In Conversation with Paula Wallace

Alumni Atelier Interview: Eric Ross

Conceived and endowed by SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace, the Alumni Atelier program enriches the creative and professional endeavors of distinguished SCAD graduates. The program helps SCAD alumni advance their careers and strengthen their connection with their alma mater through the university’s global network of emerging and established artists and scholars.

Eric Ross (M. Arch, 2010; B.F.A., architecture, 2009) is an award-winning director at William McDonough + Partners in Charlottesville, Virginia. …


Alumni Atelier Interview with Kacie Willis

Conceived and endowed by SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace, the Alumni Atelier program enriches the creative and professional endeavors of distinguished SCAD graduates. The program helps SCAD alumni advance their careers and strengthen their connection with their alma mater through the university’s global network of emerging and established artists and scholars.

Kacie Willis (M.F.A., sound design, 2013) was named and pinned as one of two Alumni Atelier ambassadors for the fall 2020 quarter. Willis is a visionary podcaster and cultural commentator. Born in Detroit and based in Atlanta, she is a founding producer…


The distress call sounded sometime after the U.S.S. Goodhue slid past the international dateline. The tiny atoll of Midway — site of the U.S. Navy’s pivotal victory over Imperial Japanese forces two and a half years earlier — lay astern in the night sea. And now, finally, in December 1945, after years of suffering on all sides, the Empire of Japan was defeated and occupied. The Second World War was over. American servicemembers, by the thousands, boarded troop carriers bound for home. Still, hardships and danger remained.

Aboard the Goodhue, newly promoted U.S. Army Sgt. Paul E. Poetter — my…


You won’t find my 2020 Word of the Year in Merriam-Webster’s — indeed, it’s not “pandemic,” “mask,” or “Zoom.” All terms we’ve heard a lot this year. No, my verbum anni is people-centered. Both a noun and verb, it exudes camaraderie, esprit de corps, action. Results. Positivity and perseverance. Purpose, promise, and pluck. My word, dear friends, near and far, is “quaranteam.”

“Quaranteam” joined our lexicon last spring, and derivatives quickly followed. “Quaranteams” formed and began “quaranteaming,” then celebrated accomplishments they’d “quaranteamed.” Neologisms, all! Literal and literary manifestations of adaptability, creativity, and vitality. Humor, too: a pair of West Hollywood…


shopSCAD’s unique retail gallery in Savannah, Georgia, has delighted window shoppers, tourists and collectors of fine art for the past decade.

Tis the season for giving — and finding the perfect present for friends and family! Thoughtfully chosen gifts stir curiosity and imagination just as they wrap loved ones in warmth and gratitude. As we close out 2020, it only feels right to celebrate those who’ve encouraged us throughout the year. Read along to discover a trove of SCADtastic treasures, all from our magnificent alumni — each sure to delight…

From sparkling chandelier earrings by Lilli Dokken to colorful pieces including Kel Cadet’s R-Ki-Tekt necklaces and graphic design alumna Kathleen Grebe’s acrylic necklaces and rings, shopSCAD has dozens of unique jewelry…


SCAD Alumni Atelier Ambassador Eny Lee Parker.

“In Eny Lee Parker’s hands, clay has unlimited potential,” proclaims a recent Surface magazine headline that celebrates the artist’s nuanced works. Indeed, Eny Lee embraces unbridled experimentation as an accomplished ceramic artist and sculptor — a jeweler, too. She’s a SCAD alumna with degrees in furniture and interior design and, as a SCAD Alumni Atelier Ambassador, she represents the exuberant elegance and professional possibilities of our global community of SCAD grads.

The SCAD Alumni Atelier, a quarter-long artist ambassadorship, is truly a watershed experience exclusive to our creative hive. During ambassadorships, SCAD grads reconnect with the SCAD family, realize works…


U.S. Army Cpl. Paul E. Poetter and fellow servicemen at Ft. McPherson, GA on June 4, 1941

Throughout this year, marking the 75th anniversary of the end of a war that ravaged civilizations and reshaped the world map, I have been rereading the wartime letters of my father, U.S. Army Cpl. Paul E. Poetter, who wrote to my mother throughout his deployment. From the restorative power of the written word to the anticipation and opportunity every homecoming brings, each page shares a laugh, or a lesson. Despite the destruction and dread of war that he experienced daily, moment by moment, my father’s letters brim with his humor, optimism, and quiet stoicism. …


Did you know that, every single day, SCAD prominently displays thousands of works of preeminent student and alumni art from the university’s private view collection within and around more than 100 buildings on two continents? Truth! Spectacular sculptures, paintings, photographs and more from our 14,000-work collection are on view at SCAD locations in Atlanta, Savannah, and Lacoste, France — and that’s in addition to the SCAD Museum of Art’s 4,500-work permanent collection. …


Opening Night of the 2019 SCAD Savannah Film Festival

Grab your popcorn and get ready for an all-access pass to SCAD Savannah Film Festival 2020! This year, we’re transporting the big screen to your screen. In a season of firsts, our 23rd annual Film Fest takes a plot twist that even the director didn’t anticipate — the festival’s virtual debut, with more than 170 screenings, industry panels and In Conversation sessions available to watch wherever you are in the world! So, get ready to settle into your seats and sofas. …


“Another rainy day,” U.S. Army Cpl. Paul E. Poetter — my father — wrote home on September 16, 1945, from the Philippines. “As if that wasn’t enough, they have me on K.P. duty today,” he continued, his prose painting a smile-and-shrug. What can you do?! Yet, greasy pots and pans (K.P. duty — “kitchen patrol” — forever the G.I.’s gripe) would not spoil his mood. More than 8,500 miles from home, Cpl. Poetter sought a silver lining and summoned a grin: “Well, it could have been worse. It could have come tomorrow on my birthday. …

Paula Wallace

Designer. Author. President and Founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) || http://scad.edu || http://instagram.com/paulaswallace

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