Arthur Gensler to speak at SCAD Commencement 2016


Arthur Gensler, renowned architect and founder of Gensler, the world’s leading collaborative design firm, will address the SCAD graduating class of 2016 this Saturday, June 4. Gensler will address graduates at both SCAD Savannah and SCAD Atlanta.

SCAD’s recognition of Gensler as the 36th spring commencement speaker epitomizes a shared belief in the ability of design to transform the world. Gensler’s presence speaks directly to the vitality of SCAD degree programs in architecture, interior design, architectural history, design for sustainability, design management, urban design and related disciplines. His design firm, employing more than 5,000 professionals across 46 international locations, embodies the philosophy of global practice that SCAD instills in its students. A total of 66 SCAD alumni currently work for Gensler.

“It is the highest privilege to send off our graduates in the company of a design hero,” said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace.

Gensler will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters and address graduates at 9 a.m. in Savannah at the Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. He will speak to graduates in Atlanta at 6 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. N.W.

Amongst scores of standout projects across the globe, Gensler produced the first 100 Apple stores. These key locations, produced in direct collaboration with Steve Jobs, crucially advanced the Apple narrative, and became the highest grossing per-square-foot retail locations in the world. Other notable Gensler projects include San Francisco International Airport, Facebook’s London headquarters, Shanghai Tower, Houston Ballet Center for Dance, and the London Underline concept. All Gensler building and interior projects utilize sustainable design as a guiding principle.

In addition to the worldwide work of his firm, Arthur Gensler is involved in a wide range of philanthropic activities that guide the future of design. In 2015, he published Art’s Principles: 50 years of hard-learned lessons in building a world-class professional services firm (Wilson Lafferty), a compilation of leadership lessons and professional insights gained from his illustrious business career.

Gensler joins a legacy of distinguished SCAD commencement speakers, including actor Whoopi Goldberg, Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell, Metropolitan Museum of Art director Philippe de Montebello, playwright Edward Albee, interior designer Vern Yip, poet Maya Angelou and Disney•Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter.

Carolina Herrera is coming to town!


Fashion Show weekend is here! Come see Carolina Herrera receive the SCAD Étoile in recognition of her outstanding contributions to fashion, culture and design, Friday at 2 p.m. in the theater of Arnold Hall, 1810 Bull Street. Stick around afterward to hear the legendary designer share insights into her career.

And don’t forget to visit “Refined Irreverence,” a dual exhibition of Herrera’s work opening this Friday at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film and the SCAD Museum of Art. This selection of Herrera’s runway, bridal and red-carpet gowns curated by Rafael Gomes, SCAD director of fashion exhibitions, celebrates the 35th anniversary of the House of Herrera and is the first museum showing of Herrera’s designs. The exhibition also celebrates SCAD’s first concurrent show at both SCAD FASH and SCAD Museum of Art since 2011.

This retrospective of more than 75 garments will feature new and vintage Herrera designs, from her 1981 inaugural collection to the present. The sweeping presentation will include gowns worn by Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Tina Fey, Renée Zellweger and Lucy Liu, as well as works from Herrera’s personal collection.

You won’t want to miss the chance to see these timeless classics in person!

Five ways to get involved in SCAD Fashion Show 2016


Whether you are front row at the runway or halfway around the world, you can take part in the 2016 SCAD Fashion Show. This weekend’s festivities kick off in high style on Friday at 2 p.m. as fashion designer Carolina Herrera receives the 2016 SCAD Étoile in the theater of Arnold Hall, and culminates on Saturday, May 21, with 4 p.m. and 8 p.m runway shows of student designs at Trustees Theater. The 2016 SCAD Fashion Show is incorporating the digital realm as never before, affording opportunities for global audience participation. Here are five tips for getting involved:

  1. Download the SCAD app: The SCAD app is the official home of the 2016 Fashion Show. The SCAD app’s redesign launched last week, servicing both external audiences and student needs. The app is now available in the iTunes Store and Google Play, so whatever device you’re using, it’s happening.
  2. Share The Show: SCAD’s Jen Library will display Saturday’s runway show on its outdoor wall after the 8 p.m. show. It will also function as a real-time social wall so that you can comment on the events as they happen. Whether you’re inside, outside, watching at home or on your mobile device, Tweet and Instagram your thoughts @scaddotedu using the hashtag #SCADFASHION to ensure moderators escort your Tweet to its seat. Enjoy more than your share! 
  3. Shop the Runway: Wish you could wear your favorite accessories spotted on a Fashion Show model? Now you can! This year, four SCAD alumni jewelry collections will be available for purchase at the shopSCAD pop-up boutique in the Trustees Theater lobby, and via the SCAD app.
  4. Catch Some Static: The event with the greatest opportunity for in-person attendance is the 2016 Fashion and Accessory Design Static Show, on view Friday, May 20, through Sunday, May 22, 2016. The exhibition, held at Gutstein Gallery, features exceptional garments and accessories from the latest collections by SCAD School of Fashion students.
  5. Know Who’s Next: Learn the names of the senior SCAD students showing their work in Fashion Show. These are the stars to watch, not only for Fashion Show weekend, but for years to come. When these SCAD designers become household names, you can say you knew them when!

