Directed by internationally renowned artist, Gregg Bordowitz, the Low-Residency MFA program is taught by a core of SAIC faculty along with a rotating roster of visiting artists, writers, critics, curators, and historians. During the summer residency, visiting artists will each spend weekends presenting their work, participating in the Graduate Studio Seminar, and visiting with you and your peers in your studios. These practicing mentors and peers will serve as models for navigating the current art world and engage you in a collective learning experience—exchanging ideas and thinking in an environment committed to mutual support and constructive criticism. Situated within an acclaimed school of fine art and design, the Low-Res MFA provides you the opportunity to work with SAIC’s renowned core faculty as they enhance your work through interdisciplinary research and practice. You are encouraged to develop a plan of study and work with faculty, visiting artists, and alumni advisors across disciplines as you continue to expand and deepen your practice.

Core Faculty

Gregg Bordowitz Profile
Joseph Carr Profile
A. Laurie Palmer Profile
Molly Zuckerman-Hartung Profile

Visiting Artists—Summer Session 2014

Matthew Buckingham

Matthew Buckingham is an artist living in New York City. His work utilizes photography, film, writing and drawing to question the role that social memory plays in contemporary culture and politics. He has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad and is represented in the collections of The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Kadist Foundation, Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, The Museum of Modern Art, NY and Tate Modern, London, among others. His books include Improbable Horse (2008), A Man of the Crowd (2003), One Side of Broadway (2005) and Play the Story (2007). He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Art Matters, The DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Studio Program, The IASPIS Studio Program, Stockholm, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and The New York Foundation for the Arts. He is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Columbia University's Visual Arts Program.

Joseph Grigely

Joseph Grigely's work involves the performative act of conversational exchange. He has exhibited internationally, and his work is in collections that include the Tate Modern, London; Kunstmuseum, Bern; SMAK, Ghent; Whitney Museum of American Art; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His recent exhibitions include the Centre Pompidou, Metz; CAPC, Bordeaux; Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig; and the Architectural Association, London. He is represented by Gallery Air de Paris in Paris and Francesca Pia in Zurich. In 2007 the Baltimore Contemporary and Tang Museum published a monograph on his work, Joseph Grigely: St. Cecilia. Grigely's books include Textualterity: Art, Theory, and Textual Criticism (1995), Conversation Pieces (1998), Blueberry Surprise (2006), and Exhibition Prosthetics (2010), as well as essays on disability theory and body criticism. He is Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kira Lynn Harris

An artist whose work creates an intersection between the ephemeral, space, light, architecture, and science fiction, Kira Lynn Harris is known primarily for her large scale installations. Group exhibits include Blues for Smoke at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Black Light, White Noise at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; and Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Solo exhibits include CUE Art Foundation in Manhattan and Bruno Marina Gallery in Brooklyn. She has received numerous awards, including grants from Art Matters, California Arts Council, and residencies at Art Omi and the Studio Museum in Harlem. A Los Angeles native living in New York City since 1999, Harris earned her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and completed the Whitney Independent Study Program. Her work is included in Vitamin D2, an international survey of contemporary drawing, from Phaidon.

Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon is an artist living and working in New York. His first mid-career retrospective Glenn Ligon: AMERICA opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2011 and traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Throughout his career, Ligon has pursued an incisive exploration of American history, literature, and society across a body of work that builds critically on the legacies of modern painting and more recent conceptual art. He is best known for his landmark series of text-based paintings, made since the late 1980s, which draw on the writings and speech of diverse figures including Jean Genet, Zora Neale Hurston, Jesse Jackson, and Richard Pryor. Ligon's subject matter ranges widely from the Million Man March and the aftermath of slavery to 1970s coloring books and the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe—all treated within artworks that are both politically provocative and beautiful to behold.

Josiah McElheny

Josiah McElheny is a New York-based sculptor, performance artist, writer, and filmmaker best known for his use of glass with other materials. In 2012 and 2013, his work was the subject of two major survey exhibitions, Some Pictures of the Infinite at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, Massachusetts and Towards a Light Club at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio. He has written for such publications as Artforum and Cabinet, and is a contributing editor to Bomb Magazine. Book projects include The Light Club published by the University of Chicago Press in 2010 and Interiors, a reader co-edited by Johanna Burton and Lynne Cooke, published by CCS Bard and Sternberg Press in 2012. In 2006 he was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Since 2001 he has been a Senior Critic in Sculpture at the Yale School of Art.

Lynne Tillman

Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and critic. Her novels include American Genius, A Comedy; Haunted Houses, and No Lease on Life, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction. Tillman has published three nonfiction books, including her essay collection, The Broad Picture as well as The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory 1965–67, and four story collections, including This Is Not It, stories and novellas written in response to the work of 22 contemporary artists, and, most recently, Someday This Will Be Funny. Tillman writes a column for Frieze magazine, and teaches at the University at Albany, the New School, and SVA. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, and is on the boards of Housing Works Bookstore; Triple Canopy; Fence; and a trustee of the Pen American Center. In fall of 2013 her second collection of essays, What Would Lynne Tillman Do? will be published by Richard Nash's Red Lemonade Press.

Wu Tsang

Wu Tsang is a Los Angeles-based artist, performer, and filmmaker. His projects have been presented at the 2012 Whitney Biennial and New Museum Triennial in New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Gwangju Biennial (South Korea), and the Tate Modern and Liverpool Biennial (UK). He was named one of 2012's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine, and is currently a Film Independent Project:Involve Fellow. His first feature Wildness won the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary at Outfest 2012 [World Premiere: MoMA Documentary Fortnight (New York, NY), SXSW (Austin, TX), Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada), SANFIC8 (Santiago, Chile)]. He has received grants & support from Good Works, Frameline, Wexner Center for the Arts, IFP, Film Independent, Art Matters, Tiffany Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Contemporary Art Foundation.


In addition to artists traveling nationally and internationally to participate in the program, summer sessions will also include a roster of Chicago-based artists drawn from the city's arts community as well as SAIC faculty.

Participating Faculty

James Elkins Profile
David Getsy Profile
Mary Jane Jacob Profile
Stanley Murashige Profile
David Raskin Profile
Nora Taylor Profile
Claire Pentecost Profile
Barbara DeGenevieve Profile

Numerous SAIC participating faculty will be added to this list as the program grows.