Visiting Artists Program

Wednesday, April 18, 6:00 p.m.
Nari Ward

Installation view, Nari Ward: So Called, SCAD 2015. Courtesy the artist, SCAD, and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Photo: John McKinnon

Nari Ward is known for his sculptural installations composed of found objects that create complex, metaphorical meanings to confront social and political issues surrounding race, poverty, and consumer culture.

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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. 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.