On Monday, March 24, past and present members of the SVA community gathered at The Times Center in midtown Manhattan for a tribute to the life of SVA founder Silas H. Rhodes, who passed away on June 28, 2007, at age 91. The event took place in the center’s newly constructed theater space, and featured remarks by Acting Chairman Milton Glaser, MFA Design Department Co-chair Steven Heller and MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department Chair Marshall Arisman, who also served as the evening’s host.
The speakers were followed by a one-hour film that wove together personal reflections on Mr. Rhodes by nearly three dozen current and former members of the College’s faculty, staff and student body, including department chairs Reeves Lehmann, David Shirey and Richard Wilde; faculty members Bob Giraldi, James Victore and Regina Weinreich; and staff members Nick Agjmurati, Julio Torres and Carla Tscherny. Each of the more than 500 attendees received a booklet designed by the Visual Arts Press—which Mr. Rhodes founded and where he served as creative director for over 25 years—featuring archival photographs and a DVD containing both the tribute film and all of the interview footage recorded for the project.
Image: The cover of the Silas H. Rhodes Tribute booklet; design by Brian E. Smith, photo by Mark Paris; © 2008 Visual Arts Press.