SCAD’s Virtual Open Studio Event Kicks-Off Friday

"Angular Perception 13," oil on canvas, Diego Cardenas (lé dieguê), M.F.A. painting, Caracas, Venezuela
"Angular Perception 13," oil on canvas, Diego Cardenas (lé dieguê), M.F.A. painting, Caracas, Venezuela
Art-lovers in Savannah who are looking to add another masterpiece to their wall at home can do so without even leaving the house, as the Savannah College of Art and Design will be hosting its virtual SCAD Open Studio from November 13-15. The event will feature over 700 works of art, ranging from a wide variety of mediums created by SCAD students, alumni, and faculty.

The artwork—featuring illustrations, paintings, photography, printmaking, and sculptures—will be on view for purchase beginning at 8 a.m. on November 13 via the event’s website link. Due to the event taking place online, potential buyers wondering how each piece of art will look physically in their new permanent space can access a “view-in-room” feature on the ArtCloud mobile app. The app allows buyers to place the work of art, to scale, directly in front of them.

The previous Open Studio event held virtually in the spring was a success, with over 11,000 virtual guests logging on to view these talented artist’s work.

“It was a great experience, we had about 500 works available for sale and it was such a success that this time around we are including over 700 works featured virtually,” said SCAD Art Sales Associate Director Victoria Gildersleeve. “Everything from sculpture to paintings, photography, illustration, exclusively available on an online exhibition.”

Savannah is a creative and cultural hub filled with talented artists and people, many of whom attend SCAD to further refine their skills. The artwork being shown at this event are jury-selected works and allows the community an opportunity to take home a piece of handcrafted beauty that was developed right in their backyard.

Each piece of art taken home also directly impacts the support of SCAD’s students, as a portion of the proceeds raised at this event will go toward helping students with financial hardships complete their degrees.

As far as future plans are concerned, SCAD hopes to eventually have a physical event while still simultaneously maintaining its virtual presence.

“We’ll do this again in the spring and we’re hoping eventually to have the on-ground components still take place,” said Gildersleeve. “But I think with the success of this virtual platform, and the accessibility to people worldwide to SCAD artwork, it’s something that we are going to continue to do.”

For event participants looking to purchase a piece of art, SCAD offers local pick-up from their Atlanta and Savannah campuses or you can have them shipped directly to your home address.