Theaster Gates:
William and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Artist


Tuesday, September 2, 6:00 p.m.
Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.

Theaster Gates is an artist and innovator who combines strategies of urban planning, object making, and performance. Gates is internationally recognized for his work on the South Side of Chicago, including Dorchester Projects, Black Cinema House, and the upcoming Stony Island Arts Bank and Dorchester Artist Housing Collaborative. Founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, Gates produces work both in museums and in communities that responds creatively to the challenges of space.

Gates has exhibited and performed at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Punta della Dogana, Venice; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany, among others. Gates has received awards and grants from the Knight Foundation, Skowhegan, Creative Time, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, United States Artists, Creative Capital, the Joyce Foundation, Graham Foundation, and Artadia. Theaster Gates is a full professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.

Established in 2006 by William and Stephanie Sick, this generous gift enables internationally renowned artists and designers to visit and teach at SAIC. The William and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Artist Theaster Gates will be engaged with SAIC's curricular program through the GFRY Studio and the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration at SAIC.


Theaster Gates's website

Kavi Gupta Gallery

White Cube Gallery

Rebuild Foundation

"Chicago's Opportunity Artist," New York Times, by Ben Austen

"Theaster Gates: The Rise of an Unconventional Star," Chicago Magazine, by Cassie Walker Burke and Elly Fishman



Theaster Gates, Stony Island Arts Bank Atrium, 2013. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Sara Pooley Portrait of Theaster Gates, 2013. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Sara Pooley Theaster Gates, Double Cross and Pews, 2013, MCA 13th Ballad Installation. Courtesy of the artist/MCA. Photo: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Theaster Gates Performs 12 Ballads with The Black Monks of Mississippi at Hugenot House, Germany, 2012. Courtesy of the artist / Kavi Gupta Gallery CHICAGO | BERLIN.
Photo: Young Sun Han. 
Theaster Gates, Raising Goliath, 2012, part of the exhibition My Labor is My Protest at White Cube in London. Courtesy of the artist/White Cube. Photo: Ben Westoby