A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

Cheryl Jessogne


In 2005, Cheryl joined the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She currently serves as SAIC’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement. In 2011, Cheryl formalized the SAIC Office for Institutional Advancement bringing together the functions of Development, Alumni Affairs, and Communications & Marketing. In 2014, under the direction of the SAIC President and members of the Board of Governors, she led SAIC to embark upon the school’s first formal comprehensive fundraising campaign with a $50 million goal to support students and faculty. Prior to her role with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cheryl held positions with Museum Campus Chicago; The Field Museum of Natural History working on special projects with Sue the Dinosaur and Project Millennium; Corporate and Foundation Development with the University of Chicago’s Biological Sciences Division; and has supported various organizations as a consultant for events and development initiatives.  In addition to these positions in Chicago, Cheryl established the first fine arts community festival in her hometown of Lake Zurich, Illinois (Ela Festival of Arts), established a cooperative gallery & studio space with a team of artists in Algonquin, Illinois, and has taught art (preschool – 8th grade) at St. Joseph’s School in Libertyville, Illinois; St. Catherine’s of Siena in Dundee, Illinois; and at Kaleidoscope, a private art school in Barrington, Illinois.  Cheryl is a current School Advisory Board Member for St. Mary’s School in Riverside, Illinois and a former board member for the 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, Illinois. She received her graduate degree in Arts Administration (MA) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999 and her undergraduate degree (BFA) from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1995.