Press Releases

December 19, 2013

Standard & Poor's Upgrades Art Institute of Chicago's Bond Rating

Standard & Poor’s announced today that it raised the Art Institute of Chicago’s long-term bond rating to AA- with a stable outlook from A+ positive outlook. In its release, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services cited numerous factors that contributed to the upgrade, singling out “strong institutional leadership and management to produce such results in a stressful economic environment,” as well as a consistently sound operating performance and continued plan of scheduled debt reduction.

November 21, 2013

"Faculty Projects" and "Tracing Affinities" Open December 13

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) proudly showcases the work of its faculty and students in Faculty Projects and Tracing Affinities, opening Friday, December 13, from 4:30–7:30 p.m., at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries (33 South State Street, 7th floor). Both exhibitions, which are free and open to the public, run through February 15. They open during the final stage of a popular run for another major SAIC exhibition, News from Nowhere: Chicago Laboratory.

November 19, 2013

Gift Contributes to Establishing Donation from Advertising Firm Ogilvy & Mather

Chicago, IL— The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is pleased to announce a significant contribution to the Justyna Palka Memorial Scholarship Fund, renewed through a generous donation from the family of SAIC alumna Justyna Palka (BFA 2009). The gift contributes to an establishing donation from advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather. Founded in 2011, the merit-based scholarship is awarded to a student in his or her junior year within SAIC’s Department of Visual Communication Design.

November 14, 2013

Record Number of SAIC Community Members Prepare for Whitney Biennial

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) recognizes its community members selected to participate in the 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York City, March 7–May 25, 2014. Nearly 20 of the 103 artists announced as participants in the next Whitney Biennial have ties to the school.

October 30, 2013

Rachel Weiss Receives Jean Goldman Book Prize

Grammy Award–nominated, New York Times–bestselling author David Sedaris, an alumnus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), addressed the audience at the Literary Lions Luncheon today. SAIC faculty member Rachel Weiss, Professor in the Arts Administration and Policy department, received the Jean Goldman Book Prize at the luncheon. Held at the elegant downtown club the Casino, the event was hosted by Walter E.

October 23, 2013

SAIC Hosts 25th Annual Holiday Art Sale November 22–23

The city’s best, one-stop opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts returns as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) proudly hosts the 25th-annual Holiday Art Sale on Friday, November 22, and Saturday, November 23, in the historic SAIC Ballroom downtown (112 South Michigan Avenue). More information about this event hosted by the Office of Campus Life is available online at

October 22, 2013

2013 Fall Undergraduate Exhibition Opens Friday, November 1

More than 90 talented SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees this fall will exhibit their innovative work November 2 through 16, in the Fall Undergraduate Exhibition at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries, 33 South State Street, 7th floor. This year’s opening reception, which is free and open to the public, takes place Friday, November 1, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information visit or call 312.629.6635.

October 21, 2013

Priority Applications Due December 1 for New Low-Residency MFA Degree

The priority scholarship deadline for the new Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is December 1. Information about how to apply for the newest curriculum from SAIC’s prestigious graduate fine arts program, currently ranked #2 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, is available at The program’s first summer residency in Chicago begins in 2014.

October 2, 2013

SAIC Earns the JedCampus Seal from the Jed Foundation

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been awarded the JedCampus Seal from the Jed Foundation, a leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. The Seal recognizes schools that exhibit comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming on campus.

October 1, 2013

Jean Goldman Book Prize To Be Awarded Thursday, October 31

This fall the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will award a juried literary prize for the best recent visual arts publication by a member of its faculty. Underwritten by art historian and Art Institute of Chicago Life Trustee Dr. Jean Goldman and known as the Jean Goldman Book Prize, the award will be presented at the Literary Lions Luncheon at noon on Thursday, October 31, at the Casino, 195 East Delaware Place.