School of the Art Institute of Chicago

For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars.

For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top three graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as

Operating as usual

05/08/2024

In just a few short days, you’ll have your pick of 3 SAIC Shows! ✨ Our students and teams are working around the clock to put final details on the current installations. The FVNMAS Festival will be hosted at the Gene Siskel beginning on this Thursday, May 9, and the day after both the MAATC Exhibition and Graduate Exhibition Two will open on Friday, May 10. All three events are free and open to the public.

FVNMAS Festival
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St.
May 9 - May 11

MAATC Exhibition
Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Ave
May 10 - May 18

Graduate Exhibition Two
SAIC Galleries
33 E. Washington St.
May 10 - May 22

05/07/2024

Internationally renowned photographer An-My Lê will deliver the Commencement address to the School's 2024 graduating class on Monday, May 20, at the Wintrust Arena.

An-My Lê will receive an honorary doctorate alongside two other recipients: alums Sanford Biggers (MFA 1999) and Wu Tsang (BFA 2004). Each is an extraordinary artist whom we honor for their contributions to art and their work’s impact on our shared society. We look forward to celebrating SAIC’s class of 2024! A livestream will be available. More details available at saic.edu/commencement.

Commencement graphic design by alum Rory Scott (BFA 2003)

College Bridge Program For Students Dedicated To Studying Art & Design 05/03/2024

President Tenny and student Grace Chen appeared on WGN’s Spotlight Chicago, discussing the College Arts Access Program and the ways it paves the way for high school students looking to study art and design.

College Bridge Program For Students Dedicated To Studying Art & Design The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is introducing a new program that’s encouraging high school students to kick start a career in art and design. The College Arts Access Program allow…

05/01/2024

Today, we commemorate Jewish American Heritage Month. Its origins can be traced back to 1980 when Congress authorized the President to designate April 21–28 as Jewish Heritage Week. This initiative evolved over time, culminating in President George W. Bush officially proclaiming May as Jewish American Heritage Month in 2006. Now, during May, we take the opportunity to acknowledge more than 350 years of Jewish contributions to American society.

The Jewish community's contributions hold significant sway in shaping different aspects of the society. This month, along with honoring their community, we recognize their accomplishments, focusing on their impact on the culture.

Beyond this one month, support for Jewish communities continues at the School. Embrace the opportunity to participate in the events organized by various groups listed below, and discover the ongoing sense of belonging.
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RESOURCES & EVENTS

Tabling + Pop-up Library
Wednesday, May 1, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., second floor

SAIC Hillel Tabling
Thursday, May 2, 11:00–1:00 p.m.
LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., second floor

Remembering Mister Kelly’s Event Series
Thursday, May 2, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Sharp 327, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

Field Trip: Newberry Library's Exhibition A Night at Mister Kelly's
Friday, May 3, 10:00–12:30 p.m.
Meet at the entrance of Sharp building, 37 S. Wabash Ave.,first floor

Screening: “Live at Mister Kelly’s,” Discussion with Producer David Marienthal
Wednesday, May 8, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Student Leadership Suit, Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 205

SAIC Jewish Faculty and Staff Gathering
Monday, May 6, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Please email [email protected] for location and details.

Gene Siskel Film Center
May 31 - June 9
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St.

Jewish American Heritage Month Virtual Pop-up Library
John M. Flaxman Library

Student Groups
Learn more at saic.edu/campus-life

04/29/2024

SAIC Shows 2024 continues. Mark your calendars and join us for the following May line-up:

Fashion 2024: Senior Capstone Fashion Show
May 3, 7:00 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

FVNMAS Festival
May 9–May 11
Gene Siskel Film Center 164 N State St.

Graduate Exhibition Two
May 10–22
SAIC Galleries, 33. E. Washington St.

MFA In Writing Graduate Reading
May 17
MacLean Building, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

BA Art History Symposium & Senior Thesis
May 18
MacLean Building, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

BFA In Writing Thesis Reading
May 18
Neiman Center, Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

View the full line-up details at saic.edu/shows.

04/24/2024

SAIC joins the nationwide observance of Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AAANHPI) Heritage Month this May, a dedicated time to pay tribute to the innumerable contributions that Asians, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have made and will continue to make in the future. We honor the whole AAANHPI diasporic community which encompasses an expansive population that inhabits more than 40 countries that have distinct cultures, customs, religions, languages, histories, and experiences.

We recognize the remarkable ability of members of AAANHPI to authentically express and uphold their cultural heritage while gracefully sharing it with the community around them. In celebration of the ongoing diversity and its enriching impact, SAIC’s HAPI committee presents a lineup of workshops led by AAANHPI members.

