As one of SAIC's more than 17,000 alumni, you continue to shape, alter, enrich, and inspire the cultural landscape through your images, words, objects, sounds, critical thinking, collaborations, and conversations. At SAIC, we celebrate the passionate innovation and creativity that you bring to our immediate and global community.
SAIC has been quick to embrace research and scholarship in the world of art. In this newsletter, you will find examples of SAIC alumni, faculty, and students using research in their practices, and of how a work of art can often double as a piece of scholarship. Alum David Hartt (MFA 1994) creates complex installations that explore the built environment—how these manifestations reflect certain belief states, and how their significance has evolved over time. The Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration was established to foster a research-centric environment at the school, and it offers Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER). You can read about a fascinating EAGER project, the Queering Mixed Reality Collective, in this issue.
And finally, we bring you the stories of the Wilson/Livingstone Graduate Fellowship awarded to an incoming Fiber and Material Studies graduate student each year and the experimental Randolph Street Gallery, which supported many SAIC-affiliated artists in Chicago during its 19-year run.
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to 3,200 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with faculty who are the leading practitioners in their fields.