SAIC Magazine Spring 2019

In this issue, School of the Art Institute of Chicago magazine explores the stories of faculty and alumni who engage all of our senses with their work. Join us on a tour of art you can taste, see, hear, feel, and smell.

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January 27, 2019

The Medium Is the Menu

Artists use beverage and food as a medium.

January 26, 2019

Sonic Worlds

Artists and designers transform spaces and perception with sound.

January 26, 2019

Designing What's Next

Students' future careers emerge at the Design Show.

SAIC President Elissa Tenny

January 26, 2019

From the President

President Elissa Tenny reflects on how art and design engage all the senses.

January 25, 2019

Making Art on the High Plains

Students experience the culture and ecosystems of the American West.

January 25, 2019

My Chicago

Eric Leonardson (MFA 1983) leads a sonic tour of Chicago's natural enviornments.

January 24, 2019

On View

The senses are integral to making and experiencing  artwork as shown in the work of SAIC alums like MacArthur Fellow Wu Tsang (BFA 2004), Robert Andrew Parker (BA 1952), and Alex Stark (BFA 2016).

January 24, 2019

Emerging Writer

One of two $10,000 James Raymond Nelson Fellowship recipients, Justin Howard Rosier (MFA 2018) has used the award to foster his practice as a writer and a critic.

January 24, 2019

Meet the Graduating Class

The students graduating in 2019 are passionate and creative. Meet four of our newest alums.

January 24, 2019

Career Conversations

Read an excerpt from our conversation with Erin Toale (Dual MA 2013), a curator, writer, arts administrator, and artist who makes contemporary art accessible to all audiences.

January 24, 2019

Field Trip

Twenty students installed an exhibition of their work in Venice this past spring in response to the School’s first-ever commission of the US Pavilion exhibition Dimensions of Citizenship.

January 24, 2019

About a Work

The many layers of Felix Gonzalez-Torres' "Untitled" (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) make it an ideal example for Nenette Luarca-Shoaf's lessons in object-based learning.

January 24, 2019

My Obsessions: Amy Honchell (MFA 2002)

Amy Honchell (MFA 2002), associate provost of academic planning, is obsessed with rocks, plants, and particles. Here are some of the other things energizing her in and outside the office.

January 24, 2019

The Process

Artist and Painting and Drawing Lecturer Matt Morris makes custom perfumes to conjure olfactory memories of family, friends, and personal events.

January 24, 2019


Taking a Continuing Studies course inspired Zosia Alexandra Carden to pursue graduate studies.  

January 24, 2019

Street Style

Here are our editors’ picks of some of the best street style from the opening reception of the Sullivan Galleries' fall shows.  

January 24, 2019

Where I Work

In 2013 Nate Chung (MFA 2009) and three partners founded Mott St, which has become a standout in the competitive fine dining scene in Chicago.

January 23, 2019

Class Notes

A look at the accomplishments of SAIC alums.

January 23, 2019

Q&A with Jodie Mack (MFA 2007)

Q&A with filmmaker and alum Jodie Mack (MFA 2007) who returns to SAIC on February 7 for the Conversations at the Edge Screening series.

January 23, 2019

Why I Give

Suellen Rocca (BFA 1964, HON 2016), founding member of the Hairy Who? has always found ways to give back to the artistic community and others in need of expression and inspiration.

January 23, 2019

From the Archives

Founded in 1987, Goat Island created immersive experiences that explored and challenged the traditional format of performance art.

January 22, 2019

Art Scene

From exhibition openings to lectures and special events, SAIC had plenty going on in fall 2018.