The Wilde Years [at SPD]

The Wilde Years [at SPD]

If you're an SVA graphic design department alum, then you remember sitting in the darkened 23rd Street amphitheater, hoping that your work would appear on screen in Richard's class. If you're as old as I am, you designed your name in many moods on the large handouts that were distributed each week, or created a work of art on a printout of a brick wall. Maybe you even had that assignment where you mailed Richard an envelope that said something about YOU. I can't remember what I had for dinner last night, but I remember those Richard Wilde assignments like they were yesterday.

I can't say enough great things about Richard Wilde. I learned so much in his class back in the '81-'82 school year and have continued to learn from him in the many years since. For those of you who aren't my SVA peeps, Richard Wilde is, well, the BEST. He's a truly amazing educator whose joy and passion for teaching are inspiring to those of us in the classroom today. And he's a great guy, to boot.

Richard Wilde is co-author with his lovely wife Judith, of books that serve as required reading for design students across the country, and counts the Art Directors Club Special Educators Award among the almost 200 citations and honors he's received (so far). He founded the graphic design department at SVA in 1974 and has served on the boards of the ADC, the TDC and the AIGA. I could go on and on about all the other stuff Richard's done, but for me, the most important is his contribution to American design education.

SVA is celebrating Richard Wilde's 40th anniversary at the school with a special exhibit of work from 200 alumni, a special reception and a fancy dinner. We've got all sorts of other things in the works, too (hopefully, a book!). Left to his grateful students, we'd plan a freakin' parade and put Richard on a float. He's that special to us.

Please join me at the SPD Speakeasy next Tuesday, October 6th, at the Helen Mills Theatre to help kick off the month-long celebration of all things Wilde. And book early online so you can say hello to a truly great guy from Brooklyn--SVA's Richard Wilde.

Refueling: Putting Myself Back Into My Work

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Helen Mills Theatre
137-139 West 26th Street (between 6th & 7th Aves), NYC

7:00 - 8:30 PM, doors open at 6:30

SPD Members, $10 in advance, $15 at the door, if tickets remain, CASH ONLY
Non-Members, $15 in advance, $20 at the door, if tickets remain, CASH ONLY
Students & faculty with valid ID:  $7 in advance, $5 at the door, if tickets remain, CASH ONLY

Register in advance (and save $5 off the door price!) by clicking the button above or the form below OR call SPD at 212-223-3332 by noon on Monday, October 5th for advance tickets; after Monday the 5th, tickets can be purchased at the door Tuesday evening, if they remain, CASH ONLY.

RSVP early!  All tickets, and seating, are first come, first served.


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