The 14th Annual SAIC Internship Fair

December 1, 2016

Meet with diverse employers all over Chicago offering internships for the Spring semester and beyond.

Documenting Your Work

April 23, 2016

From photographing to editing, Robert Chase Heishman will share techniques for documenting your work and creating a strong portfolio. Bring your 2D or 3D work. In collaboration with the Media Center, Student Union Galleries (SUGs) and 'Stunt Road' exhibition at Gallery X.

Critical Feedback: Art School and the Media Industry

April 15, 2016

Mark Gallay (MFA, Sound 2006) will discuss how his education at SAIC plays a critical role in his ongoing professional development at Comedy Central. In particular, he will address continued development, experimentation, and the role of feedback as catalysts for successful adaption in a collaborative work environment. Presented by Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) with the support of the Novy Family Foundation.

U.S. Student Fulbright Information Session

March 29, 2016

Learn about how to apply for this prestigious fellowship for study/research abroad. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Portfolio Review

March 22, 2016

Co-sponsored by the Career and Professional Experience office and the Student Union Galleries (SUGs). We invite curators, dealers, and critics to give feedback on your portfolio as you prepare for exhibitions and a range of professional opportunities.

2016 Portfolio Review—Reviewers List [PDF]

Career Conversation with Jayeon Kim

March 10, 2016

Meet Jayeon Kim, BFA 2006, User Experience Design Lead, Google

With a decade of design experience, Jayeon will lead a two-part, innovative program for SAIC students about which design role(s) best fit their goals in today's ever-evolving design industry. Hear the inside tips, as well as the pitfalls to avoid.

Career Talk
Learn how best to prepare your design portfolios and for upcoming interviews. This is a great opportunity for students who hope to learn more about their career path and what options they may have.

Jayeon Kim will work closely with students to explore how to use their creativity to generate rapid concepts for hypothetical digital products and how to best present them.

Presented by the Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) office with support of the Novy Family Foundation

Online Presence for Job Seekers

March 5, 2016

Learn how to build a strong web presence that highlights your professional skill, experiences and potential to employers.

Tools for Teaching

January 12–14, 2016

This intensive series of workshops helps graduate students who are interested in teaching build tools for a successful job search and teaching career. Attendees can choose the sessions they find most useful.


Small Business Development Office Hours with Florence Hardy

October 29, November 12, and December 10, 2015

Interested in starting a business? Are you already in business in need of additional assistance in growing it? Schedule an appointment with an expert in the field, Florence Hardy, Director of Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Self-Employment Essentials with Terri Lonier

October 21 and December 9, 2015

Join SAIC Dean Terri Lonier, one of the country's leading experts in self-employment, for a quick overview of what it takes to succeed as a self-employed creative professional. Hear the inside tips, as well as the pitfalls to avoid. Come get your questions answered.

Co-op Internship Fair

December 3, 2015

Gear up for Spring and Summer 2016 by participating in Co-op Internship Fair workshops and events! Meet and interview with over 50 Co-op employers for Spring or Summer Co-op internship positions.

Documenting Your Work

November 21, 2015

From photographing to editing, Robert Chase Heishman will share techniques for documenting your work and creating a strong portfolio. Bring your 2D or 3D work.

Chili + Co-op

November 19, 2015

Interested in doing Co-op in the Spring or Summer? Come to this fun and informational discussion where recent Co-op alumni will share their Co-op stories over a cup of chili, followed by a Q + A.

Saturday Skill Shares:
Writing Your Artist Statement

November 14, 2015

Develop a compelling statement about your art or design practice, in this hands-on workshop led by Sherry Antonini. Bring paper and writing utensil.

Graduate School Panel

November 7, 2015

Hear from representatives from a range of graduate programs and learn how to research and find a good match. This is also an opportunity to learn about how graduate admissions processes work, make a competitive application, and make the most of the MFA or graduate school experience. Schools to be announced. (Only for SAIC students and alumni)

Portfolio Review with Curators, Dealers and Writers (with SUGs)

November 4, 2015

Co-sponsored by Student Union Galleries (SUGs) and the Career + Co-op Center. We invite curators, gallerists, and critics to give feedback on your portfolio as you prepare for exhibitions and a range of professional opportunities.

