Art Institute of Chicago
Overview
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is one of America's largest accredited independent schools of art and design, located in the Loop
Chicago Loop
The Loop or Chicago Loop is one of 77 officially designated Chicago community areas located in the City of Chicago, Illinois. It is the historic commercial center of downtown Chicago...

 in Chicago
Chicago
Chicago is the largest city in the US state of Illinois. With nearly 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the Midwestern United States and the third most populous in the US, after New York City and Los Angeles...

, Illinois
Illinois
Illinois is the fifth-most populous state of the United States of America, and is often noted for being a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal,...

. It is associated with the museum of the same name, and "The Art Institute of Chicago" or "Chicago Art Institute" often refers to either entity. Providing degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, SAIC has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is an American news magazine published from Washington, D.C. Along with Time and Newsweek it was for many years a leading news weekly, focusing more than its counterparts on political, economic, health and education stories...

as one of the top graduate art programs in the nation, as well as by Columbia University's
Columbia University
Columbia University in the City of New York is a private, Ivy League university in Manhattan, New York City. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States, and one of the country's nine Colonial Colleges founded before the...

 National Arts Journalism survey as the most influential art school in the United States.

SAIC offers classes in art and technology; arts administration; art history, theory, and criticism; art education and art therapy; ceramics; fashion design; filmmaking; historic preservation; architecture; interior architecture; designed objects; painting and drawing; performance; photography; printmaking; sculpture; sound; time arts (time-based media); video; visual communication; and writing.
Encyclopedia
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is one of America's largest accredited independent schools of art and design, located in the Loop
Chicago Loop
The Loop or Chicago Loop is one of 77 officially designated Chicago community areas located in the City of Chicago, Illinois. It is the historic commercial center of downtown Chicago...

 in Chicago
Chicago
Chicago is the largest city in the US state of Illinois. With nearly 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the Midwestern United States and the third most populous in the US, after New York City and Los Angeles...

, Illinois
Illinois
Illinois is the fifth-most populous state of the United States of America, and is often noted for being a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal,...

. It is associated with the museum of the same name, and "The Art Institute of Chicago" or "Chicago Art Institute" often refers to either entity. Providing degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, SAIC has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is an American news magazine published from Washington, D.C. Along with Time and Newsweek it was for many years a leading news weekly, focusing more than its counterparts on political, economic, health and education stories...

as one of the top graduate art programs in the nation, as well as by Columbia University's
Columbia University
Columbia University in the City of New York is a private, Ivy League university in Manhattan, New York City. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States, and one of the country's nine Colonial Colleges founded before the...

 National Arts Journalism survey as the most influential art school in the United States.

SAIC offers classes in art and technology; arts administration; art history, theory, and criticism; art education and art therapy; ceramics; fashion design; filmmaking; historic preservation; architecture; interior architecture; designed objects; painting and drawing; performance; photography; printmaking; sculpture; sound; time arts (time-based media); video; visual communication; and writing. SAIC also serves as a resource for issues related to the position and importance of the arts in society.

SAIC has been accredited since 1936 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools , also known as the North Central Association, is a membership organization, consisting of colleges, universities, and schools in 19 U.S. states, that is engaged in educational accreditation...

, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
The National Association of Schools of Art and Design , founded in 1944, is an accrediting organization of colleges, schools and universities in the United States. The organization establishes standards for graduate and undergraduate degrees. Member institutions complete periodic peer review...

 since 1944 (charter member), and by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design
Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design
The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design is a non-profit consortium of 41 leading art and design colleges in the United States and Canada. All AICAD member institutions have a curriculum with full liberal arts and sciences requirements complementing studio work, and all are...

 (AICAD) since its founding in 1991. Additionally it is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board
National Architectural Accrediting Board
The National Architectural Accrediting Board is the sole authority for accredited US professional degree programs for architecture in the United States, developing standards and procedures to verify that each accredited program meets standards for the appropriate education of architects...

.

Its downtown Chicago campus consists of seven buildings located in the immediate vicinity of the AIC building
Art Institute of Chicago Building
The Art Institute of Chicago Building houses the Art Institute of Chicago, and is located in the Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. The building is also located in Grant Park on the east side of Michigan Avenue, and marks the third...

. SAIC is in an equal partnership with the AIC and share many administrative resources such as design, construction, and human resources.

History

The institute has its roots in the 1866 founding of the Chicago Academy of Design, which local artists established in rented rooms on Clark Street. It was financed by member dues and patron donations. Four years later, the school moved into its own Adams Street building, which was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Because of the school's financial and managerial problems after this loss, business leaders in 1878 formed a board of trustees and founded the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. They expanded its mission beyond education and exhibitions to include collecting. In 1882, the academy was renamed the Art Institute of Chicago. The banker Charles L. Hutchinson served as its elected president until his death in 1924.

Academics

SAIC offers a broad range of fine arts degrees and is interdisciplinary; a selected course of concentration is not necessary unless enrolled in the AIADO department.

SAIC does not use a standard grading system. Teachers grade on a credit/no credit system, meaning C or above is pass, and below a C is fail.

Campus Life

The main campus is set in downtown Chicago, also known as the Loop
Chicago Loop
The Loop or Chicago Loop is one of 77 officially designated Chicago community areas located in the City of Chicago, Illinois. It is the historic commercial center of downtown Chicago...