SCAD Fashion is family


Walking down the runway at this weekend’s Fashion Show, models will be wearing the latest and greatest designs by SCAD’s graduating fashion students. Do you know where you might see their work in the future? Everywhere!

For proof, look no further than Adriana (B.F.A. fashion) and Carmela (B.F.A. fashion) Osorio Lugo. Adriana’s 2011 rope-inspired collection was selected to show at New York Fashion Week, the Latino Fashion Week in Chicago, and the EMERGE! Fashion runway show. She has worked for Calvin Klein and IMPROVD, among others, and is currently employed as a technical designer for alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet.

Carmela’s eponymous 2015 collection is a streetwear-based look inspired by New York City construction and subway workers. Her collection garnered acclaim from Teen Vogue, Elle, Fashionista and many others. After spells at Armani Exchange and The Donna Karan Company, Caremla has been working as a freelance designer at Ralph Lauren.


#INTERVIEW MIN BF THE SHOW---#workhardpaysoff #CARMELÁ takes CHICAGO!! #BLESSED @bps_pr

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The Fashion Show was the Lugo sisters’ launchpad. Who will you see take off this Saturday?

Air Apparent: The story of a standout Sand Arts sculpture


Shoeless, clad in gaudy board shorts, a pair of polarized Oakleys framing a pale face scalloping rapidly in the Tybee sun, SCAD sophomore Vandal Novacek (B.F.A. graphic design) doesn't look much like an award-winning sculptor. By the end of the day he and fellow student Miquela Allen (B.A. equestrian studies) will have taken home third place in the Prysmian New Energy category for their artwork "Windscales" at SCAD's Sand Arts Festival.

As scores of beachcombers traipse happily down North Beach to view the artworks, Allen, who appears to be napping in the sand, raises her tousled head long enough to deflect a question about her contribution: "He did all the work," she says, nodding at Novacek, who is grinning not so much at her as at the sculpture itself.

Pelagic and playful, as if the artist Alexander Calder had fashioned a compact kraken out of shop scraps, "Windscales" is animated naturally. It moves in graceful asymmetry, abetted by the sea breeze. A zephyr rises. The sculpture comes alive. Novacek turns to SCADworks to answer a few questions.

SCAD: Where did you get the bits of cable adorning your sculpture?

Novacek: The Prysmian Group. They manufacture telecommunications cables, and they provided SCAD with a bunch of crates of cables for us to use to make art. I decided I wanted to create some really neat texture so I spent hours and hours cutting the cables up. The cross-sections looked like the suckers on an octopus, or like pieces of sushi. It goes with the theme of the sea.

SCAD: Did you create this sculpture in your free time?

Novacek: It's actually part of Professor Matthew Toole’s class Art of the Spectacle. I'm a graphic design major, this isn't really my field, but I love to do hands-on things.

SCAD: How much planning went on before you began building?

Novacek: First I did idea development. I wanted to stay away from centrifugal spinning sculptures. I wanted something that opened up in the wind, so that the wind is what makes it a sculpture. I sketched it, then I went on a computer to get the measurements correct. Then I made a maquette, a little kinetic model, so I had some idea how it would move. Then I printed out life-size templates, so I could cut the correct proportions. Originally the fins were going to be aluminum, but I ended up using plywood and painting it.

SCAD: Did you grow up near the beach?

Novacek: No, I'm from Lowell, North Carolina, near Charlotte. I grew up riding Motocross bikes and camping with my family, so I just love being outdoors. This is great, being outside at a SCAD event.

SCAD: What kind of feedback have you gotten over the course of the day?

Novacek: A surprising amount of people have come by and commented. They want to know about the cables, they're intrigued by the texture. I'm getting really good feedback, and that makes me feel great! It lets me know I’ve accomplished something. 

Congratulations to the Sand Arts 2016 winners!


Last Friday, Tybee Island’s North Beach was buzzing with students, alumni, faculty and staff for SCAD's 2016 Sand Arts Festival. Artists from all backgrounds competed for prizes totaling $14,100 in eight categories. Not all of the sculptures were created from sand, however. Regardless of the raw materials involved, the results were truly impressive. Congratulations to all who participated! Here are the winners:

SCAD Spirit Award

Winners: Will Penny (B.F.A. painting, M.F.A. painting), Britt Spencer (B.F.A. illustration, M.F.A. painting), Liz Winnel (B.F.A. illustration, M.F.A painting)

SCAD is Family Award

Winners: Lucilla Hoshor (non degree-seeking), Keianne Taylor (B.F.A. motion media design), Daniel Hoshor (B.F.A. sound design), Jiyeon Pereira (B.F.A. painting)

