SAIC Magazine Fall 2020



Our biannual School of the Art Institute of Chicago magazine is here—and this fall, we’ve gone fully digital. 

Back in March, the COVID-19 pandemic forced artists out of their studios and into their homes. However, in the face of adversity, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) community did what they do best: They innovated. They created. They persevered. Confronted by the realities of social injustice, our resilient students, faculty, staff, and alums continue to use their unique talents to take action and effect change in the ongoing movement for racial equity.

These stories are just a few examples of the inspiring ways SAIC’s citizen artists, designers, and scholars have responded to our current moment in history. We hope they fill you with excitement for a future of possibilities.

Maria Gaspar

September 29, 2020

Maria Gaspar’s Power of Place

Associate Professor Maria Gaspar’s belief in community and justice is critical to her practice, best exemplified through her extraordinary work within the Cook County Correctional Facility.

September 24, 2020

Art Goes Remote

Facing the myriad of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, SAIC community members adapted and found new, innovative ways to build community.

October 2, 2020

Healing at the Heart of A Long Walk Home

For the past 20 years, Salamishah and Scheherazade Tillet (MA 2005) have helped Black girls and women find their voice through the work of their nonprofit A Long Walk Home.

President Elissa Tenny photo

October 2, 2020

From the President

President Elissa Tenny reflects on how art connects, repairs, and heals during times of crisis.

October 2, 2020

Striving for Anti-Racism

In response to the calls for racial justice in the United States and throughout the world, SAIC announced the formation of a new Anti-Racism Committee.

September 30, 2020

From the Editor in Chief

Vice President of Marketing and Communications Scott Hendrickson shares insights and updates on the magazine's fall issue. 

September 30, 2020

Ask the Artist: Four Artists Share How They're Approaching Their Practice in 2020

Four artists share how both COVID-19 and the protests in response to police brutality have impacted their practice—how it has made them think differently, where they’re finding inspiration, and what advice they have for artists and designers at the beginning of their journey.

September 25, 2020

From the Archives

In 1989, alum Dread Scott's "What is the Proper Way to Display a US Flag?" sparked national outrage.

September 24, 2020

Charting a Career Path in 2020

Dean of Career and Professional Experience Rosalie Shemmer talks about job search strategies, maintaining a studio practice with limited resources, and building a network remotely.

Turtel Onli

September 23, 2020

Class Notes

A look at the accomplishments of SAIC alums. 

September 23, 2020

Why I Give

Alum william cordova shares why he gives back to the SAIC community.

September 21, 2020

Masks and Manes

This spring, the Art Institute of Chicago "Lions" donned their own personal protective equipment—larger-than-life face masks adorned with the City of Chicago’s iconic flag.

FALL 2020

School of the Art Institute of Chicago magazine
Published by the Office of Marketing and Communications
116 S. Michigan Ave., 6th floor
Chicago, IL 60603

Vice President of Marketing and Communications and Editor in Chief
Scott J. Hendrickson

Director of Marketing
Sarah Gardner

Director of Communications and Editor
Bree Witt

Deputy Editor
Rowan Beaird

Project Coordinator and Contributing Editor
Joe Giovannetti

Art Director
Jeffrey R. Sanchez

Contributing Art Director
Riley Brady

Riley Brady
Jeffrey R. Sanchez

Contributing Writers
Rowan Beaird
Joe Giovannetti
Ben Kim Paplham (MFA 2021)
Jeff M. Ward (MFA 2002)
Bree Witt

Web Content Manager
Stephanie Murano (MA 2021)

Web Development
Sean DeSantis

Greg Stephen Reigh (BFA 2013)