SAIC Career and Professional Experience - CAPX

Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago And remember, near or far... We can help you wherever you are!

SAIC Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) advisors help prepare students and alumni for the immediate future and provide ongoing support for lifelong careers in art and design. We provide SAIC students and alumni with full-service advising, workshops, and access to professional networks and opportunities. Join Handshake today to access all SAIC CAPX resources and make appointments:

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We're looking for a Peer Advisor! If you're a School of the Art Institute of Chicago junior, senior, or master's student, becoming a Peer Advisor is a great way to help students access CAPX and expand the reach of our office, all while developing your own professional skill set, gaining insight into CAPX resources, and engaging your network of SAIC peers.

Peer Advisors serve as guides for SAIC students accessing advising, resources, and programming. They receive training, ongoing mentorship, and develop professional experience in career advising, programming, and communications.

Learn more and apply on Handshake:

Expanding Your Creative Nonprofit 07/08/2024

Arts Alliance Illinois is hosting three days of free virtual webinars focused on expanding your arts nonprofit! With topics like setting up your board, financial planning, insurance, and more, they're bringing you the resources you need to ensure your creative nonprofit thrives.


Day 1: Financial Planning & Building Your "Board 2.0"
🗓️ Tuesday, July 23 | 10:00–11:30 a.m. (CDT)
Keeping your nonprofit going requires financial savvy, strategic foresight, and an effective board of directors. How do these pieces fit together in your work?

Day 2: Operational Excellence & Insurance
🗓️ Wednesday, July 24 | 10:00–11:30 a.m. (CDT)
Running a creative or arts nonprofit can be rewarding, but you need safeguards to protect your day-to-day work. How do you make sure your operations are set up for success? And do you need to protect your work—or your workers—with insurance?

Day 3: Managing Finances & Scenario Planning
🗓️ Thursday, July 25 | 10:00–11:30 a.m. (CDT)
Come learn about financial reporting best practices, common Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for nonprofits, and crafting strategic plans and budgets to address complex financial decisions.

Expanding Your Creative Nonprofit The Arts Alliance Illinois Help Desk is continuing our series on tools for creatives with three days of virtual webinars focused on setting up your board, financial planning, insurance for nonprofits, and more! Join us on Zoom on July 23-25th.


The Art Institute of Chicago has a handful of paid internship opportunities with application due dates coming up soon for the 2024/25 academic year! Learn more and apply on Handshake 🤝

• Accessibility Internship in Gallery Activation
• Interpretation, McMullan Arts Leadership Intern
• Textiles, McMullan Arts Leadership Intern
• Experience Design – Visual Design, McMullan Arts Leadership Intern
• Prints and Drawings, McMullan Arts Leadership Intern
• Photography and Media, McMullan Arts Leadership Intern
• Modern and Contemporary Art, McMullan Arts Leadership Intern
• Arts of Asia, McMullan Arts Leadership Intern
• Architecture and Design, McMullan Arts Leadership Intern
• Photography and Media, Dangler Internship (must be currently enrolled in an art history doctoral program or holds a master's degree in art history)

If you would like assistance with your application or someone to look over your resume before you apply, make an appointment with one of our advisors on Handshake:

Photo by the Art Institute of Chicago

Opportunities for Artists, Writers, and Art Workers in July 2024 07/02/2024

Hyperallergic's July opportunities list for artists and creatives was released yesterday! Keep reading for our top five picks for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago community (including The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni). Click the link below for complete information about the latest open applications for residencies, fellowships, grants, calls for art, and more!


