In fall 2013, SAIC Art Education faculty and graduate students worked in partnership with community-based youth film and literacy organization Scenarios USA to pilot curriculum in nine Chicago high schools, utilizing filmmaking to help young people address issues that impact their lives. Rather than simply sitting down and talking with high schools students about topics such as gender, health, sexuality, and substance abuse, the teaching artists encouraged their students to make movies that address those issues.
Co-curated by artist and SAIC faculty member Michelle Grabner, the 2014 Whitney Biennial featured a record number of 17 SAIC alumni and faculty. Grabner talks about her role and curatorial vision for "the most important survey of the state of contemporary art in the United States.”
To honor the 80th anniversary of SAIC's Fashion Design Department, performance artist, fashion influencer, and SAIC Professor Nick Cave received the Legend of Fashion Award for his excellence and expertise within the SAIC community and in the fashion world at large. Cave’s cutting-edge work combining art, dance, performance, fashion, sound, and color has graced the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Time, and the New York Times and has been cited as inspiration for collections by Dries van Noten, Thom Browne, Akris, Suno, and The Row.
Shawn Decker is a composer, artist, and SAIC faculty member in the Sound department. In this Faculty Profile, he discusses how he has merged teaching with his own artistic practice, and he gives a tour of his most recent large-scale installation, Prairie, which was exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center February 8 through May 5, 2013.
SAIC faculty member Tom Burtonwood (Contemporary Practices, Sculpture) demonstrates the processes behind his practice of 3D printing objects from the Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection. Burtonwood has recently been named the newest Artist-In-Residence at the Art Institute of Chicago where he is rendering objects of art history into detailed, three-dimensional models.