March 1, 2016

End-of-year events

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Gokce Guvenc (BFA 2016), Teselli, 2015. Ash, yarn, and fabric dye.

2016 spring undergraduate exhibition
March 12–April 1
Reception: Saturday, March 12, noon–6pm
Sullivan Galleries
33 South State Street, 7th floor

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents its 2016 spring undergraduate exhibition. More than 280 talented SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees this spring exhibit their innovative work. SAIC promotes crossing disciplines and challenging received assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition.


ARTBASH 2016: Contemporary Practices exhibition
April 8–22
Reception: Friday, April 8, 4:30–7pm
Sharp Building
37 South Wabash Avenue, floors 1–3

ARTBASH is the Department of Contemporary Practices’ major year-end art show, highlighting live performances and exhibitions of student work. The main ARTBASH exhibition comprises juried works, faculty selections, and site-specific installations by students in Contemporary Practices and the First-Year Scholars Program. During the opening reception, Contemporary Practices will also presentInter-Action—a showcase of live performance and ephemeral works.


48.24.12 video premiere
Saturday, April 9, noon–2pm
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street

This video premiere features screenings of entries in the 48.24.12 Video Contest, which challenges students to shoot and edit a winning video in just 48 hours. At the end of the April 9 screening, a live jury will announce the winning team.


Undergraduate Performance Festival
Saturday, April 16
SAIC Performance Space
280 South Columbus Drive, room 012

Undergraduate students completing their degrees in Performance at SAIC present their thesis work in these not-to-be-missed programs that blur the boundaries between theater, movement, and the visual arts.
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in 
Visual and Critical Studies and Liberal Arts symposium
Saturday, April 23, noon–5pm
SAIC Ballroom
112 South Michigan Avenue


Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival
May 9–13
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street

Encounter the next generation of undergraduate and graduate film, video, and new media artists as SAIC students present their thesis projects in this festival of innovative live-action shorts, animation, feature-length narrative and nonfiction works, and experimental digital and audio pieces.


Fashion 2016
May 13–15
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Avenue

During regular daytime hours viewing will be free and open to the public.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Writing Program reading
Saturday, May 14, 5–8pm
The LeRoy Neiman Center
37 South Wabash Avenue

Graduating students from SAIC’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing program present their work in an exciting evening that includes texts generated in traditional as well as hybrid and experimental forms. Come and experience fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scripts, electronic media, and performance as you’ve never heard, or seen, before.


About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) 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 ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at



2016 end-of-year events at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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