AICA USA – Incentive Prize for Young Art Critics
Three early to mid-career art critics from around the world will receive $250–$1,000 cash prizes for essays. First place will be invited to read their essay via Zoom at the AICA-Int. Congress Becoming Machine, Resisting the Artificial. Art in the Present Tense in Romania in November.
Deadline: August 18, 2024 |

Arts Gowanus – Public Art Open Call
Seven artists will each receive budgets of $75,000–$400,000 to create public sculptural artworks along Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal that reflect the neighborhood’s history, culture, and geography.
Deadline: July 22, 2024 |

AXS Lab Film Fund
Independent documentary filmmakers and nonfiction new media creators of color living with disabilities can apply for up to $10,000 to assist in finishing projects at any stage of production.
Deadline: July 31, 2024 |

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
Visual artists practicing painting, sculpture, and works on paper (including printmaking) can apply for funding of up to $50,000. The grant amount is determined by the artist’s individual circumstances.

Corning Museum of Glass – Black, Indigenous, & People of Color Residency
Artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color can spend five weeks in Western New York exploring new directions in glassmaking or expanding on their current work. Transportation, room and board, and a supply budget are provided.
Deadline: August 31, 2024 |

Opportunities for Artists, Writers, and Art Workers in July 2024 Residencies, grants, and open calls from Palm Beach Atlantic University, AICA International, and more in our monthly list of opportunities for artists, writers, and art workers.

Expanding Your Creative Business 06/18/2024

Arts Alliance Illinois has a few upcoming virtual events next week that are great for School of the Art Institute of Chicago students and alums looking to learn more about what business planning looks like, what kind of insurance you need as your creative venture grows, and more! These webinars will focus on tools for creatives to help deepen your financial, marketing, and business knowledge. Register for FREE:

Expanding Your Creative Business The Arts Alliance Help Desk is continuing our series on tools for creatives with three days of webinars focused on deepening your financial, marketing, and business savvy! Join us June 25-27, & stay tuned for expanding your nonprofit series in July!

The Bennett Prize Home | The Bennett Prize 06/18/2024

The call for entries for the fourth iteration of The Bennett Prize, the largest prize award ever granted to women figurative realist painters, is open through October 4! Women figurative realist painters can propel their careers by entering to win $50,000 and a traveling solo exhibition of their work.

Learn more at For help with your application, make an appointment with one of our advisors on Handshake!

The Bennett Prize Home | The Bennett Prize Chloe Chiasson [Round 2 Finalist], Detail of Goodnight, Chicago, oil, acrylic, wood, print, charcoal, batting, resin, 2020, 87 x 91 x 14.75 in. View

Photos from SAIC Career and Professional Experience - CAPX's post 06/17/2024

"My painting practice evolved tremendously while at SAIC and prepared me for the research-heavy approach that I would take with this project in Bulgaria," emphasized Hannah Michelle Ivanov (BFA 2023, Studio Art in Painting and Drawing) when asked how the School of the Art Institute of Chicago prepared her for the 2023–2024 Fulbright fellowship. Hannah noted that her SAIC education also provided her with the knowledge required to take on such a position as a researcher under Fulbright.

Hannah's research grant focuses on alternative painting histories in Bulgaria, specifically from what is called the “April Generation” until the fall of communism. Over the past year, she has worked on multiple projects related to exhibits, research, and painting.

She decided to apply for a Fulbright because the program presented her with an opportunity to dive deeper into her own heritage through a research project. "It held, and still holds, the unique space to actively work within two cultural understandings of art history, specifically with painting and drawing," she described.

SAIC played a pivotal role in Hannah's Fulbright application process, with invaluable support from Christalena Hughmanick, Fulbright Program, Grants, and Residencies Advisor. There was always a guiding hand for her to turn to when it came to adjusting or editing parts of her application and ensuring she was putting her best foot forward.

Fulbright applications for the 2025–2026 academic year are open through September 3, 2024. SAIC students should email Christalena at [email protected] for assistance with the application!


The Creative Collective NYC is accepting applications for its latest grant for entrepreneurs and leaders who are leveling up their community and making an impact on culture!

