Students and Alumni

Ethan Rose (MFA 2013)

Ethan Rose is a composer, artist, and designer who loves all things sound. Drawing from years of composing music for the moving image and creating sound installations, his work has grown to introduce sonic design to events, objects, and buildings. Ethan currently runs Parallel, an audio focused design studio that specializes in sound design for the built environment. Past projects include permanent installations at Microsoft, Nike, and the University of Oregon.

Alyssa Moxley (MFA 2014)

Alyssa Moxley is a composer and artist working with narratives of identity, place, and embodied experience through sound. Much of her practice involves the use of field recordings to transform environments, via live performances, compositions and installations. She also curates sound events and produced the Kinisi Festival of Sound in 2015 and 2016.

She studied ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, sound design at the London College of Communication, studio production techniques at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and an MFA in Studio Art in the Sound Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her solo and collaborative works have been heard and installed in venues and radio stations in the UK, USA, France, Canada, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Croatia, Hungary and Greece.

Michael Graeve (MFA 2007)

Dr. Michael Graeve is a sound and visual artist living in Melbourne Australia. A 2007 alumnus of SAIC’s MFA Sound program, he currently exhibits and performs internationally across mediums such as painting, sound performance and composition, and site-specific installation. Michael is committed to artist-run culture: he has been a board member of Liquid Architecture Sound Inc since 2011, was a founding member of Grey Area Art Space, and previously served as both a board member and program manager at West Space Inc. Michael lectures at RMIT University in Sound, Sculpture, Expanded Studio Practice, Honours, and in the Master of Fine Arts program.

Kim Walker (MFA 2011)

Kim Walker is a Scottish artist working with sound, video, installation and new media. She gained her MFA in Studio from SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and her BA (Hons) Time Based Art from DJCAD (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design). Kim also holds a PgDip in Library and Information Studies from the University of Strathclyde. Kim has exhibited widely through artist-led spaces, larger galleries, video screening festivals and radio broadcasts. Venues include Patriothall Gallery (Edinburgh), Centrespace, DCA (Dundee), Exhibitions DJCAD (Dundee), Heaven Gallery (Chicago), Area 405 (Baltimore), Studio 41 (Glasgow) and South Hill Park (Bracknell). She has held artist in residence positions with Common Ground Projects, Exhibitions DJCAD, SSW, Outlandia and recently with the Woodlands Trust Scotland at Glen Finglas.

Kim is a current Ph.D. candidate in Composition and Sound Arts within the Music Department at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and is part of the SERG sound arts research group.

Peter Speer (MFA 2013)

Peter Speer is an artist and musician based out of Asheville, NC. His sonic work incorporates performance, recording and sound installation, and takes inspiration from the quiet stillness at the center of loud fast things. Working primarily with the modular synthesizer, Speer’s experimental electronic compositions present field recordings from a world based in voltage.

Austen Brown (MFA 2015)

Austen Brown (b. 1985) is an artist living in Chicago, IL holding his Master of Fine Arts from the School at the Art Institute of Chicago. Using a site-based practice, he works with sound, video, and installation to draw conceptual lines between sites, using buildings as evidence to investigate histories of urban planning, as well as relationships of nature to industry and labor. His work has been shown internationally at Triumph Gallery, Chicago, IL; The Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL; The SUB-Mission, Chicago, IL; Super-Sensor, Madrid, Spain; EXPO Chicago, IL; ACRE, Chicago, IL; Switched on Garden with funding from the Pew Charitable Trust, Philadelphia, PA; Flat Gallery, Chicago, IL; LODGE, Chicago, IL; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA. Residencies and awards include ACRE, HATCH Projects, the Municipal Arts League Fellowship, and Siragusa Foundation Fellowship.

Jonny Farrow (MFA 2013)

Jonny Farrow is a multi-disciplinary artist working with sound as both a poetics and a material to create works that interrogate the liminal spaces of belief, memory, and history. Using concepts such as resonance, feedback, and transmission, Farrow sounds these liminal spaces through various material and conceptual means in order to set them vibrating.

He has shown and presented work in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, United Kingdom, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere. From 2011-2016 he produced The Distract and Disable Program heard monthly on WGXC 90.7 FM in Hudson, NY. He holds a BA in English, an MA in Music, a Master of Fine Art in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently lives and teaches sculpture, printmaking, and sound art courses in Abu Dhabi, UAE.