The home campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design is trying to get rid of our sculpture department and building, Boundary Hall. In an attempt to explain their decision, the administration quotes that it is “for a more efficient use of resources across our four campuses”. We need to let them know that this fine art department matters and this building is our home.
SCAD offers a sculpture minor at its Savannah campus, with the major being held in Atlanta. Most students get their first taste of Boundary Hall in their 3D design classes, a required foundations class for most majors. The building welcomes you with an eclectic gallery that always displays a plethora of art works, from found objects to 3D prints and cast metal sculptures. This refreshing variety and enthusiastic display of experimentation and creativity continues to captivate you as you walk through Boundary’s open studios and wood shop. Its contagious passion and joy is undeniably the reason for countless sculpture exhibitions and events, prosperous commissions and fine art careers, serendipitously changed majors, and the providential formation of amazing friendships and memories. In removing the sculpture program and Boundary Hall, SCAD is not just giving up a building, they are eradicating the potentiality of a student to fortuitously stumble upon a deliquescent passion, one that could change their life as it has so many of ours. The fact that sculpture is only a minor here in Savannah does not justify the abandonment of its walls or students. Something needs to be done and we need to be heard.
The art student that should be, and is so rare, is the one whose life is spent in the love and the culture of his personal sensations, the cherishing of his emotions, never undervaluing them, the pleasure of exclaiming them to others, and an eager search for their clearest expression.
-Robert Henri, The Art Spirit