Final Graduate Exhibition of 2012 Comprises Work by Emerging Designers

Chicago, IL—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's final graduate thesis exhibition of 2012, Tele Vision, will comprise work by emerging designers June 9–July 21 in the Sullivan Galleries, 33 South State Street. The exhibition also serves as the homecoming forwhatnot—a popular traveling presentation of student design work that has already pleased audiences this spring in Milan and New York City—and takes place beside SAIC’s Post-Baccalaureate Exhibition. Visitor hours and more information are available at The opening reception is Monday, June 11, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Tele Vision, interpreted through its Greek and Latin roots, means “seeing from a distance.” The projects presented in the 2012 graduate design show share a long-view perspective, far-reaching in speculation, application, or duration. The exhibition is curated and designed by SAIC faculty member and architect Odile Compagnon with fellow faculty member Lisa Smith and Caroline Linder, who are partners in the design brand ODLCO and SAIC alumni (MDes 2008). Tele Visionfeatures work by 45 SAIC students finishing their graduate degrees in seven programs: Master of Design in Designed Objects; Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment; Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Designed Objects; Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Interior Architecture; Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Design for Emerging Technologies; Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture; and Master of Architecture.

These graduates demonstrate their ability to skillfully use media as an instance of critical examination of ideas, people, and culture. Like TV images, their proposals end just beyond the frame. Each functions as a pilot episode, a stand-alone prototype written as the first of a series, a premiere with an eye toward the finale. Participating students inTele Vision include Sepideh Abtahi, Brian Bailey, Laurel Bancroft, Kuan Wen Chiu, Tara Churchill, David Coddington, Christopher Coffin, Alexandra Copan, Laura Crane, Michael Egan, Annette Elliot, David Evancho, Nancy Fleischman, Shelley Getzendanner, Abby Groff, Kristen Hansen, Michaela Hansen, Sunwha Her, Julie Hess, Zachary Hoffman, David Hull, Brooke Ingram, Kristina Januskaite-Sparks, Daniel Jick, Dina Khodorkovskaya, Siavash Khorrami, AnNa Kim, Judith Lambotte, Justin LeBlanc, Chong Lee, Andrés López, Jyoti Mahil-Shah, John Manaves, Melinda McAra, Meghan Quinn, Mig Rod, Catherine Rogg, Carlos Ruiz, Natalie Schelew, Francoise Schmid, Amy Sedivi, Chi Sun, KC Winter, Tyler Yager, and Jing Yuan.

SAIC’s Post-Baccalaureate Exhibition joins Tele Vision in the Sullivan Galleries, showcasing the work of 25 students completing SAIC’s Post-Bacc in Studio and Post-Bacc in Fashion, Body and Garment curricula. The two-semester Post-Bacc program, which combines the tutorial aspects of graduate school with the formal coursework of an advanced undergraduate program, is designed to help students develop their artistic vision and technical proficiency and produce a strong body of work. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio is offered in the Departments of Art and Technology Studies; Ceramics; Fiber and Material Studies; Film, Video, New Media, and Animation; Painting and Drawing; Performance; and Visual Communication Design.

The Post-Baccalaureate Exhibition is curated by Katy Loeb, Dual MA candidate in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism & Arts Administration and Policy (2014). Participants include Ayad Almissouri, Alejandra Alonso, Tegan Brace, Rachel Bury, Kelsey Dalton, David Derish, Ryna Frankel, Olivia Grzasko, Khalilah Hyde, Sarah Jones, Christopher Lin, Kelly Lloyd, Kristy Luck, Daniel Mantilla, Bert Marckwardt, Andrew McClellan, Roland Miller, Nicholas Schutzenhofer, Dakota Tracht, Steven Vainberg, Sarah Williams, and Annie Yanowitz.

A special feature of this year’s graduate exhibition, whatnot is an inventory of clever, affordable multiples reflecting SAIC designers’ response to the uncertain economical climate. Created from a two-semester intensive course and organized by faculty members Helen Maria Nugent and Jim TerMeer, the exhibition was a popular attraction at the renowned Spazio Rossana Orlandi gallery in Milan April 17–22, and was picked up there to be presented in the Future Perfect Pop-Up Shop during New York’s ICFF May 19–June 8. whatnotdesigners include Brian Bailey, Adam Chau, Iggy Choi, Stephen Gulau, Shelley Getzendanner, David Hull, Errin Kancal, Judith Lambotte, Felicia Liu, Charlie McArthur, Haruka Morimoto, Michael Pappas, Mig Rod, Chi Sun, Karl Williamson, and Tyler Yager. High-resolution press images from the project are available online at Project summaries, process images, and more information are available at Objects from the whatnot collection are available at

whatnot is the latest exhibition in a growing history of successful SAIC presentations at Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile(International Furniture Fair) held each spring. During the 2011 Salone SAIC designers presented LOADED, an exhibition of 13 original objects and two multiples that exploited the history, physicality, and currency of two catalytic materials: iron and sugar. The exhibition welcomed more than 10,000 visitors during its six-day run and was covered by Domus, New York Magazine, the Huffington Post, Core77, the Architect’s Newspaper, and Inhabitat—which called it “one of our favorite exhibits at this year’s fair.” Since returning to Chicago, each of the highly praised objects from LOADED have been placed on view in City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s personal office.

Tele Vision: SAIC AIADO and Fashion Graduate Exhibition
+ whatnot & Post-Baccalaureate Exhibition
June 9–July 21
SAIC Sullivan Galleries
33 S. State St., 7th Floor
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Opening Reception: Monday, June 11, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
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About the Sullivan Galleries
Comprising over 30,000 square feet, the Sullivan Galleries are the largest single contemporary gallery space in Chicago’s Loop, and are located in the recently renovated Sullivan Center, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The building was originally designed by architect Louis Sullivan and was home to the flagship store for Carson Pirie Scott and Company for more than a century.

About the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO)
SAIC’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects encourages a vibrant engagement with design on all scales—from body to environment—and outside disciplinary boundaries. Its faculty believes that future designers need to be thinking designers, practitioners willing to explore unknown territory and engage problems not yet defined. Its students are inspired to become entrepreneurial agents of design, developing hubs of activity linking art, design, science, business, and culture. For more information, please visit

About the Department of Fashion Design
SAIC’s Department of Fashion Design, home to the Master of Design and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate programs in Fashion, Body and Garment, is internationally recognized for its unique interdisciplinary program within a fine arts foundation. Its programs build on the connections and relationships between art and fashion that have been evolving in the past century, and that reach an unprecedented level in contemporary practices today. For more information, please visit

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit

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Kristina Januskaite-Sparks (MDes 2012), mediating the edge, Photo: Sean Lamoureux

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