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Marketing & Communications: SAIC Announces May Events, Lectures and Symposia

CHICAGO—This month, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, will present a rich collection of festivals, readings, symposia and exhibitions.

Throughout May, SAIC celebrates the end of the academic year with a number of culminating events, including the IMPACT MFA Performance Festival, where MFA students from SAIC’s Performance program will showcase their penultimate, groundbreaking projects spanning multiple disciplines; FASHION 2016 transforms the Garfield Park Conservatory from flora to fashion in a unique exhibition of garments and accessories from SAIC’s Fashion Design program; and the Design Show at Block 37, featuring a collection of work from the School’s Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects program, as well as work from graduate Fashion Design students, Art and Technology Studies and Historic Preservation.

All events are free and open to the public. View all end-of-year events at saic.edu/endofyear.

IMPACT MFA Performance Festival
May 7–8

Columbus Drive Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., SAIC Performance Space

Graduate students completing their degrees in Performance at SAIC present their thesis works, which cross the borders of theater, movement and the visual arts, and collectively present a vision of the next wave of performance art.

Master of Arts in Teaching and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education Apprentice Teaching Public Presentations
Thursday, May 8, 4:00–8:00 p.m.

Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., rooms 402–404

Students graduating with a Master of Arts in Art Education will present their thesis research.

Film, Video, New Media, Animation and Sound Festival
May 9, 11–13

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Encounter the next generation of undergraduate and graduate film, video, and new media artists as SAIC students present their thesis projects in this festival of innovative live-action shorts, animation, feature-length narrative and nonfiction works, and experimental digital and audio pieces.

Fashion 2016
May 13–15

Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

SAIC Fashion 2016 features a showcase of student work and talent through an installation of sophomore, junior and senior selected works spread throughout the gardens.

The Design Show 2016

Reception: Saturday, May 14, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Block Thirty Seven, 108 N. State. St., 3rd floor

Showcasing graduate work in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects, Fashion Design, Art and Technology Studies, and Historic Preservation.

Public Critiques

Saturday, May 14, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Symposium

Saturday, May 14, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Master of Arts in Art Therapy Graduate Thesis Presentations and Art Exhibit
Saturday, May 14, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

Graduating students in the Art Therapy program will present their thesis followed by a reception and exhibit of student artwork.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing Program Readings
Saturday, May 14, 5:00–8:00 p.m.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

Graduating students from SAIC's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing program present their work in an exciting evening that includes texts generated in traditional as well as hybrid and experimental forms. Come and experience fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scripts, electronic media, and performance as you've never heard, or seen, before.

Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy Showcase
Sunday, May 15, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

Graduating students in the Master of Arts (MA) in Arts Administration and Policy and Dual Degree: MA in Arts Administration and Policy and MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History will present their thesis work.

Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program Readings
Tuesday, May 17, 4:30–7:30 p.m.

SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

Graduating students from SAIC's Master of Fine Arts in Writing program read selections from their work. Join us for a surprising series including, but not limited to, fiction, nonfiction, and text off the page. Discover what writing becomes when students adapt the practices of their studio artist peers.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top three graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. For more information, please visit saic.edu.

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