled 3-D printed model, approximately 18”x18”x14”, created at SCAD’s Fahm Hall.

Phase two includes two levels of challenges. Level 1, the Structural Member Competition, focuses on fabrication technologies needed to create the structural components from a combination of indigenous materials and recyclables. Level 2, the On-Site Habitat Competition, tasks competitors to assemble full-scale habitats using native content or a combination of recyclables. Each level carries a $1.1 million prize.

With three more weeks until the World Maker Faire, we wish team MP1-S7 the best of luck!

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The best of the Hong Kong webcomic challenge


This spring, a small group of SCAD Hong Kong students released their original webcomics to a global community of indie creators and eager subscribers. Challenged by former sequential art professor Mia Goodwin, students in her online comics class put their skills to the test. The task? Create a story and publish it online at the end of the 10-week course. The result is a series of unconventional stories and fresh explorations combining a range of digital techniques used in today’s art industries.

Below are our top four picks from Professor Goodwin’s challenge.

Tales from the Well
Jessica & Jacinta Wibowo
Jakarta, Indonesia
B.F.A., sequential art and animation

Inspired by children’s book illustrations, Tales from the Well follows a prince’s adventures after falling down a mysterious watering hole. The Wibowo twins – or simply “JesnCin” – are a dynamic duo, working collaboratively from start to finish. Once the narratives are scripted, Jacinta generates the rough sketches and assigns the color schemes. Jessica then completes the digital inking and painting while Jacinta adds the lettering. Most of all, the sisters enjoy experimenting with their style, from painted hues to digital textures. These explorations liven up the story, adding a whimsical evolution element from episode to episode. The series was featured on the June list of “Staff Picks” on Tapastic and has over 700 followers with just 13 episodes published. Tune in on Fridays to see how JesnCin’s story evolves and what’s in store for the prince.

Blossom Boys
Corinne Caro
Laguna, Phillipines
B.F.A., sequential art

Whether you’re a fan of manga humor or quirky romance, Corinne Caro tackles both in Blossom Boys. Reese, our darling protagonist, lives life with rose-colored glasses. He is a hopeless romantic until a flower delivery leads to the discovery of a secret admirer. Could this be Reese’s chance to find his one and only true love? Perhaps, but prepare for the unexpected. “I usually get into trouble when I suddenly have on-the-spot ideas,” Caro said. “As of now, I don’t have much of a clue how and when the comic will end.” Readers are truly along for the ride with this budding relationship and its comical plot twists. Caro is enjoying the possibilities as well as speculations of more than 4,000 followers on Tapastic. Catch up with all of the gossip on Fridays, and don’t forget to read the comments.

Finding Maria
Issel de Leon
Las Pinas, Philippines
B.F.A., sequential art

In Finding Maria, Issel de Leon offers an international perspective on fairy tales with her adaptation of Philippine folklore. The story takes place in a tropical village where young Marikit lives a life of solitude as a “binukot” – a girl shrouded from the outside world, anticipating married bliss. That moment never arrives, though, because the village warriors have all but vanished in the enchanted forest. Tired of waiting, Marikit must venture beyond the walls of her family’s hut to take control of her destiny and find an end to her misery. De Leon crafts a heartening narrative with her distinctive aesthetics and character designs. Find out more about Marikit’s predicament on Fridays.

Michelle Wong
Hong Kong
B.F.A., sequential art

Ilse is about a noble tomboy searching for a normal life... while living with a peculiar curse. But what tale will be revealed? Was she born this way? Is she part demon? It’s these questions that keep readers guessing and returning for clues. “I don’t quite feel ready to tell her whole story yet,” said Wong. So it comes as no surprise that her webcomic is merely a vignette of Ilse’s world – a peek through the keyhole. Weekly updates on Thursdays confirm little by little that Ilse is all about the details, not only with this character but also in her moody imagery.

Behind the runway with the designers of SCADfash


SCAD Fashion Show has come and gone. During one fabulous night under the bright lights of the runway, up-and-coming designers finally showcased their amazing collections. What transpired before their designs hit the runway? What of the countless hours they invested in that moment of grace?

 Student designers, including Molly Sayers, enjoy a standing ovation after SCAD Fashion Show.

