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Posted @withregram • @saicpics Join SAIC for the first of three dialogues on building an anti-racist art ecosystem. This...
04/21/2021

Posted @withregram • @saicpics Join SAIC for the first of three dialogues on building an anti-racist art ecosystem. This first event will focus on SAIC’s home: Chicago. A panel of some of the city’s art and design leaders will discuss the impact of segregation; bright spots in anti-racist work that can serve as guiding lights; and how we can work together to remove barriers to entry for those who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color. 

Visit the link in our bio to register.

Posted @withregram • @saicpics Join SAIC for the first of three dialogues on building an anti-racist art ecosystem. This first event will focus on SAIC’s home: Chicago. A panel of some of the city’s art and design leaders will discuss the impact of segregation; bright spots in anti-racist work that can serve as guiding lights; and how we can work together to remove barriers to entry for those who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color. 

Visit the link in our bio to register.

TODAY at 12:00 p.m. CTRegister here: https://bit.ly/3efsDFHThis free workshop will explore best practices for launching,...
04/20/2021

TODAY at 12:00 p.m. CT
Register here: https://bit.ly/3efsDFH

This free workshop will explore best practices for launching, promoting, and monetizing your creative brand through social media. Focusing on Instagram, Jones will share insights on how to build your online presence, gain and engage followers, and grow your creative business, as well as the following tips:
*Finding your place in the Instagram creative community
*Using different Instagram experiences, from Stories to Profile to Shopping
*Starting a business account and managing your audiences

About Chris Jones (BFA 1991)
Chris Jones has spent the last 25 years at the intersection of technology and creativity and is currently a director of Facebook’s Creative Shop. His team works across Facebook’s apps including Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp to continually learn and understand how creativity can foster meaningful connections between people and businesses. His team has been responsible for driving the adoption of platforms including Instagram’s Stories and Facebook’s advertising platform.

TODAY at 12:00 p.m. CT
Register here: https://bit.ly/3efsDFH

This free workshop will explore best practices for launching, promoting, and monetizing your creative brand through social media. Focusing on Instagram, Jones will share insights on how to build your online presence, gain and engage followers, and grow your creative business, as well as the following tips:
*Finding your place in the Instagram creative community
*Using different Instagram experiences, from Stories to Profile to Shopping
*Starting a business account and managing your audiences

About Chris Jones (BFA 1991)
Chris Jones has spent the last 25 years at the intersection of technology and creativity and is currently a director of Facebook’s Creative Shop. His team works across Facebook’s apps including Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp to continually learn and understand how creativity can foster meaningful connections between people and businesses. His team has been responsible for driving the adoption of platforms including Instagram’s Stories and Facebook’s advertising platform.

JOIN US APRIL 13TH, LINK IN BIO!It’s New York City vs. Los Angeles in this lively debate over the differences, challenge...
03/31/2021

JOIN US APRIL 13TH, LINK IN BIO!
It’s New York City vs. Los Angeles in this lively debate over the differences, challenges, and merits of the art scenes of the coasts. You’re invited to jump in the ring with a powerhouse panel of School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) alums and faculty— refereed by Chicago-based alum Cortney Lederer (Dual MA 2009, SAIC Faculty)—for a friendly “smackdown” between the cities.

🔴 In the Red Corner 🔴 NYC representatives Ruba Katrib (BA 2004) and Dannielle Tegeder (MFA 1997)
🔷 In the Blue Corner 🔷 LA representatives Kori Newkirk (BFA 1993) and Hamza Walker (SAIC Faculty)

✨ Moderated by Cortney Lederer (Dual MA 2009) ✨

After graduating from SAIC, many alums head to New York or Los Angeles to launch their careers in the art world. Though their paths may be focused on an array of disciplines like making, curatorial practice, arts administration, or entrepreneurial endeavors, they all bring their Chicago-made style to the unique art worlds of each city.

JOIN US APRIL 13TH, LINK IN BIO!
It’s New York City vs. Los Angeles in this lively debate over the differences, challenges, and merits of the art scenes of the coasts. You’re invited to jump in the ring with a powerhouse panel of School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) alums and faculty— refereed by Chicago-based alum Cortney Lederer (Dual MA 2009, SAIC Faculty)—for a friendly “smackdown” between the cities.

