Careers and Internships: Career Advising and Services
We’re here to help you navigate your career options.
Career advisors help you develop a unique career path that is creatively satisfying, challenging, and rewarding. We'll assist you with résumés, cover letters, artist statements, proposals, and more. We can also help you select your strongest work for portfolios and identify opportunities that are right for you. Don't try to figure out your career options alone: have a conversation about your life as a creative professional with an SAIC career advisor.
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Each SAIC Career Advisor has a unique background and specific advising focus:
Co-director, Career + Co-op Center
Under Vicki’s supervision, the Co-op Program has placed over 9,000 students in art-related internships, where they earn course credit and gain valuable work experience. She has been a major player in guiding and expanding the Cooperative Internship Education Program as well as key components of experiential learning. She is chair of the arts and culture group for the National Society of Experiential Education and an active member of the Cooperative Education and Internship Association. Vicki obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in painting and drawing. She has also taught photography and ceramics and led several SAIC study trips to Ireland and Greece. She continues to remember that place of being a young artist and assists students with transactions and transitions to their professional practices as artists.
Katharine (Kate) Schutta
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Co-director of the Career + Co-op Center
Kate Schutta advises students and alumni/ae on professional and job search strategies and coordinates Career + Co-op Center activities and resources. Schutta’s past experience includes book cover and poster illustration and teaching at SAIC and the Royal College of Art. Exhibitions include: National Museum of Art, Wroclaw; Royal College of Art (RCA), School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Grants and Fellowships: Chicago Artists Assistance Program grants; RCA Research Fellowship in Communication Design; Peoples' Republic of Poland Art & Culture Grant. Education: MFA (1989), BFA (1985), School of the Art Institute of Chicago; BA History of Art (1983), Bryn Mawr College.
Tom Burtonwood enjoys working with students and alumni to help them determine what their goals are, what type of research they might pursue, and what action to take to develop these ideas into concrete opportunities. Burtonwood has a background in arts administration, art fairs, curating, event management, and magazine publishing, and he can advise students and alumni in these aspects of the art world. In addition to acting as a career advisor Burtonwood teaches in the Arts Administration and Policy and Contemporary Practices departments at SAIC. He enjoys helping students act upon their imaginations, develop critical thinking, and hone their problem solving skills. Burtonwood maintains an active studio practice and has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally. tomburtonwood.com
Ann Chen works with students and alumni 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 UMD, 1994), and worked in the design field specializing in Project Administration and HR Management. In 2002, Chen 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.
Assistant Director, Career Specialist
Nancy Gildart helps students and alumni develop strategies and identify opportunities for building their creative practices. She works with students to hone their applications for exhibitions, grants, fellowships (including Fulbright), residencies, graduate school, and more. Transferring from the corporate world, Gildart earned a BFA and then an MFA (2000) from SAIC's Department of Fiber and Material Studies. In addition to these degrees, she uses her past education—English and Library Science—every day in working with students to research opportunities and to develop persuasive proposals. gildart.com
Kristen Hanson encourages students and alumni to actively self-assess their skills and strengths throughout the career seeking process. Having spent six years living and working abroad, Kristen can advise students interested in pursuing a career or Post-grad degree at home or internationally. Kristen holds a BA in French from the Evergreen State College, and a BA in Film from the University of Paris VIII. She has worked for a variety of film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Specialized in video production, film, art administration, festival and event planning, PR, translation and education, she can advise students on opportunities in these areas and more.
Richard Shanks is an Adjunct Professor in the Visual Communication Design Department, where he has taught Senior Design Studio, Web Design, Beginning Typography, Beginning Graphic Design, and Information Systems. Mr. Shanks received a Master of Fine Art degree from the California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Michigan, where he was on the Dean's List. Mr. Shanks is the President of UpShift Creative Group, where he facilitates brand strategy and account direction. upshiftcreative.com
Clemenstien is an instructor in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects. She received her BIA from SAIC, and her MArch Architecture from Columbia University, NY. She is also the principal architect for CL Design Studio, a design/build studio that specializes in ownership and the renovation and preservation of vintage residential buildings. Previous positions include: Project Architect, Nia Architects, Chicago; Junior Architect, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, NY. thegreystoneproject.com
Rebecca is Adjunct Associate Professor in Sculpture, Art History, Theory, Criticism, and program director of the MAAE. She received her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and MFA from Northern Illinois University. As a Fulbright Artist/Scholar, an American Association of Museums Fellowship recipient and NEA Grant Winner, she is a multiple award winner. Her work situates itself in the border zones between artists, arts institutions, social practice and writing. Drawn to projects with historical, literary or political connotations, Rebecca's work is engaged with excavating the hidden stories and the cultural mythologies associated with given places. rebeccakeller.net
Loretta is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at SAIC in Contemporary Practices, Painting and Drawing, and the Division of Continuing Studies & Special Programs. She has also taught as visiting faculty and Artist in Residence at Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL.; Assistant Professor at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston and was Associate Instructor at the University of California at Davis. Loretta received her BFA from SAIC in 1991, and her MFA from the University of California, Davis in 2000. She has exhibited all over the world, in cities including Tel Aviv, London, Los Angeles and New York City. She is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards and most recently, Loretta's work is showcased in the periodical New American Painting, Volume 101. lorettabourque.com
John Henley works with students and coop employers to make the coop experience successful and productive. As an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Contemporary Practices Department, he teaches Research Studio and Core Studio, preparing students for a fruitful experience at SAIC. As a coop advisor he uses a job history that includes working in museums, commercial galleries, non-profit organizations, a theater, a design firm as well as teaching in Chicago Public Schools. John has been showing his work for over 30 years, most recently at Slow in Pilsen, Roots and Culture, MWD Art Fair, Research House for Asian Art, Zhou Brothers Art Center, and at Darke Gallery in Houston. His art practice is based on painting but often takes the form of works on paper, installations, books or animated video. henleywebsite.com/portfolio
Josh Rios lives and works in Chicago. In 2013 he received a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. Along with a solo practice that includes video, writing, photography, sound, drawing, and performance, Rios is a founding member of the artist collective and gallery space Okay Mountain established in 2006. Upcoming projects include Every Sentence is Populated by the Voices of Others, a performative lecture series and pedagogical experiment to take place at Texas State University, and a solo project at Storefront gallery in Chicago, IL. As part of Okay Mountain Rios has been collected and shown in museums and galleries across the country, including a recent solo exhibition at Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles (2012). Currently Rios teaches Core I and Research I in the Contemporary Practices Department as well as Drawing Studio in the Early College Program. okaymountain.com
Ashley received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), and her BFA from Gray's School of Art (Aberdeen, Scotland). Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, this artist is now Chicago based. Currently, she teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Contemporary Practices, and the Department of Painting and Drawing. Ashley's work is often playfully curious. Her recent works have been investigating inflatables as painting, sculpture, installation and performance costume. These works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, and site-specific installations, performances and collaborations. claireashley.com