Saturday Skill Shares:
Start Up Your Web Presence

October 10, 2015

Join this innovative program led by Sue Koch and learn how a strategic, creative use of social media and a great website will enhance your visibility, your network and advance your career. Presenters also include David Gabriele, John Galetka and Anna Russett.

"Social Media for Creatives and Entrepreneurs"
"Websites and Web Presence: Best Practices"

Sue Koch, Social Media Strategist and Trainer, Soaring Solutions
Sue Koch has been speaking and training on social media for professionals, sales teams and job seekers for the last 6 years. Her style comes from a coaching mindset, and one that ensures participants will have fun as they learn.

Anna Russett, Social Strategist, Havas Chicago
Anna Russett is a Chicago-based new media artist combining video, photography, text and code to create vlogs, tutorials, internet and social media art that addresses millennial-focused themes. Being sincerely invested in social media, she has gained an audience of over 210,000 followers across the social media stratosphere.

David Gabriele, Visual Communication Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A designer of interactive experiences and emergent narratives for people, brand and product—David's work embodies a human-centered design approach that connects individual experience to technology. His professional background includes creating digital experiences for Motorola Mobility, Google and major telecommunications firms.

John Geletka, Digital Strategy, Duffy
With over 15 years experience merging marketing with technology, John blends technical acumen with form, function, and design. His expertise encompasses marketing strategy, brand planning, product development, user-centered design, and cross-platform mobile and web application development.

Presented in partnership with Crain's Chicago Small Business Week

TA 101

Friday, September 11, 2015

Attendees will learn about the resources available for—and the rules that apply to teaching assistants at SAIC. You will also learn how to make the most of your TA positions as you pursue college teaching opportunities.

On-Campus Job Fair

Friday, September 4, 2015

Meet the hiring managers from SAIC's most popular departments. Apply and interview for on campus positions.

Artists' Statements and Proposals

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Develop strategies for writing about your art or design practice, in this hands-on workshop led by Fabiënne Zuijdwijk.

Fabiënne Zuijdwijk—As an artist, Fulbright recipient and cultural scholar, Fabiënne creates participatory preformances and video simulations that trigger a complex emotional exchange, heightening the viewer's awareness of self in relation to other. She is also an active member of the Chicago cultural and academic scene, teaming with scholars and artists to share insights.

Documenting Your Work

Sunday, July 12, 2015

From photographing to editing, Robert Chase Heishman will share techniques for documenting your work and creating a strong portfolio. Bring your 2D or 3D work.

Robert Chase Heishman—Co-founder of RCH / EKH Art Documentation, a documentation business that specializes in fine art documentation for contemporary galleries, art fairs, artists, curators, consultants, and collectors. Heishman's artistic practice is based on the use of photography and video as means of exploring image production, self-referentiality, peripheral vision, conditions of framing, and the everyday.

Artists, Online Presence, and Social Media

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Chicago artists, activists, curators with strong online presence and effective social media strategies, share techniques and helpful tips

Jennifer Reeder—Chicago-based filmmaker Jennifer Reeder constructs personal stories about relationships, trauma, and coping. Her unconventional narratives borrow from a range of forms including after-school specials, amateur music videos, and magical realism. MFA SAIC, 1996.

JC Steinbrunner—Founder of The Salon Series and currently the Creative Director at kCura, Steinbrunner's work has covered a lot of ground including his painting based art practice and as a marketing maverick using such tools as email marketing, web design, information architecture and creative direction.

Allison Glenn—Curator, writer, and arts professional that is interested in furthering access and equity through the cultivation of inclusive art histories. Her curatorial projects include a forthcoming public art initiative developed as a Curatorial Fellow with DCASE, as well as previous exhibitions at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park, Chicago Urban Art Society, Terrain Exhibitions, and Roots & Culture. Her writing has been published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Prospect New Orleans, Studio Museum in Harlem, Art21, and others. She is currently the Director of Monique Meloche Gallery. MAHA SAIC, 2012.

