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The Chicago Tribune Interviews SAIC Alum, Set Decorator for “Empire”

Caroline Perzan (SAIC 1987–89) has spent the last 25 years decorating the sets of TV shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Breaking Bad, Hawaii Five-0, and Knight Rider, along with movies, including Frost/Nixon, Public Enemies, and The Horse Whisperer. Empire, her current project, is now in its second season and takes place in New York, but is almost entirely filmed in Chicago. In a Chicago Tribune article, Perzan explains how she procures items through Chicago's local resources as opposed to finding things in L.A.'s many prop houses. Also mentioned is the importance of art in Empire's sets, including original works from Kehinde Wiley, Walter Lobyn Hamilton, and Mickalene Thomas. A video of Perzan discussing her duties on the set of Empire can be viewed here.

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