Savannah College of Art and Design has always made a name for itself as one of the country’s top design schools. Now, they’re creating quite a stir with the environments they are providing for students, faculty and design enthusiasts to relish.
The growing department opened up for the 2011 school year in a new space that was so remarkable that we had to deviate from our normal plan of featuring mostly design studios in the Workspace column of HOW magazine. You can check out this space in the September 2012 issue of HOW magazine, page 20.
The university also has been turning heads with a $26 million landmark rehabilitation project, the largest in SCAD history, to add 65,000 square feet to the SCAD Museum of Art’s existing facility, which now touts 82,000 square feet total.
The contemporary art museum was created expressly to elevate art and design education for SCAD students and art enthusiasts. In order to cultivate public discourse and engage students across SCAD’s 40 majors and nearly 60 minors, exhibitions, installations and performances will be a available throughout the year.
HOW’s art director, Bridgid McCarren, had a chance to view both spaces this past spring. “The museum offers the students access to tremendously talented artists from around the world,” she says. “It also allows the university to appeal to professional organizations as a location for holding an event at SCAD to either meet, hire graduating students or host a function.”
The newly renovated space boasts an enchanting courtyard along with outdoor lecture and performance space, an entrance marked by an 86-foot tall steel and glass lantern, a facade uniting original 19th-century Savannah gray brick with modern materials and much more. McCarren notes that the mix of original and new materials gives the building a strong tie to the rich history of Savannah, while still highlighting modern elements. “Inside the museum, it’s bright with tall windows and long, open spaces. The exhibits have been designed and curated to fit perfectly in the designated spaces,” she says.