🔴 In the Red Corner 🔴 NYC representatives Ruba Katrib (BA 2004) and Dannielle Tegeder (MFA 1997)
🔷 In the Blue Corner 🔷 LA representatives Kori Newkirk (BFA 1993) and Hamza Walker (SAIC Faculty)

✨ Moderated by Cortney Lederer (Dual MA 2009) ✨

After graduating from SAIC, many alums head to New York or Los Angeles to launch their careers in the art world. Though their paths may be focused on an array of disciplines like making, curatorial practice, arts administration, or entrepreneurial endeavors, they all bring their Chicago-made style to the unique art worlds of each city.

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank the SAIC community—our alums, staff, faculty, parents, and friends—for y...
03/04/2021

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank the SAIC community—our alums, staff, faculty, parents, and friends—for your generosity on our first #SAICGivingDay. Your support reminded us that when we come together as a community, anything is possible.

Together, we rose to every challenge, raising an awe-inspiring $190,630 from 386 individuals in just one day.

Thank you to all who chose to make a difference in the lives of SAIC’s students. We hope Giving Day 2021 establishes a tradition of expanding access and opportunities for artists, designers, and scholars for years to come.

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank the SAIC community—our alums, staff, faculty, parents, and friends—for your generosity on our first #SAICGivingDay. Your support reminded us that when we come together as a community, anything is possible.

Together, we rose to every challenge, raising an awe-inspiring $190,630 from 386 individuals in just one day.

Thank you to all who chose to make a difference in the lives of SAIC’s students. We hope Giving Day 2021 establishes a tradition of expanding access and opportunities for artists, designers, and scholars for years to come.

03/03/2021
#SAICGivingDay

🎉🎉🎉It’s finally here! Today’s the day to make a big impact on future generations of art and design students—it’s #SAICGivingDay at SAIC!

Don’t forget—all gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar if we reach today’s $10,000 goal! Gifts of any size, to any fund count toward the goal, so even a small amount can make a huge difference. In addition,all Giving Day participants will be mailed a “No Art Making in the Restrooms” magnet!

Follow our progress-to-goal on our 2021 Giving Day campaign site and join in on the fun! Thank you in advance for helping ensure all students can have access to an art and design education at SAIC. Link is in our bio 👀

⚠️ #SAICGivingDay Update ⚠️So far, 135 individuals have participated, which means we only need 65 more to triple our ini...
03/03/2021

⚠️ #SAICGivingDay Update ⚠️
So far, 135 individuals have participated, which means we only need 65 more to triple our initial goal. It’s our participation that counts: any gift—five dollars, ten dollars, any level—will help unlock that additional $10,000 for students. The link is in our bio to donate and get a "No Art Making in the Restrooms" Magnet! 🧲🧲

⚠️ #SAICGivingDay Update ⚠️
So far, 135 individuals have participated, which means we only need 65 more to triple our initial goal. It’s our participation that counts: any gift—five dollars, ten dollars, any level—will help unlock that additional $10,000 for students. The link is in our bio to donate and get a "No Art Making in the Restrooms" Magnet! 🧲🧲

Winter madness coming on strong? Looking for some fun socializing? SAIC in LA is hosting a virtual PechaKucha event this...
02/17/2021

Winter madness coming on strong? Looking for some fun socializing? SAIC in LA is hosting a virtual PechaKucha event this Saturday!! Link in bio to register ⬇️⬇️

SAIC in Los Angeles would like to invite you to an evening of art, images and conversation— hosted virtually on Zoom by LA alums Ricardo Harris-Fuentes (MFA Painting & Drawing 2010) & Sarah Umles (MA Arts Admin & Policy 2012).

This pandemic has been brutal in many ways, and we miss attending openings or just grabbing a drink with friends and colleagues. So we're hosting a virtual gathering to catch up with our fellow SAIC alumni in LA! The event will be PechaKucha-style... a chance to share what you've been up to recently and hear from your fellow alumni.

We hope you will join us as either a presenter or an audience member!