. SAIC uses chiefly three buildings: the Michigan (112 S. Michigan Ave.), the Sharp (37 S. Wabash Ave.), and the Columbus (280 S. Columbus Dr.). SAIC also owns additional buildings throughout Chicago that are used student galleries or investments.

Visiting Artists Program

Founded in 1868, the Visiting Artists Program (VAP) is one of the oldest public programs of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Formalized in 1951 by Flora Mayer Witkowsky's endowment of a supporting fund, the Visiting Artists Program hosts public presentations by artists, designers, and scholars each year in lectures, symposia, performances, and screenings. It is an eclectic program that showcases artists' working in all media, including sound, video, performance, poetry, painting, and independent film; in addition to significant curators, critics, and art historians.

The primary mission of the program is to educate and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through discourse. VAP maintains a long-standing commitment to ethnic and gender diversity; it has been at the forefront of the movement toward a more socially engaged and theoretically informed aesthetic dialogue.

Recent visiting artists have included Richard Tuttle
Richard Tuttle
Richard Dean Tuttle is an American postminimalist artist known for his small, subtle, intimate works. His art makes use of scale and line.- Biography :...

, Andrea Fraser
Andrea Fraser
Andrea Fraser is a New York-based performance artist, mainly known for her work in the area of institutional critique. She is currently a member of the Art Department faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles.-Position:...

, Omer Fast
Omer Fast
Omer Fast is a contemporary video artist. He received his BFA from Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1995 and an MFA from Hunter College in 2000. Fast uses his films to explore the various possibilities offered by cinematic medium...

, Rirkrit Tiravanija
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Rirkrit Tiravanija is a contemporary artist residing in New York. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961. His installations often take the form of stages or rooms for sharing meals, cooking, reading or playing music; architecture or structures for living and socializing are a core element...

, DJ Spooky
DJ Spooky
Paul D. Miller , known by his stage name DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, is a Washington DC-born electronic and experimental hip hop musician whose work is often called by critics or his fans as "illbient" or "trip hop". He is a turntablist, a producer, a philosopher, and an author...

, Kalup Linzy
Kalup Linzy
Kalup Linzy is an American video and performance artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.-Early Life and Work:Linzy grew up in a small rural community in Florida called Stuckey. He had a large, close-knit extended family, and was raised by his Aunt and Grandmother...

, Elizabeth Peyton
Elizabeth Peyton
Elizabeth Joy Peyton is an American painter who rose to popularity in the mid-1990s. She is a contemporary artist best known for stylized and idealized portraits of her close friends and boyfriends, pop celebrities, and European monarchy...

, Mel Chin
Mel Chin
Mel Chin is a conceptual visual artist. Motivated largely by political, cultural, and social circumstances, Chin works in a variety of art media to calculate meaning in modern life. Chin places art in landscapes, in public spaces, and in gallery and museum exhibitions, but his work is not limited...

, Thomas Hirschhorn
Thomas Hirschhorn
-Life and works:In the 1980s, Hirschhorn worked in Paris as a graphic artist. He was part of the group of Communist graphic designers called Grapus. These artists were concerned with politics and culture, displaying impromptu creations and posters on the street mostly using the language of...

, Raymond Pettibon
Raymond Pettibon
Raymond Pettibon is an American artist who currently lives and works in Venice Beach, California.-Early life:...

, Rodney Graham
Rodney Graham
Rodney Graham is an artist and musician born in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He is most often associated with the Vancouver School...

, Isaac Julien
Isaac Julien
Isaac Julien is an installation artist and filmmaker.-Biography:Julien graduated from St Martin's School of Art in 1985, where he studied painting and fine art film...

, Dave Hickey
Dave Hickey
David Hickey is an American art and cultural critic. He has written for many American publications including Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Harper's Magazine, and Vanity Fair...

, Vito Acconci
Vito Acconci
Vito Hannibal Acconci is a Bronx, New York-born, Brooklyn-based designer, landscape architect, performance and installation artist.-Education:...

, and many others.

Additionally, the Distinguished Alumni Series brings alumni back to the community to present their work and reflect on how their experiences at SAIC have shaped them. Recent alumni speakers include Joe Zucker, Sanford Biggers, Suzie Silver, and Joshua Mosley
Joshua Mosley
Joshua Mosley is an American artist and animator. He is Professor and Chair of Fine Arts in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. His work is represented by in Chicago. He is the recipient of the 2007 Joseph H...

, to name a few.

Galleries

  • Betty Rymer Gallery - The Betty Rymer gallery is named in honor of Betty Rymer, the late wife of SAIC Board of Governors member Barry Rymer. Following her major donation in 1989, the gallery is dedicated to her memory and interests. It is located in the 280 South Columbus Drive building.
  • Sullivan Galleries (formerly Gallery 2) - Relocated to the 7th floor of the Sullivan Center in 2008, Gallery 2 was an off-site space formerly located in the 847 West Jackson Avenue building. The new location at 36 S. Wabash, in the midst of the SAIC "campus", features updated and more accessible facilities to enable more numerous visitors It is run by the school's non-teaching faculty and student workers. The gallery also annually hosts the Undergraduate and Graduate Thesis exhibitions (respectively, the BFA, MFA, and Graduate Design Exhibitions). During the rest of the year, it features highly advanced undergraduate and graduate student shows, as well as professionally-curated exhibitions.
  • Student Union Galleries (LG Space, Gallery X) - The Student Union Galleries (SUGs) is SAIC's fully student-run gallery system. Paid student directors maintain the galleries with assistance from a faculty adviser. A volunteer student committee assists in maintenance and the selection of exhibitions. They have two locations: LG Space of the 37 South Wabash Avenue building; and Gallery X of the 280 South Columbus Drive building. The two locations allow the galleries to cycle two shows simultaneously, each with three shows per semester. They also maintain their own website.http://www.sugs.info/

