A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

Art Connects Us, Volume 16

At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), our community has responded to the current moment as true citizen artists.

Their work demonstrates a belief in our interconnectedness as people and our shared responsibility to make positive change. We know headlines may be overwhelming these days, so below you’ll find good news highlighting the incredible efforts of SAIC’s artists and designers to forge and deepen connections with our communities.

We hope it inspires you for the week ahead.

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Beckford at the Rooted in Common Summer Summit in Detroit

Teaching as a Tool for Social Justice
Beatriz Beckford is a full-time student and a full-time activist. In SAIC's Master of Arts in Teaching program, she's developing a pedagogy centered on social justice, all while leading campaigns against push out disciplinary practices, in-school policing, and youth prisons as national director for youth and education justice at Moms Rising. read more

A white woman with short white hair with subtle lowlights, geometric earrings, and a crisp white collarless shirt poses seated, resting one arm on the back of her chair and smiling warmly.
Assistant Professor, adj. Riva Lehrer. Courtesy of the artist

Riva Lehrer’s New Memoir Captures Stories of Stigma
Assistant Professor, adj. Riva Lehrer (SAIC 1993–95) is best known for her paintings that tell the stories of people who have been ostracized for their disability or sexual or gender identity. However, this fall, she decided to tell a different story: her own. Lehrer’s new memoir Golem Girl narrates her experience growing up with spina bifida. read more

A work in progress by the artist Joseph Grigely for the exhibition Higher! Higher! Lower, Lower. Louder! Louder! Softer, Softer at the Shimmer exhibition space in Rotterdam. Image courtesy of Joseph Grigley

Joseph Grigely's Work Spotlighted in the New York Times
In a piece on how artists are reimagining their practice during the pandemic, the New York Times spotlighted the work of Professor Joseph Grigely. Grigely talked about how he's encouraging his students to embrace technology as a way to create different access points for their work and how COVID-19 is reframing his own work around communication. read more