SVA mourns the passing of its founder and Chairman, Silas H. Rhodes, who died in his sleep on June 28, 2007, at age 91. Mr. Rhodes co-founded the Cartoonists and Illustrators School in 1947, renaming it School of Visual Arts in 1956. He brought his vision for the College to full fruition over the course of 60 years, which included hiring professionals working in the arts as faculty, making SVA an active part of the NYC community, and ensuring that humanities and liberal arts courses take a prominent role alongside studio courses. The New York Times reported on Mr. Rhodes’ passing and his legacy in a June 30, 2007, obituary.
Milton Glaser, a faculty and board member at SVA since 1961, has been named acting chairman of the board. “Silas Rhodes lived a rich and remarkable life,” says Glaser. “His unwavering devotion to art education has benefited thousands of students and teachers over the last half-century.” A memorial fund will be established in Mr. Rhodes’ name. For more information, contact The Alumni Society of School of Visual Arts, Inc. at 212.592.2300.
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