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April 28, 2017

SAIC Announces its 2017 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Doctorate Recipients

CHICAGO—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, will welcome renowned Chicago artist Kerry James Marshall to deliver the School’s commencement address on Monday, May 15, at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress Parkway. Marshall will receive an honorary doctorate from the School, along with esteemed honorees, celebrated fashion designer and alum Maria Pinto, and accomplished art critic Roberta Smith.

April 26, 2017

SAIC Names Devarajulu Ravichandran Vice President of Educational Technologies and CIO

CHICAGO— The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, announced the appointment of Devarajulu Ravichandran as the School’s Vice President of Educational Technologies and Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this position Ravichandran will lead a cutting-edge information and educational technology operation at one of the premier art and design schools in the world.

April 25, 2017

Jerry Saltz Publishes Personal Essay “My Life As a Failed Artist”

New York magazine recently published a personal essay by art critic Jerry Saltz (SAIC 1970-75, HON 2008).

April 21, 2017

Trailblazing Women Inspire Alum's New Fashion Line

Alejandra Alonso Rojas (Post-Bac 2012) recently rethought her trendier debut line, À Moi to launch her new namesake line in September 2016, a more mature and authentic collection—boasting classic, well-tailored pieces made to be relevant regardless of season.

April 21, 2017

Milan Design Week Showcases the Next Generation of Designers

Salone del Mobile, Milan's annual furniture fair held during the city's Design Week, featured a 10th straight appearance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

April 21, 2017

SAIC Student Honored with Start-Up of the Year Award

Kalí Zöe Designs, the holistic-themed jewelry company of SAIC student Callie Spiros (BFA 2018) and sister Arianna Spiros, has been recognized in Future Founders’ inaugural EntrepreneurshipU Award with an Outstanding Student Start-up of the Year award.

April 21, 2017

Stedelijk Museum Names SAIC Alum as New Curator

ArtNews announced that the famed Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam has a new curator of contemporary art and time-based media, SAIC alum Karen Archey (BFA 2008).

April 18, 2017

New Media Installation Unveiled at North Riverside Tower

Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects alum Jason Salavon (MFA 1997) will be the first artist to integrate his work into a recently unveiled installation at 150 North Riverside Tower.

April 18, 2017

David Sedaris Chronicles His Time at SAIC

An excerpt from David Sedaris' (BFA 1987) new book Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977–2002) was featured in the New Yorker.

April 17, 2017

SAIC Student Herman Aguirre Named 2017 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellow

The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts has announced that School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Master of Fine Arts (MFA) student Herman Aguirre (BFA 2014, MFA 2017) is one of eight early-career artists awarded grants from the fund.

April 14, 2017

Gladys Nilsson Profiled in Art in America

Gladys Nilsson (BFA 1962, HON 2016), a prominent member of the Chicago artist collective the Hairy Who, was recently profiled in Art In America magazine. Though focusing with precise detail on her use of shape and her deftness with water colors, the review also emphasizes Nilsson's narrative ability, and the symbolic interpetations present.

April 14, 2017

Jeff Koons to Collaborate with Louis Vuitton on New Handbag Line

Jeff Koons (SAIC 1975–76, HON 2008) is teaming up with Louis Vuitton on a line of handbags and accessories that feature several of the most famous paintings ever created. “I hope [people] embrace them as a continuation of my effort to erase the hierarchy attached to fine art and old masters,” Koons told the New York Times. 

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