ExTV

ExTV is a student-run time-arts platform that broadcasts online and on campus. Its broadcasts are available via monitors located throughout the 112 S. Michigan building, the 37 S Wabash building, and the 280 S. Columbus building. It is available on campus and off campus at extvsaic.org and on cantv.

F Newsmagazine

F Newsmagazine is a student-run newspaper with both paid and volunteer positions. The magazine is a monthly publication with a run of 12,000 copies. Copies are distributed throughout the city, mainly at locations frequented by students such as popular diners and movie theaters, and is also online.

It was awarded Best in Overall Design by the Student Society of News Design in its 2008 design contest, as well as a number of other awards for its designers.

In recent years, F Newsmagazine has won the Pacemaker Award and Online Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press and Newspaper Association of America, as well as Silver and Gold Crown awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and Best Website from the Illinois College Press Association.

Free Radio SAIC

Free Radio SAIC is a student-run volunteer internet radio station.http://www.saic.edu/webspaces/freeradio/

Student Government

The student government of SAIC is unique in that its constitution resembles a socialist republic, in which four officers hold equal power and responsibility. Elections are held every year. There are no campaign requirements. Any group of four students may run for office, but there must always be four students.

The student government is responsible for hosting a school-wide student meeting once a month. At these meetings students discuss school concerns of any nature. The predominant topic is funding for the various student organizations. Organizations which desire funding must present a proposal at the meeting by which the students vote whether they should receive monies or not. The student government cannot participate in the vote: only oversee it.

The student government is also responsible for the distribution of the Peanut Butter & Jelly Fund, Welcome Back to School Party, Monthly Morning Coffees, Open Forums, Barbecues in the Pit (the outdoor area at the entrance of the 280 S Columbus Building), Holiday Art Sale, and a Materials Event. In the past Student Government has accomplished such things as campus-wide recycling, and access to the Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago Transit Authority, also known as CTA, is the operator of mass transit within the City of Chicago, Illinois and some of its surrounding suburbs....

's U-Pass
Universal Transit Pass
In North America,Universal Transit Pass is a program that gives students enrolled in participating post-secondary institutions unlimited access to local transit. Programs are typically funded through mandatory fees that eligible students pay in each term in which they are registered. Fees are...

.

Ranking

In a survey conducted by the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University, SAIC was named the “most influential art school” by art critics at general interest news publications from across the United States.

In 2009, U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is an American news magazine published from Washington, D.C. Along with Time and Newsweek it was for many years a leading news weekly, focusing more than its counterparts on political, economic, health and education stories...

ranked the SAIC the third best overall graduate program for fine arts in the U.S.

Notable alumni

  • Gertrude Abercrombie
    Gertrude Abercrombie
    Gertrude Abercrombie was an American painter based in Chicago. Called "the queen of the bohemian artists," Abercrombie was involved in the Chicago jazz scene and friends with musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Sarah Vaughan, whose music inspired her own creative work.-Personal...

    , surrealist painter
  • Harry Aleman
    Harry Aleman
    Harry "The Hook" Aleman was a Chicago mobster who was one of most feared enforcers for the Chicago Outfit during the 1970s. Aleman got the nickname "Hook" from his boxing career in high school.-Early life:...

    , Chicago mobster
  • Enrique Alferez
    Enrique Alférez
    Enrique Alferez was Mexican-born Louisiana artist, best known as a sculptor in the art deco style.The son of a sculptor, young Enrique spent some time in the army of Pancho Villa in the Mexican Revolution before coming to the United States. He studied with Lorado Taft in Chicago, Illinois in the...

    , sculptor
  • Elizabeth Axtman
    Elizabeth Axtman
    Elizabeth Axtman is an American photographer and video artist whose work explores race in American culture.- Bio :Axtman was born on Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in 1980. She received her BA in photography from San Francisco State University in 2004 and her MFA in photography from the School...

    , video artist and photographer
  • Don Balke
    Don Balke
    Don Balke is an American artist. He is best known for his watercolor wildlife art and scenic oil paintings.- Life and career :Balke, the youngest of ten children, grew up on a farm in northern backcountry of Wisconsin...

    , (Chicago Academy of Fine Arts), painter
  • Robin Barcus Slonina (B.F.A. 1993), multidisciplinary artist
  • Thomas Hart Benton
    Thomas Hart Benton (painter)
    Thomas Hart Benton was an American painter and muralist. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. His fluid, almost sculpted paintings showed everyday scenes of life in the United States...

    , painter
  • Jeremy Blake
    Jeremy Blake
    Jeremy Blake was an American digital artist and painter. His work included projected DVD installations, Type C prints, and collaborative film projects.-Biography:...