To apply:
- You must be a diverse Millennial or Gen Z founder
- The business must be registered in the United States (excluding Puerto Rico and Guam)
- You must be in business for at least 1 year at the time of entry
- The business must be in good standing with all state requirements, including filing reports and paying taxes
- The business must have made a meaningful impact on culture and the Black community

Submit your application here:

Enter our Design Competition - Mockett 06/12/2024

School of the Art Institute of Chicago students and alums, have you had a design idea floating around in your head? Doug Mockett & Company's Annual Design Competition seeks the best innovative ideas in furniture parts, components, accessories, and hardware! "No idea is too dull, too unusual, or too prosaic."

There are no restrictions for entry! Everyone is allowed and encouraged to submit ideas.

The submission deadline is the Tuesday after Labor Day. Winners are awarded $3,000, an engraved achievement trophy, and royalties based on sales!

Learn more at

Enter our Design Competition - Mockett Doug Mockett & Company, Inc.

Photos from Chicago Artists Coalition's post 06/11/2024

So many fantastic School of the Art Institute of Chicago alums, some of whom were involved with CAPX through advising positions and exhibiting in a CAPX-hibition! 👏


Be your most confident self at your next job interview! Big Interview is a great tool for School of the Art Institute of Chicago students and alums to help build confidence in preparation for the interviewing process.

Visit the Career Center on Handshake to create your account and get started!

If you're an alum (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni) and wish to access Handshake, please email [email protected]. Include your graduation year, your name while at SAIC, and your ID number (if available) in your email request for access.

Photos from Artwork Archive's post 06/10/2024

Ceilidh Birkhahn (BFA 2023) has recently filled the role of Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Arts Fund. The Arts Fund runs a community gallery, bi-monthly art walks, and a teen mentorship program that connects practicing artists with high school students to help them navigate a career in the arts. Birkhahn, an alum of the mentorship program, credits the program for inspiring them to pursue an art degree at SAIC. When the mentorship program was at risk of ending, Birkhahn took on this new role to ensure its continued impact on future generations. Congratulations, Ceilidh! We can’t wait to see what you accomplish next!


Start building your exhibition record while you're a student!

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies has a call for entries for an adjacent student exhibition to "In Your Face: Barbara DeGenevieve, Artist and Educator," curated by Associate Professor Alan Labb in collaboration with Professor Lisa Wainwright, this fall from August 27 to December 7.

Honoring Chicago artist and educator Barbara DeGenevieve (1947–2014), the exhibition explores and celebrates her artistic legacy as a provocateur, her unwavering dedication to teaching, and her profound influence on peers and students. DeGenevieve embraced the label "transgressive artist" and fearlessly explored through her work sexuality, po*******hy, gender, censorship, race, labor, and feminism.

Current SAIC students who are registered for classes in fall 2024 are invited to submit work that responds to a selection of assignments pulled directly from DeGenevieve’s class syllabi. The work may respond to or be inspired by the assignment of your choice and must be recent, made no earlier than 2021. Submissions will be made through SlideRoom and are due September 30.

Learn more:

Barbara DeGenevieve, Untitled (My Mind lives in a hot wet hole in my body), 1994, photographs, faux fur, alphabet macaroni text


In celebration of the The Art Institute of Chicago's Georgia O’Keeffe: “My New Yorks” exhibition, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's SITE Galleries presents a new student exhibition opening June 10!

The exhibition will showcase pieces by students inspired by the city they live in and how Chicago’s urban landscape influences their work at SITE.

Georgia O'Keeffe, "East River from the 30th Story of the Shelton Hotel", 1928
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut, Stephen B. Lawrence Fund, 1958.9


Did you know that CAPX is here for you over the summer, too, whether you're a School of the Art Institute of Chicago student or an alum? Summer is a great time to meet with a career advisor about crafting your artist statement, planning for internships and employment opportunities, how to achieve your professional and artistic goals, and more!

Log in to Handshake to learn more:

If you're an SAIC alum and wish to access Handshake, please email [email protected]. Include your graduation year, your name while at SAIC, and your ID number (if available) in your email request for access.

