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On Board

As a new member of SAIC’s Board of Governors, Sanford Biggers (MFA 1999) brings a unique artistic and alumni perspective to the School.

Self-Made

An SAIC alum followed her fashion dreams and now designs clothes for Hollywood.

The Dean of African American Artists

William Edouard Scott (SAIC 1904–07) redefined the ways African Americans were portrayed in art.

South Carolina Storyteller

Jonathan Green (BFA 1982) vividly depicts the culture and landscape of the Low Country through his narrative paintings.

Boundary-Pushing Performance Artist

The work of Cuban performance artist Tania Brugera (MFA 2001) is rooted in political struggle.

Interdisciplinary Visionary

Sanford Biggers (MFA 1999) crosses media to mine the history and symbols of global cultures.

The Cannes Winner

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (MFA 1998, HON 2011) is leading a new generation of Thai filmmakers.

SAIC’s First African American Student

SAIC alum Charlotte “Lottie” Wilson was the earliest known African American painter to have a work exhibited in the White House’s collection.

21st-Century Griot

An SAIC alum unfolds a multimedia narrative of African American history.

Intersecting Identities

Alum’s practice explores her experience as a Cambodian refugee in America and a Muslim woman in her Buddhist homeland.

Looking Behind to Move Forward

SAIC alum and Iraqi refugee Wafaa Bilal (MFA 2003) confronts the conflict back home by eliciting participation and challenging perception.

The Jazz Age Modernist

Archibald Motley, Jr. (1914–18, HON 1980) used his art to portray the vibrancy and vitality of African American culture.

Chicago’s Sculptor

Richard Hunt (BA 1957, HON 1979) is Chicago's most prolific and accomplished sculptor.

The Post-Black Artist

Rashid Johnson (SAIC 2003–04) draws upon materials and visual sources to explore how cultural experiences shape African Americans.

A Family Affair

An influential social reformer starts an SAIC family legacy that spans more than a century.

The Community Artist and Educator

Margaret Taylor Burroughs (BA 1942, MA 1948, HON 1987) was an artist, activist, educator, poet, and much more.

He Talked Pretty One Day

America's foremost humor writer, David Sedaris (BFA 1987) has sold more than 10 million books.