Bee generous and #BEEGiving this Tuesday


On Nov. 29, 2016, Giving Tuesday brings together organizations, schools, companies and families from all over the world for the greatest observance of generosity. SCAD is proud to take part in this Global Day of Giving by encouraging donations to the SCAD Student Relief Fund, which offers monetary assistance to SCAD students with demonstrated financial need.

Be part of the SCAD network of 45,000 students and alumni taking part in Giving Tuesday. Look to the university’s bright family of artists, filmmakers and designers whose ability to fully realize their creative endeavors has been affected by unexpected financial emergencies. Your generosity provides direct assistance to deserving students through the Student Relief Fund, and supports the university’s mission of preparing talented students for creative careers.

This season, #BEEGiving and contribute to the Student Relief Fund by visiting Thank you for supporting our Bees!

SCAD announces signature sculptures for future home of Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United


As announced today by USA Today and detailed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) have revealed initial renderings of the two signature sculptures to be installed at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, scheduled to open Summer 2017.

SCAD was chosen to professionally commission, select and install original artwork and memorabilia for the new stadium. To date, 53 artists, both local and internationally-acclaimed, have been selected to create artwork for the stadium’s interior public spaces and exterior plazas, including all concourses, club and suite spaces and corporate offices.

In February 2016, through outreach to local art galleries, Atlanta media and the Georgia Council for the Arts, SCAD put out a call for local artists to submit portfolios. Of the 650 submissions received and reviewed, 26 local artists — from Atlanta and surrounding cities — were selected to underscore the importance of community within the stadium and its standing in the heart of the city.

SCAD founder and president Paula Wallace states: “Atlanta has long been extolled as the Capital City of the New South and as an unparalleled nexus of big business, championship sport, and global transport. Now, with the advent of Arthur Blank’s meticulously imagined, majestic arena, Atlanta will be known for the momentous vitality of bespoke public art that redefines the cool factor. The art of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is integral to its monumental design and is accessible to everyone within the unrivaled grandeur of America’s newest architectural landmark.”

As the future home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United of MLS, the stadium is honoring both teams by presenting large-scale sculptures of a falcon in flight and a soccer ball on its exterior grounds.

The stainless steel falcon, rising 41.5 feet tall with a wingspan of over 64 feet, is the work of by artist Gábor Miklós Szőke of Budapest, and will be erected on the main plaza facing the city skyline. The mirror-faceted soccer ball standing almost 35 feet high, created by Studio Roso of London, will sit by the North entrance of the stadium.

Expertly curated by SCAD to enhance the fan and guest experience with energetic, inspiring and vibrant work, The Art Collection at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will feature work across mediums, including sculpture, painting and drawing, photography, mixed media and digital art.

Rendering of falcon sculpture courtesy of Gábor Miklós Szőke. Rendering of soccer ball sculpture courtesy of Studio Roso.

SCADworks exclusive: An interview with Fern Mallis


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!"

Year in review: 15 magical moments in 2015


Happy new year from SCAD! Our first big 2016 announcement: SCAD FASH will feature Daniel Lismore, "London's most outrageous dresser," in his first U.S. exhibition, entitled "Be Yourself; Everyone else is already taken," on Jan. 22. Just as exciting is Jonathan Becker's fashion photography exhibition "A Fashionable Mind," also opening at SCAD FASH on Jan. 22.

Before we dive into more new year announcements, let’s take a look at what made 2015 monumental. It was a year of firsts, incredible lectures and presentations and prestigious awards.

Here are 15 great SCAD moments from 2015: 

1. The First Hong Kong Fashion Showcase

As the city of Hong Kong quickly becomes one of the world’s fashion capitals, it comes to no surprise that SCAD’s talented fashion students began showcasing their work in Hong Kong during January of 2015. Major brand executives attended the inaugural show: Polo Ralph Lauren, DKNY and Shanghai Tang. 

2. aTVFest

The third year of the festival included many talented faces from fan-favorite TV shows. With workshops and panels, the honorees included Timothy Hutton, Terrence Howard and the entire cast of ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.”

3. deFINE Art

After 10 years, Chinese artist Xu Bing returned to SCAD as the keynote speaker for this event as his exhibition, “Things Are Not What They First Appear” showcased at SCAD Museum of Art.

4. SCAD Style

Designers and creative influencers came to Savannah, Atlanta and Hong Kong for a weeklong series of panel discussions and workshops. Students had face-to-face time with the likes of Lauren Bush Lauren, Meagan Cignoli, Jennifer Fisher and Alexander Wang. 

