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We cherish our memories with SVAD students who've spent years in our school and called it their home. 

Our alumni are an active group, using the skills they learned at SVAD in a variety of ways.  We love to hear from our graduates as they make their way in the world. Keep in touch with us by sending us an update

Distinguished Alumni Award

Every year, the School of Visual Art and Design presents this award to distinguished members of our alumni community. 

Wade Sellers (BA '96, media arts) is a Columbia, SC based media producer and owner of the media production company Coal Powered Filmworks. For more than 20 years, Sellers has worked actively as a freelance cinematographer for independent documentary films, and on commercial projects for national brands. His filmography includes six major documentary projects as Director/Editor or Producer/Director.

 Todd Herman (MA '96, art history) is a former Chief Curator at the Columbia Museum of Art, former Director and CEO of the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. In 2018, he was named President and CEO of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC.

Adam Shiverdecker (MFA '09, studio art) is an assistant professor in Spatial Art [Sculpture] and the Program Area Coordinator at San José State University. 

Alumni Group

Join SVAD's alumni group to reconnect with your community and learn about opportunities for graduates in the arts.

Alumni Panel

Are you interested in sharing your professional experience with students by speaking on a future alumni panel? The panel discussions we host introduce students to careers in the arts, media and culture industries. Alumni panel discussions are designed for audiences of current students and can take place in person or online.  Send an email to to learn more.

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