Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Programs

Exhibitions at SAIC are a significant resource for the School community and the city at large. SAIC Galleries, SITE Galleries, and other temporary locations on- and off-campus are engaged as sites of interaction, experimentation, and dialogue among students, faculty, and alumni, as well as places for collaboration with Chicago’s artists and other cultural institutions. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.  

Spring Exhibitions and Programs 2021 

 

Reconstructing Care
Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling Exhibition
SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington St. 
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. by appointment

Curated by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling class of 2021, Reconstructing Care challenges current paradigms of care within the field of art therapy and beyond. Care is conceptualized as a constantly evolving process, understood through resistance, access, amplification, community care, generational care, and self-care. As therapists entering the mental health field during a global pandemic, we examine the ways care has adapted to online platforms. We interrogate systems of care that perpetuate oppression in order to recenter marginalized voices and actively reimagine how we care for ourselves, our communities, and each other. 

 

Post-Bacc Annual
February 1 - 13

SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington St.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. by appointment

Spring 2020 Post-Bacc Annual. Photo by Connor Fenwick

This presentation features the work of students completing the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 
Participating Artists: Elise Bagnoli, Haleh Darabi, Sophia Day, DEO, Zhi Ding, Delaina Doshi, Olivia Durham, Yuan Feng, Yue Li, Alexandria McLendon, Emily Murray, Jasmine Smith, Lara Williams, Jeffrey Yard

 

Spring 2021 Undergraduate Exhibition
March 15 - 27

SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington St.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. by appointment

Not Afraid, 2019  by Heidi Wanzek. Photo by Tony Favarula

SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees this Spring exhibit their innovative work. SAIC promotes crossing disciplines and challenging assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition.
For more information on the UG Exhibition visit: Thesis Information

 

2021 IMPACT Festival
April: Dates TBA
Presented virtually as an online festival

"I'd Love To", 2019  by Wanbli Gamache. Photo by Ji Yang

The IMPACT Performance Festival is a thesis event designed to support graduating students creating live-art and performance.  The festival is co-coordinated by the Performance Department and the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies. This year, in light of health and safety concerns for in-person events, the festival will be presented virtually as an online festival.  The SAIC Performance Space (the 012 classroom in the 280 Building) will be set up for live stream capabilities and will serve as the main hub for producing the festival.  Participating artists will also have the option to live stream from an alternative location of their choice or to have a pre-recorded performance streamed as part of the festival.

 

2021 Graduate Exhibition
May 3 - 19

SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington St.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. by appointment

S/S 2029: Jester, 2019 by Bun Stout. Photo by Tony Favarula

The 2021 Graduate Exhibition is the culminating presentation of MFA, MDes, and MArch candidates and an opportunity for new and ambitious work to be presented to the public.

 

2021 FVNMAS Festival
May 10 - 16

Virtual Programming
Gene Siskel Film Center

The 2021 Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival features the work of graduate and undergraduate students from the class of 2021. The festival is free and can be viewed at any time during the 7 day run.

 

Summer 2020 Virtual Exhibitions 

 

Spring Undergraduate Exhibtion Website

The Spring Undergraduate website showcases the innovative work of more than 300 talented SAIC students completing their undergraduate degrees that was on view at the Sullivan Galleries earlier this Spring. SAIC promotes crossing disciplines and challenging received assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition.

The Future of our Plans 

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is proud to have launched
The Future of our Plans, an online showcase of work from our graduate class of 2020.
This website features current projects, thesis work, and creative reflections on our current moment from more than 150 artists, designers, and scholars. For more information click here