The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration transforms the way faculty and students exchange ideas. The Shapiro Center creates pathways between SAIC and industry partners, other academic institutions, and civic organizations in the city of Chicago and on national and international levels. The initiative was made possible by a generous gift from SAIC Trustees Earl and Brenda Shapiro.

SAIC is a place where culture and innovation intersect in meaningful ways. Faculty research contributes to: 

  • Cultural and economic development with art and design as the root of innovation and change
  • Twenty-first-century learning with art and design as the seeds of exploration and discovery
  • Enhanced quality of living with art and design as the bedrock and engine of society