The ACA Gallery at the Savannah College of Art and Design, located in the Woodruff Arts Center, is closing its doors Friday, September 2.
P.J. Johnson, vice president of SCAD-Atlanta, said the school’s five-year lease expired this summer and that the Woodruff Arts Center is taking back the space to serve its own programming needs. No arts center officials were available for comment.
SCAD has opened the 1600 Gallery off the lobby of its main Atlanta building as a replacement. At 1,250 square feet, it is smaller than the Woodruff space, but Johnson expressed confidence that it will accommodate the same types of shows the college has presented during the past six years.
At present, the focus is the October 29 opening of the school’s new museum in Savannah. The 82,000-square-foot Savannah College of Art and Design Museum will open with solo exhibitions of Bill Viola, Liza Lou, Kendall Buster and Kehinde Wiley.
In addition to temporary shows, the museum will present rotating exhibitions that feature selections from the Walter O. Evans Collection of African-American Art, the Earle W. Newton Collection of British and American Art and SCAD’s permanent collection. The André Leon Talley Gallery will be devoted to style and design. The museum will also house classrooms, a 250-seat theater, a terrace and outdoor projection screen, a conservation studio and a café.
Laurie Ann Farrell, director of exhibitions, and the recently appointed chief curator, Isolde Brielmaier, will run SCAD’s exhibition programs.
Johnson said SCAD-Atlanta could decide to seek an off-campus museum space, but not for a few years. One can only hope that it matches the ambition of the new museum that serves its flagship canvas.