Air Apparent: The story of a standout Sand Arts sculpture

May
10
2016
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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!

May
9
2016
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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

May
6
2016
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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

May
5
2016
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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!

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!"