    , digital artist
  • Denise Kaprelian, (M.F.A) performance artist, dancer
  • Jack Bornoff, (M.F.A) performance artist
  • Jeffrey Brown
    Jeffrey Brown
    Jeffrey Brown is a comic book writer and artist born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.-Biography:After growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a 25-year-old Jeffrey Brown moved to Chicago in 2000 to pursue an MFA at the School of the Art Institute. By the time he finished his studies, he had abandoned...

    , cartoonist
  • Roger Brown
    Roger Brown (artist)
    Roger Brown was an American artist who was a member of the Chicago Imagists, a group in the 1960s and 1970s who turned to representational art. His paintings are owned by many of the most important art museums in the US.He was born in Hamilton, Alabama and raised in Opelika...

     (B.F.A. 1968, M.F.A. 1970), painter
  • Natalie Bookchin
    Natalie Bookchin
    Natalie Bookchin is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. She is well-known for her work in new media, and serving as the co-Director of the Photography and Media Program in the Art School at California Institute of the Arts...

  • John Chamberlain, sculptor
  • Paul Chan
    Paul Chan
    Paul Chan Mo Po, MH, JP is the member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong . He is an accountant and the former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants . He holds a BBA and a MBA degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong...

    , multimedia
  • John Churchill Chase
    John Churchill Chase
    John Churchill Chase was a cartoonist and writer. He was known for his editorial cartoons and his works on the history of his native New Orleans and Louisiana in the United States....

    , (Chicago Academy of Fine Arts) cartoonist
  • Eleanor Coen
    Eleanor Coen
    Eleanor Coen established her art career during the great depression. In the Works Progress Administration Federal Arts Project she and her husband Max Kahn helped forge a tradition of twentieth century color lithography and painting. She was born in 1916 in Normal, Illinois...

    , artist
  • George Cohen (artist)
    George Cohen (artist)
    George Cohen was a painter and art professor.He was born in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was awarded the Isaacs Scholarship in 1938-39 and the Coolbaugh Scholarship in 1939-1940. He also served as the President of the Art Students League of...

  • Bradshaw Crandell
    Bradshaw Crandell
    Bradshaw Crandell was an American artist and illustrator. He was known as the "artist of the stars". Among those who posed for Crandell were Carol Lombard, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Veronica Lake and Lana Turner. In 1921 he began his career with an ad for Lorraine hair nets sold exclusively by...

    , American illustrator and artist (attended classes)
  • Pap Dean
    Pap Dean
    Preston Allen Dean, Jr., known as Pap Dean was an American cartoonist who was employed from 1938 to 1979 as chief illustrator and editorial cartoonist for the Shreveport Times in Shreveport, the largest newspaper in North Louisiana...

    , cartoonist
    Cartoonist
    A cartoonist is a person who specializes in drawing cartoons. This work is usually humorous, mainly created for entertainment, political commentary or advertising...

  • Walt Disney
    Walt Disney
    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon, and philanthropist, well-known for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century. Along with his brother Roy O...

    , animator
  • Mat Devine
    Mat Devine
    Mat Devine is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor and author. He is most well known for creating and fronting the alternative rock band Kill Hannah...

    , musician
  • Nora Dunn
    Nora Dunn
    Nora Eloise Dunn is an American actress and comedian, perhaps best known for her work on NBC's Saturday Night Live.-Early life:...

    , actress
  • Ulric Ellerhusen
    Ulric Ellerhusen
    Ulric Henry Ellerhusen first name variously cited as Ulrich or Ulrik, surname sometimes cited as Ellerhousen) was a German-American sculptor and teacher best known for his architectural sculpture....

    , sculptor
  • Fred Ellis
    Fred Ellis
    Fred C. Ellis was an American editorial cartoonist. He is best remembered as one of the leading radical artists of the 1920s and 1930s as an artist for various publications of the Communist Party, USA , including stints on the staff of the CPUSA's daily newspaper.-Early years:Fred Ellis was born...

    , (Chicago Academy of Fine Arts), political cartoonist (did not graduate)
  • Suzanne Fiol
    Suzanne Fiol
    Suzanne Fiol ,"an impresario of avant-garde culture in New York" founded the performance space ISSUE Project Room in 2003 and oversaw its growth from the fringes of the New York new music scene into what The Village Voice, The Brooklyn Borough President, and Fiol herself predicted will become the...

    , avant-garde music producer and founder of ISSUE Project Room
    ISSUE Project Room
    The ISSUE Project Room is a music venue in Brooklyn, New York founded in 2003 by Suzanne Fiol. Located in The Old American Can Factory in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn, the venue supports a wide variety of contemporary performance, specializing in presenting experimental and avant-garde music...

  • Fischerspooner
    Fischerspooner
    Fischerspooner is an electroclash duo and performance troupe formed in 1998 in New York. The name is a portmanteau of the founders' last names, Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner...

    , music group and performers
  • Frederick Carl Frieseke
    Frederick Carl Frieseke
    Frederick Carl Frieseke was an American Impressionist painter who spent most of his life as an expatriate in France. An influential member of the Giverny art colony, his paintings often concentrated on various effects of dappled sunlight...

    , painter
  • Hilda Goldblatt Gorenstein (Hilgos)
    Hilda Goldblatt Gorenstein (Hilgos)
    -Early Years:A native of Montreal who grew up in Portland, Oregon, Gorenstein started painting as a teenager at a time when women artists weren't very well received...