Photos from SAIC Career and Professional Experience - CAPX's post 05/24/2024

Aleksandra Matic's (MAAH 2021) Fulbright fellowship to India (2022–2023) was a collaboration with a multigenerational collective of pichvai artists in the temple town of Nathdwara, Rajasthan, India. Keep reading to learn more about her journey and how the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and CAPX helped her prepare!

Fulbright applications for the 2025–2026 academic year are open through September 3, 2024. For more information and assistance with your application, please email [email protected].

Applying for the Fulbright fellowship program was something Aleksandra had thought about for some time. She had been working with the artists in Nathdwara remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and she saw this as a perfect opportunity to do a deep dive into their practice and that world.

To prepare for Fulbright, Aleksandra had several online and in-person meetings with Kate Schutta, Director of CAPX, and Christalena Hughmanick, Fulbright Program, Grants & Residencies Advisor. They walked her through each step of the process, answered questions, and helped her get her application in order. "Applying through SAIC instead of 'at large' gives you an upper hand with your application and terrific insider information about the program," wrote Aleksandra.

Since her grant period, Aleksandra has spoken to future SAIC Fulbright applicants. She strongly encourages current and prospective students to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and reach out to Fulbright alums with questions!


You may have seen her work in F Newsmagazine... get ready to see more of it around campus soon! We're thrilled to introduce our new Student Graphic Designer, Meghan Sim 👏

Meghan, who is a rising junior in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's BFA program, says she's most excited to create fun and inviting graphics so students can make the most of what SAIC has to offer.

Welcome to the CAPX team, Meghan!


Are you a School of the Art Institute of Chicago student graduating next week? Let's make sure your resume is in tip-top shape as you enter life outside of SAIC! Schedule an appointment with a career advisor today on Handshake:

P.S. Did you know that our advisors are here to help and support you even after graduation? The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni can access the same CAPX resources and services offered to current students. Your access never expires!


Fantastic grant opportunity for The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni 👉 Ignite Fund is a program that will provide ten $6,000 grants for community centered, public-facing visual arts projects that represent experimental, unconventional, and accessible practices by Chicago-area artists and artist-led collectives.

Learn more:

Only 21 days remaining to apply for the Ignite Fund! Start your application via the link in our bio.

Alt text: Image reading “Ignite Fund application deadline May 29, 2024. More information at”


“I think specifically what makes School of the Art Institute of Chicago students good candidates [for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program] is that they are conceptual thinkers, which is often applied to the construction of a site-specific project idea,” said Lecturer Christalena Hughmanick (MFA 2012), who supports students and alums throughout the Fulbright application process.

📣 Fulbright applications for the 2025–2026 academic year are open through September 3! For assistance with your application, email Christalena at [email protected].

Fulbright fellowships are awarded by the U.S. Department of State for one year of study or research abroad for U.S. citizens. SAIC seniors, graduate students, and alums are eligible to apply!

Christalena completed her own Fulbright in Hungary from 2018 to 2019. “I can’t emphasize enough how much it just gets you out of your bubble,” she shared. “You draw on the rich classroom conversations when abroad and then come back with new experiences and knowledge to share with your community.”

Learn more at

Photos from SAIC Career and Professional Experience - CAPX's post 05/09/2024

Graduating with her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this spring, Hailey Kim has been an integral part of the CAPX team this semester as the Student Graphic Designer! She brought creativity and dedication to every task, like the branding for our Industry Week: Comics events.

She encourages new SAIC students to "Take advantage of the many exhibitions and artist talks the school hosts, which are enjoyable and enlightening." For current students, she suggests checking out "Graduate Exhibition Two" for a showcase of great work, which opens on May 10 (keep an eye out for Hailey's work!).

As she gears up for graduation, Hailey is looking for exciting job opportunities. Let's wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

Photos from SAIC Career and Professional Experience - CAPX's post 05/06/2024

This is the final week for School of the Art Institute of Chicago students, alums, staff, and faculty to view the latest CAPX-hibition, When Art Met Design! Many pieces in the show are interactive, like this installation by Prisma. She encourages visitors to play and rest with the objects.

