SAVANNAH, Georgia-Furniture designer Dakota Jackson has joined Savannah College of Art and Design as honorary chair of furniture design. Jackson will mentor students from the university’s undergraduate and graduate furniture design programs during his two-year appointment, continuing SCAD’s mission to prepare talented students for creative careers.
“Viewing the historical, cultural, market and technological landscape of design from different vantage points, in addition to developing essential skill sets, is critical to making informed career decisions,” Jackson said in a statement. “Partnering with SCAD, given our shared educational interests, is the perfect forum.”
Jackson will continue his professional design work in New York while helping SCAD’s School of Building Arts administration advance the strategic vision and leadership of the furniture design program, the school said. In addition to mentoring students in the classroom as they master technical skills and develop a unique design aesthetic, Jackson will enhance the program’s emphasis on the business of design.
“Dakota Jackson is the ultimate name in furniture design,” said Paula Wallace, SCAD president and co-founder. “SCAD students are fortunate to learn from an artist of Dakota’s caliber, and his impact on our university community will surely resonate for decades to come.”