Event

Sand Arts Festival

2014 SCAD Sand Arts Festival

Tybee Island, GA

North Beach, near Tybee Lighthouse

30 Meddin Drive


The annual Sand Arts Festival, presented by the School of Fine Arts, School of Foundation Studies and sculpture minor program, features competitions in sand castle design, sand sculpture, sand relief and wind sculpture.

Participants can register on-site and may compete individually or in teams of up to four members. SCAD professors and staff members judge the competitions.

Rain date: TBD.

The public is invited to enjoy the Sand Arts Festival, but the competition is limited to SCAD students, alumni, staff and faculty.

Contest rules

The competition is open to SCAD students, professors, staff and alumni, who may compete individually or in teams of up to four members.

  • Registration will take place on-site.
  • Entries in the sand castle, sculpture, and relief contests must contain only sand and natural objects found on the beach, such as shells, driftwood and seaweed.
  • Applying color or binding agents other than water is not permitted.
  • Contestants may begin working at any time.
  • Contestants who begin sculpting before 10 a.m. should view the festival map to ensure that projects are in the correct contest area.
  • High tide occurs at 10:59 a.m. Sculptors should distance their work from the water to avoid washout.

What to bring

  • Picnic lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Sunscreen
  • Shovel
  • Bucket
  • Carving tools (wall putty knife, table knife, spoon, etc.)

 

Categories

Participants may compete in any of the following four categories:

Sand castle

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

Sand sculpture

  • 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

  • Relief is a hybrid between drawing and sculpture.
  • These 3-D works rise above or recede into a 2-D surface.
  • Relief entries may be carved into the beach, modeled on top of it or both.
  • Jurors will look for large-scale works containing deep and/or high relief.
  • Attention should focus on creativity of concept and design as well as excellence of craft and detail.
  • Works may be representational, abstract or nonrepresentational.

Wind sculpture

  • Wind sculptures are 3-D forms that engage the wind.
  • Entries may be handheld, such as kites, or freestanding structures.
  • Jurors will look for sculptures with a high degree of wind interaction, structural strength, creativity of design, and excellence of craft and detail.
  • The contest is open to any media, scale and forming technique.
  • Entries may be representational, abstract or nonrepresentational.

Gray's Reef Best Underwater Creature Award
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is sponsoring an award for the "Best Underwater Creature" (realistic or fantasy) created within any of the above categories. Awards are presented by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation through Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

Directions to the festival

  • Follow Highway 80 to Tybee Island.
  • Turn left at the first stoplight onto Campbell Street.
  • At the end of Campbell Street, 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 an enclosed parking lot.
  • Follow the center boardwalk, directly across from the North Beach Grill, to the registration tables.

Contestant parking

Just before Fort Screven, turn right onto the dirt road leading to the beach parking lot. Limited free parking permits will be issued during registration (one permit per team) and are only valid in the large, unpaved parking lot behind the Tybee Museum.

Using free buses and carpooling is highly encouraged.

SCAD bus schedule

Buses depart D at The Hive, W at The Hive, and Oglethorpe and Turner houses at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Buses depart North Beach at 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Visitor parking

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.

For more information, email Chris Nitsche.