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SCAD pays tribute to Virginia Jackson Kiah, civil rights activist, educator, painter and museum founder, with a permanent collection, “Live Your Vision: An Online Exhibition by Virginia Jackson Kiah. The gallery will live online with no official closing date. SCAD will pay homage to Kiah’s lifelong desire to inspire future artists to live their vision through this non-traditional online space. “Virginia Kiah believed in the power of creativity, imagination and dreams,” said DJ Hellerman, curator of Savannah College of Art and Design. “This is also the SCAD philosophy. She saw the importance of sharing these three things with the young people who will become the future. For Kiah, art and life have always been linked. This exhibition is a great way for us to honor its heritage and share its values with the widest possible audience. Virginia Jackson Kiah lived from 1911 to 2001. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the Philadelphia Museum School of Art in 1931; his Master of Arts from Columbia University in 1950; and honorary doctorate. of the humanities of the SCAD in 1986. Kiah comes from a family of activists; her mother Lillie May Carroll Jackson was active in the civil rights movement. Kiah opened the Kiah Museum in 1959 in his mother’s home, dedicated to his mother’s role in activism. For 30 years, Kiah was president of the Baltimore Chapter of the NAACP and advocated for nonviolent change against racial segregation. In 1951, Kiah and her husband Calvin Lycurgus Kiah – 1910-1994 – moved to Savannah. She was an acclaimed figurative artist who painted people she met throughout her life, such as family, friends, strangers, and celebrities. “Kiah’s work allows us to see what mattered to her, what she cared about, and the many different people she met in her daily life,” Hellerman added. Kiah has a ten-year relationship with SCAD and was appointed to the Board of Trustees until 1997. A building of the SCAD Art Museum was renamed in her honor in 1993. And Kiah herself created the Kiah Painting Exchange, which is still active today. His portraits and drawings in oil, watercolor and graphite are exhibited at SCAD. “Some of the portraits painted by Kiah hang in classrooms and other buildings on the SCAD Savannah campus,” said Michelle Gavin, executive director of communications at Savannah College of Art and Design. “Many of his works are too fragile to be exhibited. An online exhibition means anyone, anywhere, can view their collection of works and learn more about this treasured artist from the savannah.
“Live Your Vision: An Online Exhibition by Virginia Jackson Kiah” is SCAD’s first permanent online exhibition. Watch, visit scadmoa.org/exhibitions/live-your-vision-an-online-exhibition.