A Lived Practice

Exchange and Discourse

The Sullivan Galleries brings to Chicago audiences the work of acclaimed and emerging artists, while providing the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the public opportunities for direct involvement and exchange with the discourses of art today. With shows and projects often led by faculty or student curators, it is a teaching gallery that engages the exhibition process as a pedagogical model and mode of research. 

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Executive Director of Exhibitions Receives Major Curatorial Research Fellowship

Mary Jane Jacob ‌SAIC faculty member and Executive Director of Exhibitions, 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. The research supported by the fellowship will result in a future exhibition, as well as a series of think tanks, project-based classes, and new writing by artists, scholars and other thinkers, and a local survey of current projects.

Read the press release.