Visiting Artists Program

Visiting Minds. Lasting Influence.

Join us for lectures presented by the Visiting Artists Program (VAP)—a public forum that features today's most influential practitioners and thinkers.

Founded in 1868, the Visiting Artists Program is one of the oldest public programs of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Formalized in 1951 with the establishment of an endowed fund by Flora Mayer Witkowsky, the Visiting Artists Program has featured over 1,000 international artists, designers, and scholars representing more than 70 countries through a diverse mix of lectures, screenings, conversations, and readings. The Visiting Artists Program provides a platform for innovative ideas that inspire and educate.

An invaluable resource for SAIC students, the Visiting Artists Program is central to SAIC's interdisciplinary curriculum. In addition to public lectures, visitors directly engage with SAIC students through studio critiques and roundtable discussions, fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and culture.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.