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Capturing SAIC’s Photography Department

Decade after decade, SAIC's Photography department has grown, always evolving with changing technologies and encouraging students to pursue their own aesthetics and interests.

Remembering Barbara

A new scholarship and recent exhibition pay tribute to a much-loved SAIC professor and artist who influenced everyone who met her.

Performing the Document

SAIC faculty Mark Jeffery discusses his research-based process, the interdisciplinary curriculum at SAIC, and his class Performing the Document.

The Human Figure

SAIC alum and teacher John Vanderpoel significantly influenced O’Keeffe and the field of figure drawing.

Cruel Nature

SAIC faculty Jim Trainor often animates the dark side of the animal kingdom.

Serving Time

SAIC and Jane Addams Hull-House Museum host a dinner and discussion about prison reform centered around the artist group Lucky Pierre's ongoing Final Meals project

Conversations over a Rerouted Lunch

A "rerouted" meal brings together students, faculty, and artists to discuss food systems, lakefront shoals, shipwrecks, and shared human experience

A History of Generosity

Since the first SAIC scholarship was established in 1891, students have benefited greatly from the financial support that enables them to further their artistic goals.

Appetite for Disruption

A history of the Art and Technology Studies department told by some of the people who were there

Data is the Medium

A new art and science course bring together two schools to develop collaborative visualizations of big data.

SAIC's Second President

Leonard W. Volk helped rebuild the school after the Great Chicago Fire.

The Hull House Artist

In 1892 SAIC alum and faculty member Enella Benedict founded the Art School at the Hull House.

A Machine for Producing Monsters

After World War II, the Monster Roster— a group of predominantly SAIC artists led by Leon Golub—established a deeply existential and fiercely independent Chicago style that had a lasting impact on American art.

Romantic Rebellions

SAIC Professor Claudia Hart wages war on the separation between technology and femininity.

Mr. Chicago

One of the Chicago Imagists, Ed Paschke (BFA 1961, MFA 1970, HON 1990) was once described as "a formalist in wolf's clothing."

SAIC at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

A record number of SAIC alumni and faculty members took part in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Nothing New?

Over the past three decades, SAIC professor and alum Eduardo Kac (MFA 1990) has redefined the avant-garde.

Authoring Stories

SAIC students and faculty teamed up with Scenarios USA to help Chicago high school students address the issues in their lives.

Anthropological Art Historian

Whitney Halstead (BFA 1949, MFA 1954) was an art historian, educator, critic, author, artist, alum, and beloved instructor at SAIC.

Influencer of Imagists

Ray Yoshida (BFA 1953) was an alum, educator, and key influence on the Chicago Imagists.

Lively Lecturer

Robert Loescher (1937–2007) was a well–known art historian, beloved educator, and lively lecturer who taught at SAIC from 1972–2006.


SAIC Professor Frances Whitehead is modeling new pathways for artists through her work as the Lead Artist on Chicago’s new recreational trail, The 606.

Open Data, Open City

SAIC artists and designers are forging community technology with the Array of Things project.

Ambassador of Awkward

SAIC alum and faculty member Jeffrey Brown (MFA 2002) draws inspiration from his own life to create comics.

Art Historian Extraordinaire

Helen Gardner (1878–1946), influential art historian and SAIC professor, authored art history's seminal textbook.

A Monumental Sculptor

Lorado Taft (1860–1936) founded SAIC's Sculpture department and gained renown for his monumental and largely allegorical sculptures.

N.A.M.E. Fame

For more than 20 years, N.A.M.E. Gallery showed experimental work and provided a platform for the "genuine oddballs and visionaries" of their generation.

The Artist’s Art Historian

Kathleen Blackshear was an influential artist and teacher who inspired generations of SAIC students.

Have Passion. Will Travel.

SAIC Professor John W. Kurtich always stressed the value of seeing the world—now his legacy and love of travel endures through his scholars

The Charge is Torture

A group of SAIC faculty artists, lawyers, and activists seek to uncover a dark chapter in Chicago and memorialize the victims left behind.