Throughout its 150-year history, SAIC has engaged with the most pressing issues of its time. From starting an art school in a 19th-century settlement house for immigrants to creating fashion that responded to the rationing and material shortages of World War II, our artists, designers, and scholars have used their work to make a positive impact on our world. See how this continues today. 

Citizen Artists in the News

Venice Biennale US Pavilion Announces Projects for Dimensions of Citizenship

Details of the seven facets of the US contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale for the exhibition Dimensions of Citizenship were announced at a press conference in New York on March 12. The seven architecture and design teams will explore questions of belonging, sovereignty, and ecology as they investigate how citizenship is represented at different scales.

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Artist and SAIC Alum Trevor Paglen Receives 2017 Macarthur “Genius” Grant

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has named Trevor Paglen, an alum of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), as one of its 24 MacArthur fellows for 2017.

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Lingua Ignota Profiled in Village Voice

As her EP appears to strong reviews, SAIC alum Kristin Hayter (BFA 2008) traces the roots of her visceral and varied practice in an extensive profile in the Village Voice.

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Alumni Featured in Group Show on Racial Violence

Several SAIC alumni are featured in the Brooklyn Museum's show The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America.

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Alum Expands Her Feminist Clothing Platform

Amanda Brinkman (MA 2010), a graduate of the School’s Visual and Critical Studies department and co-founder of art nonprofit Pelican Bomb, recieved widespread recognition when she created T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Nasty Woman,” in the wake of the October presidential debate. 

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Politics and Sewing Merge at Faculty Member's Artist-Residency

Lecturer and Fiber and Material Studies alum Aram Han Sifuentes (MFA 2013) is currently an artist-in-residence at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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