Saturday Skill Share:
Job Application Triage

Saturday, April 25, 2015

With graduation around the corner, improve your chances of getting an interview by tailoring your application to the jobs you're applying for. Bring in job postings, along with your resume, cover letter, and portfolio. We’ll help you customize your materials and you'll leave with a more competitive professional package.

Saturday Skill Share:
Building Community and Professional Networks

Saturday, April 11, 2015

In this interactive workshop, learn how to expand your network and use your connections to help develop your career. Extra points if you bring a friend or your whole posse!

Career Conversation:
william cordova with Candida Alvarez

Thursday, April 9, 2015

william cordova (BFA 1996) is an artist who focuses on the duality of meaning in reclaimed objects, through various mediums his artwork is activated by interrelated sources like architecture, language, film, and music. He will be joined by SAIC faculty member Candida Alvarez and discuss how he determined his career path and became the artist he is today.

Part Two, How to Submit Your Film

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Learn about the submission process including how to refine your filmmaker's bio and choose your top stills. You'll leave with a completed film submission packet. Remember to bring your completed film project, including your hard drive and your laptop.

Kickstarter Workshop: Pablo Garcia, "Adventures in Crowdfunding"

Friday, April 3, 2015

Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms have changed the entrepreneurial landscape in the last few years. How can your art and design project benefit from Kickstarter? What is it like to craft direct appeal for funding to an international crowd? What can go wrong (more than you can imagine)? Is it worth it?

Shapiro Research Symposium

Thursday, April 2–Friday, April 3, 2015

The symposium will highlight creative research at SAIC and promotes new strategies in research and the arts on campus.

Animation Festivals: Why and How to Submit Your Films

Saturday, March 28 and April 4, 2015

Join this two-part workshop with award-winning animator Anne Beal as she takes you through the significance of festivals and the application process.

Part One, Why Festivals?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

An introduction to the animated film festival scene, including an overview of the top international animation festivals. Learn how to present your best film stills, write a captivating films synopsis and filmmaker bio.

Cutting the Cord:
Managing your Financial Life after SAIC

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Learn about the financial tools you need to know to manage your life as your prepare for graduation. This hands-on workshop is for those with little to no financial background, led by guest George Egon.

Saturday Skill Share: Resumes + Cover Letters

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Join us over coffee and donuts as we help tailor your resume and cover letter for opportunities you’ll be applying for. Email your resume and cover letter ahead of time to Margaret Hutchins at and bring your laptop.

Saturday Skill Share: Documenting Your Work

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Learn how to document your artwork for your online portfolio and take it through post production using Adobe Photoshop. Robert Chase Heishman leads this hands-on workshop.

SAIC Picture Day—with DJ Career + Co-op

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Everyone loves your selfies, but your potential employers may not appreciate them as much as your 500 Instagram followers. Come dressed to impress for a free headshot that will boost your professional web presence!

Create Your Network: Alumni Conversations

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Learn how alumni became successful at SAIC as they developed a network of arts related professionals. Come join the conversation.

Tools for Teaching

Tuesday, January 13–Thursday, January 15, 2015

This is an intensive series of workshops to help graduate students who are interested in college teaching, build tools for a successful job search and teaching career.


What's My Job?
Talking about Your Future with Working Artist Alumni

First-year students living in the residence halls are invited to meet SAIC alumni, both seasoned in their field and recently graduated, to hear about their lives after SAIC—their jobs and careers, and how they got where they are today.

Shir Ende, Stephanie Cristello, Stephania Dulowski

March 9, 2016

Shir Ende
Photography and Performance Art, BFA 2015
Marketing, Communications and Community Outreach Fellow for Latitude Fellowship

Stephanie Cristello
Liberal Arts, BFA 2013
Director of Programming at EXPO CHICAGO, Editor-in-Chief of THE SEEN, and Senior Editor US at ArtSlant

Stephania Dulowski
Photography and Film, Video and New Media, BFA 2014
Assistant Editor at The Colonie

Moderated by Adam Koziol, Studio, BFA 2018

Jacylyn Rivas, Noël Morical, Alexandria Eregbu

March 8, 2016

Jacylyn Rivas
Photography BFA 2013
Photo Editor at Time Out Chicago

Noël Morical
Fiber and Material Studies, BFA 2011
Freelance Fabricator

Alexandria Eregbu
Interdisciplinary, BFA 2013
Lead Teaching Artist at Trace by the Chicago Park District

