Six SAIC Alums Named 2019 Breakout Artists

Newcity Breakout Artists 2019
Top row (left to right): Amina Ross, Benjamin Larose, Cathy Hsiao. Bottom row (left to right): Chanel Chiffon Thomas, Derrick Woods-Morrow, Emilio Rojas. Courtesy of "Newcity"

Newcity released its 2019 Breakout Artists list, and six of the eight artists included are SAIC alums. The artists who "represent the unbounded energy of art making in Chicago" are Amina Ross (BFA 2015), Lecturer in Contemporary Practices Benjamin Larose (MDes 2016), Cathy Hsiao (MFA 2017), Chanel Chiffon Thomas (BFA 2014), Derrick Woods-Morrow (MFA 2016), and Emilio Rojas (MFA 2017). "They make Chicago compelling, complex, and worth being a resident and a viewer of art. They challenge us and bring us the questions we never dared to ask and might not want to engage," says the publication. A detail image of the work of 2018 Breakout Artist Melissa Leandro (BFA 2012, MFA 2017), lecturer in the Fiber and Material Studies department, was featured on the cover of Newcity. Read more about each breakout artist on Newcity's website.