Unveiling Jedd Novatt's new SCAD MOA sculpture


On a warm evening on the final Friday of April, art aficionados gathered in the SCAD Museum of Art's Alex Townsend Memorial Courtyard as SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace presided over the unveiling of "Chaos Concepción,” a new sculpture by artist Jedd Novatt.

"'Chaos Concepción' arises to lift the eyes and aspirations of all who study and visit here," President Wallace declared. "Jedd Novatt's work conquers gravity, expressing the soul unbound in an eternal echo of hope."

Novatt's sculpture may have cubism and minimalism as precedents, yet the work projects its own peculiarly provocative dynamism. Conjoined notes of strength and vulnerability rise from an ebony plinth. Stainless steel boxes stack at unsettled angles.

As SCAD MOA head curator Storm Janse van Rensburg stated in his opening remarks: "Jedd creates art that challenges our expectations of scale and structure and imbues our environments with undeniable energy. He doesn't just sculpt works, he sculpts the spaces that surround."

An artist whose work is exhibited and collected internationally, Novatt has a connection to SCAD dating to 1980, when he spent a year working and studying in France at the site of what is now SCAD Lacoste. "Chaos Concepción" is the second permanent Jedd Novatt sculpture donated to SCAD, following the installation of "Chaos Mundaka" in the front green of the SCAD Atlanta's Peachtree Street campus. Furthermore, a series of Novatt's monotypes entitled "Chaos Pacific" is on view at SCAD MOA now through June 4.

Any trip to SCAD MOA is a boon. Now, in the courtyard, a new reason has arisen.

Chalk it up this Saturday at Sidewalk Arts 2017


Welcome to the greatest chalk show on earth!

This Saturday, April 29, exuberant and art-hearted attendees will flow through bucolic Forsyth Park for the annual SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival, basking in civic comingling, enjoying food and music, and witnessing scintillating chalk art evolve in real time.

The 2017 Sidewalk Arts Festival is the 36th iteration of one of the university's most beloved annual events. So beloved, SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace dedicated a chapter "Sidewalks" in her memoir "The Bee and the Acorn" (Assouline Publishing 2016) to the role Sidewalk Arts has played in the evolution of SCAD.

"None of us could have known that the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival would go on to become the single largest annual outdoor arts event in Savannah, drawing fifty thousand guests. I'd conceived of it as a one-time event, an experiment, an early sketch to see if anything was there, as fleeting as chalk art, as unlikely as our new college."

Long since relocated from its original location around Madison Square to Forsyth Park, Sidewalk Arts has seen its number of participants increase accordingly. This year, upwards of 900 SCAD students and alumni as well as high school guest artists will create colorful chalk masterpieces and compete for coveted prizes.

The artists represent a wide range of the carefully curated degree programs offered by SCAD, embodying distinct styles, backgrounds, interests, cultures and disciplines, all part of a continuum dating back to the first Sidewalk Arts Festival in 1981. As President Wallace wrote in "The Bee and the Acorn":

"I didn't know it at the time, but a metaphor lived inside this new festival, a seed that would grow up through the garden of our little college and would touch every degree program, where the very rigor of the constraints compelled students to think in new ways. The students had limited space, about three feet by three feet, and an unforgiving surface with an unorthodox and volatile medium, and they had limited time, no more than four or five hours, to make their work."

Those guidelines remain largely unchanged. This year, chalk distribution happens at 10 a.m. and drawing commences an hour later. Prizewinners will be announced and prizes awarded at 4 p.m. As you stroll through the open air art gallery, be on the lookout for Kurdice "DJ PhiveStar" Neal (M.F.A., sound design, 2015) rocking the wheels of steel, a processional of puppets created by Sam Lasseter (B.F.A., sculpture, 2015), and the ensnaring syncopations of SCAD Drumline.

See you Saturday in Forsyth Park!

Beyond the seams with Imran Amed


Imran Amed may be a visionary, but he claims he doesn’t have a crystal ball.

During Amed’s conversation with SCAD Savannah vice president John Paul Rowan at the SCAD Museum of Art theater, the Business of Fashion founder and SCADstyle 2017 honorary chair resisted the notion that he's a fashion soothsayer.

