Creature Comforts

Creature Comforts explores the idiosyncratic relationship between animals and ourselves, celebrating the care given to all creaturely needs, be it for a beloved animal or yourself. It hopes to bring to attention the ways we are enriched and comforted through a relationship of care, be it through a connection with nature or our daily routines of self-care.

Organized as a series of student-initiated SAIC community events featuring panel discussions, animal visits, art therapy workshops, and a campus-wide art exhibition held from November 2015 to February 2016, there are many ways to be part of Creature Comforts.

Exhibition Reception and Performances

Thursday, December 10, 4:00–7:30 p.m.

Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st and 2nd floors
MacLean Building, 112 S. Michigan Ave., 12th to 14th floors
Lakeview Building, Wellness Center, 116 S. Michigan Ave., 13th floor

Creature Comforts opens with an evening of visual arts, readings, and performances by more than 50 artists. The artists in this exhibition shed light on an affective support system, uncovering moments of interspecies dependence, and how we build mental, emotional resilience to foster a passion for life. This exhibition is juried and curated by a panel of SAIC faculty, staff, and WCSSN student representatives, and organized by Ryan Goh (BFA 2018) and Jacelyn Kee (MA 2016).

Join them in an opening with an exciting program and comforting refreshments across multiple venues.


The exhibition runs through February 20, 2016:

Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st and 2nd floors
Monday–Sunday, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

MacLean Building, 112 S. Michigan Ave., 12th to 14th floors
Monday–Sunday, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Lakeview Building, Wellness Center, 116 S. Michigan Ave., 13th floor
Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Creature Comforts Program Sheet [PDF]


Join us in conversation!

On November 10 and 20, 2015, SAIC will be hosting therapy dogs from Canine Therapy Corps! Join them as we begin a conversation on art, animal, and wellness, with student artists, faculty members, therapists, and social workers. Listen in to readings and try out some art therapy workshops! Both events take place at Leroy Neiman Center, Sharp Building, 1st floor from 4:00–7:00 p.m.

Registration is not necessary but highly recommended.


The Presence of An Animal Other in Art

Tuesday, November 10, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Leroy Neiman Center, Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

The first session invites all to a visit by therapy dogs from Canine Therapy Corps and a conversation on how animals have persistently found their way into art. Katherine Ross, Chair, Ceramics Department, and Giovanni Aloi, Lecturer, Art History, Theory, and Criticism Department, will survey our idiosyncratic relationship with nature and examine how animals implicate us with their presence. They will be joined in conversation by Kristin Buller, LCSW, therapist, and veterinary social worker.

The session is followed by a workshop led by SAIC Student Art Therapy Association. Artworks from the workshop will be displayed in Creature Comforts through February 20, 2016.

To manage anticipated crowding around therapy dogs, priority will be given to those who have registered for the session. Register here with your name. Individuals without reservation may be waitlisted on the day of the event.

Light refreshments will be served during the workshop.


Relating to An-Other

Friday, November 20, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Leroy Neiman Center, Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

The second session brings together a visit by therapy dogs from Canine Therapy Corps and a conversation on the relationship of care between animals and ourselves. Mary Cross, Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing Department, Kristin Buller, LCSW, therapist, and veterinary social worker, and Callandre A. Cozzolino, Executive Director, Canine Therapy Corps will share their observations in working closely between animals and people. Their conversation is facilitated by Suellen Semekoski, Adjunct Associate Professor, Art Therapy Department.

The session will include readings of works from students of the Writing Department. Details coming soon.

To manage anticipated crowding around therapy dogs, priority will be given to those who have registered for the session. Register here with your name. Individuals without reservation may be waitlisted on the day of the event.

Light refreshments will be served.


Call for Entries!

We are looking for works that celebrate our connection with nature, as manifested in various ways through our daily routines, our causes, and intellectual engagement with caring for others and oneself. This campus-wide exhibition opportunity is open to all current SAIC students, alumni, and staff. All media are encouraged.

The exhibition spaces include the cafeteria area on 2nd floor of Sharp building; cafeteria area on 12th to 14th floor of MacLean building; and office of Wellness Center. As the exhibition sites are communal spaces where there is food and high traffic, artists should take extra note of limitations in wall size, safety, health, and legal concerns. Please read additional reminders below.

Submission Guidelines and Extended Deadline

All submissions must be sent by Friday, November 6, 11:59 p.m.
Entries will be juried by members of SAIC's faculty, staff, and selected students from WCSSN.

A complete application is made of:

  1. Fill out the online form.
  2. Send high resolution images of your work to saic.creaturecomforts@gmail.com. Indicate the subject of your email as "Application to Creature Comforts_First Name_Last Name"

For installations and site-specific works, please provide images of sketches or mockups demonstrating how artwork is placed in a specified space. These need to be to scale. Please also include specific installation instructions.

For performances, please submit appropriate documentation materials or plans.

For media works, please submit complete artwork in MPG4 format, and no larger than 4GB.

Reminders

All accepted works must be delivered ready-to-hang with appropriate hardware, such as D-rings, picture wire on the reverse of 2-D works.

For 3-D works, pedestals must be supplied by the artist.

For media works that are not submitted via ExTV, equipment must be borrowed or supplied by the artist.

For performances, selected artists will be contacted for further event planning. If your media piece is a video, please ignore Step 1 and 2 above and proceed directly to the ExTV General Submission page for specific instructions.

Please also read the Art School Considerations Checklist [PDF] for important information on health, safety, and legal details to consider when creating works for the SAIC community.

New Key Dates

Deadline for entries Friday, November 6, 2015, 11:59 p.m.
Notification & installation period November 23–December 7, 2015
Exhibition period December 11, 2015–February 20, 2016
Reception Thursday, December 10, 2015
Deinstallation period February 22–26, 2015

All participating artists should note that notification of acceptance, artwork drop-off, and installation will take place between November 23–December 7, 2015. Artists are expected to be present to install their artworks with supervision and support from exhibition team.

Deinstallation will take place over February 22–26, 2016, excluding the weekend. Artists are also expected to be present for deinstall and to pick up their artworks during that period.


Questions?

Contact Jacelyn Kee, lkee@saic.edu.


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This event is organized in collaboration with Wellness Center, Active Minds, SAIC Student Art Therapy Association (SSATA), and ExTV.

Creature Comforts is the Wellness Center Student Support Network's (WCSSN) second art exhibition focusing on mental and emotional resilience among SAIC's community of artists. This event is part of the Wellness Center's commitment to providing creative on-campus events that cultivate engagement with a critical topic of mental health.

WCSSN is a group of student leaders, who have completed the Mental Health First Aid training and are acting as natural peer supports and mental health advocates within the SAIC community.

Interested to be part of WCSSN? Contact April Knighton, aknighton@saic.edu.