SCAD ALUMNI ATELIER

SCAD ALUMNI
ATELIER

The SCAD Alumni Atelier
is a life-changing experience
offering recipients the opportunity
to focus on their work in a unique
environment. An artist-in-residence ambassadorship, conceived and endowed by
The Savannah College of Art
and Design (SCAD) President
and Founder Paula Wallace,
it enriches the creative and professional endeavors of
distinguished graduates of the
university located in Savannah,
Georgia. Under the mentorship
of President Wallace, alumni
expand the boundaries of their
work, strengthen their connection
with their alma mater and join
a select group of ambassadors
within the university’s global
network of emerging artists
and scholars.


Objective

Take full advantage of the
artistic and professional growth opportunities offered to recipients of the SCAD Alumni Atelier.

Solution

Employ my design, communications
and strategic branding skills, in
collaboration with SCAD and the local community, to create 21 large-scale color collages that highlight and display some of Savannah’s most distinctive cultural and historic destinations.

Concept

The creative possibilities of collage
allow experimentation with new
techniques and an endless
diversity of media. To capture
the uniqueness of each featured Savannah location, the 21 collages will blend digital photography, acrylic mediums, handmade papers and mixed media.

Outcome

Taking a multidisciplinary approach,
the completed work highlights the most distinctive hospitality, dining, retail and cultural destinations in Savannah, and it documents the symbiotic relationship between SCAD and this historic city.

Honorarium

Alumni Atelier ambassadors
are awarded a one-time
honorarium upon completion
of commissioned work.

COLLAGE COLLECTION

Here are the 21 completed works.

     

COLLAGE PROCESS

Identified more than 20 Savannah destinations to be featured. Met with general managers
and small-business owners to obtain permission to photograph their locations and feature
their enterprises in large-scale collage productions. Ensure all deadlines were met.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photographed several Savannah restaurants, distinctive shops, boutique hotels and SCAD-related places
and events; Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar is housed inside The Brice Hotel, a Kimpton boutique hotel.

DIGITAL EDITING

Utilized Adobe Creative Suite to edit images and create interesting and relevant designs for the collages.

PRINT PRODUCTION

Experimented with various printing methods and materials, I collaborated with local vendor Speedi Sign
& Graphics to print several images on both canvas and 1/4" plexiglas. The remainder of the collages I used
Creative Approach, a progressive printing company offering vibrant, high-quality Canon large-format digital
prints — and offers excellent customer service.

PAINTING, HAND ASSEMBLY + SUPPLIES

Using sanded art boards, I pre-sealed them with Golden GAC-100 Acrylic Polymer and then coated
each with acrylic paints for the background. Color printouts were adhered with Liquitex Gel Medium.
Mixed-media collages were embellished with books, ribbons, handmade papers, menus, dinner plates
and artificial shrubs, from a variety of resources. The residency offers a generous budget for supplies.

SCAD ALUMNI ATELIER VITRINE RECEPTION

SCAD hosted a reception celebrating the “Atelier Vitrine,” a series
of installations on view in the windows of shopSCAD designed by the Spring 2016 SCAD Alumni Atelier
ambassadors in Savannah. The ambassadors, Bradley Bowers (M.F.A. furniture design, B.F.A. industrial design),
Jordan Graves (B.F.A. motion media design) and Tina Sommers (B.F.A. graphic design), worked on their art
throughout the day and visitors were invited to watch. During the reception, guests had the opportunity
to meet the artists and discuss their process. Additional works by the ambassadors were available for purchase
in the gallery.

COASTER SETS

Designed and produced coaster sets of the corresponding images on display in the front window
of ShopSCAD. Coasters sold for $14 per set at the Atelier Vitrine Reception and featured the following
SCAD highlights: The Gryphon, SCAD Museum of Art, SCAD Alumni Atelier and ShopSCAD.

BEHIND THE SCENES

SCAD Exhibitions carefully loaded artwork onto the truck the day of the reception.
At ShopSCAD, I collaborated with the shop assistant in the hanging of the floating canvases.

PRESENTATIONS

Presented to three of Jeffery DeVincent’s “Art of Communication” classes. (30 students per class/90 total). Reconnected with Stephen Mosch, my photography professor of 30 years who participated in my review.

SCAD SPRING EVENTS

Fortunate to attend so many incredible events. Highlights include: SCADstyle Week: Pam & Gela, founders
of Juicy Couture; Calvin Klein at the Trustees Theater; Paula Wallace, “On Invention: Four Lessons;" SCAD FASH: Jonathan Becker and Daniel Lismore; SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival; SCAD Sand Arts Festival; SCAD Alumni Atelier Vitrine; and sitting center stage at the SCAD Fashion Show honoring Carolina Herrera.

SCAD DAY: ATLANTA

President Wallace recommended we visit SCAD Atlanta during our residency. I was pleasantly surprised to
observe SCAD Day and given a personal tour by Amanda Hauther, Director of Community Engagement.
SCAD Day is SCAD’s open house for prospective students and their families who want to explore the
inspiring environment and academic programs, meet faculty, get a taste of SCAD classroom settings
and student life, discuss financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and begin the enrollment process.

FURNISHED APARTMENT + STUDIO

The Forsyth House, 713 Barnard Street, Savannah, GA.
My living quarters and studio space for the Spring 2016 8-week residency.

MEAL PLAN

Meals are provided during the residency. Pictured below are some of my favorite SCAD foodie spots:
ARTS, an on-campus café housed inside a retro double-decker bus for healthy meals and smoothies;
and the Gryphon, a 1926 Scottish Rite building serving signature classics and seasonal fare.

THANK YOU!

A big thank you to President Wallace for making this incredible residency possible. In retrospect, I am amazed
at all of the work created, valuable connections made with students, faculty and the community and lessons learned from this life-changing experience.