Stretching large raw canvases and using gestural strokes of acrylic, Kira Milligan uses a compilation of reference aerial photos to sketch her memories of looking out of an airplane window at the East African landscape below. Watch this news page for a statement and detail shots when the piece is completed, and updates as the artist continues to experiment with this scale and medium.
For the past several months, after graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design in November, Kira Milligan has been living and working at her high school alma mater, Rift Valley Academy (RVA), in Kijabe, Kenya. RVA is an international boarding school, providing education to children of missionaries to the African continent. This brings students of many different backgrounds together, giving students and staff members alike a cross-cultural learning experience and environment. Milligan has been helping to teach in several art classes with varying age groups, as well as giving extra help sessions to students in French classes.
In addition, Milligan simultaneously works on independent projects and a commission painting for the school's newly renovated coffee shop. Using RVA's art facilities as a studio (below), with the scenic Rift Valley as a backdrop, Milligan paints a favorite local restaurant with a wistful approach. Returning to live and work in Washington D.C. at the end of February, Milligan stays busy- giving back to RVA, and learning from students and staff members alike.
At the end of her last semester of studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Kira Milligan helped to organize and participated in an international exhibition in France. The Lacoste Open Studio Exhibition rounded out the end of the school's study abroad program that gave 88 participants an intensive 9 weeks of traveling and producing work. Curated by William Ruller, along with Sarah Horan, Jason Kofke, Matthew Landrus, and Jeremy Moorshead, the exhibition was held throughout various gallery spaces in the preserved medieval village of Lacoste. Kira Milligan showed 6 works on paper and 2 sketchbooks in this vernissage, all of which were made during this residency in Lacoste.
For more information on the exhibition, see previous post.
On Friday, November 11th and on Saturday, November 12th, the Savannah College of Art and Design presents a curated Open Studio Exhibition at the Lacoste, France campus. From 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. on both days, 88 students will participate, showing everything from prints and photos to paintings and storyboards, many of which convey a personal approach to the experience of living in Provence for 2 months.
Refreshments served and work for sale in 7 different gallery spaces around the quaint village of Lacoste.
Graduating senior Kira Milligan will have work in multiple galleries, showing paintings celebrating unfiltered light as well as large architectural drawings with irregular scribbling alongside uniform mark-making. Several of her sketchbooks will also be exhibited, giving insights into her process of documenting places and details.Read More
Following a short, but richly-packed week of visual stimulation spent studying in Paris, Kira Milligan writes for the SCAD Painting Lacoste blog on what drove her to fill a 30 page sketchbook in 4 days.
Are you dreaming of experiencing Southern France from an artist's perspective? Live vicariously through the SCAD Painting Lacoste Blog, featuring everything from quick sketches to stunning paintings- from weekly excursions around Provence to five art-packed days in Paris.
Who are the geniuses behind this marvelous virtual experience? We are a group of artists from the Savannah College of Art and Design, coming together from all corners of the world to share this unique opportunity to study abroad in Lacoste, France.
Our mission is to EXPLORE, LEARN and PAINT!Read More
Refreshments Provided and Artwork for Sale:
On Friday, Oct. 21st, the SCAD Painting Department hosts its annual Fall Open Studio Event. A juried selection of SCAD student artwork is on display in the upstairs gallery of Alexander Hall (668 Indian St., Savannah, GA), where guests will also have the opportunity to view in-progress works in the studios of graduate and senior Painting students.
This video compilation of images gives the opportunity to see some of the different stages of the painting, Mt. Kenya Curio Shop. The final image can be seen at the following link:
September 15th, 2016 marks this fall's beginning of the Savannah College of Art and Design's Study Abroad semester in Lacoste, France. This small campus village in the Provence region has long been a destination for artists- before being owned by SCAD, it was frequented by artists enraptured by its light. Today, SCAD's study-abroad program allows students the opportunity to dive into their craft, and explore neighboring cities as well as major art museums and cultural landmarks. For more information, see: https://www.scad.edu/locations/lacoste
Kira Milligan will be spending eight weeks studying Landscape Painting and Architectural History, combining a love of the landscape and the built environment to fill sketchbooks and produce works on paper. Stepping away from her current painting practice of starting with photo-references from her home in Kenya, Milligan will instead work en plein air, immersing herself in the French landscape.
