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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

August 29, 2012

Conversations at the Edge (CATE) Opens New Season September 13

Chicago, IL—Conversations at the Edge, the screening and visiting artist series organized by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation (FVNMA) in collaboration with the Video Data Bank and the Gene Siskel Film Center, returns to the big screen Thursday, September 13 with the Chicago premiere of artist and filmmaker Wu Tsang’s documentary feature Wildness. New York Times art critic Holland Cotter writes, “If you think identity politics has no more to tell us in art, you should think again, and keep an eye on Mr.

August 22, 2012

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Remembers and Redefines Roger Brown

Chicago, IL—Several private collections, rare archival ephemera, and an expert curatorial team inform a new look at a legendary Chicago artist this fall at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Roger Brown: This Boy's Own Story will be on view in the SAIC Sullivan Galleries, 33 South State Street, August 25–November 10.

August 21, 2012

SAIC Receives Innovation Generation Grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation

Chicago, IL—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), home to the GFRY Studio in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, announced August 22 it has received $75,000 as part of the Innovation Generation grant program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, SAIC will offer its seventh GFRY Studio to 14 eligible undergraduate and graduate students.

July 24, 2012

Executive Director of Exhibitions Receives Major Curatorial Research Fellowship

Chicago, IL—SAIC faculty member Mary Jane Jacob has been awarded a landmark Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to study Chicago’s role in the development of socially engaged art practices, both ongoing and historical. The $50,000 fellowship—the maximum Curatorial Research Fellowship amount awarded by the Warhol Foundation—is the first grant that SAIC has received from the Warhol Foundation since 1995, and is also the largest that the school has ever received from the foundation.

July 24, 2012

Fall 2012 Exhibitions at the SAIC Sullivan Galleries

Chicago, IL— Exhibitions at SAIC are a significant resource for the school community and the city at large. The Sullivan Galleries—along with the Student Union Galleries and other temporary locations on and off campus—are engaged as sites of interaction, experimentation, and dialogue among students, faculty, and alumni, as well as places for collaboration with Chicago’s artists and other cultural institutions. Information on over a dozen fall/winter presentations is presented below.

July 19, 2012

Visiting Artists Program Announces Fall Lineup of Guest Speakers

Chicago, IL—Visiting Minds. Lasting Influence. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is pleased to announce the newest lineup of guest speakers for its Visiting Artists Program (VAP), continuing a tradition endowed 60 years ago. All events are free and open to the public. VAP hosts two seasons of public presentations by artists and scholars each academic year through lectures, symposia, performances, and screenings.

June 20, 2012

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Remembers Alumnus LeRoy Neiman

The community of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) mourns the passing of its distinguished alumnus LeRoy Neiman (1947–50, honorary doctorate 2006), a painter and illustrator whose impressionistic sketches and paintings of sporting events and what he called "the good life" made him one of the most popular artists in the United States. Neiman passed away Wednesday in New York. He was 91 years old.