5. Equestrian team celebrates triple championship win

SCAD’s continually winning equestrian team made history as the only team to win the following titles in the same year: the American National Riding Commission (ANRC) National Championship, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championship and Tournament of Champions (TOC) series. 

6. SCAD Fashion Show

The 2015 André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award went to fashion icon Dame Vivienne Westwood. After receiving the honor, Westwood sat front row during the student showcase to witness the talented designs of our top senior collections.

7. The graduate fashion program ranks No. 1

SCAD came out on top as the No. 1 graduate fashion program in the U.S. according to London-based Business of Fashion. 

8. High employment rate for graduating students

According to a SCAD institutional effectiveness survey of 2014 alumni, 97 percent of graduates were employed, pursuing higher education or both within 10 months of commencement.

9. SCAD ranks high within the universities of Americas and Europe

Red Dot Design named SCAD among the top four universities in the Americas and Europe. Throughout the year, our students also brought home seven Red Dot Awards

10. SCAD FASH a Museum of Fashion and Film

October 2015 brought the historic opening of the first southeastern fashion museum within the U.S. The inaugural exhibition, “Oscar de la Renta,” showcased over 80 garments within the newly up-cycled space and welcomed more than 10,500 visitors during its time.

11. 18th Year of Savannah Film Festival

This year showed the most documentaries throughout the festival’s history, as well as showcasing mostly films with female leads. The honorees included Meg Ryan, Olivia Wilde, Saoirse Ronan and Alfie Allen.

12. DesignIntelligence ranked SCAD’s Interior Design Program No. 1

It’s the fifth consecutive year for SCAD’s undergraduate interior design program to be ranked as No.1 and the third year for SCAD’s graduate interior design program to be ranked No. 1 by DesignIntelligence.

13. SCAD provides a faster track to architecture

Chosen by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), SCAD architecture students can proceed from education to licensure in as few as seven years.

14. Google and SCAD create a new User Experience Design degree

Putting students at the forefront of this emerging discipline, the new degree is the first of its kind in the country. Google will continue to be a valuable resource, holding annual workshops and introducing collaborative projects through SCAD’s Collaborative Learning Center, and instituting a mentorship program for students.

15. Talented SCAD Students and Alumni

The reputation of our students and alumni continued throughout the year of 2015. To name a few: Zach Prengler (B.F.A., film and television) worked as production assistant on the summer blockbuster Jurassic World; Kate McKenna-Schliep (B.F.A., fashion) won the eighth annual Supima Design Competition; Max Bickley (B.F.A., visual effects) served as the Lighting Technical Director for The Good Dinosaur.


Joy from shopSCAD


I delight in giving gifts that are beautiful, thoughtful and useful — three reasons why, year after year, I do most of my holiday shopping at shopSCAD. Our brilliant alumni and professors continue to astonish me with their handcrafted wares and art, pouring their hearts into each work they create for shopSCAD. Here, I share a few of the accoutrements I’ll be giving this season.

  1. This sophisticated take on a classic tote is a fashionably functional gift for your special someone who is always on the go! Leather Bucket Tote in Blush/Ink by Fleabags, by Shira Entis (M.F.A., fashion design, 2005); $195.
  2. Crafted from oil-tanned leather and lined with soft suede, these boxes are perfect for storing small treasures, every day necessities, and that elusive pair of keys. Medium Catch-All, by Elyse Welcher (B.F.A., accessory design, 2010); $56.
  3. Card cases that are handsome, hand-stitched, and handy! Slim Jim by Avund, by Mika Becktor (M.F.A., industrial design, 2012) and Tom Hayes (B.F.A., graphic design, 2011); $79 each. 
  4. These handmade ceramic vases will add an artistic allure to my dining room table on Christmas morning. Bud Vases, by Irene McCollam (B.F.A., photography, 1999); $20 each.
  5. With a wink to yesteryear, these tea towels feature retro designs in a fresh, cheerful color palette. Tea Towels by Belle & Union, by Meg Sutton (B.F.A., graphic design, 2009); $15 each.
  6. I admire how the artist used maple wood as her canvas for this majestic Old Dairy Oak print. Savannah Tree print on maple wood veneer, by Heather Young (B.F.A., illustration, 2003); $80.
  7. One-of-a-kind hair clips are cute as a button and super-sweet stocking stuffers, to boot! Hair Clips, by Michelle Berg Radford (M.F.A., painting, 2008); $14 each.
  8. Just as every tree is unique, so too are these rustic-chic designs — each one hand-carved from indigenous found or recycled wood. Carved Trees, by Martha Enzmann (M.F.A., painting, 1988); $20-$35 each, ranging from 12-26 inches tall.
  9. Books are equally delightful to give and to receive! This monograph celebrates the iconic designer and highlights garments from the eponymous SCAD Museum of Art show, the first exhibition since Oscar’s passing. “Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style by André Leon Talley, Foreword by Anna Wintour”; $50.
  10. Don’t just think good thoughts — wear them, too! Stamped Posey Cuffs, by Kathryn Riechert (B.F.A., metals and jewelry, 2002); $30 for brass styles, $50 for silver styles.

