Press Release / May 13

39th annual SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival goes digital

SCAD community tradition puts student and alumni artwork on virtual display

Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia — The digital reimagining of the 39th annual SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival, the university’s oldest tradition, features celebrated judges, a new social media-selected category, and a vibrant virtual gallery open to the public all month long.

In continuing with social distance practices, the Sidewalk Arts Festival, traditionally a chalk-art event, is currently accepting all forms of 2D media. The first-ever digital signature event is open to students and alumni from around the world. Winners will be decided by arts and culture leaders including sci-fi and fantasy artist Donato Giancola, Whitewall Magazine senior editor Eliza Jordan, and famed fine artist and SCAD alumnus José Parlá. Winners in each category, including the social media-selected People’s Choice Award, will be announced in signature style on SCAD’s Instagram @scaddotedu at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 23, by SCAD alumna and artist Sarah Beth Jordan.

“SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival has long been a treasured community event highlighting the expertise and creativity of SCAD students and alumni, some of whom have been coming home to SCAD to create chalk masterpieces for decades,” said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. “We’re pleased that with ingenuity, creativity, and invention, our magnificent festival can move from the squares to the screen. Join us all month long at our virtual gallery for artistry, community, celebration, and fun.”

The signature event kicked off on April 24 at Candler Hospital, where SCAD artists created chalk art as a thank you to Savannah health care professionals. On May 9, SCAD alumnus, professor, and painter Kent Knowles and SCAD painting graduates Carla Contreras, Tim Kent, and Alex Waggoner honored Atlanta’s health care heroes with chalk art at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding Hospital. As they created their works of art, the artists practiced social distancing and wore masks and gloves to keep themselves and hospital workers safe.

Event highlights

  • Submissions for SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival are open to high school students, SCAD students, and SCAD alumni.
  • The digital festival runs through Sunday, May 17, with digital submissions closing at 5 p.m.
  • Winners will be announced at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 23, on @scaddotedu; cash prizes in several categories will be awarded.

For more information, submission guidelines, and to sign up for the digital competition, visit



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The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited university, offering more than 100 academic degree programs in more than 40 majors across its locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and online via SCAD eLearning.

SCAD enrolls more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 100 countries. The innovative SCAD curriculum is enhanced by advanced professional-level well as opportunities for internships, professional certifications, and collaborative projects with corporate partners. In 2019, the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD as the No. 1 university in the U.S. and in the top two universities in the Americas and Europe for the third consecutive year. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni employment rate. In a study of Spring 2018 SCAD graduates, 99% were employed, pursuing further education, or both within 10 months of graduation.

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