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Art Connects Us, Volume 26

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

Our community's work demonstrates a belief in our interconnectedness as people and our shared responsibility to make positive change. Below you’ll find just a few of the stories that build our optimism, reignite our passion, and fill us with hope for the future. 

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Volume 5
Volume 6
Volume 7
Volume 8
Volume 9
Volume 10
Volume 11
Volume 12
Volume 13
Volume 14
Volume 15
Volume 16
Volume 17
Volume 18
Volume 19
Volume 20
Volume 21
Volume 22
Volume 23
Volume 24
Volume 25

A colorful abstract canvas in a modern exhibition room
Cándida Álvarez, Estoy Bien, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery

Faculty Members María Gaspar and Cándida Álvarez’s Work Featured in El Museo’s Survey of Latinx Art
Estamos Bien — La Trienal 20/21 is El Museo del Barrio’s first national survey of Latinx art. Its title was inspired by a painting by Professor Cándida Álvarez, which is featured in the exhibition alongside photography from Associate Professor María Gaspar. The exhibition, which is on view in New York until September, explores themes of immigration, racial justice, and identity. read more

A book titled Best! Letters from Asian Americans in the Arts on a counter
Image courtesy of n+1 magazine

Associate Professor Dushko Petrovich Publishes Book Featuring Reflections from Asian Americans in the Arts
Associate Professor Dushko Petrovich’s publishing company Paper Monument released a new book, Best! Letters from Asian Americans in the arts, featuring 73 letters that capture "an unprecedented moment in politics and society through the experiences of Asian American artists, curators, educators, art historians, editors, writers, and designers.” read more

A crowd standing around a tree in a position of mourning. The tree is decorated with yellow streamers
The "Healing Tree" at Black Girl Takeover: Douglass Park, 2018. Photo by Paul Farber

A Long Walk Home Receives the Weinberg-Newton Gallery’s First Art and Advocacy Residency
The Weinberg-Newton Gallery awarded A Long Walk Home, a nonprofit co-founded by alum Scheherazade Tillet (MA 2005), the gallery’s first Art and Advocacy Residency. The gallery space and stipend will support The Visibility Project: Black Girlhood Altar, an installation of four altars that will serve as sites to grieve, celebrate life, and make sustainable change. read more

On the left, a portrait of a professor in front of a rainbow work of fiber art, and on the right a cover of their book titled "Accessible America: A History of Disability Design"
Photo courtesy of Associate Professor Bess Williamson. Image courtesy of Berkeley News

On Berkeley Talks, Associate Professor Bess Williamson Discusses Accessible Design
In an episode of the Berkeley Talks podcast, Associate Professor Bess Williamson shared her reflections on the history of design and its response to disability rights. Williamson is the author of Accessible America, which explores how accessible design—design for people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities—has evolved since World War II. read more