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  • Laura Owens, Untitled, 2016

    Laura Owens, Untitled, 2016, acrylic, oil, wood and collage on canvas, 69 x 60 inches. Courtesy the artist; Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, Rome; Sadie Coles HQ, London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

    Sep 12
    Laura Owens
    Bill & Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Los Angeles-based artist Laura Owens is internationally renowned for her innovative approaches to painting.

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archives), 2014

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archives), 2014. Courtesy of Kick the Machine Films

    Sep 19
    Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul (MFA 1998, HON 2011) is recognized as one of the most original voices in contemporary cinema. 

  • Do Ho Suh, Home within Home within Home within Home within Home, 2013, polyester fabric, metal frame, 602.36 x 505.12 x 510.63 inches. Courtesy National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

    Oct 09
    Do Ho Suh

    Do Ho Suh works across various media, creating drawings, film, and sculptural works that confront questions of home, physical space, displacement, memory, individuality, and collectivity.

  • Mark Dion, Wayward Wilderness (installation view), Marta Herford, Herford, Germany, October 24, 2015 – February 7, 2016

    Mark Dion, Wayward Wilderness (installation view), Marta Herford, Herford, Germany, October 24, 2015 – February 7, 2016. Photo: Hans Schröder. Courtesy the artist, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Marta Herford, Herford

    Oct 16
    Mark Dion

    Appropriating archaeology, field ecology, and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Mark Dion’s practice examines the ways in which dominant ideologies shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world.

  • Sarah Schulman, Cover Art

    Left: Sarah Schulman, Conflict is Not Abuse (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016).
    Right: Sarah Schulman, The Cosmopolitans (The Feminist Press, 2016).

    Oct 24
    Sarah Schulman

    Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and AIDS historian. 

  • Gareth Pugh, 2017 Autumn/Winter Collection and 2017 Spring/Summer Collection

    Left: Gareth Pugh, 2017 Spring/Summer Collection, London.
    Right: Gareth Pugh, 2017 Autumn/Winter Collection, London.
    Courtesy of Gareth Pugh

    Nov 01
    Gareth Pugh
    In Conversation with Gillion Carrara & Caroline Bellios

    British fashion designer Gareth Pugh is globally recognized for his approach to redefining modern luxury, and his clothes have been described as “wearable sculptures,” with experimental forms, volumes, and fabrics as part of his signature aesthetic. 

  • Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, 2012

    Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, 2012, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

    Nov 13
    Stefan Sagmeister

    Stefan Sagmeister’s unconventional practice explores the subjects of our lives, like happiness or beauty; how they connect to design, and what that actually means to our everyday lives. 

  • Laura Owens, Untitled, 2016

    Laura Owens, Untitled, 2016, acrylic, oil, wood and collage on canvas, 69 x 60 inches. Courtesy the artist; Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, Rome; Sadie Coles HQ, London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

    Sep 12
    Laura Owens
    Bill & Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Los Angeles-based artist Laura Owens is internationally renowned for her innovative approaches to painting.

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archives), 2014

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archives), 2014. Courtesy of Kick the Machine Films

    Sep 19
    Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul (MFA 1998, HON 2011) is recognized as one of the most original voices in contemporary cinema. 

  • Do Ho Suh, Home within Home within Home within Home within Home, 2013, polyester fabric, metal frame, 602.36 x 505.12 x 510.63 inches. Courtesy National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

    Oct 09
    Do Ho Suh

    Do Ho Suh works across various media, creating drawings, film, and sculptural works that confront questions of home, physical space, displacement, memory, individuality, and collectivity.

  • Mark Dion, Wayward Wilderness (installation view), Marta Herford, Herford, Germany, October 24, 2015 – February 7, 2016

    Mark Dion, Wayward Wilderness (installation view), Marta Herford, Herford, Germany, October 24, 2015 – February 7, 2016. Photo: Hans Schröder. Courtesy the artist, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Marta Herford, Herford

    Oct 16
    Mark Dion

    Appropriating archaeology, field ecology, and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Mark Dion’s practice examines the ways in which dominant ideologies shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world.

