Ox-Bow Campus

3435 Rupprecht Way
P.O. Box 216
Saugatuck, MI 49453
Tel: 269.857.5811
Fax: 269.857.5636

Administrative Office

36 South Wabash Ave.
12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel: 800.318.3019
Fax: 312.629.6156
Email: program@ox-bow.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As much as Ox-Bow is a place, it's also an experience.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and its students enjoy an over 100 year history with Ox-Bow School of Art. Founded by SAIC faculty in 1910, Ox-Bow's serene natural environment offered its founders the opportunity for intense focus and a community of support on its secluded 115 acres, located approximately 150 miles from Chicago near the resort town of Saugatuck, Michigan. This tradition continues today. Every summer, over 500 artists travel to the Ox-Bow campus to study, teach, and make art.

Ox-Bow offers one- and two-week intensive courses in a variety of disciplines including Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Glassblowing and Casting, Sculpture and Metals, Papermaking, Ceramics, and Fibers. Students can hone their skills and develop new ones in a spacious studio with northern light for painting and drawing; a print shop with intaglio, lithograph, collograph, woodcut, monotype, and screenprinting capabilities; a papermaking studio, a recently expanded glass studio with three gloryholes; an open air metals studio, perfect for both the light metals used in jewelry making and the heavy metals used for blacksmithing; and a ceramics studio with 12 wheels, and a variety of firing options, including a 50-foot car kiln, a raku pit, and a wood fire kiln. All of Ox-Bow's studios are open 24 hours a day.

Ox-Bow faculty are from SAIC and other renowned institutions from around the nation. Students benefit from one-on-one attention in a small, supportive environment. Additionally, Ox-Bow hosts a series of prominent visiting artists, historians, and critics each summer. Visiting artists give lectures in the evening, and critiques with students throughout the day. Past visiting artists have included Jerry Saltz, Maya Hayuk, Susanna Coffey, Terry R. Myers, Peter Brötzmann, Martha Wilson, and Adriane Herman.

Ox-Bow offers courses for credit and non-credit that can be used toward SAIC degree requirements and to fulfill the Off-Campus study requirement. Ox-Bow offers a variety of scholarship opportunities to SAIC students, including work scholarships, which offset the cost of room and board. Students may also qualify for financial aid toward tuition.

Each summer, two SAIC students are awarded a three month-long fellowship, in which they live and work on campus in their own studios. Fellows receive a weekly stipend, a gallery exhibition, the opportunity to audit courses and meet with visiting artists.