Get ready for a day at the beach at the annual Sand Arts Festival!

April
28
2016
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The annual SCAD Sand Arts Festival is almost here! Spend Friday, May 6 on Tybee Island’s picturesque North Beach and watch elaborate creations by SCAD artists rise from the sand and waver in the wind as the sea rolls in.

Presented by the School of Foundation Studies and supported by the School of Design, School of Building Arts, and the School of Communications, the festival is open to SCAD students, alumni, faculty and staff. A panel of judges will determine the winners of specialty awards and cash prizes.

Participants may register for the event starting at 10 a.m. the day of the festival. Directions to the beach and competition rules can be found on the event calendar listing.

Every Square a Frame: Highlights from Sidewalk Arts 2016

April
25
2016
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Chalk it up as a win: This past Saturday, as ideal conditions prevailed in Forsyth Park, the 35th annual Sidewalk Arts Festival drew scores of SCAD students and alumni, as well as talented high school entrants, to compete for a variety of cash prizes. Capped by a bandshell-shaking performance by SCAD’s Drumline, the festival concluded shortly after 3 p.m. with the announcement of the winners. Here are a few highlights from a memorable day.

 

A Sidewalk Arts Festival family tradition

April
18
2016
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This year, for the first time, Sidewalk Arts Festival will feature a special $1,100 “SCAD is Family” cash prize for best chalk artwork created by current students and alumni working with siblings, spouses or business partners. Here, SCAD alumna Amanda Surowitz (B.F.A. writing) remembers the first time she participated in Sidewalk Arts with her older brother.

My brother Alex (B.F.A. film and television) and I have always shared an interest in art and storytelling. I was still in high school when he arrived at SCAD to study film and animation. Every time he came home on break, he would teach me things he’d learned in class. He refined my Photoshop skills, demonstrated drawing techniques and showed me more about filmmaking than I ever wanted to know. This convinced me to follow in his footsteps to SCAD. 

My first year was my brother’s senior year. Alex wanted to show me some of what he loved about SCAD, so he took me to the Halloween Masquerade, the Film Festival and, my favorite, the 2012 Sidewalk Arts Festival.

Sidewalk Arts was our first real collaboration of ideas and art. Before, he had given me advice for my foundation studies projects, and I had worked as an extra pair of hands on his film projects. But for Sidewalk Arts, we decided to draw something that had meaning for both of us.

We remembered Spy vs. Spy from when we were kids. Having rediscovered the cartoons thanks to the magic of YouTube, we loved the idea of rendering the classic black-and-white adversaries in chalk together in Forsyth Park.

We each took a Spy and a square. Since Alex wanted to give his Spy a slingshot, I drew my Spy ready with a tennis racquet. As we worked, people stopped and took pictures. We lost count of how many times we heard “Aw, I love Spy vs. Spy!” and “You can’t be old enough to know what that is!”

Three hours later, we were done. We walked through Forsyth Park, seeing what our friends and classmates also created. Even on the other side of the park, we heard people talking about “the squares with the spy guys.” Hearing how many people loved our blast from the past was a reward unto itself.

Now that Alex and I are together in Savannah again, we’ll be back with chalk in hand at Sidewalk Arts this Saturday. 

Making it happen: An evening with Calvin Klein and Fern Mallis

April
15
2016
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SCADstyle 2016 closed in grand fashion. Before a packed house at Savannah’s Trustees Theater, honorary chair Fern Mallis and fashion titan Calvin Klein illuminated the practices that led to his success.

As a young man, Klein had to choose between following in the family food business and pursuing his dream. Despite rarely asking anyone for advice, Klein went to his parents for the first time.

“My dad said, ‘I never really understood what you've been studying all these years, but I have a feeling if you don't see it through, you may be unhappy for the rest of your life.’ He said, ‘You have to follow your passion.’”

Even if he hadn’t followed his father’s advice, Klein said he would have ended up being a fashion designer. “I don’t think there are any accidents. We make things happen,” he said. And he made a global empire.