Above: The Savannah College of Art and Design names Kira Milligan the 2016 undergraduate recipient of the School of Fine Arts Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.
Rounding out the 2015-2016 academic year, the Savannah College of Art and Design recently presented 21 graduating Painting seniors in a diverse group exhibition at the Alexander Hall Gallery in Savannah, GA.
The exhibition was juried by the faculty of the painting department as well as Amanda York, the SCAD assistant curator of exhibitions. The reception took place on Friday, June 3rd, and included an award ceremony, judged by guest curator, Aaron Levi Garvey.
For more information, see the SCAD Painting Department Blog.
The night of June 2nd, 2016, nostalgia was in the air. Painting senior Kira Milligan and Photography senior Alexis Hagestad were just two days away from graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design when they brought together family, friends, out of towners, law enthusiasts, local art-lovers, and more for an exhibition reminiscing landscapes. Surrounded by Hagestad's dreamy Savannah-scapes and Milligan's wistful recollections of home, the night was full of new introductions alongside touching goodbyes. The art sparked a sentiment of retrospect: remembering life-in-transition and examining land-in-transition.
For more information about the exhibition, visit:
On June 2nd, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Savannah Law School presents "In-Between Paradise", a collaborative art exhibition showcasing the works of senior Photography student, Alexis Hagestad and senior Painting student, Kira Milligan.
"In-Between Paradise" uses reminiscant landscapes to question notions of idealism, while highlighting human alterations to the land. While the artists come from differing backgrounds and disciplines, both Hagestad and Milligan explore the environment's ability to evoke nostalgia.
The exhibition is located on the 4th floor of the Savannah Law School, at 516 Drayton St., Savannah, GA.
**Please note the law school parking lot is reserved for permit holders only
Refreshments will be served at the reception.
For more information and a sneak peak at some of the work, see the "In-Between Paradise" Exhibition website:
On the night of Friday, May 20th, the group exhibition INHABIT, including artists Cassandra Benevento, Haley Howard, and Kira Milligan, invited the public to engage in a dialogue surrounding humanity and the environment. The show's success provided a percentage from the sale of artwork to be donated to the Georgia Nature Conservancy. Visit the exhibition website to see more photos from the show.
Oglethorpe Gallery is pleased to present Inhabit, a group exhibition featuring artists Kira Milligan, Cassandra Benevento, and Haley Howard, on May 20th - May 23rd, 2016. The exhibition will showcase their separate bodies of work that are woven together by their interests in the interactions between humanity and the environment. While the three artists all work with oil paint, the stylistic approaches, subject matter, and paint application varies greatly from one artist to the next.
For more information and a sneak peak at some of the work, see the INHABIT Exhibition website:
On the weekend of May 5th, 2016, thirteen SCAD Painting club undergraduate and graduate students expanded their learning environment by traveling to New York City for several important art world events. The itinerary included relevant contemporary fairs and museums, including the Frieze Art Fair, the 1:54 African Art Fair, the MOMA, and more. Documenting their experiences by posting updates and blogging about the trip along the way*, the Alexander Collective Club students hope to share some insights** into the contemporary art scene through the lens of a student.
*Follow their adventure here:
**Learn even more about the trip at a presentation given by B.F.A. candidate Kira Milligan and M.F.A. candidate Marcus Dunn on Friday, May 13th, from 4 pm – 5 pm in Alexander Hall Auditorium, Savannah, GA campus.
Three 4' x 6' stretcher bars were built.
7' x 15' of canvas was bought.
Expect new work soon.