I had the privilege of following senior designers during their sprint to the runway. I sat in during their final critiques and heard their struggles and excitement as they pulled their collections together. The hours I spent inside Eckburg Hall, where the designers finalized the finest work of their college careers, were hypnotizing. It was illuminating to learn about one student’s work and hop to the next, only to be filled with admiration for another and yet another. But the collaboration between Molly Sayers (B.F.A., fashion, senior) and Kristin Hughes (B.F.A., fibers, senior) left the most enduring impression on me.

I first encountered their collection when I watched the models preview the looks for fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra during his surprise visit to SCAD to critique student work. I was instantly drawn to how the garments moved and the unusual use of shiny wooden triangles, purposefully placed throughout the pieces. I adored the soft fabric, which perfectly draped the models, trailing behind each movement. The craftsmanship was impeccable. Intrigued, I interviewed Sayers and Hughes to learn more, and so began my journey shadowing them throughout their process to the final runway. 

The inspiration for the collection sprouted from a combination of Islamic art and architecture. This came from Sayers, who has called many places home in her lifetime, including Qatar. With these initial concepts in mind, her focus turned to harmonizing geometric elements with something organic while simultaneously achieving minimalism, a notable trait of Islamic art. Why wood? Sayers has always endeavored to bewilder viewers by paring a stiff material with flowing fabric. She wanted to defy the assumption that wood is inflexible and un-wearable.

The Texas-born designers bonded over their interest in exploring diverse materials. Hughes’ practice primarily involves wood. She enjoys manipulating the element in various ways. When Sayers saw her work she knew a partnership was inevitable. “Since I am in fibers, I look more at the construction of a basic textile — it’s not as much business, it’s more fine art,” said Hughes. “So it has been a joy to get out of the fine art realm and be involved with a creative outlet for product development.”

In the early stages, Sayers and Hughes experimented with many different types of wood including iron-on-wood, typically used for construction purposes. However, it became clear that simply fastening the wood to the fabric achieved perfect juxtaposition. Hughes laser cut four different sized triangles to match the exact drape and movement of each garment.

As wood is a relatively untouched material within the fashion industry, their process was not always smooth. In particular, there was the issue of how to adhere the wood to the jersey fabric. Additionally, the duo had to address basic design challenges, such as balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis and unity. Ultimately, relying on their skill and friendship, Sayers and Hughes found solutions and were chosen to participate in SCAD Fashion Show.

“I have always wanted this,” said Sayers. “Since I was in seventh grade and I looked up SCAD from Qatar on my computer. I carry that energy to create better, go further, be bolder, and explore how far I can go because of this experience.”

It was a treat to follow their story and see the fairytale ending on the runway at SCAD Museum of Art. I send my best wishes to my classmates for their future endeavors. As we cross the stage to graduate this weekend, congratulations.

Inside the preservation story of Atlanta's Ivy Hall


In honor of Preservation Month, we celebrate Savannah College of Art and Design's Ivy Hall. On May 21, 1917, the Great Fire of Atlanta spared one of the South’s rare examples of Queen Anne-style architecture, the Edward C. Peters House, or Ivy Hall after the Peters family symbol. Flanked at the time by a long dirt road, now the busy thoroughfare of Ponce de Leon Avenue, Ivy Hall landed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. In 2000, as The Mansion Restaurant, Ivy Hall barely survived another devastating blaze. It took more than fate to intervene and save the house a third time.

“We worked seven years on the process and we were glad to see SCAD come in on a white horse to really save the building,” said Boyd Coons, executive director of the Atlanta Preservation Center. "We stopped the destruction, but we needed SCAD to come in and be the steward of this.”

As Atlantans and tourists may recall, the once grand manor resembled a haunted house until SCAD received it as a donation in 2007. After undertaking an award-winning restoration that involved interior design and historic preservation students, the university reopened Ivy Hall in 2008 as home to SCAD Atlanta’s writing program.

That’s good preservation because it’s not just making a house a museum, it has a sustaining purpose. That kind of use and adaptive reuse is what’s really important. - Boyd Coons

Ivy Hall hosts writing classes and connects students and the public to renowned writers like New York Times best-selling author Augusten Burroughs, Camille Paglia, Pearl Cleage and Cinda Williams Chima. In this way, Ivy Hall’s importance has come full circle.

