Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Programs

Current Exhibitions and Programs

Sara Magenheimer: Some things you can ask me
January 4 – February 26, 2023
SAIC Galleries, Atrium Video Projection
33 E. Washington St.

Prompted by Apple’s Siri to ask questions, Sara Magenheimer takes the AI invitation seriously and invents a long list of queries. We see them appear one by one over scanned images from Architectural Digest magazine’s idealized interiors of 1981, the year Magenheimer was born and the year Ronald Reagan became president. In this video, Magenheimer considers the ways in which the aspirational style of the period we are born into reflects the socio-political values of the cultural moment and how interior design acts as a daily domestic backdrop against which we perform. Embracing arbitrariness, coincidence, and humor, Magenheimer creates opportunities for questioning how power and style form the aesthetic substructure of our daily existence.

Image courtesy of the Video Data Bank.

MAATC Exhibition 2023
January 27 – February 3, 2023
SAIC Galleries, Lower Level 2
33 E. Washington St.
Reception: Saturday, January 28, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The annual MAATC Exhibition presents the artwork and practices of students graduating with a Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling. The educational aim of this exhibition is to provide an opportunity for students to present their own individual lived practices and collaboratively examine the clinical, ethical, and aesthetic implications of presenting the profession of art therapy through an exhibition. Deeply reflective and inquisitive, the artists present a multitude of approaches, exemplifying the program’s philosophy of integrating the emergent artist-art therapist identity. For more information about the program, visit

An Artist Talk and Q&A will be held by the MAATC Exhibition participants during the opening reception on Lower Level 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT.

Image: Natalia Gurmendi, At Risk. (MAATC Exhibition 2022)

2023 Post-Baccalaureate Annual
January 27 – February 3, 2023
SAIC Galleries, Lower Level 2 and Street Level
33 E. Washington St.
Reception: Saturday, January 28, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This presentation features the work of students completing the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Image: Lauren Flaaen, Dar A Luz. (Post-Baccalaureatte Annual 2022)

Upcoming Exhibitions and Programs

Graduate Exhibition One
March 1 – 8, 2023
SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington St.
Reception: Saturday, March 4, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Graduate Exhibition One is the first of two graduate exhibitions this spring and presents new and innovative work by 67 of SAIC's Master of Fine Arts candidates.

Image: Chase Barney. (2022 Graduate Exhibition One)

IMPACT Performance Festival 2023
March 3 – 5, 2023:
    March 3 at 7:00 p.m.
    March 4 at 7:00 p.m.
    March 5 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington St.

The IMPACT Performance Festival 2023 showcases the culminating projects of MFA, BFA, and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate students from SAIC, who will activate multiple spaces within the gallery to present live performances.

Image: Alé Campos, Con Esos Ojos / With Those Eyes. (IMPACT Performance Festival 2022)

2023 Spring Undergraduate Exhibition
April 7 - 15, 2023
SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington St.

The 2023 Spring Undergraduate Exhibition showcases the culminating work of more than 200 graduating seniors. This exhibition features the ambitious and innovative interdisciplinary work of our students - the next generation of artists, scholars, and citizens. It is a living example of the crossing of disciplines and challenging assumptions that SAIC encourages in each student.

Image: Julia Signe, I Know Nothing but I Think I Know You. (Spring 2022 Undergraduate Exhibition)

2023 Film, Video, New Media, Animation and Sound Festival
May 10 - 13, 2023
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago IL

The 2023 Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival features the work of graduate and undergraduate students from the class of 2023.

Image: Still from theater #111 by Kay Liu. (2022 FVNMAS Festival)

Graduate Exhibition Two
May 12 - 21, 2023
SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington St.

Graduate Exhibition Two presents new and ambitious work by more than 100 Master of Fine Arts, Master of Design, and Master of Architecture candidates from the class of 2023.

Image: Payton Harris-Woodard, Cantankerous and Da Angler. (2022 Graduate Exhibition Two)

Low-Residency MFA Exhibition
July 8 – 30, 2023
SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington St.

Low-Residency MFA Exhibition is the culminating presentation of Low-Residency MFA candidates in SAIC’s class of 2023, and an opportunity for them to present new and ambitious work to the public in the SAIC Galleries.

Image: Estefania Arriaza, Cloud I. (2022 Low-Residency MFA Exhibiton)

Jacolby Satterwhite: Spirits Roaming on the Earth
September 11 – December 2, 2023
SAIC Galleries, 33 E Washington St

This fall, SAIC Galleries presents the first major survey of Jacolby Satterwhite’s extraordinary work. Drawing on a broad set of real and fantastical references that include modernism, video gaming, mythology, and contemporary visual culture, Satterwhite explores virtual space, painting, and music as a vehicle to examine and journal the nuances of his political and cultural zeitgeist.  His intricately detailed animations and live action films of real and imagined worlds serve as the stage for the artist’s surreal and poetic world-building. 

Jacolby Satterwhite: Spirits Roaming on the Earth is organized by the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art at Carnegie Mellon University and curated by Elizabeth Chodos, Director. 

Image: Jacolby Satterwhite, We Are In Hell When We Hurt Each Other, 2020. HD digital video. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.

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