SAIC Announces Robert Storr as Guest Speaker at Annual Literary Lions Luncheon

Chicago—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), one of the nation’s leading art and design schools, announced Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale University School of Art, will deliver the guest lecture on Oct. 7 at the second annual Literary Lions Luncheon where the Jean Goldman Book Prize will be awarded to the most outstanding publication by an SAIC faculty member.

Storr is a distinguished artist, curator, critic, and SAIC alum (MFA 1978, HON 2001) who has enjoyed a rich and important career in the arts. Storr was previously the curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. While there he initiated major exhibitions on Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Robert Ryman, and Tony Smith among others.

New York magazine described Storr as, “an artist who’s logged enough studio time to have a special regard for painters’ painters like Elizabeth Murray and Philip Guston—and a gifted writer who can make us appreciate them, too.” With his experience and the myriad hats he wears, he is a link between the museum world, the artists’ studio, and academia. Recipient of numerous awards, he is also the author of more than 280 works from museum exhibition catalogues to critical essays.

About the Jean Goldman Book Prize

The Jean Goldman Book Prize is a juried literary prize for the best recent publication by a member of its faculty. Underwritten by art historian and Art Institute of Chicago Life Trustee, Dr. Jean Goldman, the award will be presented at the Literary Lions Luncheon at 12:00 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Casino, 195 East Delaware Place.

This year’s jury includes James Panero, editor of literary magazine The New Criterion; Susan Rossen, former Director of Publications at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Thomas Sloan, art historian and professor. Presiding over the jury is its foreman, Natalie Van Straaten, former editor and publisher of Chicago Gallery News.

Net proceeds from the Literary Lions Luncheon support the SAIC Literary Lions Endowment Fund, established to provide institutional grants for SAIC faculty research. Tickets and ticket packages are available at varying levels. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to make a donation to the Literary Lions Endowment Fund, please call 312.499.4190 or contact

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 and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,200 students from around the globe. SAIC also provides adults, high school students, and children with the opportunity to flourish in a variety of courses, workshops, certificate programs, and camps through its Continuing Studies program. 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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