Shifting the Center

Ivana Brenner, Nothing is yet in its true form, 2015


August 29–October 14
Sullivan Galleries

Shifting the Center showcases projects by current MFA and BFA students as selected through portfolio reviews by the SAIC Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies Committee. This year’s exhibition considers individual experience through architecture and site, including work by Ivana Brenner (MFA 2018), Ashley M. Freeby (MFA 2018), Ryan Goh (BFA 2018) and Hope Wang (BFA 2018), Catherine Hu (BFA 2019), Ayesha Singh (MFA 2018), Falak Vasa (BFA 2018), and William Wiebe (MFA 2018). Curated by Graduate Curatorial Assistants Lindsay Hutchens (MFA 2017, MA 2018) and Adia Sykes (MA 2018).


Faculty Projects

Renata Gokl, untitled, 2016, letterpress

August 29–October 14
Sullivan Galleries

Faculty Projects is an annual exhibition that presents work by SAIC faculty who have recently completed sabbatical leave. By sharing their current work with the school community, faculty can communicate how their research, projects, and practices relate to the local, national, and international art and design community. Featuring work by Judith Brotman, jonCates, Peter Gena, Renata Gokl, Andres L. Hernandez, Nicole Marroquin, Hennie Reynders, Alison Ruttan, Tristan d'Estrée Sterk, Jim Termeer, Christine Tarkowski, and Roxie Tremonto. Organized by Graduate Curatorial Assistants Duncan Bass (Dual MA 2019) and Kate Sherman (MAAE 2018).


Post-Baccalaureate Studio Salon

2017 Post-Bacc Studio Salon


May 13–15
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., 12th, 16th, 17th floors

This presentation features the work of students completing the Post-Baccalaureate Studio Certificate. Artists include: Hannah Buddig, Maria Gabriela Burbano Tobar, Patrick Burns, Vanessa Balbach Clarke, Anne Hennessy, Serena Himmelfarb, Min Ah Hong, Youra, Lee, Ed Oh, Kathryn Pritchard, Kara Schultz, Yongxuan (April) Shao, Wei Shen, Louise Smith, Francesca Udeschini and Ke Yi.

The exhibition is coordinated by the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies; Dean of Graduate Studies, Arnold Kemp; Adjunct Professor Susan Kraut; with special thanks to Graduate Curatorial Assistants, Duncan Bass and Luna Goldberg, Exhibition Manager Josh Fairbanks; and student assistant Solomon Salim Moore.

Post-Bacc Studio Salon website


MFA Show

April 29–May 17
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 more than six months, graduating MFA candidates work with a team of three distinguished Guest Curators and twelve Graduate Curatorial Fellows to envision the exhibition. This invested approach allows for dialogue, process, and collaborative decision-making to guide the curatorial teams as they work together with more than 100 participating artists to bring the MFA Show to fruition over time.

2017 MFA Show website



April 7–21
Reception: Friday, April 7, 4:30–7:00 pm
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., floors 1–3

INTER-ACTION ArtBash Performances
Friday, April 7, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

48.24.12 ArtBash Screening
Saturday, April 8, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

ARTBASH is the Department of Contemporary Practices' major year-end exhibition of student work. Work is installed in the Neiman Center SUG's Art Gallery, as well as the entire first floor of the Center, and extending throughout the first 3 floors of the building.The main ARTBASH exhibition is comprised of juried works, faculty selections, and site-specific installations by students in Contemporary Practices including the First-Year Scholars Program. During the Opening Reception, Contemporary Practices will also present em>Inter-Action a showcase of live performance and ephemeral works, Black Box featuring linear time based Video work and Expanded Cinema featuring GIFs, 3-D mapping, web based games, sound works and video designed for looping.

In addition to Artbash is a Video Competition titled 48.24.12. Students work in teams over one weekend, 48 hours, to create a 12 minute video at 24 frames a second. Each film is then screened at Gene Siskel Theatre on Saturday, April 8th from 12:00–2:00 p.m. A live jury will announce the winners of the competition at the end of the screening.


Kenneth Bailey: Art, Design and Resilience


March 28
Sullivan Galleries

A conversation with Kenneth Bailey, co-founder of Design Studio for Social Intervention, on the role of Art and Design at the intersection of civic engagement, social justice and building resilience in communities, followed by a roundtable discussion.

Presented by the Institute for Curatorial Research & Practice.


Spring BFA Show

March 11–31
Sullivan Galleries

More than 300 talented SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees 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

Image design: Teresa Sit Foote, Jessie Lanae James, Kandi Jamieson


January 27–February 11
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.

Participating art therapy graduate students include: Paige Atkinson, Jessica Claussen, Rumi Clinton, Crystal Renée Drake, Teresa Sit Foote, Andi Freberg, Victoria Herrera, Amelia Holzer, Cassidy Kassab, Ji Min Kim, Jessie Lanae James, Kandi Jamieson, Sarah Jane Jeziorski, Benjamin Mengebier, Robert Narciso, Lindsey Payson, Meredith Raque, Quinn Rivenburgh, and Meg South

This exhibition showcases artwork by graduate art therapy students and the people 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 the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.