  • Sarah Schulman, Cover Art

    Left: Sarah Schulman, Conflict is Not Abuse (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016).
    Right: Sarah Schulman, The Cosmopolitans (The Feminist Press, 2016).

    Oct 24
    Sarah Schulman

    Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and AIDS historian. 

  • Gareth Pugh, 2017 Autumn/Winter Collection and 2017 Spring/Summer Collection

    Left: Gareth Pugh, 2017 Spring/Summer Collection, London.
    Right: Gareth Pugh, 2017 Autumn/Winter Collection, London.
    Courtesy of Gareth Pugh

    Nov 01
    Gareth Pugh
    In Conversation with Gillion Carrara & Caroline Bellios

    British fashion designer Gareth Pugh is globally recognized for his approach to redefining modern luxury, and his clothes have been described as “wearable sculptures,” with experimental forms, volumes, and fabrics as part of his signature aesthetic. 

  • Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, 2012

    Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, 2012, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

    Nov 13
    Stefan Sagmeister

    Stefan Sagmeister’s unconventional practice explores the subjects of our lives, like happiness or beauty; how they connect to design, and what that actually means to our everyday lives. 

  • Laura Owens, Untitled, 2016

    Laura Owens, Untitled, 2016, acrylic, oil, wood and collage on canvas, 69 x 60 inches. Courtesy the artist; Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, Rome; Sadie Coles HQ, London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

    Sep 12
    Laura Owens
    Bill & Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Los Angeles-based artist Laura Owens is internationally renowned for her innovative approaches to painting.

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archives), 2014

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks (Archives), 2014. Courtesy of Kick the Machine Films

    Sep 19
    Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul (MFA 1998, HON 2011) is recognized as one of the most original voices in contemporary cinema. 

  • Do Ho Suh, Home within Home within Home within Home within Home, 2013, polyester fabric, metal frame, 602.36 x 505.12 x 510.63 inches. Courtesy National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

    Oct 09
    Do Ho Suh

    Do Ho Suh works across various media, creating drawings, film, and sculptural works that confront questions of home, physical space, displacement, memory, individuality, and collectivity.

  • Mark Dion, Wayward Wilderness (installation view), Marta Herford, Herford, Germany, October 24, 2015 – February 7, 2016

    Mark Dion, Wayward Wilderness (installation view), Marta Herford, Herford, Germany, October 24, 2015 – February 7, 2016. Photo: Hans Schröder. Courtesy the artist, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Marta Herford, Herford

    Oct 16
    Mark Dion

    Appropriating archaeology, field ecology, and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Mark Dion’s practice examines the ways in which dominant ideologies shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world.

  • Sarah Schulman, Cover Art

    Left: Sarah Schulman, Conflict is Not Abuse (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016).
    Right: Sarah Schulman, The Cosmopolitans (The Feminist Press, 2016).

    Oct 24
    Sarah Schulman

    Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and AIDS historian. 

  • Gareth Pugh, 2017 Autumn/Winter Collection and 2017 Spring/Summer Collection

    Left: Gareth Pugh, 2017 Spring/Summer Collection, London.
    Right: Gareth Pugh, 2017 Autumn/Winter Collection, London.
    Courtesy of Gareth Pugh

    Nov 01
    Gareth Pugh
    In Conversation with Gillion Carrara & Caroline Bellios

    British fashion designer Gareth Pugh is globally recognized for his approach to redefining modern luxury, and his clothes have been described as “wearable sculptures,” with experimental forms, volumes, and fabrics as part of his signature aesthetic. 

  • Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, 2012

    Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, 2012, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

    Nov 13
    Stefan Sagmeister

    Stefan Sagmeister’s unconventional practice explores the subjects of our lives, like happiness or beauty; how they connect to design, and what that actually means to our everyday lives. 

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 Visiting Artists Program fosters 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. 

All events are FREE, non-ticketed, and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.