SAIC Alumni Reunion: March 1–3

Remember that feeling of relief after a critique, those long nights finishing a project, and celebrating with friends at student exhibitions? The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) welcomes you back to campus to reminisce, reconnect, and celebrate.

SAIC Alumni Reunion will offer opportunities to network, see current student work, get back into the classroom, hear from faculty, and explore campus. There will be social gatherings, formal presentations, opportunities to connect with career advising, as well as the chance to curate your own unique experience.

The weekend’s highlight is Beautiful/Night, SAIC’s first alumni and faculty art auction and benefit, supporting student scholarships through Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC.

We hope you will join us for this exciting and immersive weekend in Chicago.



Thursday, March 1

Alumni Career Advising with Career and Professional Experience (CAPX)
1:00–2:00 p.m.
Location: CAPX, Lakeview Building, 116 S. Michigan Ave., 14th floor
Come in for a professional portfolio review, explore creative careers, and get a reality check on your résumé.

Bringing a Creative Project to Life
2:00–3:30 p.m.
Location: Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327
Do you have an idea for a creative project but you’re unsure how to make it a reality? Are you ready to take your professional practice to the next level or expand your artistic horizons? Join Dr. Terri Lonier, Dean of CAPX for this dynamic, hands-on workshop. Discover how to unlock your creative ideas and make them happen.

Alumni Welcome Dinner
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Café at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.
The weekend will kick off with a casual dinner with fellow alumni and faculty members at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Friday, March 2

Alumni Breakfast and Panel Discussion - SOLD OUT
Performing Our Practice as Artists and Designers
9:00–10:30 a.m.
Location: Columbus Drive Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., room 319

Mark Joseph Jeffery, Associate Professor, Performance

Ilona Gaynor, Assistant Professor, Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects
Maria Gaspar, Assistant Professor, Contemporary Practices, Performance
Andrew Falkowski, Assistant Professor, Painting and Drawing, Low-Residency MFA

Columbus Drive Building Tours
10:45–12:00 p.m.
Location: Columbus Drive Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
Walk through familiar corridors, see what has changed and what is just as it was when you were at SAIC.

Graduate Open Studios - SOLD OUT
2:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., lobby

150 Years of SAIC - SOLD OUT
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Columbus Drive Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., room 319
Join us for a presentation on the history of SAIC by Thomas C. Buechele (BFA 1989, MFA 2017), vice president for Campus Operations, and coauthor of the recently published comprehensive history of SAIC titled The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Alumni Career Advising with CAPX
3:00–4:30 p.m.
Location: CAPX, Lakeview Building, 116 S. Michigan Ave., 14th floor
Come in for a professional portfolio review, explore creative careers, and get a reality check on your résumé.

7:00–10:30 p.m.
Location: Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St.

Join us for SAIC’s first-ever curated art auction and benefit event supporting student scholarships as part of Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC. Help celebrate the remarkable impact SAIC alumni and faculty make on the art world in Chicago and globally.

The event will include:

• An art auction of 30+ SAIC alumni and faculty works
• Cocktail party and food stations
• Artist activations and interactive ambiance by SAIC alumni and faculty
• Dancing with DJ Matt Roan

Proceeds benefit SAIC student scholarships through the Beautiful/Work Endowed Scholarship Fund. Alumni are able to purchase tickets at a discounted rate. More information about the evening can be found here.

Saturday, March 3

Alumni Showcase, Powered by PechaKucha 20x20
3:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

PechaKucha 20x20 is a compelling and quick presentation format where speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, and talk along with the images. Join fellow alumni for this opportunity to share stories and show work, or simply come to enjoy the presentations. Light refreshments will be served.

If you are interested in presenting, please email for details and sign-up instructions. Please note that presentation slots are limited.



Other Happenings On Campus

Here are highlights of just some of the happenings taking place on campus during Alumni Reunion.  Click the links below for more information.

Conversations on Art and Science Series: Quantum Unlearning
Thursday, March 1, 1:30–5:45 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., SAIC Ballroom

Student and Alumni Artists' Presentations
3:00–4:00 p.m.
Abraham Avnisan (MFA 2015), Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi (MFA 2019), Joshi Radin (MFA 2016, MA 2018), and Nancy Valladares (BFA 2015)

On-Campus Exhibitions

SITE Columbus
Columbus Drive Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
Reclamation Room
February 16–March 9

SITE Sharp
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave.
How to Dig a Hole Outside Itself
March 2–24

Film Screenings

Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State Street

Travel Information

Hotel Accommodations:
Located just a few blocks from campus, Hyatt Centric is offering discounted room rates for SAIC Alumni Reunion attendees. Click here to make reservations at the special SAIC rate.

Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago
100 W. Monroe St.

Travel and Parking:

Airport Transportation
From O'Hare
By train: Take the CTA Blue Line train to the Monroe Street stop. The fare is $5.00.
By Taxi/Rideshare: Taxis or rideshare options from O'Hare take approximately 45 minutes, and the cost ranges from $40 to $50.

From Midway
By train: Take the CTA Orange Line train to the Madison Street station (Madison Street and Wabash Avenue). The fare is $2.25.
By Taxi/Rideshare: Taxis or rideshare options from Midway take approximately 30 minutes, and the cost ranges from $40 to $50.

Transportation within Chicago:
The CTA is recommended for getting around town since parking and traffic can be unpredictable.  

SpotHero: For discount parking near campus, visit SpotHero's SAIC parking page where you'll be able to find and reserve parking for a reduced rate.
Questions? Email or call 312.566.7768

Accessibility​ and Accommodations:
Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations should visit

Alumni Card Information

Obtaining Your Alumni Card before Alumni Reunion
Alumni who have completed their SAIC degree are eligible to obtain an alumni card. You will need your alumni card to have access to campus buildings and to participate in many of the Alumni Reunion activities. We encourage you to obtain your alumni card prior to the start of Alumni Reunion. Please note that you cannot pick up someone else’s alumni card or have someone else pick up your alumni card. 

Local alumni:
Obtain your alumni card by visiting the ARTICard Office at 37 South Wabash Avenue, suite 254. Please bring a government-issued ID with you to pick up your alumni card.

Out-of-town alumni:
Please email a headshot to to have your alumni card printed early. The photo must be in color, passport style, and in front of a solid white background with no photo filters, borders, shadows or cropping out of the ordinary. Once your photo is sent, you can pick up your alumni card from the ARTICard office when you arrive on campus. You must bring a driver's license, state ID, or passport for pick-up. Alumni cards cannot be mailed to you.

ARTICard office hours
Monday–Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Extended ARTICard office hours during Alumni Reunion
Thursday, March 1, 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday, March 2, 8:30a.m.–4:30 p.m

Contact Information

SAIC Alumni Reunion on Social Media
Join SAIC on Facebook and Instagram throughout the weekend.  Follow the action in real time on and join the conversation by using #SAICalumni and #SAICreunion2018.

Please email with questions or for more information.

Update your contact information here.