MFA Show Spring 2014

Naama Arad (MFA 2014), I would prefer not, 2010

April 26–May 14, 2014
Sullivan Galleries

The MFA Show is the culminating presentation of MFA candidates and an opportunity for new and ambitious work to be presented to the public. For four months, graduating MFAs work with a team of three distinguished Guest Curators and 11 Graduate Curatorial Assistants to envision the exhibition. This invested approach allows for dialogue, process, and collaborative decision-making to bring the MFA Show to fruition over time.

This year's Guest Curators are Naomi Beckwith (Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago), Sarah Urist Green (Curator and Host, The Art Assignment), and Cortney Lederer (MFA 2009—Director of Exhibitions and Residencies, Chicago Artists Coalition).

For more information on participating artists, the curatorial teams, and to see the making of the MFA Show in process, visit


ARTBASH 2014: Contemporary Practices Exhibition

Elizabeth Housewright (BFA 2016)

April 12–25, 2014
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., floors 1–3

First-year students from the Department of Contemporary Practices exhibit new interdisciplinary art and design works. Students have the opportunity to participate through site-specific proposals, an open call for work, and by faculty nomination.

Related events:

FIRST Catalog Release Party
Saturday, April 11, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 213

FIRST Catalog is a publication of work made by CP students in the first semester of their freshman year. The book is designed in collaboration with d.Studio. FIRST 2014 was designed by Lizzie Callen (BFA 2014).

GIF wwwrapped II
Friday, April 11, 4:30–7:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 215

An exhibition of URL-based work.

Friday, April 11, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., rooms 326 and 327

An exhibition of performance and time-based work.

48.24.12 Video Contest
Saturday, April 12, 4:30–7:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

A live juried screening of student films, shot and edited in 48 hours and submitted as part of the 48.24.12 competition.


Spring Undergraduate Exhibition

Travis Tiblier (BFA 2014), Beach Mart, 2013
Travis Tiblier (BFA 2014), Beach Mart, 2013

March 15–April 2, 2014
Sullivan Galleries

More than 300 talented SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees this spring exhibit their innovative work. SAIC promotes crossing disciplines and challenging received assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition.


The Art of Connection

February 1–15
Sullivan Galleries 

The Art of Connection exhibition showcases artwork by graduate Art Therapy students and the individuals they work with at their internship sites. Artwork in the show reflects the varied settings, populations, and practices of art therapy and represents a culmination of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy program at SAIC.


Proj*ect Pro*ject

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Sullivan Galleries

This one-night event takes over the north Sullivan Galleries. Bring your video files, laptops, and/or devices and connect them to projector stations throughout the galleries and show your work. All SAIC students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to participate. Just sign-up for a time slot on the night of the event. First come, first served.

Proj*ect Pro*ject Participation Details [PDF]

Let us know you're coming so we can prepare accordingly. Email your RSVP to All are invited to stop by and see the works on view as they change throughout the evening! The galleries are free and open to the public.

Please note participants will be asked to sign an SAIC loan form and agree to exhibit original work for which they own the copyright. Participants must secure permission to exhibit the work from all individuals appearing within their work. In the event that SAIC deems a work inappropriate or offensive, we retain the right to cease projection.


Tracing Affinities

Hyounsang Yoo, Ribbon Cutting #2 (detail), 2013

December 14–February 15, 2014
Sullivan Galleries 

Tracing Affinities presents new projects by current students and recent alumni selected through portfolio reviews by the SAIC Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies Committee. Resulting from the continued conversations, exchanges, and new understandings shared between participating artists and curators, the exhibition envisions connections between the range of conceptual and material investigations presented in the show. Tracing Affinities is curated by Graduate Curatorial Assistants Catalina Acosta-Carrizosa (Dual MA 2015) and Raven Munsell (Dual MA 2014).

Featured artists include Kayla Anderson, Jase Flannery, Lindsey French, Aram Han, Kim Harty, Jeremiah Jones, Soohyun Kim, Christina Kostoff, Daniel Luedtke, Billy McGuinness, Rosalina Perez, Sabri Reed, Rose Sexton, Sarah Williams, and Hyounsang Yoo.