All works sold at shopSCAD Savannah, shopSCAD Lacoste, shopSCAD on-the-Go, or

BEEgiving to SCAD's artistic community on #GivingTuesday


On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, organizations, schools, companies and families around the world will come together for the same purpose: to celebrate the choice and act of giving. On this #GivingTuesday — and throughout the month of December — look no further than SCAD’s bright family of upcoming artists, filmmakers and designers who are preparing for creative careers. Your participation in the greatest global observance of generosity directly contributes to scholarships at SCAD, and, in turn, impacts the world.

Show love to the creative community by clicking here.

Top 10 holiday gift picks at Shop SCAD


What plans do you have after spending a day with warm company around a table covered in delicious food? Before you say nap, remember what comes after the day of thanks — Black Friday. In the spirit of shopping, we caught up with the Gallery Director of Shop SCAD Victoria Gildersleeve. She shared her top 10 holiday gift picks to find in the store on Black Friday.

  1. Meg Sutton holiday cards

  2. Rugs/Runners/Mats by Domestic Construction

  3. Leather bucket tote

  4. Oscar de la Renta book

  5. Paige Russell scarf

  6. Nicole Edge holiday candle

  7. Mia Hebib gold plated cuffs

  8. Erica Regelin paper wreath

  9. Martha Enzmann trees

  10. Bucky Clarke geometric bud vase

The students of Oscar de la Renta


Legacy can be tangible and intangible. In the case of Oscar de la Renta, it is both, and it is flourishing in a place where young designers begin their careers.

During his 2001 visit to Savannah College of Art and Design’s fashion show to accept the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award, the designer shared this wisdom for breaking into the industry based on his own start with Cristóbal Balenciaga.

Everyone should seek the opportunity to go somewhere they can work and observe how it happens. - Oscar de la Renta

This is the story of how two industry hopefuls are living that advice and what they learned from hands on experience in Mr. de la Renta’s studio.

A prom dress and a purpose
Nikki Kaia Lee first encountered the tangible aspect of Mr. de la Renta’s legacy as a 14-year-old girl: a beautiful dress the designer chose just for her. This rare gift, which she later wore to prom, was a momento from a special day spent with him in New York. SCAD graduates, whom Nikki met through her mother, a SCAD architecture professor, conspired to bring her to New York as a distraction from cancer treatments. The dream trip grew, and soon insiders like WWD’s Bridget Foley were opening doors to opportunities such as lunch with Mr. de la Renta in his studio. 

I was just this girl from Georgia, but to him it didn’t matter where you come from. He treated everyone with such dignity and respect. - Nikki Kaia Lee

Nikki, now 20 and a junior at SCAD double majoring in fashion design and fibers, learned her first lessons from this dress, fitted for her right there in Mr. de la Renta’s atelier. Its lines, the slight variation in color, the way it made her feel. Her cancer long in remission, Nikki has spent the last four summers as a design intern for Oscar de la Renta in New York. Working in all areas of the studio – including stints with design assistants, in the atelier, and with the embellishment designer – has informed Nikki’s design approach and moved her to pursue a career in textiles. 

What I took from Oscar’s work was how he formed space around the garment. A lot of his garments, especially eveningwear, were like sculptures. -Nikki Kaia Lee

Needless to say, she eagerly awaits the opening of the exhibition, Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style at SCAD Museum of Art.

I think people have a preconceived notion about fashion. They think it’s frivolous. But I think that when people see his work in person they will truly understand why it can be an art form. - Nikki Kaia Lee

Thanks to the diligence of her fellow fashion student Sloane Mayberry, who is assisting SCAD Trustee André Leon Talley with the exhibition and corresponding catalogue, the public will have this opportunity.

