The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is one of the foremost institutions in the Southeast devoted to developing careers in the creative arts. Its affiliated Museum of Art is designed for the enhancement of the curriculum at SCAD, but also for the enrichment of the Savannah community and Southeast region at large.
The Museum’s collection contains works in a wide variety of media, with particular strengths in British, American, and African American art. The affiliated Walter O. Evans Center for African American Art and Earle W. Newton Center for British and American Studies offer space and resources for research into those particular areas of the collection. The SCAD Museum is housed in Kiah Hall, what was once the headquarters building of the Central of Georgia Railway (then known as the Gray Building); it is the oldest surviving railroad office building in the country. The site of the Museum holds a good deal of national historical significance, as the railroad was an indispensable asset During the Civil War, and the complex itself built on the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Savannah.
In 2010, the Museum broke ground on a large renovation project, adding new galleries, art storage, classroom space and a 250-seat theater, all within the original 1853 railroad depot adjoining Kiah Hall. Poetically, the new Walter O. Evans Center for African American Art will be housed within a structure that was almost certainly built by the labor of enslaved African Americans.
Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art (SCAD) Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessible: Limited (first floor is accessible by ramp, with automatic door and ADA restroom)
- Hours: Summer Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; Closed Saturday-Sunday. Winter hours may differ.
- Admission: No charge for admission, though donations are accepted.