Curated by SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace and Chief Operating Officer Glenn Wallace, and organized by SCAD Museum of Art associate curator Ben Tollefson, the works pay homage to the beauty and magic of the Luberon Valley. The artists were chosen from an array of artistic backgrounds. They were inspired by personal experiences in Lacoste as SCAD students or faculty, or through alumni enrichment programs like the university’s prestigious Alumni Atelier. SCAD’s top-ranked programs in industrial design, graphic design, painting, fibers, fashion, and animation are all represented.
"The village of Lacoste is a space full of rich history and wonderful, hand-hewn structures,” says SCAD sculpture professor Justin Archer. “Rest and inspiration have been a critical aspect of this village and the Luberon region as a whole, drawing in remarkable artists and thinkers for centuries.”
Of his new bronze sculpture entitled En Plein Air, Archer believes it “recognizes that ephemeral beauty, found in the Luberon valley, is a necessary source of peace and restoration. The opportunity to cast this work in bronze at SCAD Studio in Atlanta, gave me the ability to contribute to SCAD's legacy in the region by inspiring local residents, SCAD students, and visitors. I’m tremendously grateful."