Julie Arnold, a 2015 graduate of Chancellor High School, won runner-up in the individual competition at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s 37th annual Sidewalk Arts Festival.

The annual event turns Forsyth Park in Savannah, Ga., into one of the city’s largest public arts festivals with hundreds of hand-chalked sidewalk squares. Arnold, a 21-year-old junior in production design, created a striking image named “Peaceful Leopard.” She is the daughter of Scott Arnold and Donna Mills.

A panel of judges selected winners for various categories, spotlighting exemplary work. Awards were given for first place and runner-up.

Arnold wanted to share her recognition with her mentors back home.

“It would mean the world to me if I could shout out the Chancellor High School Art Department, specifically Matt Armentrout and Toni Scott, because they are the reason I am here [at SCAD] today,” she said in an email.

The annual festival celebrates the art college’s family-centric environment, international reputation and inspiring, creative culture. The intricate pieces of art on sidewalk squares were scheduled to remain in place, as long as the weather held, during SCAD’s Family and Alumni Weekend, April 27–29.

In addition to hundreds of chalk designs, SCAD graduates created a live mural and festive windsocks along the middle length of the park.

SCAD teamed up with acclaimed fashion designer Billy Reid to provide a unique shopping opportunity for visiting guests, family and alumni. Proceeds of sales from the exclusive “pop-up” shop held at Poetter Hall benefit SCAD scholarships.

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Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425 cdyson@freelancestar.com

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