Join SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace for a ceremony celebrating Savannah Women of Vision, an elite cadre of trailblazers whose remarkable ideas, insightful leadership, and distinguished service have profoundly sculpted the city of Savannah.
During the ceremony, the honorees will be extolled through prose, music, and art. As a permanent tribute, relief portraits of the women, carved by SCAD alumnus Michael Porten (M.F.A., painting, 2012; B.F.A., illustration, 2004), will adorn the walls of Arnold Hall, home of the SCAD School of Liberal Arts.
The university invites the public to join the celebration. If you’re unable to attend the ceremony, you may still schedule a tour of the portrait gallery in Arnold Hall.
About the investiture
The genesis of President Wallace’s Savannah Women of Vision initiative, which elevates a traditionally underrepresented — and yet tremendously influential — demographic, can be traced to the grand 1930s New Deal-era mural in the historic Arnold Hall theater. The mural, a visual ode to the titans of Savannah’s history, is notable in its omission of women.
By symbolically righting the historical record, Wallace honors these paragons of civic virtue to whom students — men and women alike — can look for inspiration. The university offers tours of the Savannah Women of Vision portrait installation in Arnold Hall to K–12 students and educators. A free curriculum guide provides historical context to the portrait installation.
As Wallace explains, “Savannah as we know it rests on the triumphs of its women — mothers, entrepreneurs, authors, patriots, philanthropists. I created the Savannah Women of Vision at SCAD to illuminate trailblazers and their transcendent work, keeping their names and deeds not only in our hearts but publicly acclaimed. These are our heroines.”
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