Marketing & Communications: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Presents May Exhibitions

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, continues its yearly events with an exciting line-up for May 2021. Celebrating the talented SAIC students completing their undergraduate and graduate degrees, these events showcase their innovative work. SAIC invites you to take part and enjoy these not-to-be-missed year-end exhibitions and presentations. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit

SAIC Galleries
33 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Gallery Hours
Monday through Saturday
11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. by appointment only

Graduate Exhibition

May 3–19
SAIC Galleries
In-person event

For more than 150 years, SAIC has been one of the world’s most influential colleges of art and design. The 2021 Graduate Exhibition presents new, ambitious work from emerging creatives in our Master of Fine Arts, Master of Design, and Master of Architecture programs. It offers audience members a glimpse into the future of these fields.  

Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival
May 10–16
Online event

The Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department at SAIC encourages experimentation with radical form and content. This free festival showcases dynamic, digital work from the department’s graduate and undergraduate class of 2021. It can be viewed at any time during the seven-day run.

May 14
Online event

Over the past year, the fashion industry has been transformed. With issues of sustainability and inclusivity at the forefront, students in SAIC’s Department of Fashion Design are rethinking what we wear. This virtual showcase will exhibit their innovative work. It will spotlight the launch of a new student galleries website and premiere a film produced by the department’s senior cohort.

Art History Master of Arts Symposium

May 5–6
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. CT
Online event

This two-day symposium will present the Master of Arts thesis projects, featuring a range of topics from modern and contemporary art history.

Visual and Critical Studies Undergraduate Thesis Symposium
May 5–8
Panel Discussion on Saturday, May 8, 1:00–4:00 p.m. CT
Reception on Saturday, May 8, 4:00 p.m. CT
Online event

Undergraduate students in the Visual and Critical Studies department share their thesis work, showcasing their unique investigation into where artistic production and scholarship overlap. 

Culminating Event Panels: Master of Arts in Art Education and Master of Arts in Teaching
May 11–12
Online event

These thesis project presentations will be organized into four thematic panels: Exploring Narratives in the Conscious and Subconscious, Thriving Resistances, Museums for the Future, and Who Says You Can’t Make History?

Art History Senior Thesis Symposium
May 14
5:00–9:00 p.m. CT
Online event

This symposium will feature student and faculty dialogues on a wide range of topics that critically explore what modern and contemporary art history can do in the present day.

Beyond Bounds: Arts Administration and Policy Symposium
May 14
4:00–8:00 p.m. CT
Online event

The inaugural Arts Administration and Policy Symposium will offer virtual studio visits, lectures, workshops, and opportunities for networking.

Master of Arts in New Arts Journalism Symposium
May 16
Online event

An online symposium featuring work from the Master of Arts in New Arts Journalism candidates.

An image of a gallery window that has School of the Art Institute of Chicago Galleries stenciled on the glass. In the gallery, a figure wearing a gingham unitard with a flower headpiece is standing.
Bun Stout (MFA 2020), "S/S 2029: Jester," 2019. Photo by Tony Favarula

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P: 312.499.4211 (office)