Event

Enjoy a day at the beach at annual SCAD Sand Arts Festival

Friday, May 6

Tybee Island, GA

North Beach

30 Meddin Dr


SCAD Sand Arts Festival: It’s one for the bucket list. Spend the day on Tybee Island’s picturesque North Beach and watch in awe as elaborate creations rise from the sand and move in the wind. Enjoy the picture-perfect setting and cheer on your favorite SCAD artists. Just make sure to get there before the tide comes in!

Presented by the School of Foundation Studies and supported by the School of Design, School of Building Arts, and School of Communications, SCAD Sand Arts Festival is open to SCAD students, alumni, faculty and staff. Participants vie for awards and prizes, including the coveted top prize for SCAD Spirit.

A panel of judges, including esteemed alumni Jason Hackenwerth (M.F.A. painting), known for his playful installations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, will be on hand. Hackenwerth will create a sculpture for the beach and will also be an alumni mentor to students building objects for the event.

See the 2015 winners

The public is invited to enjoy SCAD Sand Arts Festival, but the competition component is limited to the SCAD community. Participants may register for the event starting at 10 a.m. the day of the festival.

For more information, email Matt Toole at mtoole@scad.edu.

 

Coca-Cola
The Kicklighter Company
Prysmian Group
City of Tybee Island, Georgia

Competitions are open to SCAD students, alumni, faculty and staff, who may compete individually or in teams of up to four members.

Participants are responsible for all materials brought to the beach. No glass is permitted, and all garbage and materials should be collected, stored, discarded or removed from the beach by the end of the day.

Sand competitions

(Includes Sand Castle, Sand Sculpture and Sand Relief categories)

  • Entries in the sand castle, sculpture and sand relief competitions must contain only sand and natural objects found on the beach, such as shells, driftwood and seaweed. The use of color or binding agents other than water is not permitted.
  • Contestants may begin working at any time before 10 a.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016, but any participants sculpting before that time should visit the Getting There tab to view the festival map, to ensure their projects are in the correct contest area. Sculpting in the wrong area may result in participants being asked to start over in the correct area. 
  • Low tide is at 2:30 p.m. and high tide occurs at 8:30 p.m. Contestants should work above the tideline to avoid washout before judging.
  • Contestants may not walk in the sand dunes or disturb the beach grass.

Sand castle competition

  • Sculpt large-scale works resembling castle architecture.
  • Works are judged on creativity of design, quality of craft and excellence of detail.

Sand sculpture competition

  • Create large-scale works at least 3 feet tall.
  • Works should be sculpted fully in the round.
  • Attention should focus on creativity of concept and design as well as excellence of craft and detail.
  • Works may be representational, abstract or nonrepresentational.

Sand relief competition

  • Relief is a hybrid between drawing and sculpture.
  • These 3-D works have less height than a sand sculpture - less than 3-feet tall.
  • Relief entries may be carved into the beach, modeled on top or both.
  • Attention should focus on creativity of concept and design as well as excellence of craft and detail.
  • Works may be representational, abstract or nonrepresentational.

Air competition

  • Entries in the air competition may include kites, inflatable or flying sculptural forms and kinetic, wind-powered objects. Entries must be self-sufficient, sturdy and not require the use of a generator or electronics for assistance. Human-powered projects that interact with the wind are acceptable.
  • Contestants may arrive with their work anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2016.
  • Judges look for creativity of design, quality of craft and excellence of detail.
  • Contestants may not walk in the sand dunes or disturb the beach grass.

Sand jam competition

Take part in a "Gesture Jam" on the beach, drawing the events of Sand Arts 2016 in real time.

  • Bring drawing media (brush pens, markers, felt-tip pens, Copic markers, etc.) and a personal sketchbook for warmups.
  • At the check-in tent, pick up materials on which to draw your final piece.
  • Subject matter and color palette are open.
  • Submit your best sketch and return clipboards to the tent by 2:30 p.m., when judging begins.
  • Judges look for expression of mark making, sense of mass, technical handling of media and movement.
  • An exhibition of selected entries will be held after Sand Arts Festival 2016.

For more information, email professor Henry Dean at hdean@scad.edu.

What to bring

  • Picnic lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Sunscreen
  • Shovel
  • Bucket
  • Carving tools (putty knife, trowel, spoon, etc.)
  • Cheap paint brush
  • For sand jam: pencil and a sketchbook

Awards and prizes

Participants vie for the following specialty awards:

  • SCAD Spirit: $1,500 - Features bee and acorn imagery inspired by the university's history, global growth, international community and inspiring artistic culture. 
  • SCAD Is Family: $1,000 - Any SCAD student, alumni, faculty, or staff may participate with family members, including siblings, spouses or children, in any category. Identify your group as SCAD Family at the check-in tent.
  • Alumni Choice: $1,000 - Chosen by SCAD alumnus and visiting mentor, Jason Hackenwerth (M.F.A. painting), from any category.

Prysmian New Energy Award

  • The Prysmian New Energy Award is open to kinetic entries in the Air contest that prominently display Prysmian materials in the construction.
  • Judges look for creativity of design, quality of craft and excellence of detail.
  • Prysmian materials are only available to students in specific classes.
    • First place: $800
    • Second place: $500
    • Third place: $300

In each category, participants also vie for the following prizes:

Sand Sculpture

  • Winner: $1,000
  • Runner-up: $800

Sand Relief

  • Winner: $1,000
  • Runner-up: $800

Sand Castle

  • Winner: $1,000
  • Runner-up: $800

Air

  • Winner: $1,000
  • Runner-up: $800

Sand Jam

  • Winner: $500
  • Runner-up: $300

 

 

SCAD student participants

Catch a ride from the residence halls to North Beach and back. Buses loop continuously between the residence halls and Tybee Island throughout the day. 

Morning buses pick up at Turner House and Oglethorpe House at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., to drop students off at North Beach.

Afternoon buses pick up at North Beach and return students to Turner House and Oglethorpe House at 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Buses will run a continuous loop between Turner House, Oglethorpe House and North Beach between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., to limit parking congestion at North Beach.

Buses will also run a continuous loop between Tybee Pier and North Beach.

Driving directions

  • Follow U.S. Highway 80 to Tybee Island.
  • Turn left at the first stoplight onto Campbell Avenue.
  • At the end of Campbell Avenue, turn left onto Van Horn Street.
  • Take the first right onto Meddin Drive. Continue on Meddin Drive to Fort Screven.
  • Just before Fort Screven, turn right onto the dirt road leading to the beach parking lot.
  • Overflow parking is available at the police department at the corner of Fort Avenue and Van Horne Avenue. Additional overflow parking is available at Jaycee Park, on Van Horne Avenue, and at the south end of Tybee Island, on Strand Avenue. A SCAD shuttle will run between the south end parking lots and the North Beach throughout the day.
  • Follow the center boardwalk, directly across from the North Beach Bar and Grill, to the registration tables.

Parking

For contestants

Just before you reach Fort Screven, turn right onto the dirt road leading to the beach parking lot. Students are highly encouraged to use the free SCAD buses and carpool due to limited parking on Tybee Island. Limited free parking permits for the large, unpaved parking lot behind Fort Screven are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to one permit per team. Permits do not guarantee and available parking space. Improper parking at Tybee may result in your car being ticketed or towed.

For visitors

Visitors may use inexpensive metered parking in front of the Tybee Museum and two blocks away at the police station. Side street parking is not allowed.

Participants and spectators at Sand Arts should be respectful of Tybee residents and their homes at all times.