Graduate Events

Learn more about our graduate degree programs and meet with faculty.

A roundtable discussion featuring Huey Copeland (Northwestern University), Frank B Wilderson III (UC Irvine), Athi Mongezeleli Joja (University of Witwatersrand), Mlondolozi Zondi (Northwestern University), Sampada Aranke (SAIC).

Looking at internal questions such as editorial process and design alongside more external issues of funding and distribution, Petrovich will describe how he and fellow artist Roger White developed the structure for Paper Monument, and how their ideas were implemented in titles such as I Like Your Work: Art and Etiquette and Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment. Special attention will be given to their most recent book, Social Medium: Artists Writing, 2000-2015, where they anthologized an especially expansive period in artists’ writings. Petrovich will also discuss the divergent approach he has taken with DME, the imprint behind Adjunct Commuter Weekly and The Daily Gentrifier. Custom-making publications for various demographics to which he belongs, Petrovich has embarked on a multipart investigation of publishing’s relationships to visibility and community. In addition to presenting the periodicals themselves, Petrovich will outline how they engage with existing systems of collaboration, distribution, and reception.   

Dushko Petrovich is Assistant Professor and MA Program Director in New Arts Journalism at SAIC. A founding editor of Paper Monument and former board president of the n+1 Foundation, Petrovich has written for Slate, the Boston Globe, ArtNews, Bookforum, and Modern Painters, among many others. With his imprint DME, Petrovich has published Adjunct Commuter Weekly, which debuted in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim including profiles the in Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker, and The Daily Gentrifier, which came out in September.

October 13, 2017

Artist and SAIC Alum Trevor Paglen Receives 2017 Macarthur “Genius” Grant

CHICAGO– The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has named Trevor Paglen, an alum of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), as one of its 24 MacArthur fellows for 2017. Paglen is a conceptual artist and geographer whose work makes the invisible operations of military and corporate power visible to everyday citizens. He received his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at SAIC in 2002.

David Getsy discusses Scott Burton's postminimalist theories of performance art in the 1970s and examines his strategic use of cybernetics, art history, and queer culture in his performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 1977. 

Getsy is Goldabelle McComb Finn Professor of Art History at SAIC, and his books include Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender (Yale 2015), Rodin: Sex and the Making of Modern Sculpture (Yale 2010), Scott Burton: Collected Writings on Art and Performance 1965-1975 (Soberscove 2012), and the anthology of artists writings, Queer, for the Whitechapel Gallery’s “Documents of Contemporary Art” book series (MIT 2016).  His current research projects undertake archive-based recoveries of forgotten queer and genderqueer performance and sculptural practices in late-twentieth-century America. For 2018, he is curating the first retrospective of performance artist Stephen Varble (Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York), and he is also completing a book on Scott Burton’s queer postminimalism and performance in the 1970s, from which this lecture is drawn.


A workshop on designing protest objects with Hong Kong artist and urbanist Sampson Wong.

Sampson Wong holds a PhD in geography from the University of Manchester, and is currently a lecturer at the Liberal Arts Studies department, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. With research interests on contemporary urbanism, art and the public sphere and socially-engaged creative practices, he divides his time among the roles of artist, independent curator and academic. As an active participant in Hong Kong’s civil society and artistic sphere, he co-founded the Hong Kong Urban Laboratory, emptyscape, Umbrella Movement Visual Archive, Add Oil Team and The Twenties.

OPEN TO SAIC STUDENTS ONLY. Apply for the workshop here:
*Please apply using your SAIC email. Contact Ryan Deemer with any questions at

October 4, 2017

The Washington Center Honors SAIC with the 2017 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award

CHICAGO–The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, was honored with the 2017 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center. The school was selected for its leadership and innovation in civic engagement and was presented with the award during The Washington Center’s annual awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Club on October 2. The Washington Center recognized SAIC’s efforts to bring its art and design education to the communities of Chicago and beyond. These initiatives include:

A discussion with Hong Kong artist Sampson Wong, Jonathan Solomon, Mechtild Widrich, Thomas Kong, Maud Lavin, Celine Setiadi, and Aram Han Sifuentes on global movements and protest creativity, theories of activist objects, and on the relationship between art and resistance. 

September 26, 2017

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Launches Matching Gift Incentive to Help Surpass $50 Million Fundraising Goal

CHICAGO—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, is closing in on a $50 million goal in its first-ever major public fundraising campaign and has received a gift that will enable the school to launch a matching incentive that will help put it over the finish line for Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC.

September 25, 2017

Alumni Stories

John McKinnon (dual degree Arts Administration/Art History, 2008) was named Executive Director of the Board of Directors of the Elmhurst Art Museum in August, 2017. He was formerly the Program Director of The Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2007 to 2010, he was Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. While at the museum, his exhibitions included BRUCE CONNER; Fifty Works for Fifty States: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection; Andy Warhol: The Last Decade; Andy Warhol: Pop Star; Act/React: Interactive Installation Art; and On Site: Santiago Cucullu. He has independently organized group exhibitions including works by Robert Heinecken, Paul McCarthy, Jim Nutt, Otto Piene, William Pope.L, DIeter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Peter Saul, and others. He has written for Artforum, Art Papers, X-TRA, and Flash Art.  


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