Take full advantage of the
artistic and professional growth opportunities offered to recipients of the SCAD Alumni Atelier.
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.
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.
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.
Alumni Atelier ambassadors
are awarded a one-time
honorarium upon completion
of commissioned work.
Here are the 21 completed works.
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.
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.
Utilized Adobe Creative Suite to edit images and create interesting and relevant designs for the collages.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Forsyth House, 713 Barnard Street, Savannah, GA.
My living quarters and studio space for the Spring 2016 8-week residency.
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.
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.