ECP Summer Institute students receive college-level instruction from the SAIC faculty, who draw on their knowledge and experience as working artists. SAIC faculty teach students how to think visually; how to draw with charcoal or a digital tablet; how to sculpt in plaster, pixel, or even time; how to clearly express themselves; how to understand artists, writers, and thinkers. Faculty help students acquire and refine technical and conceptual abilities, and challenge them with new ideas that will take their work in new directions.

"The instructors were some of the best I ever had. They encouraged and pushed everyone to their fullest potential."—Gianna Bishop, student


A Conversation with SAIC Faculty Member, Peter Fagundo

Pete Fagundo

ECP Summer Institute: What do you think students can get at SAIC that they cannot get elsewhere?
PF: A voice in the conversation at the edge of art today...
ECP Summer Institute: How do you view your role as instructor in the ECP program?
PF: Great teaching is asking questions, listening, and telling stories. As artists we have unanswerable questions. We may listen with our eyes and see with our hands. Our stories don’t give answers, they clarify the questions.

Peter Fagundo has taught in SAIC’s ECP Summer Institute since 2010 and in the undergraduate degree program since 2008. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), and the Microsoft Arts Collection (Seattle), among others. Peter shares his wealth of knowledge and expertise with ECP Summer Institute students each year where his studio and teaching practices merge.