Nayland Blake is SAIC's 2019–20 Bill and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professor. Blake is an internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist and educator. Blake’s work first came to national and international attention when it was featured in the 1991 Whitney Biennial and the 1993 Venice Biennale.
As SAIC’s 2019–20 Bill and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professor, Blake will co-teach a course at SAIC this spring semester. The course, Psychogeography, is offered through the Sculpture department and co-taught with Adjunct Assistant Professor Matt Morris.
Established in 2006 by a generous gift from Bill and Stephanie Sick of Winnetka, Illinois, the Bill and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professorship enables internationally renowned artists and designers to visit and teach at SAIC. Previous Bill and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professors include Bruce Mau, Jaume Plensa, Bill Fontana, Catherine Opie, Andrea Zittel, Theaster Gates, Chris Ware, Ann Hamilton, Laura Owens, and most recently, Amanda Williams.