We are currently accepting submissions for 10 spots to present on the evening of the event. Each presenter will show 20 image slides and 20 seconds of commentary per slide. After each presentation, there will be a few minutes of Q&A. You are welcome to present images of your work, photos from your recent residency, cute cat pictures, photos of 80’s baseball players’ haircuts, or whatever else you think the group might enjoy. Presenters will be accepted on a first-come/first-serve basis, so we encourage you to apply early if you're keen on this opportunity!

In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe.

With love,

SAIC in Los Angeles / Ricardo & Sarah

Today! https://thevigil.site/@gi_chicagoDeveloped by alumni Joshi Radin (MFA 2016, MA 2018) and Alberto Ortega Trejo (MF...
02/15/2021

Today!
https://thevigil.site/
@gi_chicago

Developed by alumni Joshi Radin (MFA 2016, MA 2018) and Alberto Ortega Trejo (MFA 2019), The Vigil presents a conversation on industrial accountability, carbon removal and public participation by Dorian Breuer, co-founder of the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO), and Holly Jean Buck, author of After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair and Restoration (Verso 2019).

The Vigil is the second site of Chemical (Re)Actions to bring forth community strategies towards viable futures as a means of enabling artistic engagement with larger questions of environmental injustice, toxic burdens for minoritized communities and critical social transformations.

A huge congratulations to the recipients of @hydeparkartcenter grants, which includes so many SAIC alumni and faculty as...
02/02/2021

A huge congratulations to the recipients of @hydeparkartcenter grants, which includes so many SAIC alumni and faculty as founders, organizers, and affiliates!

Posted @withregram • @hydeparkartcenter We are excited to announce the Artists Run Chicago Fund: a two-phase regranting initiative providing over half a million dollars in support of our artist community in Chicago. The first phase will grant awards of $8,000 to each artist-run space that participated in the 2020 exhibition Artists Run Chicago 2.0 (ARC 2.0). You can find the name of all the spaces below.

Through the Artists Run Chicago Fund, these initial grants are part of a larger initiative that aims to infuse the Chicago artist-run scene with flexible funding during the challenging years of the COVID-19 outbreak.

There will also be a second phase with an open call for artist-run spaces that did not participate in ARC 2.0 to apply for funding. The application for the second phase of the Artists Run Chicago Fund opens March 1!

Recipients of the first phase of the Artists Run Chicago Fund: 062, 4th Ward Project Space, 65Grand, ACRE Projects, Adds Donna, AMFM, Annas, Apparatus Projects, Bad At Sports, Blanc Gallery, boundary,Chicago Art Department, Chuquimarca, Cleaner Gallery + Projects, Clutch, Co-Prosperity Sphere/Public Media Institute, Comfort Station, Compound Yellow, D Gallery, Devening Projects, Document, Experimental Sound Studio, F4F, The Franklin, Heaven Gallery, Iceberg Projects, Ignition Project Space, Julius Caesar, Lawrence and Clark, LVL3, Mujeres Mutantes, Ohklahomo, The Nightingale Cinema, Practise, Prairie, Roman Susan, Roots & Culture, Rootwork Gallery, The Silver Room, Slow, The Suburban, Sweet Water Foundation, table, Terrain Exhibitions, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Trunk Show, TRQPITECA, VGA Gallery, Wedge Projects, and Western Pole.

Tomorrow at 10:00 am CST— Link in Bio for Registration!!Please join the SAIC in India community of alums for an interact...
12/07/2020

Tomorrow at 10:00 am CST— Link in Bio for Registration!!

Please join the SAIC in India community of alums for an interactive studio tour with Shaurya Kumar, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) chair of printmedia and associate professor, in conversation with curator and art historian Dr. Arshiya Lokhandwala. Join SAIC alums for an exclusive, virtual walkthrough of Kumar’s studio and the opportunity to view new works in progress.

12/02/2020

Thank you 💕
Yesterday, we came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday by giving back to SAIC
students, an emerging generation of creative thought leaders who are changing the world for
the better.
As we mark the end of 2020, we look forward to the new year with hope.
Here’s to SAIC students, and here’s to you for showing up and standing with us. For prioritizing the health of SAIC students; for expanding the career and financial resources that support them;
and for investing in our School’s civic engagement initiatives.
Here’s to 2021—and all that we’re able to accomplish together in the year ahead.
Missed out on #GivingTuesday at SAIC? There’s still time to make your gift from the link in our bio!

