Admissions Territory Managers

Rachel Dorsey

Rachel Dorsey: Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions

Bio

I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SAIC in 2014. During my time as a student, I was deeply involved in on-campus arts-based interventions to raise awareness for mental health issues and build a community. My figurative oil painting practice, which borrows heavily from studies within video and art therapy, explores themes of mental illness and maternal archetypes. As an Admissions Counselor at SAIC, it is an honor to work with each young artist as they develop a creative vision for today’s world.

rdorsey@saic.edu 
312-520-9848

Jonathan Korotko: Illinois Territory Manager

Bio

I am an artist working with fiber in sculptural form. I received my MFA in Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019 and have since held residencies at Ox-Bow School of Art, Franconia Sculpture Park, The Studios at MASS MoCA, Plyspace, and Kala Art Institute. My work has been exhibited in Chicago, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, San Jose, and North Adams, as well as internationally. Currently, I am exploring how exotic animal imagery was incorporated into ornamental designs and patterns that covered all manners of wall surfaces and furniture in eighteenth-century France, England, and the Netherlands. The pursuit of the exotic spoke to imperial ideologies of territorial expansion and the acceleration of consumption as part of fashion under colonial modernity.

jkorotko@saic.edu 
312-505-4689

Claire Spaulding: West Territory Manager

Bio

I enjoy long walks in the woods and critical theory by the fireside. My backpack is filled with notebooks, 120mm film, and tchotchkes. Pink flamingos, Americana, empathy, environmentalism, and thrift store family portraits fuel my artistic fire. I graduated from SAIC with a focus in Visual and Critical Studies, Photography, and Ceramics in 2018. Prior to joining the SAIC Undergraduate Admissions team, I gained valuable artist experience through international artist residencies and studio intensives in Ireland, Germany, and Iceland. To learn more about my artwork and formative experience at SAIC, please send me an email.

Territory: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

cspaul@saic.edu 
1.312.202.2755

Anna Trier: East Coast Territory Manager

Bio

I hold a BFA in Studio Art and Art History and graduated from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University (CT) in 2014. Before coming to SAIC I served as the Associate Director of Links Hall, where I created and ran the organization’s artistic residency and fellowship programs. I served on the National Performance Network’s Asian Exchange Curatorial team from 2014-2017 and I continue to curate and produce projects in visual and performing arts independently

Territory: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia

atrier1@saic.edu 
1.312.629.6125

Raquel Silva Gorbea

Raquel Silva Gorbea: South Territory Manager

Bio

I am a Puertorrican-native artist. I earned my BFA in Studio Art from SAIC in 2019. Film and Drawing are the primary columns of my practice, working with identity as a consistent subject matter. I’ve organized my own exhibitions from 2013 to the present, and created Carraízo Studios and  'SilvaGorbea,' an artist career vlog/YouTube channel about studio and business practices.

Territory: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas

rsilva2@saic.edu

Jhonatan Martinez: Midwest Territory Manager

Bio

I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2016. I enjoy building things and have found a passion for sculpture and woodwork. When I am not working, I usually find myself breaking things apart and creating something new. As a student, most of my work focused on improving the needs of the community around me. This interest in helping my community eventually led me to transfer the skills I learned as a designer into my newly found passion for college access work. Over the past three years, I have worked as an admissions counselor for various institutions ranging in size and type. In my time in admissions, I have focused my work on supporting first-gen students and their families through the complex admissions process. I am very excited to continue to support students through their college journey and meet many young artists!

jmarti43@saic.edu

Sioban Lombardi

Sioban Lombardi: Associate Director of Transfer Admissions

Bio

I am a Chicago-area painter, instructor, and arts advocate. I earned my BFA in Painting from Barat College of DePaul University and my MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to exhibiting work in the Midwest, I was a founding member of Margin Artists Co-Op and served as a director for Refuge Center for the Arts and Woman Made Gallery. My own work explores truth and fiction as they exist in memory and nostalgia.

slombardi@saic.edu 
312.629.6126

International Admissions Counselor

Anita Bhardwaj: International

Bio

Anita Bhardwaj is an SAIC Alum from Northeast Ohio with over 15 years of strategy, brand design, advertising, and marketing experience for Fortune 500 companies. She developed her passion for SAIC while returning to school as a student, teaching assistant and summer housing coordinator. She studied Visual Communication Design at Kent State University and completed her BFA at SAIC in December of 2016. Flexibility, reinvention and mad curiosity are what sustains her. She strongly believes there is great privilege and professional responsibility in inspiring people to transform creative experimentation and exploration into actionable deliverables. Her favorite spot in Chicago is Project Onward in the Bridgeport Arts Center. Anita is currently an Assistant Director on the International Admissions team at SAIC.

abhardwaj1@saic.edu
312.405.4019

Ye Jin Jeon: International

Bio

Ye Jin Jeon is an alum of Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. With a background in Painting and Minor in Art History, she has worked in the Admissions Office at Tyler and has taught art and design classes in Singapore.

yjeon5@saic.edu

Yizhi Zou: China

Bio

Yizhi Zou graduated with her Master of Design from SAIC in 2017 and her MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2019. She is the founder of Hüten Gallery, Guangzhou, China. Her work revolves around the sociological and psychological aspects of society. She feels that through art she is able to comfortably express her perspectives and ideas. Many of her works reflect her personal experience and questions within modern society. Yizhi aspires to conceptualize and materialize her experiences, and then reintroduce them back to the public; so as to create a fresh or different perspective.

 

yzou2@saic.edu

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