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

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency

Photo: Grace DuVal (MDes 2015)

SAIC and its students enjoy a more than 100-year history with Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency. Ox-Bow is a separately incorporated nonprofit organization founded by SAIC faculty in 1910. Its serene natural environment offers opportunity for intense focus and a community of support on its secluded 115 acres, located approximately 150 miles from Chicago near the resort town of Saugatuck, Michigan. This tradition continues today. Every summer, more than 500 artists travel to the Ox-Bow campus to study, teach, and make art, many of them SAIC students looking to satisfy their off-campus study requirement.