Young hands help surface Oscar de la Renta classics

This summer, Nikki ran into Sloane in the elevators at Oscar de la Renta. Unbeknownst to her, Sloane was a merchandising and buying intern there. Organizing garments, assigning style numbers, and collecting sketches for the ODLR Spring 2015 fashion show put Sloane’s studies in perspective and conditioned her for the rigorous process of bringing the ODLR exhibit to SCAD MOA.

Learning of her internship at the designer's study and with his archive, Mr. Talley tapped Sloane to work on the exhibition. If her long days in New York didn't drive it home, then her apprenticeship on the exhibition did: fashion may be a glamorous, but it is also arduous. As Mr. Talley told her, “Put your gloves on and get to work.” And she did by taking possession of rarely seen couture gowns belonging to Mr. de la Renta’s wife, assisting with the exhibition’s layout and fitting mannequins to Mr. Talley’s specifications.

This project is like a class in itself. I am learning more than I ever thought I possibly could at such a young age, and in such a short amount of time. - Sloane Mayberry

Pouring over lookbooks and canvassing eBay and Google for custom gowns quickly paid off. Sloane’s trained eye prevented a photo of the wrong white jacket, worn by Laura Bush for the 2005 presidential inauguration, from making it into the exhibition. “It’s the pockets,” she observed. They were square.”

Messrs. de la Renta and Talley have taken Sloane a long way away from being that high school student who didn’t know anyone who attended art school. Now her education, reinforced by proximity to fashion legends, has raised her expectations for her career.

I think my exposure to such influential figures in fashion has changed my career path exponentially. This is the best education for what I want to do. - Sloane Mayberry

Along with the exhibition, these students, two paths indelibly changed, would certainly make Mr. de la Renta proud.

Studio Logic: Monica Cook's airy space is a palette for the intricate


Multi-media artist Monica Cook (B.F.A., painting, 2006) is a self-described scavenger. The materials and objects she finds in places both obvious and unthinkable are the basis for her life-size sculptures, which bear the same overt realism as her paintings. She makes these creatures, a blend of human and animal, to be posable so she can bring them to life by shooting them frame by frame for animation. The thrill of the hunt, and her knack for it, helped Monica stumble upon her dream studio in Brooklyn, where she creates pieces that have been acquired by collectors like Louisville’s 21c Museum Hotel, which recently purchased Phosphene.

Monica’s upcoming shows include Beautiful Beast (Jan. 27 - March 8) at the Wilkinson Gallery in New York and Milk Fruit (Feb. 3 – March 19) at the Cress Gallery in Chattanooga. These images by Adam Kuehl (B.F.A., photography, 2005; M.F.A., photography, 2014) take us inside the laboratory that’s home to Monica’s prolific practice.

Thread: What is your ideal work environment. What can’t you work without?

Monica Cook: Natural light and good music.

T: It appears that you prefer a space that’s a clean, blank slate. Is this related to the nature of your work?

MC: I have to be very organized, otherwise I will spend all of my time searching for materials. I also prefer not to have old work around because I feel it holds me back. If my studio is orderly, like a blank slate, my mind feels freer and clear.


T: Has your studio changed as you’ve transitioned to 3D?

MC: Yes, drastically. I've had to collect so many more materials, tools and supplies. Also, I need a big, open space to create large-scale sculptures and animation sets.

T: Where do you get the pieces for your sculptures?

MC: I get the materials for my sculptures at junk stores, flea markets, eBay, or found on the streets and in the garbage. I have shelves of storage bins that are organized by object.

T: How did you find your studio?

MC: My studio is in Bushwick, Brooklyn. About two years ago, I needed to move to a larger space. I literally found my dream studio, but it was way out if my league financially, and I was scared to make such a leap. I called my mom and told her. She asked if other people in the building had such large spaces on their own. I said, "Yes." She said, “Well, what's the problem then? If they can do it, so can you.” So I did, and by the grace of God I have made it work. Having such a large, inspiring space has helped me and my work grow tremendously.

We'd love to be invited into your studio for this series. Please tells us about your workspace in the comments below or share your tips for keeping your studio organized and productive.

