Art & Technology Studies 50th anniversary

ATS@50 (Art and Technology Studies, 1969-2019)

The department of Art and Technology Studies is celebrating 50 years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Still from Mixed Reality Performance final project.

The course Mixed Reality Performance, taught by Associate Professor Mark Jeffery and Assistant Professor Judd Morrissey, has always blurred the lines between virtual and physical spaces. But when the pandemic required Jeffery and Morrissey to teach remotely, they had to imagine how a course focused on the interplay between these two worlds could exist in a fully digital space.


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Earlier this month, the final installment of Kentucky Route Zero, a video game created by Jake Elliot (BFA 2011), Tamas Kemenczy (BFA 2007), and mus

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Ruba Katrib Creations - SAIC

The New York Times  highlighted a current exhibition at MoMA PS1, Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011, co-curated by Ruba Katrib (BA 2004).

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2019's 3Arts Awards recipients (left to right, top): Richard Costes, Laksha Dantran, Ivelisse Diaz, Stephanie Diaz, Damon Locks; (left to right, bottom): Jumaane Taylor, Norman Teague, Bethany Thomas, Sam Trump, and Santiago X. (3Arts)

Damon Locks (BFA 1991), Norman Teague (MFA 2016), and Santiago X (MFA 2018) were awarded grants from 3Arts, reports the

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Surrounds: 11 Installations exhibit at MoMA

On October 21, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will reopen after a summer-long closure and an ambitious renovation project of its gallery spaces. Among the 10 fall shows opening, Yasmil Raymond (BFA 1999) was an organizer of Surrounds: 11 Installations.

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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is pleased to welcome new full-time faculty members who are joining the School. 

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Students in the class Realizing Chambord worked together to conceive designs for the unfinished Château de Chambord for an exhibit celebrating the iconic castle's 500th anniversary.


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The Hubble gave us images like the Pillars of Creation, which depicts vast, star-generating columns interstellar gas some 6,500–7,000 light years from Earth.  Visual: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team

A recent article in Time Magazine discusses the significant connection between astronomy and art and mentions the work of SAIC alum Isaac Facio (BFA 2001, MFA 2017) and Benedikt Diemer, a cosmologist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. 

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Virtual Still Life 6-Return to Russia

The first solo museum show in New York devoted to the work of Roger Brown (BFA 1968, MFA 1970) debuted at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD).

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Kristin McWharter is a multi- disciplinary artist whose work interrogates the relationship between competition and intimacy.

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Image of Greg Mowery courtesy of WTTW

Adjunct Associate Professor in Art and Technology Studies Greg Mowery was featured on WTTW's Chicago Tonight about his course Neon Techniques and his plans to open up a neon art co-op in Rogers Park.

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Day of Service 2019

On March 29, SAIC celebrated its fourth annual Day of Service dedicated to the North Lawndale community. 

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