Courtney Rowe Joins School of the Art Institute of Chicago as Vice President for Advancement

April 4, 2022

Vice President for Advancement Courtney Rowe

Vice President for Advancement Courtney Rowe

CHICAGO—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, has named Courtney Rowe as its vice president for advancement. Rowe will lead SAIC’s fundraising and alum engagement programs, building upon the School’s mission, history, and national reputation to strengthen and engage the School’s diverse community of supporters.

In her new role, Rowe will provide strategic leadership and oversight of philanthropic activities, including major gifts, planned giving, stewardship, alum and parent engagement, and corporate and foundation relations for the world-renowned art and design college.

Prior to coming to SAIC, Rowe worked as associate dean of external relations at the Peabody Institute, the music and dance conservancy at Johns Hopkins University. Before that, she held several positions at the University of Colorado Boulder—including assistant dean for advancement for the CU Boulder College of Music and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. While in that position, Rowe led a $50 million fundraising campaign for the College of Music.

Earlier in her career, Rowe worked in various programmatic and fundraising positions in Chicago, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where she was part of the development team that raised record-breaking support for the 2015 exhibition David Bowie Is.

“With her extensive experience in fundraising for the arts, Courtney understands the value that art and culture have in our lives,” said SAIC President Elissa Tenny. “Courtney’s fundraising knowledge and passion for our mission will help make art and design education possible for generations of future SAIC students.”

Rowe holds a bachelor of arts in international affairs from the University of Colorado Boulder and a master’s in public policy from DePaul University.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

For more than 155 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world, and adults, teens, and kids in our Continuing Studies classes have the opportunity to explore their creative sides, build portfolios, and advance their skills. Notable alumni and faculty include Georgia O’Keeffe, Nick Cave, David Sedaris, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Cynthia Rowley, Michelle Grabner, Richard Hunt, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Jeff Koons.

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