Jordan Whitney Martin, Lizzie Callen

March 7, 2016

Jordan Whitney Martin
Visual Communication and Art & Technology, BFA 2015
Visual Design Lead at Adler Planetarium Citizen Science Program

Lizzie Callen
Visual Communication, BFA 2014
Designer at Golin

Moderated by Duangchai Kuar Swani, Interior Architecture, BFA 2016

Anna Russett, Kayla Anderson, Amina Ross

October 5, 2015

Anna Russett, BFA 2015
Social Strategist, Havas Chicago

Kayla Anderson, BAVCS 2014, BFA 2013
Manager of Special Collections, School of the Art Institute of Chicago John M. Flaxman Library / Collections Management and Archivist, Threewalls Chicago / Founder + Organizer, Media Grrrl

Amina Ross, BFA 2015
Teaching Artist, Hyde Park Art Center / BOLT Resident Artist, Chicago Artist Coalition

Ursula Andreeff, Athens Chen, Collin Pressler, Alex Calamos

October 7, 2015

Ursula Andreeff, BFA 2015
Founder, illustrator, event coordinator and designer, JUPITER XI

Athens Chen, BFA 2013
Graphic Designer, Donuts Inc.

Collin Pressler, BFA 2013
Curator, The International Museum of Surgical Science

Alex Calamos, BFA 2015
Artist, Art Handler

Susie Kimball, Kris Allen, James Lee

October 6, 2015

Susie Kimball, BFA 2012
Freelance Metals Consultant, West Supply / Woodworker, Furniture Revival / Photography

Kris Allen, BFA 2014
Creative Resource Manager, Leo Burnett / Gallery Admin Volunteer, Project Onward

James Lee, BFA 2011
Art Director, Geometry Global

Stephanie Cristello, Evelin Garza Luna and Bridget Crowe

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Stephanie Cristello, BFA 2013
Senior Editor US, Art Slant and Editor-in-Chief of The Seen,

Evelin Garza Luna, 2013
Video Production Associate / Motion Graphics Artist, Brafton Inc,

Bridget Crowe, BFA 2014
Textile Designer, It's Oksana

Justus Harris, Olen Amelia and Jason Guo

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Justus Harris, BAVCS 2013
Performance Artist, Art & Technology Researcher, Freelance Producer

Olen Amelia, BFA 2012
Designer, Ogilvy and Mather,

Jason Guo, BFA 2014
Artist, Co-Owner, Maybe Sunday Streetwear Apparel and Project Space

Sam Rolfes, Nina Palomba, Kekeli Sumah and Liz Patelski

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sam Rolfes, BFA 2013
Cross Format Artist, Designer, DJ/Turntablist. Producer, Illustrator, Co-Founder of JOIN THE STUDIO,

Nina Palomba, BFA 2013
Designer, Illustrator, We Art Supervision

Kekeli Sumah, BFA 2014
Arts Administrator, Artist, DJ

Liz Patelski, BFA 2011
Women’s Wear Designers, Remi Canarie

Megan Isaacs, Justin Smith and Hanna Mowrey

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Megan Isaacs, BFA 2013
SAIC Sustainability Coordinator

Hanna Mowrey, BFA 2012
VSA Partners

Courtney Mackedanz, Tyler Blackwell and Alfredo Salazar-Caro

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Courtney Mackedanz, BFA 2013
Performance Artist, Teacher

Alfredo Salazar-Caro, BFA 2013
Multimedia Artist, Curator

Tyler Blackwell, BFA 2013
Exhibitions Director of Johalla Projects, School Programs Assistant at Art Institute of Chicago

Vincent Uribe, Quinn Keaveney, and Alysia Alex

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vincent Uribe BFA 2013
Gallerist (LVL3), Curator, Coordinator, Arts for Life

Alysia Alex, BFA 2013
No Small Plans Productions, 1137 Design Blog

Quinn Keaveney, BAVCS 2013
Graphic Design Intern, Plural