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Sidewalk Arts Festival

Chalk it up at Sidewalk Arts Festival 2014 in Savannah

Chalk it up

The beauty of a rare art form dating back to 16th-century Europe comes alive again at the 33rd annual Sidewalk Arts Festival.

An annual tradition nearly as old as the university itself, the Sidewalk Arts Festival offers students, alumni and prospective students an opportunity to create temporary chalk masterpieces on the paved walkways of Savannah's scenic Forsyth Park every spring.

Congratulations to the 2014 winners

 

 

Open-air art gallery

The sidewalk painters represent SCAD’s many areas of study, producing a diverse spectrum of chalk art inspired by distinct styles, backgrounds, interests, cultures and disciplines.

See artwork from past years

Picture this

Check out the incredible chalk art drawings and the artists who created them.
Tag your Instagram photos from the Sidewalk Arts Festival #scadchalk

 

Sponsors

 

Claim your square

On Saturday, April 26, help transform Forsyth Park into an open-air gallery lined with colorful works of chalk art.

SCAD student registration

Undergraduate and graduate students must register using MySCAD, beginning Tuesday, April 1, to noon, Tuesday, April 22. SCAD students also have the option of collaborating with other SCAD students to be judged in the group competition.

To register for a square at the Sidewalk Arts Festival:

  • Log on to MySCAD.
  • Click on the Resources tab.
  • In the Forms channel dropdown menu, select "Events."
  • Click and open the "Sidewalk Arts Square Registration" form.

NOTE: Graduate students should identify themselves as graduate students, and register for a square in the graduate section of the park.

Group registration for SCAD students
Students who wish to register as a group will only need to complete one Sidewalk Arts Square Registration form, as described above. They will be asked to provide SCAD ID numbers for all group members, along with their group name.

There are no limitations on number of members per group. Each group will be assigned one square per member up to a maximum of three squares per group. Each group will receive one box of chalk per square, and all members of the group must be present to receive chalk.

 

SCAD alumni registration

In conjunction with Family and Alumni Weekend, the Sidewalk Arts Festival offers the perfect opportunity for a return visit to SCAD and a chance to catch up with old friends while creating chalk-art masterpieces and competing against fellow alumni for coveted prizes.

SCAD alumni must register for their squares at the Alumni Tent in Forsyth Park on the day of the event. In preparation, review the contest guidelines and begin thinking about the concept for your square.

Group registration for SCAD alumni
There are no limitations on number of members per group. Each group will be assigned one square per member up to a maximum of three squares per group. Each group will receive one box of chalk per square, and all members of the group must be present to receive chalk.

 

High school student registration

Prospective SCAD students are encouraged to participate in our high school competition for juniors and seniors. Put your artistic skills to the test, and experience the creative SCAD environment.

Prospective students must register in advance of the festival to compete for shopSCAD gift cards. Review the content guidelines and start sketching out the vision for your square.

Register as an individual

Group registration for high school students
There are no limitations on number of members per group. Each group will be assigned one square per member up to a maximum of three squares per group. Each group will receive one box of chalk per square, and all members of the group must be present to receive chalk.

Register as a group

 

Questions

If you have any questions about registration, call 912.525.4400 or send us an email.

 

SCAD undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni and prospective students (high school juniors and seniors) compete in their respective categories, judged by esteemed art and design professionals, for coveted cash prizes.

Award categories and amounts

Best of Show: $1,000
Graduate Student Award: $500
Gray's Reef Award: $350
Drawing Minor Award: $100

SCAD student (individual)
First place: $700
Second place: $350
Third place: $200

SCAD students (group)
First place: $800
Second place: $600
Third place: $350

SCAD alumni
First place: $700
Second place: $350
Third place: $200

High school students
First place: $200 shopSCAD gift card
Second place: $100 shopSCAD gift card
Third place: $50 shopSCAD gift card

 

SCAD 35th Anniversary Award: $750
For the first time in its history, the Sidewalk Arts Festival will feature a 3-D chalk-art competition for current SCAD students and alumni. To be eligible for this award, the 3-D artwork must celebrate the SCAD 35th Anniversary.

 

Contest rules

  • Each drawing must remain within the designated square area.
  • No spray fixatives may be used.
  • Use only the chalk distributed for the competition.
  • Only one box of chalk will be provided for each square.
  • Drawing on buildings, trees or any surfaces other than assigned squares is not permitted.
  • The primary design of a square must be created in chalk.
  • No materials may be used that emit offensive odors or cause potential annoyances to other artists or festival-goers.
  • Three-dimensional elements may be incorporated into square designs. These must not exceed the square area, cannot exceed two feet in height and must be removed by the artist no later than 5 p.m.
  • The festival is a family event. Any artwork that contains nudity, profanity or other content deemed inappropriate by festival officials will be removed.
  • Only students who have registered for the competition will be eligible to receive prize money. Participants must be present to collect the awarded prize.
  • Artwork for the SCAD 35th Anniversary Award must be 3-D. Judges will wear 3-D glasses when reviewing these squares. A portion of the workshops prior to the festival will focus on creating 3-D chalk art.
  • Judges or festival officials can disqualify artists for failure to adhere to any of the above guidelines.

Schedule of events

  • Chalk distribution begins at 10 a.m.
  • Pick up your chalk by 11 a.m. at the distribution tent. Unclaimed squares will be released if participants are not checked in by 11 a.m.
  • You will be given a map to locate your square.
  • You may begin drawing at 11 a.m. You are encouraged to begin on time to ensure quality work.
  • Judging begins at 2 p.m.
  • Results are announced at about 4 p.m.

Sidewalk Arts Festival, Forsyth Park map

 

Graduate students

 

Alumni

 

Undergraduate students

 

Prospective students

 

After the competition

When you finish snapping photos of your favorite sidewalk paintings — and sharing them with our #scadchalk tag — find a spot on the lawn to enjoy some good food and music. Young artists can get their hands dusty in the children's chalk drawing area.

Be sure to check out other Family and Alumni Weekend activities. Take a tour of SCAD to learn more about our programs or visit the SCAD Museum of Art to see the latest exhibitions on display.

Parking and accommodations

Metered parking is available throughout downtown and is free on Saturdays and Sundays. For those interested in spending the weekend in Savannah, SCAD has carefully compiled a selection of hotel options, which may offer discounts to SCAD guests who inquire when making reservations.

Learn more about all Savannah has to offer, and discover why Travel + Leisure magazine named it one of "America's Best Cities."

Picture this

Check out the incredible chalk art drawings and the artists who created them.
Tag your Instagram photos from the Sidewalk Arts Festival #scadchalk