Alumni Choice Award

Winners: Sarah D’auriol (B.F.A. architecture, M.Arch. architecture), Nick Place (M.Arch. architecture), Erin Holub (B.F.A. architecture, M.Arch. architecture), Brianna Huffman (M.Arch. architecture)

Prysmian New Energy Award

1st place: Katerina Vander Naten (B.F.A. fibers)

2nd place: Sarah D’auriol, Nick Place, Erin Holub, Brianna Huffman

3rd place: Vandal Novacek (B.F.A. graphic design), Miquela Allen (B.A. equestrian studies)

Sand Relief Award

Winners: Carissa Camilleri (B.F.A. sequential art), Lydia Hartley (B.F.A. fibers), Haley Brewer (B.F.A. production design)

Runners up: Kayla Smith (B.F.A. historic preservation), Mary Duncan (B.F.A. sequential art), Kaylee Floyd (B.F.A. sequential art), Taylor Lilly (B.F.A. production design)

Sand Sculpture Award

Winner: Spencer Kohl (B.F.A. painting), Madison Ellis (B.F.A. animation), Samantha Greene (B.F.A. illustration), Julia Chamberlain (B.F.A. animation)

Runners up: Naomi Williams (B.F.A. graphic design), Cindy Reyes (B.F.A. industrial design), Kaylee Hettenbaugh (B.F.A. industrial design), Sean Cruickshank (B.F.A. industrial design)

Sand Castle Award

Winner: Sydney Fowler B.F.A. industrial design), Taylor Hutchins (B.F.A. industrial design), Jonathan Henderson (B.F.A. industrial design), John Nesselrode (B.F.A. industrial design)

Runners up: David Gabriel (B.F.A. industrial design), Isaac Toonkel (B.F.A. industrial design)

Air Award

Winner:  Lulu LaFortune (B.F.A. furniture design), Gianni Yarto (B.F.A. industrial design)

Runners up: Sarah D’auriol, Nick Place, Erin Holub, Brianna Huffman

Sand Jam Award

Winner: Jodi Nishijima (B.F.A. sequential art)

Runner up: Fisher Ritter (B.F.A. sequential art)

Save the Date: SCAD Fashion Show 2016 weekend


The SCAD 2016 Fashion Show is coming to a catwalk near you!

The weekend kicks off Friday, May 20 at 2 p.m. in the theater of Arnold Hall, as acclaimed fashion designer Carolina Herrera receives the 2016 SCAD Étoile in recognition of her outstanding achievements in style and design. At the event, Herrera will share insights into her legendary career and the causes she supports.

Also on Friday, the Fashion and Accessory Design Static Show will enjoy its opening reception at 6 p.m. in the Gutstein Gallery. Showcasing exceptional garments and accessories from the latest collections by School of Fashion students, the Static Show will remain on view through Sunday, May 22.

Always an annual highlight, the weekend’s eagerly anticipated Fashion Show will take place Saturday, May 21 at the Trustees Theater, with shows at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. One of the premier student fashion shows in the country, this juried event features original collections created by top graduating SCAD School of Fashion students.

The Fashion Show is already sold out. The Carolina Herrera award presentation and the Static Show and are free and open to the public. So get in where you fit in, fashion lovers, and we’ll see you there!

5 Tips on being a good steward during Sand Arts


We’re a day away from one of the highlights of the season: Sand Arts Festival. When you arrive on Tybee tomorrow, you’ll see rules posted at each boardwalk. Sand Arts is a time to follow those rules to a T. Here are a five bonus environmental practices to follow to ensure we get to have Sand Arts at Tybee again next year. Everyone take part. We’re in this together!

  1. LEAVE ONLY YOUR FOOTPRINTS: “Keep Tybee Tidy” is a great motto for Sand Arts. Everything you bring in the morning must leave with you at the end of the day. Piling up your trash on the beach next to an already full garbage can doesn’t cut it. What you carried in, carry out.
  2. DON’T MESS WITH TURTLE NESTS: It’s turtle nesting season. Be sensitive to the presence of the turtle nests and stay well away from them. We want Tybee’s turtles to thrive, and the best way to do so is to leave them alone during nesting season.
  3. NO DOGS ALLOWED: Period.
  4. STAY OUT OF THE DUNES: Continue beach nourishment by letting the natural grasses grow in peace. The ecosystem is not designed to support humans tromping on the dunes. 
  5. HOP THE BUS: Due to “Baywatch” filming, parking on Tybee is severely limited. If you do drive out to Tybee, a parking map is available as a downloadable PDF on the Sand Arts website. Better yet, ease stress and hop the bus. All students will have already received the shuttle schedule, so check your emails.

FINAL NOTE: Everyone who makes it out to Sand Arts is a winner. As far as official winners go, judging begins about 2:30, and awards will be presented at 3:45. It’s going to be a great day. See you all there!

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


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


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.