Sanford Biggers, deFINE ART 2021 keynote lecturer
This marks the 12th year that SCAD celebrates deFINE ART and the first time all the programming will be virtual. This allows for audiences around the world to tune-in to the three days of arts programming which will include a virtual opening reception, gallery talks, artist conversations, studio visits, and more. There is truly something for all art lovers to enjoy and all the virtual programming is free to watch!
All artists taking part in deFINE ART programming also have new exhibitions on view at SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah or SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion and Film in Atlanta, allowing people to tune-in to the virtual programming during the week and then go see these international artists’ works at our award-winning SCAD museums.
This year deFINE ART exhibitions include sculpture, painting, fibers, architecture, illustration, photography, and costume design which reflect many of our university’s top ranked degree programs.
Sanford Biggers Contra/Diction exhibition is a visceral experience for visitors that speaks to combating racial injustices. Biggers’ exhibition will be on view in the Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies, a permanent gallery space in SCAD Museum of Art dedicated to exhibiting the work of contemporary African American artists.
About Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies
In 2011, SCAD established the Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies within the historic SCAD Museum of Art. Through the generous gift of Ruskin Society member Dr. Walter Evans and his wife Linda, the SCAD Museum of Art is home to more than 60 important works of art by renowned African American artists such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Robert S. Duncanson, Richard Hunt, and Jacob Lawrence. The collection forms the foundation of a multidisciplinary center for the study, understanding and appreciation of African American art and culture.
In addition to the donated historic works in the center, a permanent gallery space in SCAD Museum of Art is dedicated to exhibiting the work of contemporary African American artists. In the decade since its founding, the Evans Center and SCAD MOA have continually exhibited and celebrated Black artists, including internationally heralded exhibitions focused on the legacies of Jacob Lawrence and Frederick Douglass, as well as contemporary exhibitions by Lorraine O’Grady, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Fred Wilson, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Kenturah Davis, and many others.
This event is open to the public. It is presented as part of SCAD deFINE ART 2021