High School Programs: Chicago and SAIC
Chicago—Our Urban Campus
"As an artist, Chicago's Loop is such an awesome place to be; I was enriched by being enveloped in the city's culture, and my passion for art was completely strengthened." —Joelle Scher, student
Interwoven into the fabric of vibrant downtown Chicago, home to six other major universities, SAIC's campus is your ideal home base. As home to one of the country's largest concentrations of working artists, Chicago is a city of architecture, innovative public art, and world-class museums and galleries, and our faculty will help you explore it. Chicago is an integral part of the Early College Program Summer Institute (ECPSI) experience, and we provide programming to give you exposure to a little bit of everything it has to offer. Trips have included venturing to local art museums, enjoying Chicago's food (we have so much more than pizza!), exploring thrift stores, and swimming and sunning at Lake Michigan. We think you'll really like it here. We know you will be inspired.
Our Museum—Art Institute of Chicago
It was faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who founded the Art Institute of Chicago's museum as a teaching resource for students. Today, the Art Institute of Chicago has the world's third-largest collection of art and is an integral part of the education of every SAIC student.
As an ECPSI student, you have free access to the museum's collections—nearly 300,000 pieces of art in the permanent collection—while you are here.
Put Google images aside. At the museum you can see the incredible color variations in a Van Gogh portrait, Picasso's works on paper that are too light sensitive to be on display for the public, Rembrandt paintings and drawings, the first exhibit devoted to architect David Adjaye, site-specific sculpture, fiber art designed and executed by Lenore Tawney, and Diane Arbus's famous Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey.