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150 Years of
Our major encyclopedic art museum, libraries, special collections, and public programs create an unparalleled environment for maintaining a thoughtful and tangible relationship to history. Students, faculty, and alumni of SAIC have made significant and groundbreaking contributions to the art, design, and scholarship of the 19th and 20th century, and continue to do so in the 21st.
The SAIC 150th Anniversary Gala raises more than $1.2 million for student scholarships.
A new book and spring symposium examine the achievements and influence of women in media art and emerging technologies.
As SAIC and the South Side Community Art Center celebrate milestone anniversaries, an exhibition showcases the ties between them.
How a student painting caused a major controversy at SAIC and changed the School.
An SAIC alum and women’s rights activist created the first face of the iconic fictional homemaker.
William Edouard Scott (SAIC 1904–07) redefined the ways African Americans were portrayed in art.
SAIC alum and teacher John Vanderpoel significantly influenced O’Keeffe and the field of figure drawing.
The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial is an opportunity for SAIC to show its design side.
Since the first SAIC scholarship was established in 1891, students have benefited greatly from the financial support that enables them to further their artistic goals.
SAIC alum Burne Hogarth drew the King of the Jungle for more than a decade.
SAIC alum Charlotte “Lottie” Wilson was the earliest known African American painter to have a work exhibited in the White House’s collection.
Leonard W. Volk helped rebuild the school after the Great Chicago Fire.
For her Art History thesis, an SAIC graduate student restages an obscure, yet pivotal moment in Japan’s cultural history.
Mohamed and Nanette Drisi met while earning their degrees at SAIC. They married soon after and remember their days in SAIC’s Department of Painting and Drawing.
After World War II, the Monster Roster— a group of predominantly SAIC artists led by Leon Golub—established a deeply existential and fiercely independent Chicago style that had a lasting impact on American art.
Archibald Motley, Jr. (1914–18, HON 1980) used his art to portray the vibrancy and vitality of African American culture.
A record number of SAIC alumni and faculty members took part in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Georgia O'Keeffe (SAIC 1905–06, HON 1967) pioneered modern art with her large-scale paintings of natural forms and flowers.
Dread Scott (BFA 1989) talks about the provocative work that the President of the United States deemed “disgraceful.”
SAIC alum “F.O.” Alexander illustrated the board game and its well-known characters.
SAIC alum Vernon Grant created the iconic characters from Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal.
In 1910 SAIC alum Sonora Smart Dodd proposed a day to celebrate fatherhood and the rest is history.