    , marine artist
  • Leon Golub
    Leon Golub
    Leon Golub was an American painter. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, where he also studied, receiving his BA at the University of Chicago in 1942, his BFA and MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1949 and 1950, respectively.He was married to and collaborated with the artist Nancy Spero...

    , painter

  • Edward Gorey
    Edward Gorey
    Edward St. John Gorey was an American writer and artist noted for his macabre illustrated books.-Early life:...

    , illustrator
  • Art Green
    Art Green
    Arthur Green is an American professor and painter. Green was a member of the Chicago artistic group, The Hairy Who in the 1960s, a member of the University of Waterloo’s faculty for over 30 years and has been an influential painter for over 40 years.-Early life:Green grew up in Indiana. His father...

    , painter, original member of The Hairy Who
    Chicago Imagists
    The Chicago Imagists is the name of a group of representational artists associated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center in the late 1960s. Their work was known for grotesquerie, surrealism and complete uninvolvement with New York art world trends...

  • Halston
    Halston
    Roy Halston Frowick, also known as Halston was a clothing designer of the 1970s. His long dresses or copies of his style were popular fashion wear in mid-1970s discotheques.-Early life and career:...

    , fashion designer
  • Stieg Hedlund
    Stieg Hedlund
    Stieg Hedlund is a computer and video game designer, artist, and writer with over 20 years of experience who has worked on more than 30 games in the video game industry...

     (attended 1984-1985) video game designer
  • Hugh Hefner
    Hugh Hefner
    Hugh Marston "Hef" Hefner is an American magazine publisher, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Playboy Enterprises.-Early life:...

     (took anatomy
    Anatomy
    Anatomy is a branch of biology and medicine that is the consideration of the structure of living things. It is a general term that includes human anatomy, animal anatomy , and plant anatomy...

     classes), founder of Playboy
    Playboy
    Playboy is an American men's magazine that features photographs of nude women as well as journalism and fiction. It was founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner's mother. The magazine has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc., with...

  • Herblock
    Herblock
    Herbert Lawrence Block, commonly known as Herblock , was an American editorial cartoonist and author best known for his commentary on national domestic and foreign policy from a liberal perspective.-Career:...

    , political cartoonist
  • Don Herold
    Don Herold
    Don Herold was an American humorist, writer, illustrator, and cartoonist who wrote and illustrated many books and was a contributor to national magazines. He was born in Bloomfield, Indiana to Otto F. Herold and Clara Huyer Herold...

    , humorist (did not graduate)
  • Richard Hunt
    Richard Hunt (sculptor)
    Richard Hunt is an internationally renowned sculptor.He was born in 1935 on Chicago's South Side. From an early age he was interested in the arts, as his mother was an artist. As a young boy, Hunt began to show enthusiasm and talent in artistic disciplines such as drawing and painting, and also...

    , sculptor
  • Robert Indiana
    Robert Indiana
    Robert Indiana is an American artist associated with the Pop Art movement.-Life and work:Robert Indiana was born Robert Clark in New Castle, Indiana. His family relocated to Indianapolis, where he graduated from Arsenal Technical High School...

    , designer, "Love (sculpture)
    LOVE (Sculpture)
    LOVE is a sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana. It consists of the letters LO over the letters VE.The image was originally designed as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in 1964...

    "
  • Max Kahn
    Max Kahn
    Max Kahn was a lithographer, painter and sculptor born in Slonim, Belarus in 1902. He worked until age 100 and died in 2005 at the age of 103...

    , painter
  • Herb Kawainui Kane
    Herb Kawainui Kane
    Herbert "Herb" Kawainui Kāne , considered one of the principal figures in the renaissance of Hawaiian culture in the 1970s, was a celebrated artist-historian and author with a special interest in the seafaring traditions of the ancestral peoples of Hawaii...

    , painter, designer, Living Treasure of Hawaii
  • Jeff Koons
    Jeff Koons
    Jeffrey "Jeff" Koons is an American artist known for his reproductions of banal objects—such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror finish surfaces....

    , sculptor
  • Dan Kwong
    Dan Kwong
    Dan Kwong is an American performance artist, writer, teacher and visual artist. He has been presenting his solo performances since 1989, often drawing upon his own life experiences to explore personal, historical and social issues. He is of mixed Asian American heritage...

    , performance artist, writer, teacher, playwright (Be Like Water
    Be Like Water
    Be Like Water is a play written by Dan Kwong, originally produced at East West Players, in association with Cedar Grove OnStage. The play received its world premiere in Los Angeles on September 17, 2008, directed by Chris Tashima, at East West Players' David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union...

    )
  • Robert Lostutter
    Robert Lostutter
    Robert Lostutter is a Chicago-based artist. He was a member of the Chicago Imagists, a breakaway group of surrealist iconoclasts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who showed in the Hyde Park Art Center in 1969 and later....

    , painter, original member of the Chicago Imagists
    Chicago Imagists
    The Chicago Imagists is the name of a group of representational artists associated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center in the late 1960s. Their work was known for grotesquerie, surrealism and complete uninvolvement with New York art world trends...

  • Lubov
    Lubov
    Lubov is the pseudonym of a Russian-born painter specializing in science fiction and fantasy art.-General information:...

