Judy Chicago is an artist, author of 14 books, educator, and humanist whose work and life are models for an enlarged definition of art, an expanded role for the artist, and women’s right to freedom of expression. Chicago is most well-known for her role in creating a feminist art and art education program in California during the early 1970s, and for her monumental work The Dinner Party, executed between 1974–79, which is now the centerpiece of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Over the subsequent decades, Chicago has approached a variety of subjects in a range of media, including the Birth Project, Power Play, the Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light, and Resolutions: A Stitch in Time. Chicago’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally and her continued influence has, in recent years, been increasingly acknowledged.
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Teresa Burga (MFA 1970) is a Peruvian multimedia artist whose pop-art inflected, research-intensive works have put her on the forefront of conceptual and experimental practices. A founding member of the Grupo Arte Nuevo, a Peruvian avant-garde movement that lasted from 1966–68, Burga was instrumental in introducing pop art, op art, and happenings to the Peruvian art scene. For her seminal work, Perfil de la mujer Peruana (Profile of the Peruvian Woman) from 1981, she collaborated with psychotherapist Marie-France Cathelat to create a multimedia installation and publication based on data collected from surveys and research about the lives of Peruvian women.
Rashid Johnson (SAIC 2003–04) is among an influential cadre of contemporary American artists whose work employs a wide range of media to explore themes of art history, individual and shared cultural identities, personal narratives, literature, philosophy, materiality, and critical history. After studying in the Photography department at SAIC, Johnson's practice quickly expanded to include sculpture, painting, drawing, filmmaking, and installation, yielding a complex multidisciplinary practice that incorporates diverse materials rich with symbolism and personal history.
Stanley Tigerman is a principal in the Chicago architectural and design firm of Tigerman McCurry Architects and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as well as the Society of Architectural Historians. He received both of his architectural degrees from Yale University. Of the more than 400 projects defining his career, 185 built works embrace virtually every building type. Designing projects throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, he is the recipient of design awards from the AIA, AIA Chicago, and AIA Illinois, as well as Architectural Record's Houses and Interiors awards and the Progressive Architecture Design Awards. Tigerman was selected as one of the architects to represent the United States at the 1976, 1980, and 2012 Venice Architecture Biennales as well as the 2015 and 2017 Chicago Architectural Biennials.