CAPX advisors work with students and alumni to develop unique career paths that are creatively satisfying, challenging, and rewarding. We work with students at all levels and tailor our coaching to serve students’ individual needs.

We can teach you to identify your strengths, skills, and values, and we can assist you in exploring career options, fellowships, and grant opportunities; connect with alumni and professional networks; develop professional portfolios and establish an online presence; and apply for internships, jobs, and other professional opportunities.

Meet our team:

Katharine (Kate) Schutta

Director and Interim Dean, Career and Professional Experience (CAPX); she/her/hers

Katharine (Kate) SchuttaKate is committed to helping SAIC students develop the self-knowledge, experience, skills, and confidence to develop a career path that is creatively satisfying.  Kate is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Strong Interest Inventory Administrator and artist. Her experience includes teaching at SAIC and as a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art.  She has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and has won many grants and fellowships. She earned her MFA from SAIC, and her BA in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College.

Meet with Kate about: Career and job search strategies, reviewing resumes, cover letters, bios/artist statements, and web portfolios; personality and skills assessments including CliftonStrengths® and Strong Interest; interviewing guidance and practice; job and internship strategies; applying to graduate programs, residencies, fellowships and a range of professional opportunities. 

Make an appointment with Kate.


Nancy Gildart

Assistant Director, Career and Professional Experience (CAPX); she/her/hers

Nancy works mainly with graduate students, helping them develop job search strategies and identify opportunities for building their creative practices. She works with them to hone their applications for teaching jobs, exhibitions, grants, fellowships (including Fulbright), residencies, and more. She transferred to SAIC from the corporate world and never looked back. She earned a BFA and an MFA from SAIC’s Department of Fiber and Material Studies, an MA in Library Science from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Literature from the University of Michigan Residential College.

Meet with Nancy about: Proposals for grants, fellowships, and residencies; graduate school statements and portfolios; college teaching job application materials and strategies; internships for course credit; artist statements, resumes, cover letters; CliftonStrengths® assessments and discussion.

Make an appointment with Nancy.


Theresa Gimpel

Assistant Director, Employer Relations, Career and Professional Experience (CAPX); she/her/hers

Theresa Gimpel Theresa has extensive experience working with businesses and cultural organizations throughout the Chicago area. She comes to SAIC from the Hinsdale Center for the Arts where she was the Director of Programs and Exhibitions.  Theresa works with companies and organizations to help them tailor internship programs that serve SAIC student needs. She partners with them to develop creative, educational experiences for students that are an extension of their schoolwork in a professional setting. She also guides employers interested in offering career opportunities to SAIC alumni in a wide variety of industries. Theresa manages on-campus programs such as Expert Exchange and the annual CAPX Internship + Career Expo which provide area businesses the ability to connect directly with the SAIC community. 

Meet with Theresa about: registering your internship; Expert Exchange; using SAIC Compass; and CAPX-employer relations, including arranging a visit to learn about the ways your organization can engage with SAIC students and alumni.

Make an appointment with Theresa.


Michael Goode

Assistant Director of Internships, Career and Professional Experience (CAPX); he/him/his

Michael GoodeMichael guides SAIC students and alumni as they navigate the complexities of seeking jobs and internships. With an M.Ed. in Counseling from DePaul University, and as an MBTI® certified practitioner, Michael seeks to truly understand the "stories" of each student and how their unique skills and preferences shape their goals. 

Meet with Michael about: Job and internship search guidance and best practices, reviewing resumes, cover letters, bios/artist statements, and web portfolios; personality and skills assessments and discussion; interviewing guidance and practice.

Make an appointment with Michael.


Anita Bhardwaj

Program Coordinator, Career and Professional Experience (CAPX); she/her/hers

Anita Bhardwaj Anita is an SAIC alum from Northeast Ohio with over 15 years of brand development, design and management, advertising, trend tracking, communications and marketing experience for Fortune 500 companies. She strongly believes there is great privilege and professional responsibility in inspiring people to transform creative experimentation and exploration into actionable deliverables.

Meet with Anita about: CliftonStrengths® assessments and coaching; understanding your career options that align with your career values; developing your job search strategies; student group workshops; reviewing resumes; cover letters; bios/artist statements; and portfolios; interviewing guidance and practice.

Make an appointment with Anita.


Mike Bellis

Marketing Coordinator, Career and Professional Experience (CAPX); he/him/his

Mike Bellis Born and raised in the city of Chicago, Mike is a graduate of the University of Michigan (2012) with BAs in English Literature and Political Science. As Marketing Coordinator, Mike is primarily focused on developing strategic communications and messaging surrounding CAPX programs and initiatives throughout the SAIC campus, including social media campaigns, events marketing, and CAPX's web presence. He is a musician and is deeply passionate about helping students translate their creative talents into sustainable creative careers.

Meet with Mike about: Rewiewing your résumé, cover letter, or portfolio; exploring internships on Compass; establishing a professional online presence; practical/experiential advice for working millenial artists. 

Make an appointment with Mike.


Myia Brown

Advising & Office Coordinator, Career and Professional Experience (CAPX); she/her/hers

Myia Brown Myia manages the CAPX appointment calendar which offers students opportunities to meet with internship and career advisors who best fit their paths to professional development. Her passion for administrative work and her BA in Studio Art from Saint Xavier University combined with her life as a professional artist makes it possible for her to share real world experiences with students from the CAPX front desk.  Feel free to have a chat with her before or after your appointment!

Meet with Myia about: Scheduling an appointment; CAPX resources; walk-ins; Peer Advisor assistance; conference room reservations; SAIC Launch approvals.

Make an appointment with Myia.


Ann Chen

Faculty Advisor

Ann works with students and alums to identify individual strengths, skills, and strategies as related to professional development. Her focus is to help artists seek out and establish ties in the arts and design community. She began her studies in architectural history (BA, University of Maryland, 1994), and worked in the design field specializing in Project Administration and HR Management. In 2002, she completed the MFA program at SAIC. Her studies and professional experience in architecture and painting shaped her interest in multidisciplinary studio practice. She helps students navigate the wide-ranging array of resources and find the best fit in their job search, internship, or studio practice.

Make an appointment with Ann.


Troy Briggs

Faculty Advisor

Troy works with students and alums to build out a professional practice with the long view in mind. Having extensive experience teaching and curating, and the skill set that comes along with being an interdisciplinary artist, he can provide insight into a variety of fields. He adds an incisive perspective on portfolio submissions, informed by his time participating in juries and search committees. He earned his BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Colorado State University in 2002, moved to Portland, Oregon where he built the bones of his practice, which brought him to receive his MFA (2012) at SAIC where he now teaches interdisciplinary art in the Contemporary Practice Department.

Make an appointment with Troy.


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