Another pivotal author, Margaret Mitchell, is said to have based Gone with the Wind’s character Rhett Butler on Richard Peters, father to Edward Peters who built Ivy Hall in 1883. His home lives on as a center for aspiring writers. Quite a journey for what was once considered one of Atlanta's most endangered places.

Students dive deep into Hong Kong's contemporary art fairs


Art Week is the most anticipated time of the year on the Hong Kong gallery scene. This international art frenzy brings together a community of artists and art lovers for a series of citywide pop-up events, opening receptions, and art installations. Savannah College of Art and Design used the occasion, and the convergence of Art Basel Hong Kong with the debut of satellite fair Art Central, as an opportunity to promote the city’s promising future as Asia’s premier international art hub.

In the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental, the official hotel partner of Art Basel Hong Kong, SCAD installed twin kinetic balloon sculptures by alumnus Jason Hackenwerth (M.F.A., painting, 2011). The Aries installation took 40 hours to complete and used more than 3,000 latex balloons to represent springtime and the intermingling of Eastern and Western cultures. The bright, whimsical piece welcomed more than 8,000 guests drawn to Hong Kong for Art Basel.

Meanwhile, SCAD partnered with Art Central as the fair’s official university sponsor to provide educational tours and showcase the next generation of talent alongside international commercial art galleries from across the globe. SCAD’s booth featured the artwork of three notable alumni from the school of fine arts: a site-specific silk flower installation by Gyun Hur (M.F.A., sculpture, 2009), a series of backlit lambda duratrans by Michael Porten (M.F.A., painting, 2012; B.F.A, illustration, 2004), and a large format painting by Jonathan Yoerger (M.F.A., painting, 2011; B.F.A., illustration, 2008). Nearly 4,500 guests visited the booth to see the exhibition, which the artists accomplished by collaborating across three time zones.

Porten designed his light-box triptych in Savannah while Yoerger and Hur, professors at SCAD Hong Kong, worked on-site. Then he traveled to Hong Kong before the fair opened to assemble the pieces and assist with the booth’s setup. Contrasting Hur’s contemplative work and Yoerger’s playful painting style, Porten’s artwork digitally incorporated various visual data to play off of the repetition in pattern and color.

The energy of all three artists working under one roof created a buzz among students, who popped in from day to day to see Yoerger’s progress on Cougar Meets Cougar, an acrylic painting on canvas, inspired by animal-print fashion and MCM accessories seen on the streets of Asia. The openness of the booth’s assembly provided a rare forum for students to critique a professor’s work and Yoerger invited their feedback during the painting’s creation. “Watching the piece unfold made the contemporary art fair and overarching idea of painting very tangible and accessible to the students,” said Yoerger.

The students were able to be a part of the process instead of just seeing the finished piece on the walls of the fair. - Professor Jonathan Yoerger

Hur’s installation, A Replication of My Mother’s Wedding Blanket No. 2, also enlisted the help of students. Together they spent 500 hours plucking, chopping, and shredding dozens of silk flowers that were sourced from local flower markets. Fashion marketing and management student Mashal Mushtaq joined the team after seeing a video of Hur’s installation work.

“I thought it would be a great opportunity to experience a project in a real-world environment, and this project is so culturally and personally important to Professor Hur,” said Mushtaq.


Born in Korea, Hur migrated to the U.S. with her parents at the age of 13. She believes art is a means to connect with the past and her former self “left behind” in Korea. “One of the greatest things that art does for us is to explore the emotional aspect of ourselves,” said Hur. While completing her M.F.A. at SCAD, shredded silk flowers became an integral part of her practice, representing the impermanence of beauty, joy, and memory. This eventually evolved into emblematic reproductions of her mother’s wedding blanket, which uses culturally coded colors from Korean ceremonial attire. But the act of cutting the flowers means just as much. “The process itself is repetitive, laborious, and simple,” observed Hur. The artist’s parents are typically the ones who help her cut the flowers. This was the first time she shared the process with her students, conjuring an emotionally charged environment in which they could explore the commercial art world.

Overall, Art Central provided students with access to the art fairs and networking opportunities with experts from East and West. Executive director of SCAD exhibitions, Laurie Ann Farrell, hosted insider tours of Art Central and Art Basel, which gave students a deeper understanding of the contemporary art world and introduced them to industry professionals. It was an eye-opening week for all students involved and provided a global stage for interaction with audiences who may one day return to see these emerging artists display their own work.