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September 11, 2015

150th anniversary

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

SAIC Architectural Sculpture class, 1894.

From fall 2015 through spring 2016, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is celebrating its 150th year as a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Founded as the Chicago Academy of Design in 1866 by a collective of studio artists, SAIC has evolved from a small gallery and school to a world-class art museum and one of the largest accredited colleges of art and design in the country, providing undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,500 students. Throughout its 150-year history, SAIC has redefined the cultural landscape and influenced contemporary art and design throughout the world. Please mark your calendar for the following 150th Anniversary exhibitions, lectures, and events.

Civilization and Its Discontents:
SAIC Alumni Exhibition, Selections from 1985–2015

September 1–October 24
Reception: Friday, September 18, 6–9pm
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Outside Design
September 11–December 19
Reception:Friday, September 18, 6–9pm
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Alumni weekend and EXPO Chicago
SAIC’s annual alumni weekend coincides with EXPO Chicago and welcomes alumni back to campus to reconnect and celebrate the many achievements of our talented and diverse alumni community.

SAIC @ EXPO booth
September 17–20
EXPO Chicago, Navy Pier

Hans Ulrich Obrist: In conversation with the Hairy Who
Saturday, September 19, 4pm
EXPO Chicago, Navy Pier

150th anniversary block party
September 18–19
609 S. State St.
A festive showcase of SAIC music, performances, food, and activations.

Student block party: Friday, September 18, 7–10pm
Continuing Studies block party: Saturday, September 19, noon–4pm
Alumni, faculty, and staff block party: Saturday, September 19, 7–10pm

Celebrating 150: SAIC alumni panel 
EXPO Chicago, Navy Pier
Sunday, September 20, 11:30am–12:30pm

Jeff Koons (SAIC 1975–76, HON 2008), 150th anniversary distinguished alumni lecturer,
Visiting Artists Program

September 21, 6pm
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.
Tickets required

Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Visiting Artists Program
September 29, 6pm
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.

Kunlé Adeyemi, Visiting Artists Program
October 5, 6pm
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.

Diversity Advisory Group symposium: Reframing Visibility, featuring keynote address by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
October 8–9
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.

Homegrown: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Permanent Collection 
October 17–February 14
Reception: Wednesday, October 21
The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Conversations on Art and Science: Scott Kildall (MFA 2006) 
October 26, 4:30–5:45pm
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

Sarah Vowell (MA 1999), distinguished alumni lecture series, Visiting Artists Program
October 29, 6pm
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.
Tickets required

Rona Pondick, Visiting Artists Program
November 4, 6pm
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.

Richard Mosse, Visiting Artists Program
November 12, 6pm
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.

Christian Boltanski, Visiting Artists Program
December 8, 6pm
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.
2016

Alumni screening series at the Gene Siskel Film Center
February

Pioneers on the Prairie: Celebrating Women in New Media Arts
March 18, 9:30am–4:30pm
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

Academic symposium
March 31–April 1

SAIC 150th/South Side Community Art Center 75th joint anniversary exhibition
April 22–June 19
Reception: Friday, April 22, 6–9pm
South Side Community Art Center 3831 S. Michigan Ave.

150th anniversary gala
May 6
The Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing, 159 E. Monroe St.

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 saic.edu.

 

 

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s 150th anniversary

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