SAIC News

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May 5, 2021

Art Connects Us, Volume 28

Our community is driven by the spirit of engagement and the desire to make positive change in our world. Learn how our alums, students, faculty, and staff are responding to this current moment.

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April 29, 2021

May 2021: Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Every month, we share the accomplishments of our faculty and staff with our full SAIC community.

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April 26, 2021

How Alum Bryana Bibbs Supports Survivors of Domestic Violence Through Weaving

With The We Were Never Alone Project, alum Bryana Bibbs (BFA 2014) is helping survivors of domestic violence heal through weaving. 

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April 26, 2021

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Presents May Exhibitions

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, continues its yearly events with an exciting line-up for May 2021. Celebrating the talented SAIC students completing their undergraduate and graduate degrees, these events showcase their innovative work. SAIC invites you to take part and enjoy these not-to-be-missed year-end exhibitions and presentations. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit saic.edu/shows.

April 26, 2021

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to Honor Artists Howardena Pindell, Senga Nengudi, and Trevor Paglen at Its 2021 Commencement Ceremony

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, will welcome renowned multidisciplinary artist Howardena Pindell to deliver the School’s Commencement address on Saturday, May 15, as part of the School’s virtual ceremony. Pindell will receive an honorary doctorate alongside two other celebrated artists: Senga Nengudi and alum Trevor Paglen (MFA 2002).

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April 22, 2021

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Hosts Panel Discussion Series: Toward an Anti-racist Art Ecosystem

The discussion kicks off on Wednesday, April 28, and tackles the impact of segregation in Chicago, anti-racist work in the local art sector, and removing barriers to entry. 

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April 22, 2021

Chicago’s Arts 77 Launches, Funding Projects from SAIC Alums and Faculty

As part of a major citywide initiative to fund an arts recovery plan in each of Chicago’s 77 community areas, Mayor Lori E.

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April 22, 2021

Art Connects Us, Volume 27

Our community is driven by the spirit of engagement and the desire to make positive change in our world. Learn how our alums, students, faculty, and staff are responding to this current moment.

April 16, 2021

Alum Allison Glenn Curates Breonna Taylor Exhibition with Care

With the opening of Promise, Witness, Remembrance at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, curator Allison Glenn (Dual MA 2012) is changing the way museums comment on the present day.

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April 13, 2021

Emerging Artist: Christina Ballantyne

Christina Ballantyne, an SAIC student pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, is an artist that contends with intimacy and its multitudes. 

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April 13, 2021

Art Institute of Chicago Announces Denise Gardner as Next Chairperson of Board of Trustees

The Art Institute of Chicago announced today the election of Denise Gardner as the organization’s new chairperson of the Board of Trustees. Gardner will succeed Robert M. Levy as the leader of the governing body of both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the Art Institute of Chicago museum. Levy will remain on the board and Gardner will take over as chair when Levy’s term ends in November.

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April 12, 2021

Five SAIC Community Members Named Guggenheim Fellows

Professor Michelle Grabner, Professor Diana Guerrero-Maciá, and alums william cordova (BFA 1996), Emil Ferris (BFA 2008, MFA 2010), and Dread Scott (BFA 1989) were announced as 2021 Guggenheim Fellows.

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