May 21, 2020

Art Connects Us, Volume 5

At SAIC, our community is driven by the spirit of engagement and the desire to make positive change in our world. In the weeks to come, we’ll be honoring our citizen artists, taking a look at the way alums, students, faculty, and staff are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photos of Newcity's 2020 Breakout Artists

May 13, 2020

Newcity Names Alums and Staff as 2020 Breakout Artists

For the sixteenth year, Newcity has released its annual list of Breakout Artists—and 2020’s nine-artist lineup features seven undergraduate and graduate School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) alums and one SAIC staff member: Selva Aparicio (BFA 2015), David Heo (BFA 2014, MFA 2018), Yvette Mayorga (MFA 2016), AJ McClenon (MFA 2014), Cody Tumblin (BFA 2013), Video Data Bank Distribution Assistant Tamara Becerra Valdez, Brittney Leeanne Williams (SAIC 2008–09), and Gwendolyn Zabicki (BFA 2005).

May 12, 2020

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to Honor Citizen Artists Mel Chin, AFRICOBRA, and Katherine Sherwood at Its 2020 Commencement Ceremony

CHICAGO—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, will welcome renowned multidisciplinary artist Mel Chin to deliver the School’s Commencement address on Saturday, May 16, as part of the School’s virtual ceremony. Chin will receive an honorary doctorate from the School, along with esteemed honorees Jae Jarrell (SAIC 1959–61), Wadsworth Jarrell (DIPLOMA 1958), and Gerald Williams (SAIC 1966–67), all alums and founders of the influential, Chicago-based artist collective AFRICOBRA, and artist and disability advocate Katherine Sherwood.

May 11, 2020

Art Connects Us, Volume 4

At SAIC, our community is driven by the spirit of engagement and the desire to make positive change in our world. In the weeks to come, we’ll be honoring our citizen artists, taking a look at the way alums, students, faculty, and staff are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo of Mike Cloud

May 7, 2020

New York Times Talks Painting in a Pandemic with Associate Professor Mike Cloud

“Painting right now feels like the most important thing I can do aside from taking care of myself and keeping my family healthy,” explains Mike Cloud, associate professor of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), in a recent interview with the New York Times.

The Quarantine Concerts

May 6, 2020

Alums and Faculty Support Artists with Virtual Quarantine Concerts

Experimental Sound Studio (ESS), a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to artistic evolution and creative exploration of sound, is helping artists and musicians weather the coronavirus storm through The Quarantine Concerts.

May 5, 2020

Art Connects Us, Volume 3

At SAIC, our community is driven by the spirit of engagement and the desire to make positive change in our world. In the weeks to come, we’ll be honoring our citizen artists, taking a look at the way alums, students, faculty, and staff are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 4, 2020

Alum Chris Ware’s New Yorker Covers Reflect Life Under the Pandemic

SAIC alum Chris Ware (SAIC 1991-93, HON 2019) designed the covers for the April 6 and May 4 issues of The New Yorker, both reflecting life during the coronavirus.

May 1, 2020

Student Brejenn Allen’s Hospital Gowns and Masks Bring Joy to Essential Workers

Inspired by her father’s hospital stay, student Bre Lynnice Allen launched her own line of brightly patterned, functional hospital gowns when she was in high school. During the pandemic, the need for her gowns and masks has skyrocketed, and she’s donating over 80 percent to patients and essential workers. 

MelissaLeandro

April 29, 2020

Alum Julie Rodrigues Widholm Curates Frieze New York's Tribute to Women Artists of Chicago

Julie Rodrigues Widholm (MA 1999), DePaul Art Museum's director and chief curator and Chicago Tribune's Chicagoan of the Year in museums, is curating Frieze New York’s 2020 tribute to the women artists of Chicago.

April 28, 2020

Art Connects Us, Volume 2

At SAIC, our community is driven by the spirit of engagement and the desire to make positive change in our world. In the weeks to come, we’ll be honoring our citizen artists, taking a look at the way alums, students, faculty, and staff are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 27, 2020

SAIC Faculty, Alums, and Students Contribute to Quarantine Times

Launched by the Public Media Institute (PMI), Lumpen Magazine, and Lumpen Radio (WLPN 105.5fm), The Quarantine Times spotlights the different ways Chicago's artists are responding to the pandemic.

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