Amed explained that he could never have predicted the success of his blog, which began as a passion project from his sofa, and has grown into a global media company and a daily must-read for its analysis and interviews, drawing more than a million unique visitors each month.

“Ten years ago, I had no idea I’d be sitting here today,” he said, laughing. Amed’s words resonated with the SCAD students in attendance, all intent on turning passion into profession. SCAD’s thoughtfully curated degree programs in fashion, fashion marketing and management, and luxury and fashion management are all especially attuned to the dynamism of Amed’s industry.

Coolly dressed in a blue-and-red bomber jacket and white sneakers, Amed told students that the “glamour and gloss” that attracts so many to the industry is just that —  the surface. Beneath it lie rich stories waiting to be told and important parts to play. He recommended learning the ropes in a small-business setting before deciding on a focus.

“In order to understand your role, you have to understand all of the fashion business,” he said.

Amed stated his belief that while the “gadgets and gizmos” upending today’s world may be flashy, customers still want to connect with real people and products. He sees brands who chase after every new tech trend — without considering whether it makes sense for their mission — as misguided. Conversely, he praised social media influencers who use their platforms to drive the larger conversation in meaningful ways.

Some students in the audience sported white bandanas on their wrists, the emblem of BoF’s #TiedTogether campaign. Amed launched the initiative to emphasize values of solidarity, unity and inclusiveness after other global fashion companies declined to speak out about intolerance. The #TiedTogether bandanas have been paraded down Fashion Week runways from New York to Milan and London to Paris, raising more than $50,000 for the American Civil Liberties Union and the UN Refugee Agency.

#TiedTogether is another initiative whose popularity blossomed in a way Amed could not have foretold. From launching his blog to developing each new BoF feature — including education, events and career listings — authentic risk-taking has remained his guiding force.

Amed addressed a variety of au courant questions from students on topics ranging from wearable technology and artificial intelligence in retail, to the atomization of Fashion Week and the evolving luxury market. 

“We’re in a time of great disruption in fashion,” Amed said. “That also means we’re in a time of great innovation.”

Rather than attempting to guess the future, Amed advised students to know themselves first.

“What is it that gets you excited, what makes you wonder? Connect your personal passion points with your career,” he said. “That’s where the magic happens.”

Get ready for SCADstyle 2017!


Clear your calendar and free your design mind, as SCADstyle 2017 comes alive this April 6—13! Join international luminaries of fashion, interior design, fragrance, typography, sustainability and much more as SCAD celebrates style as only SCAD can.

Headlined by Imran Amed, SCADstyle 2017 promises a week replete with inspiring lectures, panels and workshops at SCAD locations in Savannah, Atlanta and Hong Kong. All events are free and open to the public.

Amed, this year's honorary chair, is the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Business of Fashion and a leading writer and industry thinker. He will speak about his work as an agenda-setting journalist at the SCAD Museum of Art theater, 601 Turner Blvd. in Savannah on Tuesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. Over the past decade Amed has grown BoF from an online passion project into an indispensable resource for the fashion industry, with more than one million unique visitors per month.

Best-selling author and editor Derek Blasberg, Fashionista creator Faran Krentcil, Bedrock Manufacturing founder Tom Kartsotis, and L'Oréal USA group president Carol Hamilton are among the other fêted guests who will share their expertise at this year's SCADstyle. As the preeminent source of design knowledge, SCAD is honored to directly connect these superstars with the next generation of design-minded Bees.

SCADstyle 2017 kicks off Thursday, April 6 at 6 p.m. at Arnold Hall with "Play at Your Own Risk," a presentation by Jessica Walsh, art director and partner at Sagmeister & Walsh. Walsh will offer advice on how to conscientiously cultivate freedom by working in a state of play.

The following Thursday, April 13 at 6 p.m., SCADstyle 2017 concludes at the SCAD MOA theater with a lecture by exalted designer Norma Kamali, inventor of the "sleeping bag coat” and vital presence on the design scene for over four decades. Kamali will lecture on timeless style as the quintessence of modern fashion.

The newest edition of this annual gathering is destined to transform preconceptions about design across all disciplines. Check the full schedule of SCADstyle 2017 events, and be part of the process!

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 scad.edu/giving. 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 shopSCAD.com.

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.