Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) President and Founder Paula Wallace celebrates Georgia Day with five new Savannah Women of Vision honorees. Recognizing women of peerless valor, altruism and intellect, the investiture welcomes Miriam Center, Edna Jackson, Mary Lane Morrison, Fredericka Washington and Sema Wilkes into its elite cadre of Savannah trailblazers. The university invites the public to join the celebration at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 at Arnold Hall, located at 1810 Bull St.
This year’s honorees, Miriam Center, Edna Jackson, Mary Lane Morrison, Fredericka Washingron and Sema Wilkes will join the original 10 Savannah Women of Vision, inducted in 2016: Mary Musgrove Matthews Bosomworth, Abigail Minis, Mother Mathilda Beasley, Juliette Gordon Low, Flannery O’Connor, Nancy N. Lewis, Emma Morel Adler, Frances Wong, Alice Andrews Jepson and Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears.
As a permanent tribute, portraits of the five women, carved by SCAD alumnus Michael Porten (B.F.A., illustration; M.F.A., painting), will adorn the walls of Arnold Hall, home to SCAD’s School of Liberal
Wallace created Savannah Women of Vision to elevate recognition of strong female leadership and its salutary influence on society. With the addition of this year’s five honorees, Wallace establishes a vital tradition of civic recognition for the city, commending and commemorating the profound influence of women whose ingenuity and dedication have indelibly shaped Savannah.
The public ceremony will be hosted by SCAD alumna Tiffani Taylor and former Savannah Women of Vision inductee Alice Jepson, and will feature spoken and sung performances by SCAD students and alumnae. Throughout the year, the university will offer tours of the Women of Vision portrait installation in Arnold Hall to K-12 students and educators. A free curriculum guide provides historic context to the portrait installation.
“It goes without saying that women have contributed as much as men to the flourishing and success and vitality of Georgia,” said SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace. “Savannah Women of Vision is a recognition of their life’s work, and an opportunity to honor their legacies.”