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.
Alum Sanford Biggers's Latest Sculpture Challenges Tropes of Classical Art
Early this month, alum Sanford Biggers (MFA 1999) unveiled his newest monumental sculpture in Rockefeller Center. The piece, titled Oracle, is a 25-foot-tall, 15,280-pound bronze sculpture that “merges European statues and African masks in an interrogation of sculptural art’s history and power.” It’s part of Biggers’s takeover of the entire plaza, which features music, flags, and photographs, all accessible to the public. read more
Chicago Tribune Spotlights Faculty Member Eileen Favorite’s Class Love the Art, Hate the Artist
The Chicago Tribune spotlighted Professor, Adj. Eileen Favorite’s (MFA 1999) class Love the Art, Hate the Artist, which has examined the careers of controversial artists since 2001. The Tribune explores how the class—and its students—has evolved through landmark cultural shifts such as the #MeToo movement, the 2016 presidential election, and an era of social media “cancel culture.” read more
SAIC Community Members Design an LED Mural to Make North Lawndale More Walkable
Block Club Chicago showcased the newest project from SAIC at Homan Square: an LED mural developed in partnership with community members to make the area around the Kedzie-Homan Blue Line station more pedestrian-friendly. Students designed the mural, which depicts the Black Power fist over lines that suggest the interconnectedness of the CTA. read more
Two Alums Create a Multimedia Publication Exploring the Pandemic’s Impact
Last fall, Lecturer Saffronia Downing (MFA 2020) and Rosemary Holliday Hall (MFA 2019) launched Viral Ecologies, a digital publication that was inspired by the impact of the pandemic on various societal systems and structures. Newcity interviewed them about the publication, which showcases writing, videos, sound essays, and more. read more