The SCAD Museum of Art was founded in 2002 as part of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and originally was known as the Earle W. Newton Center for British American Studies.
The museum’s collection of more than 4,500 pieces includes works of haute couture, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints and more.
The SCAD Museum of Art is a teaching museum, serving Savannah College of Art and Design students and as well as members of the community and other visitors. A focal point is the Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies, a multidisciplinary center for the study, understanding and appreciation of African American culture, art and literature. It is complemented by the new André Leon Talley Gallery, named for the Vogue contributing editor and SCAD Board of Trustees member.
On Oct. 29, 2011 the SCAD Museum opened its doors to a new era, unveiling the most extensive rehabilitation project the university has undertaken since its inception. The revitalized museum features new galleries and classrooms, a 250-seat theater, a terrace and outdoor projection screen, a conservation studio, a museum café, as well as a 12-foot-long orientation touch table. An 86-foot-tall steel and glass lantern welcomes visitors and elegantly redefines the Savannah city skyline.
The SCAD Museum of Art houses the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art, one of the largest collections of African American art in the United States, which includes prized works by Edward Mitchell Bannister, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Robert S. Duncanson, Richard Hunt and Jacob Lawrence, while the Earle W. Newton Center of British and American Art features rare books, antique maps and paintings by William Hogarth, Sir Anthony van Dyck, Thomas Gainsborough and others. SCAD’s permanent collection of more than 4,500 works also includes items by Salvador Dalí, Nicholas Hlobo, Willem de Kooning, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Wangechi Mutu, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Carrie Mae Weems, as well as haute couture from Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Givenchy, among many others.
Upon its re-opening on Oct. 29, 2011, the museum kicked off with exhibitions by renowned contemporary artists Alfredo Jaar, Stephen Antonakos, Liza Lou, Bill Viola, Kendall Buster and Kehinde Wiley.
Walter O. Evans Collections of African American Art
The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art is one of the most important collections of African American visual art dating from the 18th century up to the present.
The collection has been exhibited at many art museums around the country, including the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester in New York, the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina, the Detroit Institute of Arts in Michigan and the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington.
In 2006, part of the collection was donated to the museum.
Earle W. Newton Center for British and American Studies
Created by Earle W. Newton in 2001, this collection of reference materials covers the interconnections between the two countries in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. It also has several hundred portrait paintings by artists from both countries.
The SCAD Costume Collection
The SCAD Costume Collection includes garments donated by Cornelia Guest, daughter of fashion icon C.Z. Guest, and haute couture from Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Givenchy, among others.
The Modern and Contemporary Art Collection
The Modern and Contemporary Art Collection includes an array of Modern art works by major 19th- and 20th-century figures, from Goya and Renoir to Rauschenberg, Dalí and Picasso as well as contemporary works by artists such as Nicholas Hlobo, Yeondoo Jung, Wangechi Mutu, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Carrie Mae Weems.
The 19th- and 20th-century Photography Collection
The 19th- and 20th-century Photography Collection, featuring works by Cartier-Bresson, Mapplethorpe, Leibovitz and Warhol.
The SCAD Museum of Art is a contemporary art and design museum conceived and designed expressly to enrich the educational milieu of SCAD students and professors, and to attract and delight visitors from around the world.
The existing museum was housed in an 1856 Greek Revival structure that was once home to the headquarters of the Central of Georgia Railway.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees in distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors.
For more information, visit scad.edu.