    , painter
  • Charles A. MacLellan
    Charles Archibald MacLellan
    Charles Archibald MacLellan was a 20th-century American painter and illustrator. His works enjoyed a wide-ranging, popular appeal in the United States, and he was probably one of the most recognizable cover illustrators of the day.-Early Life:Charles Archibald MacLellan, son of Charles and Augusta...

    , painter and illustrator
  • Gene Markey
    Gene Markey
    Eugene Willford "Gene" Markey was an American author, producer, screenwriter, and highly decorated naval officer.-Biography:...

    , Hollywood producer and screenwriter
  • Raúl Martínez, Cuban painter and Pop artist
  • Santiago Martinez Delgado
    Santiago Martínez Delgado
    Santiago Martínez Delgado was a Colombian painter, sculptor, art historian and writer. He established a reputation as a prominent muralist during the 1940s and is also known for his watercolors, oil paintings, illustrations and woodcarvings....

    , (Chicago Academy of Fine Arts) muralist, illustrator, and sculptor
  • Bill Mauldin
    Bill Mauldin
    William Henry "Bill" Mauldin was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist from the United States...

    , (Chicago Academy of Fine Arts) political cartoonist
  • Joan Mitchell
    Joan Mitchell
    Joan Mitchell was a "second generation" abstract expressionist painter. She was an essential member of the American Abstract expressionist movement, even though much of her career took place in France. Along with Lee Krasner, Grace Hartigan, and Helen Frankenthaler she was one of her era's few...

    , painter
  • Archibald J. Motley
    Archibald Motley
    Archibald John Motley, Junior was an African-American painter. He studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago during the 1910s, graduating in 1918...

    , painter
  • Elizabeth Murray, painter
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
    Georgia O'Keeffe
    Georgia Totto O'Keeffe was an American artist.Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O'Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916, several decades before women had gained access to art training in America’s colleges and universities, and before any of its women artists...

     (did not graduate, attended 1905–1906), painter
  • LeRoy Neiman
    LeRoy Neiman
    LeRoy Neiman is an American artist known for his brilliantly colored, pseudo-expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes and sporting events.- Early years :...

     Painter
  • Audrey Niffenegger
    Audrey Niffenegger
    Audrey Niffenegger is an American writer, artist and academic.-Writing:A film version of Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife , starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, was released in August 2009.She has also written a graphic novel, or "novel in pictures" as Niffenegger calls it,...

    , author (The Time Traveler's Wife
    The Time Traveler's Wife
    Once their timelines converge "naturally" at the library—their first meeting in his chronology—Henry starts to travel to Clare's childhood and adolescence in South Haven, Michigan, beginning in 1977 when she is six years old...

    )
  • Jim Nutt
    Jim Nutt
    James T "Jim" Nutt is an American artist who was a founding member of the Chicago surrealist art movement known as the Chicago Imagists, or the Hairy Who...

     Painter
  • Claes Oldenburg
    Claes Oldenburg
    Claes Oldenburg is a Swedish sculptor, best known for his public art installations typically featuring very large replicas of everyday objects...

     (attended from 1950–1954), sculptor
  • Ed Paschke
    Ed Paschke
    Edward Francis Paschke was a Polish American painter. His childhood interest in animation and cartoons, as well as his father's creativity in wood carving and construction, led him toward a career in art...

    , painter

  • Art Paul
    Art Paul
    Art Paul is an American graphics designer, Art Director of Playboy through its first 30 years of publication, and the designer of the Playboy rabbit-head logo.-Early life and education:...

    . graphic designer
  • J. K. Ralston
    J. K. Ralston
    James Kenneth "J.K." Ralston was an American painter of the Old American West whose primary topics were the American West and images of cowboys and American Indians. He also did commercial artwork....

    , painter of the Old West
  • Miguel A Reina filmmaker
  • Cynthia Rowley
    Cynthia Rowley
    Cynthia Rowley is an American fashion designer. The fashion label she created in the early 1980s bears her name.-Background:...

    , fashion designer
  • Sterling Ruby
    Sterling Ruby
    Sterling Ruby is a contemporary American artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Ruby was born in Bitburg, Germany, to a Dutch mother and an American father, and was raised in Baltimore, Maryland and near Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania....

    , multimedia
  • Hong Sang-soo
    Hong Sang-soo
    Hong Sang-soo is a South Korean film director. Hong's directorial debut, The Day a Pig Fell into the Well , was praised by South Korean critics for its originality and won international film prizes...

    , (M.F.A) film Director
  • Robert Sebanc (B.F.A. 1990, MAAE 2011), painter, printmaker
  • David Sedaris
    David Sedaris
    David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist, writer, comedian, bestselling author, and radio contributor....

     (B.F.A. 1987), author, humorist
  • Victor Skrebneski
    Victor Skrebneski
    Victor Skrebneski is a photographer born to parents of Polish and Russian heritage. He was educated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1943 and attended the Illinois Institute of Technology from 1947 to 1949...

    , fashion photographer
  • Kunie Sugiura
    Kunie Sugiura
    is a renowned Japanese photographer. Her chosen medium is the photogram.Her first group exhibition was Vision and Expression, at the George Eastman House, in Rochester, New York in 1969 and her first one-person exhibition was at the Warren Benedek Gallery in New York City in 1972.She received her...