Success didn’t come without moments of doubt. Klein recalled times when he and friends in the industry thought, “’We’re going to lose the business, we’re going to get fired, we’re going to lose all the money we made.’” His advice to students going through the same thing? Don’t let any of that doubt show.

“You have to exude confidence,” Klein said. “Because if you don't do that, they won't believe in you. And if they believe in you, they'll make things happen for you.”

Mallis had some advice of her own: “Be nice! At the end of the day, people want to do business with people they like.”

“To be a leader, you have to lead people,” Klein added. “To be a really good designer, you have to have the talent [and] you have to convince people that you know what you’re doing and you totally believe in it. Then you can make them help you make it happen.”

The audience took those words to heart. The standing ovation proved as much.

The 35th annual Sidewalk Arts Festival is just around the corner!

April
13
2016
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Get ready to walk the walk and chalk the chalk! On Saturday, April 23, the walkways of Forsyth Park will spring to life for the 35th annual SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival, the highlight of Family and Alumni Weekend. SCAD students and alumni will be joined by high school entrants in competing for prizes as they chalk masterpieces reflecting their diverse cultures and styles.

In addition to the open-air art gallery, Sidewalk Arts will feature live music and locally sourced food. In a very special performance of tableaux vivants, silent actors and motionless models will depict “living picture” versions of famous artworks by Toulouse-Lautrec, Gaugin and Picasso.  

View a list of prizes and rules here, and see wonderful artwork from previous years here.

Share your experiences and follow the action with #scadchalk.

SCADworks exclusive: An interview with Fern Mallis

April
11
2016
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SCAD is honored to have Fern Mallis,  the legendary creator of New York Fashion Week, as the honorary chair for SCADstyle 2016. We asked the fashion industry titan a few questions in anticipation for her appearances this week in Atlanta and Savannah.


SCAD: You’ve been a part of the SCAD scene at least since 2010. What is your impression of SCAD’s evolution over the past few years? Do you see more SCAD graduates in the working world? 

FERN MALLIS: I've been impressed with SCAD since my very first visit. I’ve become much more aware of young designers showing in various regional fashion weeks who are SCAD students and alumni, and in professional competitions like Supima Design Competition. SCAD alumni are definitely becoming a part of the fashion industry.

SCAD: One of SCADstyle’s centerpiece events this year is your conversation with Calvin Klein. What are your earliest memories of him?

MALLIS: I feel like I've always been aware of Calvin Klein. I knew him many years ago on Fire Island. When I was a Fashion Director of Gimbels East in New York City, we carried his collection, and it was the first time I went to his fashion shows, in the late ‘70s. In 1991 when I became the Executive Director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, I got to work with him and admire and respect him even more.

SCAD: What's it like creating New York Fashion Week and then seeing it grow to such an exponential degree? 

MALLIS: It's a humbling feeling in many ways, and it's something I am extremely proud of, as having organized Fashion Week back in 1993. It was clearly a game changer. It has, however, morphed and changed so much that now there really isn't any centralized location, there are several, and there are so many shows on the calendar now that it's impossible to really get your arms around it all and see everything. I'm afraid my Bryant Park experience is a very distant memory for most folks.

SCAD: Rizzoli published your book Fashion Icons With Fern Mallis last year. How did the experience of publishing a book differ from your other media endeavors?

MALLIS: Having a book published is very special and unlike anything I've ever done. There is now a history and a bit of my story in The Library of Congress. I couldn't be more proud of anything I've done. It also represents for me a validation of my "reinvention" after leaving IMG/Fashion Week/CFDA. The book was extremely well received, including the Wall Street Journal naming it one of the four best fashion books of 2015. It's now in second printing, and is also being published in Japan (in Japanese!).

SCAD: What are the key traits for turning a talent into a career?

MALLIS: I always say get a partner, get someone who has your back, and has deep pockets. It's really difficult to do it all by yourself. And my constant career advice is "Be Nice!"

Save the Date: SCADstyle 2016 is almost here!

April
6
2016
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Are you ready to be inspired? SCADstyle 2016 is coming, bringing style leaders from around the world to discuss the artistry and energy that drive their creativity. Join honorary chair Fern Mallis and the stellar guests below, including fashion legend Calvin Klein, for four memorable days of lectures, workshops and intimate conversations.

