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Fateful finding: 1979 article discovered at Dyson House

By Tarana Mayes
The date is March 10, 1979 and the Savannah College of Art and Design is on the brink of existence. As reported by a staff writer for the Savannah Morning News, SCAD founder and president Paula Wallace was preparing to purchase the university’s flagship building: the Savannah Volunteer Guard Armory, now Poetter Hall. The newspaper isn’t from SCAD’s archive, but thanks to Joao Poli and Ray Morgan, it will be soon. Their discovery gave them chills.

5 lessons on overcoming fear from the woman who took on 100

By Tarana Mayes
It could take a lifetime to conquer your fears, personal and professional. Michelle Poler (B.F.A., advertising, 2011) decided to face hers one day at a time. It’s just that the days will soon total 100. Thanks to her videographer and brother Daniel Poler (B.F.A, film and television), who also studied at Savannah College of Art and Design, she is broadcasting every stomach-turning, sweat-inducing moment on her blog 100dayswithoutfear.com. 

AnaOno’s widely mentioned ‘unmentionables’ for breast cancer survivors

By Tarana Mayes
Breast cancer awareness has exploded. Celebrities proudly announce preventative mastectomies and NFL players don pink gloves and shoes. Yet after her diagnosis with Infiltrative Ductal Carcinoma at age 27, a mastectomy and reconstructive surgeries, Dana Donofree (B.F.A., fashion, 2003) couldn’t find a bra tailored for her new shape. The process left her in tears.

White House entrepreneur shares advice straight from ‘Shark Tank’

By Tarana Mayes
How important is entrepreneurship to creating a better world? So important that the White House bet $1 billion in private investment to promote it, half of which will go to promising young entrepreneurs like Kirk-Anthony Hamilton (M.Arch., 2010; B.F.A., architecture, 2008), founder of the Infiniti Partnership.

Making 'i feel ya' with André 3000 Benjamin

By Tarana Mayes
Dr. Dre and Apple. David Byrne and color guard. Collaboration is how the world rolls, and the projects can be as lucrative as they are novel. Social and digital media have erased traditional boundaries, so we shouldn’t be surprised by these partnerships; we should be prepared.

A design solution for Atlanta bridges and traffic-weary drivers

By Tarana Mayes
Along with landmarks like Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta is synonymous with traffic. Long lines of vehicles — 300,000 per day — winding through Interstate 75/85 are staples in the city’s landscape. So are the concrete bridges that traverse these five miles of highway. What if these exchanges could delight and inspire drivers? What if, rather than ignoring them, commuters looked forward to passing under the structures for a momentary reprieve from their slow-moving circumstances?

Editor Asher Bingham's front row seat to history

By Tarana Mayes
Like many Americans, Asher Bingham (B.F.A., film and television, 2007) breathed a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court announced its decision to strike down laws prohibiting same-sex marriage. For her it was personal. The editor of the documentary The State of Marriage — a David and Goliath story directed by Jeff Kaufman about the legal pioneers who paved the way for the landmark ruling — Bingham had a front row seat to history.

Michael Bastian links with Meredith Sutton jewelry for NYFW

By Tarana Mayes
Meredith Sutton (B.F.A., jewelry, 2003) is the quintessential local artist. After graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design, the North Carolina native set up shop in Savannah where she has been making jewelry ever since. But her success isn’t confined by geography.

The 'how' behind the 'wow moment' of Commencement 2015

By Tarana Mayes
It’s not easy to forget the finale to SCAD Commencement, Will Penny’s (B.F.A., painting, 2008; M.F.A., painting, 2013) goal exactly. With his spectacular interactive installation that seemed to envelope the graduates, the artist succeeded mightily at creating a memorable send off for the Class of 2015. Here’s a glimpse of that moment from the graduates' perspective and Penny on creating this digital feast for the senses:

Photography students capture the red, white and you of Coca-Cola

By Tarana Mayes
Few brands are more American than Coca-Cola. This holiday, Coke products will be plentiful at poolsides and picnic tables because they're as synonymous with beating the heat as they are with celebrations and fun.