Admissions Territory Managers
Kaycee Filson: Illinois Manager
I am a Chicago (via New Orleans, via New York, via Philadelphia) based teaching artist, director, performer, prop designer, and writer. I earned my BA in Theater with a concentration in Directing from Bard College in 2011. I’ve worked with young people for over a decade, developing project-based leadership programming for middle schoolers; facilitating Expressive Arts Therapy workshops with young men in a juvenile detention center; teaching ACT Prep and College Access courses in high schools; curating K–12 arts programming at a contemporary art museum; and teaching playwriting and performance workshops with grades 5–12 with American Blues Theater and The Neo-Futurists. My own work investigates body politics, womanhood, and gender/sexual identities through poetry and performance.
Rachel Dorsey: Northeast Territory Manager
I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SAIC in 2014. During my time as a student, I was deeply involved in on-campus arts-based interventions to raise awareness for mental health issues and build a community. My figurative oil painting practice, which borrows heavily from studies within video and art therapy, explores themes of mental illness and maternal archetypes. As an Admissions Counselor at SAIC, it is an honor to work with each young artist as they develop a creative vision for today’s world.
Territory: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island
Travis Tiblier: South Territory Manager
I am a Chicago based multidisciplinary visual artist. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SAIC in 2014 where I studied studio art. My experience and expertise covers a wide range of media: photography, motion pictures, editing, sculpture, writing, and more. Since the summer of 2014, I have worked for SAIC Admissions as an Admissions Counselor.
Territory: Florida, Louisana, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas
I’m an artist, designer and educator. I earned my BFA in Studio Art from SAIC in 2014. Before becoming a part of the Admissions team, I worked odd jobs, including a two-week stint as a kayak guide on the Chicago river, running a consignment business out of my apartment, and teaching art. I have also exhibited my work throughout Chicago. My art is a celebration of fruit, flora, fauna and grotesques, often arranged in jewel-like patterns, created with a mixture of digital and traditional mediums.
Territory: Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington
Sheika Lugtu: Midwest Territory Manager
I am an educator, organizer and cartoonist. I earned a BA in Visual & Critical Studies and BFA in Studio Art from SAIC in 2016. I have taught comics and illustration in the Middle School Program at SAIC, as well as comics and painting at Lillstreet Art Center. I have collaborated extensively with arts and activism grassroots organizations, serve on the board for Chicago For Chicagoans, and founded and run Cow House Press. My comics have been published in South Side Weekly, Truthout.org, PEN America, and other publications.
Territory: Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
Kyle O'Connell: Southeast Territory Manager
I received my BFA from SAIC in 2009. While at SAIC, I spent the majority of my studio credits studying animation, drawing, and comics. After graduating I worked as a graphic designer before returning to SAIC. Currently, I am collaborating with SAIC faculty member Beth Hetland on a comics series titled Half Asleep. I thoroughly enjoy reviewing the portfolios of prospective SAIC students. I hope the review process acts as a microcosm of how a student will be challenged and encouraged during their time at SAIC.
Territory: District of Columbia (DC), Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Sioban Lombardi: Freshmen and Transfers
I am a Chicago-area painter, instructor, and arts advocate. I earned my BFA in Painting from Barat College of DePaul University and my MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to exhibiting work in the Midwest, I was a founding member of Margin Artists Co-Op and served as a director for Refuge Center for the Arts and Woman Made Gallery. My own work explores truth and fiction as they exist in memory and nostalgia.
Territory: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming