Visiting Artists Program

Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series
Wednesday, April 03, 6:00 p.m.

Rodney McMillian, White House Painting, 2018, thread and vinyl + Edition 1 of Untitled (neighbors), 156 x 506 inches. Commissioned by the Contemporary Austin, with funds provided by the Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize. Courtesy of the artist; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; and Maccarone, Los Angeles / New York. Photo: Colin Doyle

Rodney McMillian (Post-Bac 2000) explores the complex and fraught connections between history and contemporary culture, not only as they are expressed in American politics, but also as they are manifest in American modernist art traditions.

We regret to inform you that a lecture scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, by artist Aaron Williamson has been canceled. The event will be rescheduled for the next academic year.

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.

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