Congratulations to the 2016-17 Dean's List for Outstanding Sophomores

Congratulations to our high-performing second-year students. These students were nominated for the Dean's List of Outstanding Sophomores based on superb portfolios, enthusiastic classroom leadership and above-average critique skills.

Katerina Annunziato
Bridget Bilbo
Megan Brabham
Page Burow
Avery Campbell
Dingyue Cao
Jackie Carlise
Evelyn Chao
Jenny Collins
Imani Love Diltz
Daphne Edgren
Zachary Fontenot
Mozie Frizelle
Ivana Gatica
Whitney Hinojosa
Catherine Hu
Morgan Itterly
Muhan Jiang
Breanne Johnson
Yihong Liu
Taylor Morgan
Maddy Olson
Howard Ouyang
Ravina Puri
Sarah Ann Rose
Moises Salazar
Elise Schierbeek
Eunhye Shin
Jeremy Sublewski
Jazzi Sullivan
Wayne Lee Tate
John Thomure
Asiya Toorawa
Nicky Trainor
Grant Tyler
Michaela Vaughan
Valerie Wong

2015-16 Dean's List for Outstanding Sophomores

Olivia Allesee
Johanna Nicole Becerra
Maria Beniaris
Katherine Broadway
Amanda Carol Campbell
Alyssa Chavarry
Kayla Nicole Cook
Vivian Dang
Kelsey Niamh Delisser
Caroline Galicki
Odessa Glaza
Ellie Hall
Jace Hill
Mia Hopkins
Ethan Kai Huggins
Tessa Johnson
Elizabeth Kuklenyik
Xindi Li
Zihan Liang
Maleny Lopez
Jessica Moon
Michelle Park
Elida Andrea Paiz Pineda
Shelby Ragsdale
Yash Rastogi
Raffa Reuther
Jennifer Shen
Kathryn (KT) Shivak
Farnaz Sirat
Tatyana Skalany
Gabriella Michelle Smith
Amanda Song
Calie Teamer
Marisa Tolomeo
Ellie Tse
Falak Vasa
Erica Ann Wilcox
Ada Wolin
Angela Xu
Angela Yoon
Sharlene Yulita

Annual Visiting Artists: SAIC Distinguished Alumni

In your second year, you will be required to attend our spring term Distinguished Alumni Lecture along with the entire sophomore class. Through the alumni encounters, you will begin to understand how powerful early life experiences can be in focusing your creative practice. The required Sophomore Seminar course is designed to have you actively reflect on how an individual's past history and future goals can impact their current work.

2017 Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Sonya Clark
Sonya Clark’s (BFA 1993) artwork and projects trace connections between hair and textiles, communities and commodities, and radicalized identities. Her works invoke ancestral ties, recall historical legacies, and address contemporary relationships through crafted materials, found objects, and collaborative actions. As an African American artist, she uses craft as a means to honor her lineage and expand notions of both Americanness and art. As an initial point of departure, Clark instinctively reaches to ordinary things—a comb, a cloth, or a strand of hair—that connect to her personal narrative in order to unravel complex issues. She manipulates materials in a formal manner to engage the viewer in conversation about collective meaning. A visual vocabulary forms facets of language ranging from the vernacular to the political to the poetic. In this way, she illustrates that the everyday “thing” becomes the lens through which we may better see one another.
Clark has exhibited her work in more than 300 museums and galleries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. She is the recipient of several awards including Anonymous Was a Woman Award; Art Prize Grand Jurors co-prize; Pollock-Krasner Grant; Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship; Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship, Italy; BAU Camargo Fellowship, France; Red Gate Residency, China; Civitella Ranieri Residency, Italy; 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art; United States Artists Fellowship; and an Art Matters Grant. Her work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond; and the Musées d'Angers, France among several other institutions.


Past Sophomore Seminar Visiting Artists:

Sonya Clark: March 28, 2017
Tom Kalin: February 10, 2016
Wafaa Bilal: February 5, 2015
Trevor Paglan: March 3, 2014
Amanda Ross-Ho: February 26, 2013
Angel Otero: March 6, 2012