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CELESTIAL SEAFARERS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 & 23, 2024

7:30 PM - 10:30PM

Celebrate National Maritime Day at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum by experiencing Celestial Seafarers, a multi-artist nautical collaboration evoking the light and sounds of a nighttime voyage.

National Maritime Day recognizes the maritime industry, and is observed annually on May 22, the date in 1819 that the SS Savannah departed on the world’s first transoceanic steamship voyage, from Savannah to Liverpool, England.

This two-day festival will feature artists’ installations throughout the gardens as well as inside the Scarbrough House. Sail away with us and immerse yourself in a unique experience from the moment you enter the gardens to when you step inside the museum!

ADMISSION

General Admission $20

  • Museum & garden access

  • 1 Free Museum Ticket for return visit

VIP Admission $60

  • Museum & garden access

  • 2 Free Drink tickets

  • 1 Schooner year-long membership

Member Admission FREE

  • 2 Free Drink tickets

Members, click here to RSVP!

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MEET THE ARTISTS

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Joshua Alexander

Joshua makes fixed, mixed, and multi-media works concerned with the tactile, metaphorical, and poetic layers of energies often overlooked amidst our sheer volume of daily obligations and spontaneities. His aim is to highlight these perceptions and their myriad interpretations. Inevitably, no matter how we define energy, we all experience its panoply of attributes: abundance, scarcity, flow, stagnation, and beyond.

Greg Finger

Greg Finger is a digital artist specializing in interactive multimedia installations, who has exhibited interactive works and public art installations in China and the United States. 

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Marcus Kenney

Marcus Kenney (b. 1972) was born and raised in rural Louisiana and lives and works in Savannah, Georgia. Kenney earned an M.F.A. in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He works in many mediums including sculpture, painting and photography and neon. ​ Kenney's narrative works present a tumultuous clash of imagery reflecting America’s melting pot of culture and considering issues including consumerism, environmentalism, religion, mortality, identity, race relations and authority. ​ Kenney has exhibited in museums, institutions, galleries and art fairs internationally, including Tel Aviv, Paris, London, Montréal, New York, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Miami and Portland. His work has been featured and reviewed in Art in America, New American Painting, Artpapers, New York Times, Boston Globe, ArtVoices, Atlanta Journal Constitution, New York Art Magazine, and Art News.

Kevin Kirkwood

Kevin Kirkwood is a multi-disciplined designer based in Savannah, Georgia. His current studio practice dances between creating small-scale conceptual installations and making acrylic paintings. Kirkwood has shown his work across the United States. Including, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, Georgia, The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in San Luis Obispo, California, and the Lowe Art Museum in Miami, Florida.

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Kristopher Maedke-Russell

Kristopher Maedke-Russell is a performance and installation artist dealing primarily in hand-made practical effects and video hardware with techniques derived from the American light show scene that emerged in the 1960's. His compositions employ kinetic elements and additive color mixing to expand the boundaries of household materials and obsolete technology.

Will Penny

Will Penny is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice incorporates an assortment of media ranging from painting, video, sculpture, programming, and projection. His work aims to combine traditional art making tools with new technologies, to create space to explore themes such as embodiment, presence, fantasy, and the sublime. He was born in Woodstock, Ontario in 1984, and lives and works in Savannah, Georgia. He received his MFA in Painting and BFA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design, and a diploma in Fine Art from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. ​ His work has been exhibited at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Francis Marion University, Florence; Telfair Museums, Savannah; The Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon; Georgia Southern University, Statesboro; and HUBweek, Boston. He is the recipient of the SCAD Dean’s Fellowship award, and his work has been acquired by collections such as Telfair Museums, Savannah; Google Ventures, New York; and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta.

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Abby Portner

Abigail Portner is a production designer, illustrator and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Best known for her collaborations and whimsical set designs for Animal Collective, Abby also directs music videos, designs sets and video content for bands like Lucius and Andrew Bird. She creates large scale, interactive installations and draws playful illustrations for t-shirts and record covers. Abby graduated from Parsons School of Design in NYC. Her love of theatre, music and children's shows got her interested in making large scale sculptures and set designs...since then she has never stopped.

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Todd Schroeder

Todd Schroeder is an artist based in Savannah, GA where he is a professor of painting at The Savannah College of Art and Design. He has a varied studio practice focusing on painting, drawing, and object making - often working with print media. Schroeder has shown his work internationally including solo shows at White Columns in New York, Jepson Center - Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, William Busta Gallery in Cleveland, Savannah College of Art and Design’s Pinnacle Gallery, Kent State University, Gallery Stokes in Atlanta, and Laney Contemporary in Savannah. He has been in numerous group exhibitions, including shows at Bridget Donahue Gallery, Exit Art, AC Project Room, and 407 Gallery, all in New York City - Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Cleveland State University, Oberlin College’s Here Here Gallery, Moot gallery in Hong Kong, as well as several venues in Serbia and Montenegro including the Contemporary Art Center Montenegro in Podgorica, the National Gallery of Serbia in Belgrade, and the Contemporary Art Museum of Vojvodina in Novi Sad. Schroeder’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Out/New York, ArtPulse Magazine, and The Cleveland Plain Dealer, among others.

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Matt Van Rys

I’m an art educator teaching digital communications at SCAD Savannah. I’m also Co-Founder of Pläd where I mostly work as a motion designer. I’m originally from Canada, but I am also an American citizen. I have a B.A. in Art from Dordt University, where I emphasized in Graphic Design, Art History, and Fine Art. I have also earned an M.F.A. in Motion Media Design from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where my academic focus was in projection mapping, experiential installation, and interactive projection art. I have been a commercial designer for over eighteen years now, working in branding, advertising, print, web, and motion design. I worked for an advertising agency for nine years and have been a freelance designer ever since. I have also been an art professor, teaching courses in web design, motion graphics, and advanced graphic design prior to my current teaching work.

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