Students, SCAD rack up pancontinental recognition


The year is not quite over, but SCAD has already put 2014 to good use. Both the university and its talented students have been the center of several prominent international spotlights. Here’s a roundup of recent recognition:

Two grads snag Will Eisner Comic Industry awards
Andrew Robinson (B.F.A., illustration, 1993) and Sean Murphy (B.F.A., sequential art, 2003) both received Eisner awards — the comic book industry’s Oscars — at the San Diego Comic-Con in July.

Robinson won the Best Reality-Based Work award as the lead artist on “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story,” a Dark Horse graphic novel that details the life story of Brian Epstein who is credited with discovering the Beatles. The 2013 New York Times bestseller is set to be adapted to film under “Ant-Man” director Peyton Reed.

Murphy earned two awards for his work on “The Wake,” a horror series published through Vertigo, an imprint of DC. Murphy earned the Best Limited Series award and the Best Penciller/Inker award.

Animation grad earns college-level Emmy
Prasad Narse (M.F.A., animation, 2014) won third place in the Emmy College Television Awards competition for his animated film "I M Possible," which was made at SCAD. Prasad has also won acclaim with the Best of Festival award from the Speechless Film Festival and a Star of Festival award from the Grand Film Festival.

Colorful videogame “Prisma” wins big at E3
Nine months of hard work paid off for a SCAD team at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The team — composed of gaming and animation students and graduates — designed “Prisma,” which earned the top prize in the 2014 E3 College Game Competition. This is the second year in a row that SCAD has earned the award.

The winning team included Kyle J. Bolton (B.F.A., interactive design and game development, 2013), Alex Méndez (B.F.A. interactive design and game development), Khoa D. Nguyen (B.F.A., interactive design and game development, 2013), Kevin Ridgway (B.F.A. animation, 2012), Angelica M. Rodriguez-Vazquez (B.F.A., interactive design and game development, 2014) and Hank M. Silman III (B.F.A. interactive design and game development).

Student film becomes fan favorite in Sprite Films contest
Olivia Riley Day (B.F.A., film and television) had her short film “See Your Dreams” recognized by the 2014 Sprite Films student filmmaker competition when it was voted Fan Favorite. Day won a $5,000 donation from Sprite that went into the SCAD film and television department, as well as a trip to the American Film Institute’s AFI FEST 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

SCAD, students renowned with Red Dot awards
SCAD received major recognition after being named a top ten university in the Americas and Europe at the 2014 Red Dot Design Award, given to the university for its innovative design programs.

Additionally, three alumni and four students were recognized at the prestigious Red Dot Awards in Singapore in September.

Red Dot Awards — a coveted prize of approval from Germany-based design authority Design Zentrum — draws more than 11,000 submissions each year from roughly 60 countries across the globe, making it one of the most ambitious worldwide competitions in design.

A jury of international design experts selected astounding work from graduates Yue Jia (M.A., industrial design, 2014) and Sebastian Campos (B.F.A., industrial design, 2012) for Red Dot Awards. Graduate Qing Xu (M.A., industrial design, 2014) and current students Jian Shi (M.F.A., industrial design), Weijing Zhao (M.F.A., industrial design), Yunman Gu (M.F.A., industrial design), and Holly Chisholm (B.F.A., industrial design).

SCAD Museum, Sottile and Drummond get top honors at AIA
In January, the SCAD Museum was recognized with the 2014 American Institute of Architects National Honor Award for Architecture, a key award for newly established buildings given by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) each year. Already a cornerstone on campus, the museum continues to draw international buzz.

AIA later recognized Christian Sottile, dean of the school of building arts, as the recipient of the AIA Young Architects Award, while Adam Drummond (M.Arch) was named one of five recipients of the 2014 AIA Fellowship for Emerging Leaders. The event took place in Chicago in June.

In August, the Georgia chapter of AIA further recognized SCAD’s architectural footprint by recognizing the SCADpad® experiment with the 2014 AIA Georgia Design Award. The unique project, which turned parking spaces into micro-housing in a midtown Atlanta parking deck, was recognized for its sustainability- and community-focused initiative.

SCAD’s global mindedness recognized by Atlanta Business Chronicle
More major acclaim came SCAD’s way early this month when it was recognized as a pancontinental university at the 2014 Atlanta World Showcase and Governor's International Awards.

The event was hosted by the Atlanta Business Chronicle magazine and honored institutions and leaders with ties to Atlanta that represent the very best in international business. SCAD won in the International Education Program category for its diversified presence with locations in Atlanta, Savannah, France and Hong Kong.