SCAD Wins Interior Design Magazine's "Best of Year" Award

12/10/17

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) today announced "Chroma" by Carlos Cruz-Diez was named the premier exhibition in Interior Design's 12th annual Best of Year (BoY) awards. Award winners were selected from nearly 2,300 submissions in 113 design categories.

"Chroma" was the centerpiece exhibition for SCAD's 2017 deFINE ART event, where Cruz-Diez served as the keynote honoree. A selection of new works specifically conceived for the SCAD Museum of Art, "Chroma" featured indoor and outdoor installations. The exhibition invited museum guests to engage with Cruz-Diez's language of color theory, its application to his work in color and light, and learn about his career. ArtiCruz, a contemporary atelier founded by Cruz-Diez's son, Jorge Cruz, produced the works.

"Chroma" also exhibited Dec. 6 through 10 at SCAD AT MIAMI, presented by SCAD and Untitled, Miami Beach, alongside work by SCAD alumni Christopher Paul Dean, Cory Imig and Britt Spencer.

"The prestigious Best of Year award for exhibition design recognizes SCAD's superlative presentation of all exhibits in three SCAD museums," said SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace. "SCAD knows art. SCAD knows interior design. We are truly honored to be selected as Best of this Year."

Interior Design's Best of Year is the design industry's premier awards program, honoring the most significant work of the year and recognizing designers, architects and manufacturers from around the globe. The BoY Awards ceremony was held Dec. 1 at the IAC Building in New York City and attracted more than 1,000 design professionals. Winners and honorees are featured in the December issue of Interior Design magazine, and on InteriorDesign.net.

SCAD undergraduate and graduate interior design programs were ranked No. 1 by DesignIntelligence earlier this year. Over the past 10 years, SCAD interior design programs have achieved a No. 1 standing an unprecedented 12 times.

About the exhibition

"Chroma" considers Cruz-Diez's fundamental concerns regarding the transformative possibility that color is diachronic and unstable, dependent on individual perception, space and context. Cruz-Diez's works are — aside from their aesthetic uniqueness — provocations completed by the viewers' movement in the artist's chromatic environments, where objects deliver a profound viewer experience. In the words of Cruz-Diez himself: "The world of color is the world of emotion."

An outdoor intervention in the form of a large, altered shipping container extends the dialogue from the inside of the exhibition venue to the outside public space, a strategy in which the artist invites viewers to integrate an experience of color into their daily routines. These public gestures encourage viewers to reformulate their relationship to the urban landscape as a space that can be inhabited both critically and joyfully.

About the SCAD Museum of ArtHoused in the oldest surviving antebellum railroad depot in the country, the SCAD Museum of Art is a teaching museum that features emerging and established voices in the contemporary art world through commissioned artworks and temporary exhibitions. In 2016-2017, the SCAD Museum of Art welcomed nearly 44,000 visitors and hosted an ambitious roster of 32 exhibitions.

The museum has presented world-renowned artists including Jane Alexander, Radcliffe Bailey, Subodh Gupta, Alfredo Jaar, Sigalit Landau, Liza Lou, Ebony G. Patterson, Robin Rhode, Bill Viola, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley and Fred Wilson, as well as site-specific installations by artists such as Daniel Arsham, Kendall Buster, Jose Dávila, Michael Joo and Odili Donald Odita. The SCAD Museum of Art features the work of prominent artists in fashion and design like Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Westwood, Dakota Jackson and Steven and William Ladd. Permanent collections at the museum include the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art, the Modern and Contemporary Art Collection, the Earle W. Newton Collection of British and American Art, the 19th- and 20th-century Photography Collection and the SCAD Costume Collection.

The university offers, free of charge, award-winning curriculum guides aligned to National Core Arts Standards and other standards for K-12 teachers and students.

About SCAD MuseumsSCAD is the only university to host three museums: SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, Atlanta, GA; and SCAD Lacoste History Center, Lacoste, France. In 2017, the economic impact associated with SCAD museum visitors totaled more than $1.5 million in the state of Georgia.

Situated within the SCAD Atlanta campus, SCAD FASH focuses on the future of fashion design, connecting conceptual to historical principles of dress — whether ceremonial, celebratory or informal — and welcomes visitors of all ages to engage with dynamic exhibitions, captivating films and educationally enriching events. Within nearly 10,000 square feet of elegant and adaptable exhibition space, SCAD FASH brings a distinct schedule of fashion-focused exhibitions and compelling films to the heart of Midtown Atlanta.

The SCAD Lacoste History Center preserves timeless artifacts from the depth of Lacoste's medieval structures. SCAD Lacoste facilities and artifacts date from the Ninth to the 19th centuries.

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