SAIC Welcomes 13 New Full-Time Faculty Members
We are pleased to welcome 13 new full-time faculty members who have joined the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) this fall. The new faculty members represent a diverse range of practices, media, and methodologies and exemplify SAIC’s focus on interdisciplinary studies.
Among the new full-time faculty members is Dawn Gavin, who will be the inaugural Smith-Buonanno Family Director of Contemporary Practices. In addition to Gavin, we are pleased to welcome: Sampada Aranke (Art History, Theory, and Criticism), Jonas Becker (Photography), Lee Blalock (Art and Technology Studies, Low-Residency MFA), Andrew Falkowski (Painting and Drawing), Adam Greteman (Art Education), Anne Harris (Painting and Drawing), Lou Mallozzi (Sound), Dawit Petros (Photography), Sarah Ross (Art Education), Thorsten Trimpop (Film, Video, New Media, and Animation), Jina Valentine (Printmedia), and Adrian Wong (Sculpture).
In total, the director and new faculty will teach courses in 11 departments.
With the addition of these new faculty members, SAIC continues its legacy of excellence in art and design education. Information about each faculty member can be found below.
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Art History, Theory, and Criticism
Sampada Aranke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Her research interests include performance theories of embodiment, visual culture, and Black cultural and aesthetic theory. Her work has been published in e-flux, Artforum, Art Journal, Equid Novi: African Journalism Studies, and Trans-Scripts: An Interdisciplinary Online Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. She has written catalogue essays for Sadie Barnette, Kambui Olujimi, and Zachary Fabri. She is currently working on her book manuscript entitled Death's Futurity: The Visual Culture of Death in Black Radical Politics.
Jonas Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Photography department. Becker is an interdisciplinary artist whose projects span photography, video installation, sculpture, and community engagement. Their work explores how beliefs form around specific sites and geographies. Becker is interested in these landscapes as an intersection of personal identity, cultural mythologies, and political power. Becker’s most recent projects focus on rural America, questioning what is natural and the relationship between humans, technology, and the environment. Becker has a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and a Master of Fine Arts from University of California, Irvine.Learn more
Art and Technology Studies
Lee Blalock is an Assistant Professor in Art and Technology Studies and the Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts program. Blalock’s work is an exercise in body modification by way of behavior or “change-of-state.” Computational expression and technologically mediated transformations facilitate Blalock’s process in a way that brings impossible scenarios to life through rule-based strategies. Blalock’s practice seeks to express all that is censored during the performance of daily life. Blalock previously taught as a part-time faculty member at SAIC. Blalock has a Bachelor of Science from Spelman College and a Master of Fine Arts from SAIC.Learn more
Painting and Drawing
Andrew Falkowski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Painting and Drawing. Falkowski has exhibited extensively both as a solo artist and as a collaborator. Prior to joining SAIC as a full-time faculty member, he was a part-time faculty member at the School, teaching courses in the Painting and Drawing department and the Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts program. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz; a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin; and a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.Learn more
Smith-Buonanno Family Director of Contemporary Practices
Dawn Gavin is the inaugural Smith-Buonanno Family Director of Contemporary Practices. Her work investigates issues of loss, appropriation, identity, and displacement, employing a range of media from collage and installed drawings to digital video. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the DCA Visual Research Centre (Scotland). She received a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing and Painting, a Master of Fine Arts, and a Master of Science in Electronic Imaging from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Scotland.
Adam J. Greteman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art Education and Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Greteman teaches and writes about contemporary issues in sexuality and difference in education. He is co-author of The Pedagogies and Politics of Liking (2017) and the forthcoming Genders and Sexualities in Education: Toward Queer Thriving. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Creighton University and PhD from Michigan State University.Learn more
Painting and Drawing
Anne Harris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Painting and Drawing. Her work has been featured at the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, the Portland Museum of Art, the California Center for Contemporary Art, and the New York Public Library among other institutions. Prior to joining SAIC as a full-time faculty member, she was a part-time faculty member at the School, teaching courses in the Painting and Drawing department. Harris received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and her Master of Fine Arts from Yale University.Learn more
Lou Mallozzi is an Assistant Professor in the Sound department. Mallozzi is known primarily for his work in sound, often with a focus on dismembering and reconstituting language, gesture, and signification. His work includes performances, installations, music works, recordings, and radio works. He has performed and exhibited in the United States and Europe, including projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Chicago Cultural Center; and the Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Prior to joining SAIC as a full-time faculty member, he was a part-time faculty member at the School. Mallozzi has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SAIC.Learn more
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Sarah Ross is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Art Education. Ross’ work is centered on the politics of race, gender, class, and control. Since 2006, Ross has worked with incarcerated artists. In 2011, she co-founded the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project, which brings together artists, writers, and scholars in and outside of Illinois’ Stateville prison to create public projects. Prior to joining SAIC as a full-time faculty member, she was a part-time faculty member at the School. Ross holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine.Learn more
Film, Video, New Media and Animation
Thorsten Trimpop is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. He is an award-winning filmmaker, and his new film Furusato, is a human-scale portrait of a small town in Japan's nuclear exclusion zone. It premiered at DOK Leipzig, where it won the grand prize, the Golden Dove, and is now touring film festivals worldwide. Previously, Thorsten taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, and Boston University. From 2014–17 he was a fellow at MIT Open Documentary Lab. Trimpop received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Siegen and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Film and Television Konrad Wolf (Germany).Learn more
Jina Valentine is an Assistant Professor in the Printmedia department. Valentine’s independent practice addresses language, translation, and data saturation. Her collaborative project The Black Lunch Table (with Heather Hart) facilitates the discussion of issues pertaining to race and culture. She teaches courses related to printmaking in the expanded field, with emphasis on related art theory and contemporary social movements. Valentine joins SAIC from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master of Fine Arts from Stanford University.Learn more
Adrian Wong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sculpture. Originally trained in research psychology, Wong received his Master of Arts from Stanford University. He began making and exhibiting work in San Francisco while concurrently conducting research in developmental linguistics. He continued his postgraduate studies at Yale University, where he received his Master of Fine Arts. Relying heavily on a research based method, his installations, videos, and sculptures draw from varied subjects and explore the intricacies of his relationship to his environment (experientially, historically, culturally, and through the filter of fantastical or fictionalized narratives). He has taught coursework in sculpture at the University of California Los Angeles and Virginia Commonwealth University.Learn more