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.
Professor Claudia Hart Makes the Case for a Feminist Manifesta of the Blockchain
In response to the NFT boom, Professor Claudia Hart wrote “A Feminist Manifesta of the Blockchain.” In Hyperallergic, she shares how blockchains reflect how we think about art and cultural value in our present moment, reflecting on conceptions of self and how the internet has shaped the modern world. read more
Professor, Adj. Eugenia Cheng Uses Baking to Bring Math Concepts to Life
Professor, Adj. Eugenia Cheng was featured in a recent episode of CBS’s Mission Unstoppable, demonstrating what baking can teach us about math. Beyond the obvious measurements and scales, Cheng uses pie crusts and cakes to teach more advanced mathematical concepts and break down barriers for those intimidated by the field. read more
Preservation Futures’s Co-Founders Profiled in Newcity
Newcity spoke to Associate Professor Jonathan Solomon and alum Elizabeth Blasius (BA 2004, MS 2008) about their firm Preservation Futures. They share how their firm does more than just save buildings, seeing preservation as a way to elevate a place’s cultural history and “...as a tool to increase justice, equity and resiliency in the built environment.” read more
Alum Bryana Bibbs Supports Victims of Domestic Violence Through Weaving
During an abusive relationship, alum Bryana Bibbs (BFA 2014) lost her way as an artist. When she was able to start over, she found solace in weaving, and she’s now helping others do the same in The We Were Never Alone Project. This series of free workshops for survivors of domestic abuse gives women a place to share their stories and connect over craft. read more