2019 honored guests
Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.
The star of Netflix's Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Ellie Kemper has earned two Emmy Award and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for her breakout performance. Previously, Kemper portrayed Erin Hannon on NBC's hit sitcom The Office. She first gained attention with her one-woman show Feeling Sad/Mad with Ellie Kemper at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Kemper's other credits include a costarring role in Bridesmaids and appearances in 21 Jump Street, Identity Thief, They Came Together and Somewhere. A graduate of Princeton University, Kemper has also written for GQ, Esquire, McSweeney's, The Onion, and The New Yorker.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m.
With leading-man charisma and charm that translates to the big screen, television and stage, David Boreanaz is a force to be reckoned with and has continued to earn rave reviews for his work on the hit CBS drama SEAL Team. In addition to his starring role on the show, he is a producer and often pulls triple duty as director. Prior to joining CBS, Boreanaz was seen for 12 seasons on FOX's Bones, where he also served as a producer and director.
The son of a weather forecaster, Boreanaz was exposed to the TV business at a young age. After graduating from Ithaca College, he moved to Los Angeles to try his luck in Hollywood, getting his first break with a guest spot on Married… with Children.
He then landed a guest-starring role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, vaulting him to stardom as the mysterious vampire Angel. He continued the role in a spinoff series, Angel, where he also made his directing debut. Boreanaz's other television credits include Full Circle, Family Guy, American Dad! and a Bones and Sleepy Hollow crossover event.
Boreanaz's film credits include The Mighty Macs, These Girls, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, The Hard Easy, Mr. Fix It and I'm with Lucy. On stage, Boreanaz starred in the off-Broadway production of Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, A Hatful of Rain at the Ensemble Theatre and Italian American Reconciliation and Fool for Love at the Gardner Stage.
Mir Zafar Ali
Friday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.
A native of Karachi, Pakistan, Mir Zafar Ali has achieved remarkable success as a visual effects artist on some of the most popular and honored animated films of all time. In the last six years alone, he has contributed to animated feature film Oscar winners Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia, along with Oscar nominee Moana.
Ali started out working on digital effects for Roland Emmerich's 2004 disaster epic The Day After Tomorrow. This led to superhero work on Spider-Man 3, Ghost Rider, The Incredible Hulk and X-Men: First Class and classic cartoon revamps Yogi Bear and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. During this time, his talents became more widely known working on The Golden Compass and Life of Pi, both Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects.
Inspired by Jurassic Park as a child, Ali knew what he wanted to do at a very young age. He began working on television commercials in Pakistan before moving to the U.S. to enroll at SCAD. With one quarter left before graduating, he sent his reel to visual effects powerhouse Digital Domain and was on his way to Los Angeles two weeks later. He returned to SCAD to complete his degree in 2015.
Awarded at signature events throughout this 40th anniversary year, the SCAD40 Prize is presented to graduates who give all of themselves — hand, head and heart — to their creative careers in the highest ranks of culture and business.
Cast of NBC's New Amsterdam
Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m.
Celebrate the talented cast of this inspiring medical drama. New Amsterdam tells the story of a new medical director intent on breaking the rules to heal the system at America's oldest public hospital.
Cast award winners:
Select members will be in attendance to accept the award.