SAIC News

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January 14, 2021

WTTW Talks to Alum René Arceo About Continuing Mexico’s Printmaking Tradition

The life of alum René Arceo (BFA 1985) is the latest to be featured on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, a documentary-style series spotlighting “everyday Chicagoans who reflect the city’s 77 diverse community areas.” Following a nearly two-decade career as a Chicago Public Schools teacher, Arceo’s video portrait affirms his newfound recommitment to his artistic practice of Mexican printmaking, a tradition dating back to the 1800s.

January 13, 2021

Art Connects Us, Volume 20

Our community is driven by the spirit of engagement and the desire to make positive change in our world. Learn how our alums, students, faculty, and staff are responding to this current moment.

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January 12, 2021

The Chicago Tribune Honors Alum Barbara Scharres's Cinematic Legacy

In honor of her retirement, the Chicago Tribune interviewed Barbara Scharres (MFA 1972) on her 45-year career at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

December 16, 2020

Art Connects Us, Volume 19

Our community is driven by the spirit of engagement and the desire to make positive change in our world. Learn how our alums, students, faculty, and staff are responding to this current moment.

December 15, 2020

Alums Wafaa Bilal, Jules Rosskam, and Martine Syms Receive Creative Capital Awards

Several School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) alums—Wafaa Bilal (MFA 2003), Jules Rosskam (MFA 2008), and Martine Syms (BFA 2007)—are recipients of 2021 Creative Capital Awards.

December 3, 2020

Art Connects Us, Volume 18

Our community is driven by the spirit of engagement and the desire to make positive change in our world. Learn how our alums, students, faculty, and staff are responding to this current moment.

December 2, 2020

Alum Bryn Jackson Helps Organize Community Meal for Food Justice

Last fall, alum Bryn Jackson (MFA 2015) and artist Seitu Jones brought together more than 300 artists, business owners, gardeners, and activists to break bread and discuss issues around food insecurity and equity. 

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December 1, 2020

Alum Emily Pilloton’s Nonprofit Empowers Girls Through Design

Forbes interviewed alum Emily Pilloton (MA 2005) about her nonprofit Girls Garage, which teaches program participants wood-working, metal-working, printmaking, art, and design skills that ultimately allow them to build full-scale structures that support their own communities. All programming is free and geared toward girls of color and girls who come from low-income communities.

November 22, 2020

AIADO Students Contribute to "Italian Design Day 2020"

Italian Design Day is an international initiative to bring together 100 organizations, or "Design Ambassadors," in 100 cities, all dedicated to highlighting the best of Italian design and foster cultural ties between Italy and the rest of the world. The underlying theme took inspiration from the words of the late Italian modernist artist Enzo Mari: "Humans will never cease to eat, as they will never cease to create."

November 16, 2020

SAIC MacArthur Fellows to Participate in a 2021 Chicago Exhibition

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows program, 28 artists who have been awarded the "Genius" grant will participate in a single exhibition called Toward Common Cause in Chicago.

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November 12, 2020

Alum Selva Aparicio Presents Capstone Exhibition at International Museum of Surgical Science

Selva Aparicio’s (BFA 2015) solo exhibition Hysteria is on display at the International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS) through January 17, 2021.

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