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.  

Fall Exhibitions and Programs 2020



AGGIE: A Virtual Panel Discussion
Friday, October 16th, 12:00 p.m. CST

[Image credit: Aggie (2020), 92 minutes, Documentary, Directed by Catherine Gund, Aubin Pictures]
Aggie (2020), 92 minutes, Documentary, Directed by Catherine Gund, Aubin Pictures

Filmmaker Cat Gund will join a panel of artists and philanthropists to talk about the feature-length documentary AGGIE, which explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes "Aggie" Gund's life. This discussion will be moderated by Mae Hong, VP at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and board chair at Illinois Humanities. For more information please visit This event is presented by Illinois Humanities in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies.



October 19 - November 24
SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington St.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. by appointment

april shao painting
Yongxuan (April) Shao, Hot Summer, 2020, Acrylic on linen, Photo courtesy of the artist

Launch is the inaugural exhibition in the new SAIC Galleries. This unique exhibition presents work by MFA, MDes, and MArch alumni from the SAIC class of 2020. By sharing their current work, these alumni demonstrate the resilience of their practices during this trying year.  Featuring work by: Dabin Ahn, Elyse Allen, Zheng Ang 郑昂, José R Aponte Bernardy, Emily Beanblossom, Théo Bignon, Molly Blumberg, Billie Carter-Rankin, Elizabeth Cote, Decheng Cui, Peytonn K Davis, Manos Dimitrakis, Cassidy Early, Liza Jo Eilers, Gloria Fan Duan, Matan Golan, Jiwon Ham, Chris Han, Rachel Hefferan, Amanda Lynn Hoopingarner, Yifan Jin, Minyoung Kang, Tim Karoleff and Sam Link, Reva Kashikar, Percy Lam, Jakyung Lee, Youra Lee, Xiaoye Li, Chenyu Lin 阿蔺, Alisa Maiboroda, Yvonne Martinez, CJ Mattia, Jackie Joseph Paul McFarland, Lenny Moore, Sage Mtahtah, Judith Mullen, Chloe Munkenbeck, Patrick Casey O'Shea, Alina Orlov, Ricardo Partida, Anna Patrick, Austin Pope, Jenny Rafalson, Aida Ramirez, Zhong Ren, Divyamaan Sahoo, Yongxuan (April) Shao, Kate Smith, Meejung Soh, Meimei Song, Bun Stout, Sara Sukhun, Megan Tepper, Ryo Tomoda, Jennifer Traina-Dorge, Chen-Huan (Julia) Tsai, Jessica Tucker, Christine Turner, Irene Wa., Tongqi Wang, Mia Weiner, Chengan Xia, Quentin Kailun Yang, Qianwen Yu, Jason Bozhi Zhao, and Yimin Zheng.


Fall Undergraduate Exhibition
November 6 - 19 SAIC Galleries,
Gallery Hours:
 Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. by appointment

Undergraduate Exhibition Spring 2020, Installation view of the curated section “The Head Sinks First” organized by the Senior Capstone course taught by faculty members Claire Ashley and Mark Jeffery. Photo by Tony Favarula

More than 70 talented SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees this fall exhibit their innovative work. SAIC promotes crossing disciplines and challenging assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition.



​New Blood XIV November 9, 11, and 13 starting at 11:00 a.m.
In the windows at 37 S. Wabash Ave. and 33 E. Washington St

Leilah Ghasempor, Eviornmental Performance Series, Photo courtesy of the artist

New Blood is the annual student festival of performance, live art and time-based work at SAIC.  For the past eight years, New Blood has been produced in partnership with and at Links Hall. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Blood XIV will take a new form. Artists have been invited to create performances in SAIC’s public facing windows at 37 S. Wabash in the Sharp Building and at 33 E. Washington the location of the new SAIC Galleries. This reimagined festival will happen Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the second week of November with durational performance work presented in both windows simultaneously. The festival will feature work by Leila Ghasempor, Sal Moreno, Maria Plotnikova, Keny Sánchez, Anthony Sims and Jess Smoot.


Fall 2020 Virtual Programming


FVNMAS Festival
Links Forthcoming 
November 30 - December 6
The 2020 Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival features the work of graduate and undergraduate students from the class of 2020.  Originally scheduled to take place in May, the festival has been rescheduled to occur online the week of November 30 - December 6 in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center.  The festival is free and can be viewed at any time during the 7 day run.  More information about participating artists will be posted on the SAIC Galleries website in the coming weeks.



Day With(out) Art 2020: TRANSMISSIONS

Jorge Bordello, Ministry of Health, 2020. Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020. Still courtesy of Visual AIDS

SAIC Galleries is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020 by presenting TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. The video program brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), Charan Singh (India/UK), and George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda).

The program does not intend to give a comprehensive account of the global AIDS epidemic, but provides a platform for a diversity of voices from beyond the United States, offering insight into the divergent and overlapping experiences of people living with HIV around the world today. The six commissioned videos cover a broad range of subjects, such as the erasure of women living with HIV in South America, ineffective Western public health campaigns in India, and the realities of stigma and disclosure for young people in Uganda.

As the world continues to adapt to living with a new virus, COVID-19, these videos offer an opportunity to reflect on the resonances and differences between the two epidemics and their uneven distribution across geography, race, and gender.

TRANSMISSIONS will premiere on November 30 at 6pm EST as part of a special online screening event hosted by Visual AIDS and supported by SAIC Galleries. A live Q&A with the commissioned artists will follow the screening. Please RSVP here to receive updates about this event. Beginning December 1, the video program will be available to view online at


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 o

f 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