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The SAIC 150th Anniversary Gala raises more than $1.2 million for student scholarships.
Garland Martin Taylor and his public sculpture traveled across the country to get people talking about gun violence in Chicago.
Performance alum Julia Rhoads discusses her dance theater production company and its recent $200,000 MacArthur Award.
Sculptor and SAIC alum Diane Simpson talks about her influences and artistic process.
A new book and spring symposium examine the achievements and influence of women in media art and emerging technologies.
An SAIC alum and Artist-in-Residence uses art to empower young, African American women to tell their stories.
As SAIC and the South Side Community Art Center celebrate milestone anniversaries, an exhibition showcases the ties between them.
A new committee of successful local business owners is starting a movement to support SAIC student entrepreneurs.
How a student painting caused a major controversy at SAIC and changed the School.
This past fall, a group of SAIC students and faculty spent a weekend in Mineral Point to meet local artists, research the town's history, and engage with the community.
As a new member of SAIC’s Board of Governors, Sanford Biggers (MFA 1999) brings a unique artistic and alumni perspective to the School.
Decade after decade, SAIC's Photography department has grown, always evolving with changing technologies and encouraging students to pursue their own aesthetics and interests.
An SAIC alum's photographic series resurfaces after more than four decades.
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.
Jonathan Green (BFA 1982) vividly depicts the culture and landscape of the Low Country through his narrative paintings.
SAIC alum and teacher John Vanderpoel significantly influenced O’Keeffe and the field of figure drawing.
The 150th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Lecturer talks about his career, exalts the Chicago Imagists, and sings some Led Zeppelin.
SAIC and Jane Addams Hull-House Museum host a dinner and discussion about prison reform centered around the artist group Lucky Pierre's ongoing Final Meals project
A "rerouted" meal brings together students, faculty, and artists to discuss food systems, lakefront shoals, shipwrecks, and shared human experience
Orly Genger (Post-Bac 2002) forms public dialogues from sculptural installations.
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.
A history of the Art and Technology Studies department told by some of the people who were there
The founder of Half Acre Beer Company (and SAIC alum) brewed up a seasonal ale to celebrate SAIC’s 150th Anniversary.
The work of Cuban performance artist Tania Brugera (MFA 2001) is rooted in political struggle.
Sanford Biggers (MFA 1999) crosses media to mine the history and symbols of global cultures.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul (MFA 1998, HON 2011) is leading a new generation of Thai filmmakers.
In the early 1990s, Gemma Kahng (MFA 1980) dressed celebrities like Madonna and Sharon Stone.
An acclaimed Chicago Imagist, Roger Brown (BFA 1968, MFA 1970) collected flea market objects and created paintings that served as social and cultural commentaries of the day.
SAIC alum Burne Hogarth drew the King of the Jungle for more than a decade.
Eva Danielle Wittels (BFA 2004) runs a successful fashion line and advocates for rescue animals through her campaign, Fashion Tails.
For her Art History thesis, an SAIC graduate student restages an obscure, yet pivotal moment in Japan’s cultural history.
An SAIC alum appropriates visual technology to investigate geography, body, and the human story.
The Executive Director of AIA Chicago talks about SAIC and his career.
Two recent alums exceeded their funding goal to open a community art center in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood.
For the past three decades, Ian Schneller (MFA 1986) has been carving out a career in sound.
Luis Gispert appropriates designer logos and hip-hop iconography to address class, consumerism, and subculture
Equal parts art and anthropology, an SAIC alum’s mixed media installations investigate contemporary culture through future utopias
Alum’s practice explores her experience as a Cambodian refugee in America and a Muslim woman in her Buddhist homeland.
With a successful food website, an SAIC alum teaches the art of great grilling.
SAIC alum and Iraqi refugee Wafaa Bilal (MFA 2003) confronts the conflict back home by eliciting participation and challenging perception.
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.
In 1892 SAIC alum and faculty member Enella Benedict founded the Art School at the Hull House.
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.
SAIC alum Sarah Vowell (MA 1999) is a New York Times–bestselling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture.
Internationally acclaimed sculptor, painter, and alum Jeff Koons (SAIC 1975–76, HON 2008) will discuss his work on the occasion of SAIC’s 150th Anniversary.
Award-winning cartoonist and author Chris Ware (SAIC 1991–93) will discuss his work with curator Hamza Walker.
One of the Chicago Imagists, Ed Paschke (BFA 1961, MFA 1970, HON 1990) was once described as "a formalist in wolf's clothing."
Archibald Motley, Jr. (1914–18, HON 1980) used his art to portray the vibrancy and vitality of African American culture.
Richard Hunt (BA 1957, HON 1979) is Chicago's most prolific and accomplished sculptor.
Rashid Johnson (SAIC 2003–04) draws upon materials and visual sources to explore how cultural experiences shape African Americans.
An influential social reformer starts an SAIC family legacy that spans more than a century.
SAIC alum Joe Zucker (DIP 1964, MFA 1966, HON 2013) offers advice to young artists, emphasizing the importance of an arts education that spans varying fields and genres.
A record number of SAIC alumni and faculty members took part in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Over the past three decades, SAIC professor and alum Eduardo Kac (MFA 1990) has redefined the avant-garde.
The alumni duo, Coppice, creates sound sculpture that excites the senses and haunts the imagination.
Margaret Taylor Burroughs (BA 1942, MA 1948, HON 1987) was an artist, activist, educator, poet, and much more.
“I went to SAIC thinking one way about fashion and then learned a more expansive, creative way to think about everything.”
—Cynthia Rowley (BFA 1981)
Whitney Halstead (BFA 1949, MFA 1954) was an art historian, educator, critic, author, artist, alum, and beloved instructor at SAIC.
Members of SAIC’s Half Century Club—alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago—reflect on their past experiences at the school and offer some advice to current SAIC students.
Margaret Koreman (BFA 1988, MA 2002) is helping to develop new programs to support Chicago Public Schools students, teachers, and families.
The alumni duo, Luftwerk, is known for their dazzling installation of light and sound.
Ray Yoshida (BFA 1953) was an alum, educator, and key influence on the Chicago Imagists.
America's foremost humor writer, David Sedaris (BFA 1987) has sold more than 10 million books.
SAIC artists and designers are forging community technology with the Array of Things project.
Deeply connected to SAIC, the Randolph Street Gallery supported the noncommercial and championed the experimental.
Edward Gorey was one of the most remarkable illustrators of the 20th century.
Halston (SAIC 1952) brought global attention to American fashion in the 1970s
Ivan Albright (SAIC 1919–23, HON 1977) combined extreme detail and garish color contrasts to develop a magic realism.
In the early 20th century, Grant Wood (SAIC 1913–16) was the visual spokesman for rural America.
Georgia O'Keeffe (SAIC 1905–06, HON 1967) pioneered modern art with her large-scale paintings of natural forms and flowers.
SAIC alum and faculty member Jeffrey Brown (MFA 2002) draws inspiration from his own life to create comics.
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.
Richard Casper (BFA 2012), Iraq War veteran and alum, introduces fellow veterans to the healing potential of the arts.
Lorado Taft (1860–1936) founded SAIC's Sculpture department and gained renown for his monumental and largely allegorical sculptures.
For more than 20 years, N.A.M.E. Gallery showed experimental work and provided a platform for the "genuine oddballs and visionaries" of their generation.