Feb 5

Wafaa Bilal

Distinguished SAIC alum and Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal is renowned for provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics through the Internet, robotics, and photographic mobile mapping.

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Feb 23

Christiane Baumgartner

German artist Christiane Baumgartner creates monochrome woodcuts from video stills to explore the convergence of speed and standstill along with bringing experience and weight to otherwise unexperienced moments.

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Mar 9

Arlene Shechet

New York–based artist Arlene Shechet challenges traditional ceramic techniques and pushes the boundaries of shape, surface, color, and texture through her corporeal and suggestive work.

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Mar 16

Graham Pullin

Designer, researcher, and author of Design Meets Disability, Graham Pullin has pioneered expressive communication tools for people who cannot speak and radical new materials for prosthetic hands.

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Apr 9

Daniel Sousa

2014 Academy Award–nominated animator Daniel Sousa employs puppets, collage, and hand-drawn characters in tales of memory, perception, and the struggle between the intellect, unconscious, and unknown.

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Apr 21

Natalie Chanin

Natalie Chanin is the owner and designer of Alabama Chanin, a lifestyle company based in Alabama that produces well-designed and thoughtfully made sustainable goods handmade by a group of local artisans.

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Dec 12

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Nov 5

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  • Feb 5Wafaa Bilal
  • Feb 23Christiane Baumgartner
  • Mar 9Arlene Shechet
  • Mar 16Graham Pullin
  • Apr 9Daniel Sousa
  • Apr 21Natalie Chanin

Wafaa Bilal, The Ashes Series: Chair, archival inkjet photograph, 2003–13, 40" x 50". Copyright Wafaa Bilal. Courtesy of Driscoll Babcock Galleries and Lawrie Shabibi

Christiane Baumgartner, Wald bei Colditz I, 2014. No. I of a series of six woodcuts on kozo paper, 110 x 140 cm, edition of 6. Courtesy of the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery, London. Christiane Baumgartner © VG Bildkunst Bonn 2014

Arlene Shechet, Tattletale (detail), 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NYC. Photo: Prithi Gowda

Graham Pullin, Chair No. 6 from Six Speaking Chairs (with Andrew Cook)

Daniel Sousa, film still from Feral, 2012.

Alabama Chanin Studio, Courtesy of Alabama Chanin

Visiting Minds. Lasting Influence.

Founded in 1868, the Visiting Artists Program (VAP) is one of the oldest public programs of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Formalized in 1951 with the establishment of an endowed fund by Flora Mayer Witkowsky, the Visiting Artists Program features some of the most compelling practitioners and thinkers working today. Through a diverse mix of lectures, screenings, performances, conversations, and readings, VAP is one of the city's leading public forums for the presentation and contemplation of contemporary art, design, and scholarship.
An invaluable resource for SAIC students and the public alike, the primary mission of the Visiting Artists Program is to educate and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and culture through discourse. VAP arranges studio critiques and roundtable discussions for SAIC students, providing them with direct access to world-renowned speakers working across disciplines.

Funding for the Visiting Artists Program is provided by the Robert Lehman Foundation. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.