Ornament Magazine

VOL37.1 2014

Ornament is the leading magazine celebrating wearable art. Explore jewelry, fashion, beads; contemporary, ancient and ethnographic.

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SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN Patrick R. Benesh-Liu I n this day and age, we are blessed by many opportunities and challenges. Although the realities of our economy mean there are definite obstacles in obtaining our dream job, so too are we enabled by having tools in place in order to reach them. Education, in this instance, is that double-edged sword. Corporations and market forces dictate that certain careers are more advantageous (to whom, we must inquire), in terms of monetary gain and financial success, but one would think after so many years of human development that personal satisfaction and fulfillment would rank high in society's priorities. Apparently, this is what the founders and faculty of the Savannah College of Art & Design consider as part of their mission. Established in 1978 in southeast Georgia, SCAD's purpose was to provide professional artistic training to the residents of the surrounding region, and form a locus from which to branch and create more campuses to expedite this goal globally. The school took an interesting approach to building its physical structure. Instead of constructing new edifices, SCAD had historic buildings and landmarks from around the town of Savannah renovated into new lives as classrooms. To this day, this practice is followed in its other three locations, Atlanta, Lacoste in France, and Hong Kong, and its students and faculty are themselves involved in the renovation process. As far as the central campus is concerned, every major college building is repurposed, except for the dormitories. This includes a formidable museum, which though having passed through many different incarnations used to be the Central of Georgia Railway headquarters.

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