2015 Sidewalk Arts Festival in Savannah
Between Drayton and Whitaker streets
Chalk the walk
The paved walkways of Savannah's scenic Forsyth Park spring to life at SCAD’s 34th annual Sidewalk Arts Festival. In a tradition nearly as old as the university itself, SCAD students, alumni and high school students create colorful chalk masterpieces and compete for coveted prizes.
An open-air art gallery
The sidewalk artists 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 previous years
The festival is diverse too — this year, international cultural offerings, music and food vendors make this the perfect event for all ages.
Pictures come to life
Experience the art of tableaux vivants — or “living pictures” — at this year’s festival. In this type of display, actors and models depict a scene while remaining silent and motionless, as if in a picture. Particular emphasis is placed on staging, pose, costume, make-up, lighting and facial expression. The Sidewalk Arts Festival tableau vivant is created by SCAD staff, faculty and students.
Share your experience and follow the action with #scadchalk
Claim your square
SCAD student registration
SCAD alumni registration
High school student registration
High school students are encouraged to participate in our high school competition. Put your artistic skills to the test, and experience the creative SCAD environment.
High school students must register in advance of the festival to compete for shopSCAD gift cards. Review the contest guidelines and start sketching out your vision for your square.
Group registration for high school students
If you are a high school teacher or administrator, you may register several high school students at one time to compete in the high school competition. Each student registered within your group will be assigned one square and receive one box of chalk. Squares will be judged individually.
If you have any questions about registration, call 912.525.4400 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCAD undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni and high school students compete in their respective categories, judged by esteemed art and design professionals, for coveted cash prizes.
Spirit Award: $1,500
Best of Show: $1,000
American Greetings Award for “Happiness, Laughter and Love” theme: $1,000
Cultural Heritage Award: $750
Graduate Student Award: $500
Gray’s Reef Award: $350
Drawing Minor Award: $100
SCAD student (individual)
First place: $700
Second place: $350
SCAD students (group)
First place: $800
Second place: $600
First place: $700
Second place: $350
For the first time in its history, the Sidewalk Arts Festival will feature a cultural heritage competition for current SCAD students and alumni. To be eligible for this award, the artwork must represent unique and diverse culture.
High school students
First place: $200 shopSCAD gift card
Second place: $100 shopSCAD gift card
Third place: $50 shopSCAD gift card
- 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 guests.
- 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.
- 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.
After the competition
When you finish snapping photos of your favorite sidewalk paintings — and tagging your posts with #scadchalk — find a spot on the lawn to enjoy some good food and music.
Parking and accommodations
Metered parking is available throughout downtown and parking 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 identify as such when making reservations.
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The world is but a canvas
For more than 30 years, members of the SCAD family have gathered in Savannah to celebrate spring with color and imagination. Enjoy this collection of artwork from 2014 and previous years.