Press Releases

November 28, 2012

SAIC Professor Named a Curator of 2014 Whitney Biennial

Chicago, IL—Michelle Grabner, Professor and Chair of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), has been named a curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial. The most influential survey of the state of contemporary art in the United States, the next Biennial goes on view at the beginning of March 2014 and will be the last Biennial to take place in the museum's historic Marcel Breuer-designed building on Madison Avenue in New York City.

November 26, 2012

Faculty Performance Arts Group Receives MacArthur Foundation Grant

Chicago, IL— Every House Has a Door, the nonprofit performance group created by faculty members Lin Hixson (Performance) and Matthew Goulish (Writing) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), has received a $32,500 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund to create and produce a performance derived from materials in the Randolph Street Gallery archives.

November 20, 2012

Award Winning French Architect to Speak at SAIC

Chicago, IL—Golden Lion award winner Odile Decq presents a lecture titled “Horizons” at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be presented in the Columbus Auditorium, 280 South Columbus Drive. For more information, please contact SAIC’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) at 312.629.6650 or email

November 12, 2012

Trio of SAIC Exhibitions on Local and U.S. Justice Systems

Chicago—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) proudly presents Opening the Black Box: The Charge is Torture through Friday, December 21 at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries (33 S. State St., 7th Floor). SAIC also co-presents several upcoming exhibition programs that are free and open to the public.

November 4, 2012

SAIC Hosts 24th Annual Holiday Art Sale Nov. 16–17

Chicago—The city’s best one-stop opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts returns next month as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) proudly hosts the 24th annual Holiday Art Sale on Friday, November 16 and Saturday November 17 in the historic SAIC Ballroom downtown (112 S. Michigan Avenue).

October 28, 2012

SAIC Partnership Realizes Major Publication with University of Chicago Press

Chicago, IL—The city of Chicago puts a new lens on its history of modern innovation this December as the University of Chicago Press publishes Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society, edited by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Professor Mary Jane Jacob, Executive Director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies, together with Jacquelyn Baas.

October 23, 2012

SAIC President Walter E. Massey and Shirley Massey Honored by Morehouse College

Chicago, IL—Dr. Walter E. Massey, President of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), will be honored with his wife Shirley on Thursday, October 25 when Morehouse College celebrates the naming of the Walter E. Massey Leadership Center and the Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center at a ceremony in Atlanta. Dr. Massey is President Emeritus of Morehouse College—his alma mater, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics at the age of 20 in 1958—in addition to serving as SAIC President.

October 21, 2012

SAIC Faculty Members Receive $10,000 TED Prize for Crowdsourcing Transit App Project “Designing Chicago”

Chicago, IL—George Aye and Sara Cantor Aye, faculty members in SAIC’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO), have received a $10,000 prize from TED. Their City 2.0 grant will support Designing Chicago: New Tools for Public Transit, a project from the Aye’s Greater Good Studio that leverages public participation and design to improve citywide navigation.

October 8, 2012

Isabel & Ruben Toledo Come to SAIC as FRC Celebrates 25 Years

Chicago, IL—The Fashion Resource Center (FRC) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents a lecture by Cuban-born, New York-based fashion designer Isabel Toledo and fashion illustrator and artist Ruben Toledo on October 27, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fullerton Hall (111 S. Michigan Ave.) Isabel will present thoughts on her distinct flair for pattern cutting and garment construction. Ruben will discuss his sense of design in both commercial and non-commercial arenas.

September 27, 2012

SAIC Welcomes to Campus Sustainability Summit Hosted by Pratt Institute

Hosted by Pratt Institute; Leaders Explore Future of Design Ed. Through Collaboration