Marketing & Communications: SAIC Hosts the Graduate Design Show 2015

The exhibition features a diverse collection of works by 41 emerging designers

CHICAGO—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), one of the nation’s leading art and design schools, is proud to host “Coordinates, Graduate Design Show 2015,” featuring distinctive works by students from SAIC’s graduate Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) programs as well as the graduate Fashion, Body and Garment program. Appended to “Coordinates” is an exhibition of work by six post-baccalaureate students in the Fashion, Body and Garment program.

“Coordinates” kicks off with a reception on Saturday, May 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. and runs through Friday, May 22. The show’s two locations, the AIADO Gallery in the Sullivan Center, 33 S. State St., 12th floor, and a storefront space, 28 S. Wabash Ave., are free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Coordinates” celebrates the positions of 41 students whose work explores how people locate themselves in space and time. For some, it’s solidifying a specific moment by displaying garments stiffened in resin and wax. For others, it’s a conversation between history, material, and function, which emerges through a contemporary writers’ residency in Henry David Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond. For another, it means situating oneself through mathematics with the development of navigational instruments inspired by sextants and sundials.

“The need to answer the question ‘Where are we?’ resonates between the two locations of this exhibition,” said Odile Compagnon, architect and SAIC faculty member. “The answers are as diverse as their expressions, but they come together as fitting parts of one geography,”

Compagnon designed and curated the exhibition with assistance from SAIC graduate student Allison Crowley (MArch 2016) and an interdisciplinary group of students.

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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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