Press Releases

April 10, 2018

SAIC Students Launch Uniquely Designed Collection at Milan Design Week

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, announced the launch of Potluck, a collection of uniquely designed objects created by students studying in the School’s Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) department. The collection will be revealed at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Milan Design Week in Italy, April 17–22.

March 12, 2018

U.S. Pavilion at Biennale Architettura 2018 Announces Details of Architects’ Projects for Dimensions of Citizenship

Chicago, March 13, 2018—The U.S. Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and The University of Chicago (UChicago), today announced new details about the exhibition Dimensions of Citizenship. The exhibition’s curators have commissioned seven architecture practices to explore how citizenship may be defined, constructed, enacted, contested, or expressed in the built environment at seven different spatial scales.

March 3, 2018

SAIC Raises More Than $615,000 at 'Beautiful Night' Auction and Benefit

CHICAGO–The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, raised more than $615,000 at its first faculty and alumni art auction and benefit. Proceeds from the auction contribute to Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC, an initiative to raise $50 million for increased scholarship opportunities, faculty support, and programming.    Highlights from the auction and benefit included:

February 5, 2018

Uncertain Times Have Chicagoans Turning to History

CHICAGO–Following a year where many Americans harbored growing doubts about global stability and international relations, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is offering a rare introspective of the Vietnam War through a film series at its Gene Siskel Film Center for students and members of the public. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War, Apocalypse Then: The Vietnam War on Film features a new film about the Vietnam and Cambodian Wars each week, followed by a discussion. 

January 26, 2018

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Announces Spring Season of Conversations at the Edge Experimental Media Series

CHICAGO—Beginning February 15, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) critically acclaimed series Conversations at the Edge will host a distinguished lineup of screenings, performances and talks by groundbreaking artists who exemplify the boundary-blurring nature of experimental media.

January 22, 2018

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Announces Its Spring Line-Up of Visiting Artists

This spring, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, will host a distinguished lineup of visiting artists who exemplify the boundary-blurring nature of contemporary art.

December 14, 2017

U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale to Feature Film and Video Artworks That Expand the Exhibition Dimensions of Citizenship

Chicago, December 14, 2017—The curators of Dimensions of Citizenship, the U.S. Pavilion exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, today announced that they will present film and video works that explore multiple perspectives—narrative, speculative, or impressionistic—in the pavilion’s rotunda.

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.

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:

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.

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