On May 6, 2016, the Art Institute of Chicago came alive with the warmth and laughter of old friends and new at the 150th Anniversary Gala for the School of the Art Institute (SAIC). Concluding the yearlong celebration of SAIC’s sesquicentennial, the gala brought together guests, alumni, faculty, and staff to enjoy student and alumni works to celebrate the legacy of President Walter E. Massey and toast the future with President Designate Elissa Tenny.
The evening included a cocktail reception, light installations by alumni duo Luftwerk, and a seated dinner and program set in the Modern Wing emceed by Bill Kurtis. Also featured were artworks and performances throughout the museum by SAIC students including Matty Davis (MFA 2016), Itunuoluwa Ebijimi (BFA 2018), Kyle Edson (BFA 2016), André Fuqua (Post-Bac 2016), Keely Haftner (MFA 2016), Savannah Jubic (BFA 2016), Rosabel Kurth (BFA 2018), Thais Mazelli (BFA 2016), Luis Mejico (BFA 2017), Billy Sims (MFA 2016), Linda Tegg (MFA 2016), and Martha Vandemortel (BFA 2016). Terzo Piano hosted the after party, which included after-dinner cocktails by Art Institute Mixologist-in-Residence Adam Seger, music by DJ Emilio Abadia, and a memorable acoustic performance by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and SAIC parent Liz Phair.
Thanks to the generosity of more than 400 attendees, the SAIC 150th Anniversary Gala raised more than $1.2 million for the Walter and Shirley Massey Chicago Scholarship Fund, which provides important need-based scholarships to SAIC for students from Chicago Public Schools who have demonstrated excellence in the arts.