     (B.F.A. 1967), artist and photographer
  • Minerva Teichert
    Minerva Teichert
    Minerva Bernetta Kohlhepp Teichert was an American painter notable for her art depicting Western and Mormon subjects, including a collection of murals depicting scenes from the Book of Mormon.-Biography:...

     muralist
  • Mark Tobey
    Mark Tobey
    Mark George Tobey was an American abstract expressionist painter, born in Centerville, Wisconsin. Widely recognized throughout the United States and Europe, Tobey is the most noted among the "mystical painters of the Northwest." Senior in age and experience, Tobey had a strong influence on the...

    , painter
  • Sarah Vowell
    Sarah Vowell
    Sarah Jane Vowell is an American author, journalist, essayist and social commentator. Often referred to as a "social observer," Vowell has written five nonfiction books on American history and culture, and was a contributing editor for the radio program This American Life on Public Radio...

     (M.A. 1996), author, humorist
  • Chris Ward IV, better known as MC Chris
    Mc chris
    mc chris is an American rapper, voice actor, writer and improvisational comedian....

    , a hip hop rapper
  • Chris Ware
    Chris Ware
    Franklin Christenson Ware , is an American comic book artist and cartoonist, widely known for his Acme Novelty Library series and the graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he resides in the Chicago area, Illinois...

    , alternative cartoonist
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    Apichatpong Weerasethakul
    Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul is a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, and film producer. His feature films include Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of the prestigious 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or prize; Tropical Malady, which won a jury prize at the 2004...

     filmmaker
  • Orson Welles
    Orson Welles
    George Orson Welles , best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio...

    , filmmaker
  • Charles Banks Wilson
    Charles Banks Wilson
    Charles Banks Wilson is an American artist. Wilson was born in Arkansas in 1918, his family eventually moving to Miami, Oklahoma, where he spent his childhood...

    , American painter
  • Ellis Wilson
    Ellis Wilson
    Ellis Wilson was an African American artist.Wilson was born in Mayfield, Kentucky. In 1916 he began attending Kentucky State College, moving in 1919 to study at the Chicago Art Institute. In 1928 he moved to Harlem, New York where he joined the Harlem Artists Guild and worked at a brokerage house...

  • Gahan Wilson
    Gahan Wilson
    Gahan Wilson is an American author, cartoonist and illustrator known for his cartoons depicting horror-fantasy situations...

    , cartoonist (Chicago Academy of Fine Arts)
  • Karl Wirsum
    Karl Wirsum
    Karl Wirsum is an American artist. A member of the notorious Chicago artistic group The Hairy Who, he helped set the foundation for Chicago's art scene in the 1970s. Wirsum is primarily a painter, though he has worked with prints, sculpture and even digital art.He received a B.F.A...

    , painter, original member of The Hairy Who
    Chicago Imagists
    The Chicago Imagists is the name of a group of representational artists associated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center in the late 1960s. Their work was known for grotesquerie, surrealism and complete uninvolvement with New York art world trends...

  • Grant Wood
    Grant Wood
    Grant DeVolson Wood was an American painter, born four miles east of Anamosa, Iowa. He is best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest, particularly the painting American Gothic, an iconic image of the 20th century.- Life and career :His family moved to Cedar Rapids after his...

    , painter, "American Gothic
    American Gothic
    American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood, in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wood's inspiration came from a cottage designed in the Gothic Revival style with a distinctive upper window and a decision to paint the house along with "the kind of people I fancied should live in that...

    " (1930)
  • Mary Agnes Yerkes
    Mary Agnes Yerkes
    Mary Agnes Yerkes, , , was an American Impressionist painter, photographer and artisan. She was skilled in the mediums of oil, pastel and watercolor. Her professional career was cut short by the Great Depression, but she still continued to paint well into her nineties with a passion for her craft...

    , painter
  • Wen Yiduo
    Wen Yiduo
    Wen Yiduo , born Wén Jiāhuá , courtesy names Yǒusān , Youshan , was a Chinese poet and scholar.-Biography:Wen was born in Xishui County, Hubei. After receiving a traditional education he went on to continue studying at the Tsinghua University. In 1922, he traveled to the United States to study fine...

    , Chinese poet, scholar
  • Matt Saracen
    Matt Saracen
    Matthew "Matt" Saracen is a fictional character in the NBC/DirecTV television drama series Friday Night Lights portrayed by the actor Zach Gilford...

    , painter, quarterback

Notable faculty


  • Benjamin Bellas
    Benjamin Bellas
    Benjamin Bellas is an American artist and a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Through poetic narratives, Bellas unexpectedly relocates autobiographical moments of enmity, longing and uncomfortable honesty in banal visual forms...

  • George Bellows
    George Bellows
    George Wesley Bellows was an American realist painter, known for his bold depictions of urban life in New York City, becoming, according to the Columbus Museum of Art, "the most acclaimed American artist of his generation".-Youth:Bellows was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio...

     (Chicago Academy of Fine Arts)
  • Wafaa Bilal
    Wafaa Bilal
    Wafaa Bilal is an Iraqi American artist, a former professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently an assistant professor at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University...

  • Stan Brakhage
    Stan Brakhage
    James Stanley Brakhage , better known as Stan Brakhage, was an American non-narrative filmmaker who is considered to be one of the most important figures in 20th century experimental film....