12/01/2020

Welcome to December, the beginning of the end of 2020! 🎉🎉
It’s #GivingTuesday, and today we’re showing up to bid “adieu” to 2020. Throughout all of the
challenges that our world and nation have faced this year, SAIC students have been a powerhouse of community building, place making, and change. This #GivingTuesday, will you join us in giving back to SAIC students? To make an immediate impact, visit the link in our bio to make your gift today. #saicgivingtuesday

11/25/2020
Join your fellow School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) alums for an exclusive, interactive look at SAIC’s Joan F...
09/18/2020
Behind the Scenes with the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection

Join your fellow School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) alums for an exclusive, interactive look at SAIC’s Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection. Melanie Emerson, dean of the library and special collections (MA 2011), April Sheridan, special collections manager, and Aimée Beaubien, (BFA 1989, MFA 1993) Associate Professor of Photography, will explore some of the hidden delights among the collection via Zoom.

Thursday, October 1, 2020
5:00 p.m. CDT
Sign up today for this free event! More info here:

Behind the Scenes at the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection

SAIC Continuing Studies is offering an online course tailored especially for SAIC alums this fall. It Takes Practice is ...
09/17/2020
It Takes Practice | SAIC Continuing Education

SAIC Continuing Studies is offering an online course tailored especially for SAIC alums this fall.
It Takes Practice is a series of workshops led by transdisciplinary installation and performance artist and cultural organizer Erica Mott, that will provide creatives with opportunities for structured reflection, visioning, relationship-building, and strategic planning for developing or re-igniting your artistic practice. Learn more here.

Led by transdisciplinary installation and performance artist and cultural organizer Erica Mott, this series of workshops will provide creatives with opportunities for structured reflection, visioning, relationship-building, and strategic planning for developing or re-igniting your artistic practice....

Join #saicalumni Luis Gispert (BFA 1996) and william cordova (BFA 1996) in conversation with Marie Vickles as they discu...
09/10/2020

Join #saicalumni Luis Gispert (BFA 1996) and william cordova (BFA 1996) in conversation with Marie Vickles as they discuss their past collaborations, current work and future projects. Both artists have works in MOCA’s permanent collection and have had past MOCA exhibitions.

In 2003, The Museum of Contemporary Art presented Cordova’s exhibition No More Lonely Nights with work that conjured various memories and emotions, inspired by songs, lyrics, and snippets of conversation. Cordova's site-specific installation fused urban culture and ancient Andean spirituality.
In 2009, The Museum of Contemporary Art presented Gispert’s first comprehensive solo museum exhibition, which featured large-scale photographs, videos, sculpture and film, dating from 1999 to 2009.

Marie Vickles is the Director of Education at PAMM and Curator at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex.

Conversations at MOCA:
Interview/Interview with Luis Gispert + william cordova
September 11, 2020 7-8:30PM
MOCA ZOOM and YouTube channel

Register and see more at mocanomi.org
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#saicinmiami #williamcordova #luisgispert @saicinmiami

It may be Wednesday, but we're still excited about last week's "Meet An Artist Monday," with Nina Palomba (BFA 2013). Th...
07/29/2020
Meet an Artist Monday: Nina Palomba - LA Weekly

It may be Wednesday, but we're still excited about last week's "Meet An Artist Monday," with Nina Palomba (BFA 2013). The creator of the colorful realm known as "Nina's World" chatted with LA Weekly about everything from her time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to her first art show experience.

"My work is a reflection of me and my life. I think it comes out subconsciously sometimes, but the common thread through all I make is love."

Nina Palomba, creator of the colorful realm known as Nina’s World, works across boundaries between street and pop art, graphic arts and design, painting, animation, fabrication, and murals to create a universe powered by love.

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🎤Just Now: Check out SAIC's spring Visiting Artists Program lineup of guest lecturers! This upcoming season will feature some of the most compelling practitioners and thinkers working today; Elmgreen & Dragset, Bouchra Khalili, Emory Douglas, Aaron Williamson, Rodney McMillian (Post-Bac 2000), Newton Harrison and Martha Rosler. All of our spring events will be free and open to the public! saic.edu/vap