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January 19, 2016

SAIC's Visiting Artists Program Starts Its Season a Lecture by Tom Kalin

CHICAGO—To help close out its 150th Anniversary celebrations, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, will host a distinguished line-up of visiting artists who exemplify the boundary-blurring nature of contemporary art.

January 18, 2016

SAIC Receives $1 Million from Michael and Cari Sacks

CHICAGO—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), one of the nation’s leading art and design schools, announced a $1 million gift from Michael and Cari Sacks to establish the Sacks Family Scholarships. The new fund will provide need-based scholarships for SAIC graduate and undergraduate students who are Chicago Public High Schools graduates. The gift comes while SAIC is in the midst of a year-long celebration to honor its 150th Anniversary.

November 16, 2015

SAIC Announces Artist Residency Program, Workshops in Nichols Tower

CHICAGO—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) opened its first permanent classroom outside of its downtown campus where it will offer arts education to the residents of North Lawndale on Chicago’s west side. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined SAIC to cut the ribbon at Nichols Tower, where SAIC announced it will launch an artist residency and three semester-long workshops. The original Sears, Roebuck and Co. tower was renovated as part of a revitalization of the neighborhood’s Homan Square area.

November 12, 2015

SAIC Artists Named United States Artists (USA) Distinguished Fellows

Chicago—SAIC faculty member Anne Wilson was named a United States Artists (USA) Distinguished Fellow. Each year, USA celebrates the breadth of American artistic practices by providing $50,000 unrestricted awards directly to artists. Former faculty member and SAIC alum Deborah Stratman (BFA 1990), a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker, was also named a fellow.

November 10, 2015

University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago launch Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide

CHICAGO—The University of Chicago, Art, Science & Culture Initiative (UChicago), the School of Art & Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Earl & Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaborations, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) are pleased to announce the launch of an unprecedented inter-institutional platform for research and exchange.

October 29, 2015

Sarah Vowell Visits SAIC as Distinguished Alumni Lecturer

CHICAGO—School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) alum and New York Times-bestselling author Sarah Vowell (MA 1999) spoke on campus on October 29 as part of SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program. The lecture was presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival. Vowell’s irreverent and hilarious explorations into American history and politics have won her a large and devoted readership—and Vowell wasn’t shy on Thursday about delivering quips about politics, art school and researching the French to the audience of nearly 900 people.

October 22, 2015

Exhibition Celebrates Artists "Homegrown" on Michigan Avenue

CHICAGO—An exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates a long association between the world-class museum and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), which is celebrating 150 years of educating artists, designers and scholars.

October 15, 2015

Third Annual Literary Lions Luncheon Draws Distinguished Guests from Chicago's Cultural Community and Beyond

CHICAGO—For the third year in a row, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Literary Lions Luncheon brought together a who’s who of the Chicago art world. Held on October 7 at the elegant Gold Coast club The Casino, the event attracted influential art collectors like Gilda Buchbinder and Ellen Sandor as well as museum directors, Douglas Druick (Art Institute of Chicago) and Anthony Hirschel (Smart Museum of Art).

September 28, 2015

SAIC Faculty Member Awarded 2015 MacArthur “Genius Grant”

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has named LaToya Ruby Frazier, an Assistant Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), as one of its 24 MacArthur fellows for 2015. Since joining SAIC in 2014, Frazier has taught courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, while continuing to develop her practice spanning photography, video, and performance.

September 14, 2015

SAIC Receives INSIGHT into Diversity 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

CHICAGO—Today, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

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