“The soft sculpture objects are made of hand-dyed muslin fabric and the curtain is made of hand-dyed organdy patchworked together. The color imagery of the objects and the surrounding curtain invoke the body visually by referencing skin and organs, and physically with touch. The subtle reference to the body visually and physically allows the visitor to reconnect with their own body while returning to a womb-like, comforting state. Each object is the result of careful dyework and color mixing where the slightest change of time and color ratio creates a gradient in the colors. As the colors gradually increase in saturation and hue, the weight of the objects increases as well. Filled with different combinations of polyester filling, beans, lentils, and rice, the differing weights create a sensory stimulating environment for the viewer, reminiscent of the forts we played in as children.”

📸 Photos were provided by the student.

Photos from SAIC Career and Professional Experience - CAPX's post 05/03/2024

Reevah Agarwaal, MFA Studio Arts in the Printmedia Department, has been a Graduate Peer Advisor with CAPX since 2022! In anticipation of graduation this month, her advice for new and current School of the Art Institute of Chicago students is to "Show Up!"

"The city has so much to offer, several art events happen weekly both on and off campus, it is super important to take advantage of these events, meet new people and get to know what's out there. Sometimes simply showing up and being a part of a community can open up many doors."

We're going to miss having you and your expertise at CAPX, Reevah!


Applications are due next week (Friday, May 10, at 5 p.m. CDT) for the summer Internship Stipend Program!

School of the Art Institute of Chicago's CAPX Internship Stipend Program was established to support SAIC students with financial needs pursuing valuable internships which may be unpaid, underpaid, or high-cost. With the generous support of donors, we're able to provide thirteen $2,500 stipends for selected students participating in a CAPX Internship Course in summer 2024!

Eligibility Requirements:
• Must be an SAIC degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student during summer 2024
• Must be enrolled in a summer CAPX Internship Course
• Past award recipients are not eligible

If you have any questions or would like assistance brainstorming, building, or editing your application, contact Alice Matthews, Internship Stipend Coordinator, at [email protected]. Appointments for additional writing help offered by the Writing Center can be made through Navigate.


All School of the Art Institute of Chicago students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join the VP of DEI Sekile M. Nzinga for an inaugural annual event, Taking Root: A Celebration of DEIA + AR in Action, on Monday, May 6, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

The event will take place in the LeRoy Neiman Center (Sharp Building). Join the SAIC community for refreshments, performances, music, activities, announcements, and special recognitions!

Photos from SAIC Career and Professional Experience - CAPX's post 05/01/2024

Industry Week: Comics has wrapped up, and we want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who worked hard to make it a success! The events wouldn’t have been possible without the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Painting and Drawing and faculty member Beth Hetland.

Photos from SAIC Career and Professional Experience - CAPX's post 04/30/2024

As the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's spring semester comes to a close in just a few weeks, we'll be highlighting our graduating student workers and peer advisors, whom we're going to miss immensely and who have been such great additions to the CAPX team.

First up is Ginny Gregory, BFA in Studio (Photography)!

In what capacity and how long have you been involved in CAPX?
"I’ve worked as an Office Assistant for CAPX for three years. I joined the team after meeting Kate Schutta and Rosalie Shemmer at one of the department fair nights at 280 during my sophomore year. I’ve had the privilege to work with some of the kindest, wackiest, and most generous women in the world. I’ve loved every minute."

What's a tip you would offer new or current SAIC students?
"My advice for new or current students would be: Take more Arts Admin courses. I wish I took more during my time as an undergrad. Those courses are the real meat and potatoes of the Art world. Also be kind to yourself- you don’t always have to be a mARTyr."

What are you looking for post-graduation?
"I’m hoping to find work in Archives or Collections. There’s a little voice in the back of my head telling me to go to grad school for Conservation Science. But for the time being I’m just planning to give myself time to rest and reevaluate my goals."

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