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 Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Latest Film Speaks to Repressed Histories
Though Memoria is his first production outside of his homeland of Thailand, alum Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s (MFA 1998, HON 2011) new film speaks to the same issues of repressed memory and history that he’s explored in his earlier works. Shot in Colombia and starring Tilda Swinton, the film received the Prix du Jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. read more
On TED Radio Hour, Alum Matthew Mazzotta Talks About the Importance of Public Spaces
Alum Matthew Mazzotta (BFA 2001) works at the intersection of art, activism, and urbanism. On a recent episode of TED Radio Hour, Mazzotta talked about the importance of public spaces in which communities can gather and discuss key issues, and how he works with towns and cities to reimagine spaces and give them a new purpose. read more
Alum Nicole Salcedo Joins Fundraiser for Victims of Florida Condo Collapse
Artists are coming together to raise money for victims and families impacted by the devastating collapse of the Champlain Towers condominium in Surfside, Florida. The art fundraiser is organized by Showfields in partnership with the Knight Foundation and features a variety of works by Miami-based artists, including alum Nicole Salcedo (BFA 2010). read more
In Art in America, Alum Em Kettner Writes About Sculpting Disability
In her latest exhibition, alum Em Kettner (MFA 2014) uses sculpture to explore her experiences with muscular dystrophy. Kettner writes about these works and the messages she wants to share in Art in America. “Dependency, in our culture, is often regarded as a source of shame,” she wrote. “But I think of it as a special kind of bonding with someone else in order to become greater together.” read more