The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will open its expanded Museum of Art on October 29. The new structure adds 65,000 square feet to the museum’s original design — 82,000 square feet in total. The design of the SCADMuseum of Art was executed by Christian Sottile of Sottile & Sottile and Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architects, in association with Dawson Architects, and supervised by Martin Smith.
Incorporating the historic Central of Georgia Railroad 1853 depot (the only surviving pre-Civil War railroad complex in the country) with modern materials, including an 86-foot-tall steel and glass lantern, “the revitalized and re-envisioned structure honors the historical elements of the older buildings, preserving parts of the ruins as they exist today,” the press release states.
The press release adds that the new facility includes exhibition space, classrooms, a 250-seat theater, a terrace and outdoor projection screen, a conservation studio, a café and an event atrium. It will include two new galleries: the WalterO.EvansCenter for African American Studies, with a permanent collection of African American art, and the André Leon Talley Gallery, focusing on design and fashion.
The museum will inaugurate its exhibition programming, organized by SCAD Executive Director of Exhibitions Laurie Ann Farrell and Chief Curator of Exhibitions Isolde Brielmayer, with solo exhibitions by Bill Viola, Liza Lou, Kendall Buster and Kehinde Wiley.
More information on SCADMuseum of Art can be found here.