RESOURCES & EVENTS

Origami Tabling + Pop-up Library
Wednesday, April 24, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., second floor

Meditation and Tea Ceremony with Juliann Wang
Thursday, April 25th, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Cultural Oasis, Sullivan Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave., room 1425

Taiji Workshop with Mia Park
Tuesday, April 30, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Movement Studio, MacLean, 112 S. Michigan Ave., 1302A

Bharatnatyam Dance Workshop with Shalaka Kulkarni
Thursday, May 2nd, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Movement Studio, MacLean, 112 S. Michigan Ave., 1302A

Monday Feature Movie Screening: The Thieves
Monday, May 6th, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Cultural Oasis, Sullivan Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave., room 1425

AAANHPI Heritage Month Virtual Pop-up Library
John M. Flaxman Library

Student Groups
Learn more at saic.edu/life-saic/multicultural-affairs/get-involved

04/19/2024

In anticipation of The Art Institute of Chicago's upcoming show, you’re invited to create and submit a 2D work, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s: “My New Yorks.” Show us how you are inspired by Chicago and how its urban landscape influences your work.

The contest winner will receive a $1,500 prize and have their work reproduced on the exterior of the Carson Pirie Scott building. ALL works submitted to the contest will be considered to be featured at the upcoming SAIC exhibition running parallel to The Art Institute of Chicago show.

Submission deadline is approaching fast— Tuesday, April 30! More contest information is available at saic.edu/okeeffe .

Photos from School of the Art Institute of Chicago's post 04/12/2024

It's EXPO weekend! Come see SAIC's booth, located at 176.

"Material Alchemy" features the work of three current graduate students, each artist experimenting with how we look at and use found and natural materials to understand how their capabilities evoke emotion, memories, and ideas beyond their physical forms.

The booth is organized by the "Advanced Curatorial Practice" students Charles Clark III, Gemma Kim, Maya Ortiz Saucedo, and Anna Vetoshkina and includes works by students Rex Delafkaran, Sangwoo Yoo (not pictured), and Eugene I-Peng Tang.

04/11/2024
04/10/2024

🎉 Exciting news! We’re thrilled to announce that SAIC's website has been nominated in The Webby Awards in the Best University Website category. Cast your vote for SAIC before April 18th at https://ow.ly/FXqZ50R6YVW .

Big thanks to the incredible team at Digital Pulp for partnering with us on this amazing site.

Photos from School of the Art Institute of Chicago's post 04/09/2024

SAIC has again partnered with EXPO CHICAGO to present some of the leading voices and work from established and emerging artists at this year's International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art.

Dozens of SAIC community members are participating at EXPO as panelists, exhibiting artists and designers, and curators. Visit EXPO's site for a full list of booths, programs, and SAIC /Dialogues schedule. We hope to see you there!

04/09/2024

Summer Adult Continuing Education course registration is open! Brush up on your skills and enhance your resume this summer with a course in Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Photoshop, Illustrator, Sewing Techniques, Grant Writing, Studio Art and more! Register at https://continuingstudies.saic.edu/all-courses-plus.

22nd Annual Spring Art Sale | School of the Art Institute of Chicago 04/05/2024

Don't miss SAIC's 22nd Annual Spring Art Sale today, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave. Free and open to the public!

22nd Annual Spring Art Sale | School of the Art Institute of Chicago More than 100 students will have their work available for purchase, with artists receiving 100 percent of their sales. This event is free and open to the public. 

04/04/2024

SAIC’s Spring 2024 Undergraduate Exhibition opens Friday, April 5 at SAIC Galleries! Showcasing the culminating work of more than 200 graduating seniors, this exhibition features the ambitious and interdisciplinary work of our students, the next generation of artists, designers, scholars, and citizens. Open through Saturday, April 13. ⁠

Join us at the public opening reception on Saturday, April 6 from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. SAIC Galleries is located at 33 E. Washington St.⁠ Exhibitions are free and open to the public. ⁠More details can be found at saic.edu/shows . We hope to see you there!

Focus on loneliness for student mental health (opinion) 04/04/2024

Dean of the Wellness Center Joseph Behen contributed to this article on loneliness and its effect on student mental health.

Focus on loneliness for student mental health (opinion) The next step in addressing student mental health is to focus more on loneliness, Daniel Eisenberg, Joe Behen, Jan Collins Eaglin, Zainab Okolo and Jeremy Nobel write.

Jeffrey Gibson and Jennie C. Jones Awarded 2025 Met Commissions | School of the Art Institute of Chicago 04/02/2024

SAIC alums Jeffrey Gibson (BFA 1995) and Jennie C. Jones (BFA 1991) were chosen for the 2025 Met Commissions. Their work will be displayed on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s rooftop garden and the iconic 5th avenue facade.

Jeffrey Gibson and Jennie C. Jones Awarded 2025 Met Commissions | School of the Art Institute of Chicago School of the Art Institute of Chicago alums Jeffrey Gibson (BFA 1995) and Jennie C. Jones (BFA 1991) were chosen for the 2025 Met Commissions, reported by ARTnews.

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