Dotting the massive and brilliant landscape of Art Basel Miami Beach and surrounding fairs are the bright lights of artists who have studied or exhibited at Savannah College of Art and Design. Whether you’re in Miami or following the fairs from afar, here’s a guide to their piece of the action.
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Savannah College of Art and Design celebrates its 35th Anniversary at Art Basel Miami Beach. Here's a snapshot. [View the story "SCAD in Miami 2013" on Storify]
Art fairs are uncharted territory for me. So as I prepared for my first trip to Art Basel Miami Beach (Dec.5-8), I caught up with Marcus Kenney (M.F.A., Photography) to see what ABMB looks like through an artist’s eyes. I was relieved to learn that even for the most seasoned ABMB participant – Marcus has exhibited at various fairs there for most of the last ten years - this annual phenomenon can be overpowering.
Here’s a peek from concept through production of the bus Savannah College of Art and Design is exporting to Art Basel Miami Beach. The complimentary shuttle will run Dec. 4-8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and transport riders from UNTITLED.
Yesterday, Academy Award-winning director and producer Lee Daniels delivered the commencement address at SCAD's very first fall commencement ceremony in Savannah. Lee told graduates and their families, “I couldn’t afford to go to college and I was angry about that for a long time. This would have been the college that I went to because it’s pretty badass.” SCAD awarded Lee the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Updated Jan. 31: Get a peek at the final Super Bowl project here. What does art have to do with football and football have to do with art?
By Cedric Maros
What happens when you turn dozens of inventive art students loose on the streets of a medieval village in late October? A Halloween celebration for the ages. Savannah College of Art and Design students imported the festive atmosphere of Halloween here to Provence last week. The annual event started several years ago when students studying in Lacoste wanted to bring their Halloween traditions with them overseas. Now more than 500 villagers celebrate every year with the students, who organize pumpkin carving and face painting workshops for local children.
You might say that the luck of the Irish is with emerging filmmaker Ciaran McGuigan. “Mo Chara,” the first film that Ciaran directed, was accepted into the Savannah Film Festival and is steadily growing in acclaim. In between stints as a professional soccer player and an assistant soccer coach at Savannah College of Art and Design, Ciaran made this film about school age boys whose friendship overcomes the Catholic-Protestant rivalry in Northern Ireland.
There’s something about the weather this time of year. When it starts to get a little cooler I get excited about movies. The nip in the air indicates the arrival of the Savannah Film Festival!
Savannah College of Art and Design is no stranger to the movie industry. Every year, filmmakers flock to the historic Trustees Theater for the annual Savannah Film Festival (Oct. 26-Nov. 2). In the case of “SpongeBob SquarePants 2,” though, SCAD’s not showing the movie, it’s in it.
Everyone likes balloons at a party. In the case of installation artist Jason Hackenwerth’s (M.F.A., Painting) buoyant sculptures, balloons are the party. Miami’s Art Basel, New York’s Guggenheim and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum have hosted Jason’s stunning creations. Last night, he debuted his work in Atlanta at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
When I see a garden, my typical reaction is to look and not to touch. It’s probably a side effect of my urban upbringing. All vestiges of my family’s agrarian roots were clipped when my parents planted us firmly the Seattle suburbs.
Count me among the millions who will be watching the season premier of ABC’s hit television series “Scandal.” From the beginning I was consumed as much by the pithy scripting as by Olivia Pope’s blouses and coats. Needless to say, I was elated to meet Lyn Paolo, the award-winning costume designer who is responsible for dressing her.
It may have been a while since you’ve crossed the threshold of a dorm. I lived on campus all four years at college and the self-serve waffle station was the only feature worth remembering. On the other hand, SCAD’s Montgomery House has way, wayyyy more than hot waffles going for it. (More on food later.) Montgomery House is SCAD’s biggest construction project in Savannah to date -- serving upperclassmen who attend digital media classes at Montgomery Hall.
Have you seen “Wynton Marsalis: A Youngarts Masterclass” on HBO? The series chronicles the jazz legend mentoring three young musicians. I couldn’t change the channel. There’s something magnetic about seeing a virtuoso draw the potential out of his charges, about seeing an icon become vulnerable in order to deconstruct the process that makes him brilliant.
Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Savannah are abuzz with the fresh energy of the class of 2017, new transfer and graduate students. SCAD’s 35th anniversary, to be celebrated throughout the year, loomed large over all orientation activities. In some places quite literally.
Whoopi Goldberg called the Savannah College of Art and Design ‘the place she dreamed of as a kid.’ Me? I did all the traditional stuff: sports, service, student government. At home, with a coach for a father, weekends were spent at football games or watching them. By age 16, I could name more thousand-yard rushers than I could contemporary American artists.