Listen to Cynthia Rowley (BFA 1981) talk about her time in SAIC's Fashion Design program.

 

Our Students and Alumni Design Their Own Creative Pathways

At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), we will not define your career. We will, however, provide you with the interdisciplinary education and resources you need to define it for yourself. Our graduates move on to do great things; more than 17,000 alumni across the world impact their communities through their work, scholarship, teaching, and service. The video profiles on this page provide a glimpse of the endless possibilities open to graduates of SAIC.

Milad Mozari

2013 Fellowship Winner

Milad Hosseini-Mozari

Milad Mozari (MFA 2013) creates dynamic, intriguing sound investigations which span Chicago and the globe. Focusing on "mobile sites," Mozari's work links sound, storytelling, transportation, and the roles human beings play as they commute, travel, or—in the work discussed in this video—take the elevator. Mozari is the winner of the 2013 Clare Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Semi-Finalist Prize for Emerging Artists.

David Alekhuogie

Fred J. Forster Fellowship Winner 2013

David Alekhuogie

David Alekhuogie (BFA 2013) got his start in photography creating commercial work that has now become the basis of his practice. Through the editorial image, Alekhuogie began thinking about how taste and class inform images. For the past couple of years, Alekhuogie has brought these concepts to his work, creating situations where he can play with photography's familiar tropes, emptying and reallocating them to make them work for him. "What I'm interested in is how unstable a photograph is, and any reason I can find to break it is really interesting to me," he says. Alekhuogie wants individuals to be active viewers of his photographs, to be part of a situation where they're constructing the meaning of what is being looked at so they're "implicated in the politics of how that plays out."

Luftwerk

Alumni Profile of New Media Exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center

Luftwerk

Sean Gallero and Petra Bachmaier (BFA 1999) met during a performance class at SAIC. They continued to work together as two individuals merging performance, video, sculpture, and sound until 2007, when they officially created the collaboration called Luftwerk. Luftwerk has been commissioned to create experiential, site-specific installations for galleries, museums, art fairs, landmarks, and residences across the country, working with light, color, architecture, and sound. In September of 2013, they opened their newest exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center. Installed in the Chicago Rooms of the Chicago Cultural Center, SHIFT is site-specific like all of Luftwerk's work, and is located at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Rooms, 2nd floor north, through January 5, 2014.

Samantha Hill

Alumni Profile of A Jeli's Tale: An Anthology of Kinship

Samantha Hill

American society puts a large emphasis on history recorded by word, but SAIC alumna Samantha Hill (MFA 2010) is interested in its alternate transports, including the oratory and illustrative. In this video, Hill talks about an experimental project, A Jeli's Tale: An Anthology of Kinship, she created focusing on an archive of African American families from 1910–2010. This installation seeks to connect personal story through history, with a specific concentration on the Great Migration. She takes into account the role of the African griot or jeli (historic storyteller) while integrating various cultural accents—laundry, film, and other tactile experiences—to create the American experience.

Hill has received several awards that include the International Sculpture Center Award in 2006 and 2008, the SAIC Trustee Merit Scholarship in sculpture, and the Philadelphia Sculptors Award. Her work has been exhibited at several venues including Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and Vox Populi in Philadelphia.

Eduardo Kac

Nothing New: Alumni and Faculty Profile

Eduardo Kac

SAIC professor and alumnus Eduardo Kac (MFA 1990) revels in the freedom of creating new worlds. He has made a "plantimal" that expresses his own DNA in red veins on the petals of its flowers, a live rabbit that glows bright green under blue light, and bacteria with text from the Bible encoded into their DNA, which can be mutated by a remote audience turning on a light source with the click of a mouse.

Kac first came to SAIC as a student. He earned his MFA through the Department of Art and Technology Studies in 1990 and his PhD at the University of Wales in Great Britain in 2003. He returned in 1997 as a professor in Art and Technology Studies and teaches classes such as Forbidden Avant-Gardes and Art and Biotechnology.

In this video Kac talks about the meaning and making of his work.

Anna Hovet

Alumni and Co-op Employer Profile

Anna Hovet

Anna Hovet (BFA 2007) has come full-circle in her career—from SAIC fashion student where she was a Co-op intern, to her role today as a small business owner, fashion designer, and Co-op employer.

As a fashion student, Hovet desired to expand her skills from fashion design into business, taking on a Co-op internship at Lara Miller, Ltd., one of Chicago's premier independent designers. "My internship was incredible, because [Lara] was an independent local designer with a small studio. I got to see the day-to-day of owning your own apparel business. It's not all glitz and glam, it's a lot of hard work...but at the end of the day, it was all worth it. It really showed me what it was like to own your own business," says Hovet.

Today, Hovet's own fashion business is thriving. She employs both marketing and fashion design interns through the Co-op program, continuing the cycle of passing on skills necessary to the fashion business.

Learn more about our inspiring SAIC alumni.

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