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.
Mir Zafar Ali
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.