Magazine - Fall 2016

The fall 2016 issue of School of the Art Institute of Chicago magazine marked a new beginning for our magazine and the School. The first issue of the redesigned magazine included the stories behind Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC and profiled SAIC’s new President Elissa Tenny, the first woman to hold this position in the School’s 150-year history. Read these stories below.

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September 26, 2016

Funding the Future

SAIC's scholarships put a world-class art and design education within reach for talented students.

September 26, 2016

The Exemplars

An endowed professorship is more than just an impressive title. It is an acknowledgement of intellectual leadership and an endorsement for future impact. SAIC’s endowed professors are inspirational forces whose influence radiates outward—through the classroom and studio and across the city and world.  

September 26, 2016

What Comes Next

SAIC's new President, Elissa Tenny, is an advocate for what she calls the “graduate citizen” and thinks SAIC is ideally positioned to develop artists, designers, and scholars who can make a positive impact on the world.

September 26, 2016

On View

Curator Allison Glenn (Dual MA 2012) invited SAIC faculty and alumni, along with other artists, to participate in the large-scale immersive exhibition In the beginning, sometimes I left messages in the street. From June 6 to July 10 artwork appeared on 10 billboards embedded across a 19-mile stretch of the city landscape.

September 26, 2016

My Chicago

Associate Professor Andres Hernandez (Art Education, MA 2004) is a teacher, community activist, and interdisciplinary artist who works with the urban fabric of Chicago as his primary material. The recent winner of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s PXSTL Design-Build Competition, Hernandez told us about some of his favorite places around the city that inspire him.

September 22, 2016

Career Conversations

Here is an excerpt from our conversation with Jayeon Kim (BFA 2006), User Experience Design Lead at Google, and her advice to current SAIC students and recent graduates.

September 22, 2016

The Process

A look into how Garland Martin Taylor (BA 2005, MA 2007) made the sculpture Phantom as part of his ongoing Black Death Project.

September 22, 2016

Abandoned Practices

SAIC’s Abandoned Practices Institute explores discarded and outlawed rituals as a summer intensive course open to SAIC degree-seeking students and students from other colleges and universities.

September 21, 2016

Meet the New Class

The students entering SAIC in fall 2016 are inquisitive in the classroom and studio, diverse in their backgrounds, and a little outrageous in how they express themselves. Meet four of our future artists and scholars.

September 19, 2016

From the Archives

A look at Robert Loescher's Art History class visiting Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery.

September 21, 2016

Field Trip

As part of Anne Sullivan's Building Diagnostic course, SAIC's Historic Preservation students completed a preservation plan for the 114-year-old Oak Park Art League building. 

September 21, 2016

About a Work

Visit the Art Institute of Chicago with Mohn Family Professor of Contemporary Art History David Raskin for a discussion about Cy Twombly's The Second Part of the Return from Parnassus. 

September 21, 2016

My Obsessions

Artist, alum, and Assistant Professor Cheryl Pope (BFA 2003, MDes 2010) had a knockout year. We asked her what she is looking at, listening to, and thinking about as she prepares to defend the title of “Best Year Ever.”

September 21, 2016

Class Notes

A look at the accomplishments of SAIC alumni.

September 20, 2016

Where I Work

Crown Family Professor in Painting and Drawing Michelle Grabner talks about rethinking her understanding of space, work, and home in her new Milwaukee studio.

September 23, 2016

Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC

Throughout its more than 150-year history, SAIC’s entire community has established a strong tradition of support and giving. This spring, SAIC launched its first major fundraising campaign, Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC. With a goal of raising $50 million, the campaign will support student scholarships and endowed professorships and faculty awards.

September 23, 2016

Why I Give

Holly Hunt and Quintin E. Primo III, Co-Chairs of Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC, discuss the importance of giving back.