Performance space


Student have access to an 80’ x 40’ x 14’ multi-use performance space, as well as a dedicated Graduate performance studio and installation space, both with a programmable LCD lighting system, and a wide range of audio visual equipment at students disposal. Students also have exclusive access to a dedicated performance department video edit suite. These spaces are managed by a performance technician who works closely with students to help realize their projects from inception to completion.

Resources (off campus and on campus):

While at SAIC, many performance students work collaboratively or individually in the galleries and spaces in Chicago’s performance community, including a network of experimental, non-traditional, and artist-initiated spaces. In many cases, the city itself becomes an urban classroom as students engage with numerous communities through projects and performances. Our students are challenged to think of themselves not simply as individual artists, but as active participants in the shaping of contemporary culture.

Chicago is renowned for its experimental, nontraditional artist-initiated spaces and its many performance artists and groups. Spaces like Links Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Arts Center, Threewalls, 6018North, Gallery 400, and the Museum of Contemporary Art showcase international performance artists. Many graduate students work collaboratively or collectively, or perform individually in the various galleries and spaces in Chicago’s performance community while completing their Master of Fine Arts. Recent collaborations for graduate and undergraduate students and alumni have included Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Links Hall, Hyde Park Art Center, Threewalls, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, and the IN>TIME Performance Series at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Resources Available to all SAIC Students Include:

Libraries and Special Collections

Unique access to important libraries and special collections including a world-class museum.

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Media Centers

The media centers provide audiovisual equipment and services to accommodate documentation, creation, instructional, and exhibition needs.

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Gallery Spaces

The SAIC campus showcases a diversity of student artwork across multiple exhibition venues. Students can propose to exhibit their work in a variety of formats and locations.

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Visiting Artist Program

Visiting Artists Program

Public lectures are presented by world-renowned visiting artists, designers, and scholars. Speakers meet with students through studio visits, roundtable discussions, seminars, and workshops.

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Metal Shops

Instructional Shops

From bedazzlers to sewing machines, from traditional wood/metalworking to CNC milling, the SAIC Instructional Shops are facilities that have the resources to help you realize your projects. The shops are equipped with a wide range of hand, power, and stationary tools.

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What the City of Chicago has to Offer:

World class museums and galleries

Since the late 19th century, when the museum collection of the Art Institute was established as a study center for the School of the Art Institute, students have used the museum's vast holdings to inspire and inform their creative and scholarly practices. No other school of art and design can claim such a major museum as part of their campus. 

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Unparalleled architecture

A living laboratory of the study of late 19th- and 20th-century architecture, landscapes, and interiors—the development of the Chicago school of commercial architecture, the flowering of the Prairie style house, the progression of the City Beautiful movement in urban planning.