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.
Alum Bryan LeBeuf’s Video Game Captures Detroit’s Forgotten Neighborhoods
Since the pandemic has made travel nearly impossible, Hyperallergic spotlighted several video games that offer their own escape. In alum Bryan LeBeuf’s (MFA 2019) Home Movie, you can experience LeBeuf’s hometown of Detroit. Using personal photos and video, LeBeuf tries to capture and bring back to life the neighborhoods of his childhood. read more
How Young Adults and the Elderly Are Connecting During the Pandemic
Though everyone has felt isolated during the pandemic, studies show that the individuals feeling this separation most acutely have been young adults and the elderly. In an exploration of the ways these generations can connect, the New York Times spotlighted the work of Associate Professor Karen Morris and Assistant Professor Adam Greteman’s LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dialogue Project. read more
Performance Series Exhibit B Rethinks the Literary Reading Model
Founded by alums J. Howard Rosier (MFA 2018), Alex Shapiro (MFA 2017), James Stewart (MFA 2018), and Ian Wojcikiewicz (MFA 2018), the interdisciplinary reading series Exhibit B pushes artists to develop new ways to bring their work into the world. “We don’t want to tell people what to do,” shared Rosier. “We just want to create a space for people to express themselves.” read more
Building Bridges Through Art
Alum Leslie Robertson (MA 2004) has always championed art’s ability to heal. During the pandemic, she’s worked with elementary school students in Alaska on art projects that serve their local community. These projects not only brighten the days of the residents and staff of local medical facilities, they also deepen the students' understanding of the world around them during a time when they’ve barely left their homes. read more