SAIC News

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 Cards from the Gratitude Collection

May 18, 2020

Alum and Mother Design Cards for Frontline Workers

Mother-daughter team Karen and Jane Manfredi (BFA 2017), co-founders of Good Postage, are working together to put a smile on the faces of employees at the forefront of 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.

Chicago Artists Coalition

May 4, 2020

SAIC Alums and Students Honored with Chicago Artists Coalition Grants

Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) unveiled 28 recipients of their SPARK Grant program, MAKER Grant, and Coney Family Fund Award, ei

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. 

April 30, 2020

F Newsmagazine Recognized for their COVID-19 Coverage

Contributors to SAIC's F Newsmagazine were recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists for work done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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