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 Kelly Huang Helps to Launch Award Recognizing AAAPI Artists
Alum Kelly Huang (MA 2009) co-founded the Gold Art Prize, a $25,000 award which will be given out every other year to five artists who are Asian American and Pacific Islanders or from the Asian Diaspora. “For us, the goals are very clear: it’s to support artists first and foremost, to increase scholarship, and to inspire the current and next generation to be more engaged with contemporary art,” Huang shared. read more
SAIC Community Members Receive Inaugural Frieze Impact Prize
Associate Professor Maria Gaspar and alum Dread Scott (BFA 1989) were selected as the winners of the Frieze Impact Prize. The award recognizes justice-involved artists and those contributing to the movement to end mass incarceration in the US. Winners each receive $25,000 for a work of art relating to the movement to end mass incarceration. read more
Damon Lamar Reed to Paint New Murals on Chicago’s South and West Sides
The creators and cast of the Showtime series The Chi donated $500,000 to the Greencorps Chicago green job training program and the Chicago Public Art Group. The grant will pay for the clean-up and beautification of 32 empty lots and six accompanying art installations in Bronzeville and North Lawndale, which will include work by alum Damon Lamar Reed (BFA 1999). read more