  • Paula Wallace (President and Founder, SCAD)
  • Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne (cofounders, Public School)
  • Felix K P Chung (textile industry advocate)
  • Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice (cofounders, SoulCycle)
  • Alessandro Gottardo (illustrator)
  • Tyler Haney (founder and CEO, Outdoor Voices)
  • Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia (cofounders, Monse)
  • Charlotte Moss (interior designer)
  • Elaine Yan Ling Ng (multimedia artist)
  • Eddie Ross (East Coast Editor, Better Homes & Gardens)
  • Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor (cofounders, Juicy Couture and Pam & Gela)
  • Eric Wilson (Fashion News Director, InStyle)

SCAD’s annual global celebration of the best in design takes place April 11-14 in Savannah, Atlanta and Hong Kong. For more information on SCADstyle guests and event schedule, visit the website.

SCAD celebrates highlights from Art Central Hong Kong

March
31
2016
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Art is in the heart of SCAD Hong Kong! Hong Kong's flourishing arts scene comes to life each March with Arts Month, an inspirational array of exhibitions, tours and gallery parties. This year SCAD was again at the vanguard of action.

For the second consecutive year, SCAD was the official university partner of Art Central, the first satellite art fair to Art Basel Hong Kong. Progressive and often edgy, Art Central showcases the next generation of talent from across the globe.

SCAD’s Art Central booth featured photography from SCAD artists Claire Rosen (B.F.A photography) and Chia Chong (B.F.A. photography), and welcomed over 3,000 guests, including the distinguished Florence Hui, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, and Dr. Edmund Lee, Executive Director of Hong Kong Design Centre.

SCAD motion media professor Alvin Chen spoke as part of Art Central’s "TALKS X ASIA SOCIETY: New Paradigms of Art in the Age of Technology" panel discussion. SCAD students also joined in by acting as guides on educational tours for the public throughout Hong Kong Arts Month.

Come March 2017, it’ll once again be time for Art Central Hong Kong. Plan on coming to Hong Kong to check out what SCAD is up to then! In the meantime, here are some memorable moments from the 2016 edition.

 

Next stop on the Google UX research road trip: SCAD Atlanta

March
24
2016
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Going to be in Atlanta this Friday, March 25 between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.? Then take the opportunity to help shape the future of the world’s most powerful Internet company. Google will be pulling into SCAD Atlanta and inviting passersby to step inside a miniature, mobile version of their research lab to participate in user studies.

Google researchers are looking for volunteers to use apps and other services on their smartphones. Sessions will last 15 to 90 minutes, and participants will receive Google T-shirts, and gift cards valued at up to $100.

SCAD Atlanta is the third stop on the Google van’s six-week cross-country road trip. If the venture proves successful, the van will visit other cities later this year.

If you see the van at 1600 Peachtree St., snap a selfie to share on social media with #SCAD. 

SCAD honors Carrie Mae Weems as keynote speaker at deFINE ART 2016

February
22
2016
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Carrie Mae Weems, deFINE ART 2016’s honoree, delivered a tremendously moving speech at the Trustees Theater on Wednesday, Feb. 17 as part of the annual celebration of fine art as a means of inspiring and educating students and uplifting community members with the work of art world luminaries. “I am honored, I am moved, I am surprised,” she said after taking the stage.

She led the audience through the story of her exceptional career, saying, “Artists have saved my life.” She discussed some of the work she is proudest of and gave an intimate look at the experience behind creating some of her most prolific collections: The Kitchen Table, From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, Museum Series and others.

“One of the things about my work is that it always has something to teach me,” Weems said. “And I’m always surprised by what it has to teach me.”

An exceptionally accomplished artist who explores our personal and collective history, Weems has pushed the boundaries of photography, video, sound and installation for more than three decades. Her message to the artists in the audience was simple, but poignant:

“Part of your responsibility as an artist is to get out of the way of the work. To let the work become the work.”

Her exhibition, “Carrie Mae Weems: Considered,” is on view at the SCAD Museum of Art in the Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies from now until Sunday, June 12.