July 25, 2013

New Low-Res MFA Program begins summer 2014

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Heeran Lee, Sucking My Thumb, 2011. Performance, 1 hour 30 minutes.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s new Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts (Low-Res MFA) is a three-year program shaped around you—a contemporary artist, art educator, writer, or scholar who has a flexible, fluid practice that is not specific to any one medium, method, or environment.

Aligned with SAIC’s nationally ranked graduate fine arts program, the Low-Res MFA provides students with a unique educational experience unlike any other program of its kind. Each year of study is devoted to a specific fundamental category: Attention, Sensation, and Perception. The overarching curricular focus of the program concerns contemporary debates around Poetics and Visual Arts.

The program moves you across various teaching platforms in order to immerse you in the world of thinking and making:

– Supported by faculty based at SAIC, you will spend spring and fall semesters working remotely in your home studio, paired with an SAIC alumni advisor in your geographic area.

– Throughout the year, a rotating core of SAIC faculty continuously delivers on-campus and online curricula through a range of methods, including individual and group critiques, one-on-one studio advising, art history and philosophy seminars, technical labs, discussion groups, online forums, and thesis composition tutorials, as well as pedagogical and professional development workshops.

– Three six-week immersive summer residencies at SAIC’s urban Chicago campus allow you to work closely with a core of SAIC faculty along with a rotating roster of renowned visiting artists, writers, critics, curators, and historians.

Core Faculty:
Gregg Bordowitz (Director)
Matthew Buckingham
A. Laurie Palmer
Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

Visiting Artists—Summer Session 2014:
Joseph Grigely
Kira Lynn Harris
Glenn Ligon
Josiah McElheny
Lynne Tillman
Wu Tsang

Priority deadline for summer 2014 is December 1, 2013. We invite you to participate in our upcoming Low-Residency MFA information webinar on July 31. Visit or contact Graduate Admissions at T 800 232 7242 or T 312 629 6100 for more information or to register.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,200 students from around the globe. SAIC also provides adults, high school students, and children with the opportunity to flourish in a variety of courses, workshops, certificate programs, and camps through its Continuing Studies program. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit

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