  • Christopher Bratton
    Christopher Bratton
    Christopher Bratton is an American educator, administrator, and the president of School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and deputy director of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston...

  • Nick Cave
  • Francis Chapin
    Francis Chapin
    Francis W. Chapin was an American artist. His works included both watercolors and oil paintings of landscapes and portraits....

  • Susanna Coffey
    Susanna Coffey
    Susanna J. Coffey is an American artist who was born in New London, Connecticut. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, Connecticut in 1977 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Art in 1982...

  • John Rogers Cox
    John Rogers Cox
    John Rogers Cox was an American painter from Terre Haute, Indiana. His style and subject matter align him with the Regionalist and Magic Realist landscape tradition.-Early life and education:...

  • Barbara Degenevieve
    Barbara Degenevieve
    Barbara DeGenevieve is an interdisciplinary artist currently living in Chicago, who works in photography, video, and performance. She lectures widely on her work as well as subjects including human sexuality, gender, transsexuality, censorship, ethics, and pornography...

  • James Elkins
  • Michelle Grabner
    Michelle Grabner
    Michelle Grabner is an American artist.-Life:Grabner received a B.F.A. in 1984 and a M.A. in Art History in 1987 from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She received her M.F.A. from Northwestern University, Department of Art Theory and Practice in 1990. At NU she worked with the painters Ed...

  • Eduardo Kac
    Eduardo Kac
    Eduardo Kac is an American contemporary artist internationally recognized for his interactive net installations and his bio-art. Kac was born in 1962, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He lives and works in Chicago....

  • Max Kahn
    Max Kahn
    Max Kahn was a lithographer, painter and sculptor born in Slonim, Belarus in 1902. He worked until age 100 and died in 2005 at the age of 103...

  • Phil Morton
    Phil Morton
    Phil Morton was an influential Video artist and activist who founded the Video Area in 1970 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he taught from 1969 - 1981/1982.- Biography :...

  • Jaume Plensa
    Jaume Plensa
    Jaime Plensa is an Spanish artist and sculptor.-Biography:Plensa was born at Barcelona. Plensa studied art in his home city, in the "Llotja" School and in the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Jorge....

  • Barbara Rossi
    Barbara Rossi
    Barbara Rossi is a Chicago artist, one of the original Chicago Imagists, a group in the 1960s and 1970s who turned to representational art. She first exhibited with them at the Hyde Park Art Center in 1969...

    , painter, original member of the Chicago Imagists
    Chicago Imagists
    The Chicago Imagists is the name of a group of representational artists associated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center in the late 1960s. Their work was known for grotesquerie, surrealism and complete uninvolvement with New York art world trends...

  • Jerry Saltz
    Jerry Saltz
    Jerry Saltz is an American art critic. Since 2006, he has been senior art critic and a columnist for New York magazine. Formerly the senior art critic for The Village Voice, Saltz has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism three times. He was the sole advisor for the 1995 Whitney...

  • David Sedaris
    David Sedaris
    David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated American humorist, writer, comedian, bestselling author, and radio contributor....

  • Ruth VanSickle Ford
    Ruth VanSickle Ford
    Ruth VanSickle Ford was an American painter, art teacher, and owner of the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.Born to Anna Miller, a German immigrant, and Charles P. VanSickle, of Dutch heritage, Ruth was an only child and grew up on the west side of Aurora, Illinois. She attended Mary A. Todd Grade...

     (Chicago Academy of Fine Arts)
  • Anne Wilson
    Anne Wilson (artist)
    Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist. Wilson creates sculpture, drawings, Internet projects, photography, performance, and DVD stop motion animations employing table linens, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread and wire. Her work extends the traditional processes of Fiber art to other media...

  • Karl Wirsum
    Karl Wirsum
    Karl Wirsum is an American artist. A member of the notorious Chicago artistic group The Hairy Who, he helped set the foundation for Chicago's art scene in the 1970s. Wirsum is primarily a painter, though he has worked with prints, sculpture and even digital art.He received a B.F.A...

  • Ray Yoshida
    Ray Yoshida
    Raymond "Ray" Kakuo Yoshida was a Chicago artist known for his paintings and collages, and a teacher at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1959 to 2005...


  • "Mirth & Girth"

    On May 11, 1988, a student painting depicting Harold Washington
    Harold Washington
    Harold Lee Washington was an American lawyer and politician who became the first African-American Mayor of Chicago, serving from 1983 until his death in 1987.- Early years and military service :...

    , the first black mayor of Chicago, was torn down by some of the city's African-American aldermen
    Chicago City Council
    The Chicago City Council is the legislative branch of the government of the City of Chicago in Illinois. It consists of 50 aldermen elected from 50 wards to serve four-year terms...

     — over the protests of many who attempted to block them — based on its content. The painting, titled "Mirth & Girth" by David Nelson, was of Washington clad only in women's underwear holding a pencil. Washington had died on November 25, 1987.

    The painting was returned after a day, and the American Civil Liberties Union
    American Civil Liberties Union
    The American Civil Liberties Union is a U.S. non-profit organization whose stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States." It works through litigation, legislation, and...

     (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department and the aldermen. The ACLU claimed the removal violated Nelson's First, Fourth, and Fourteenth amendment rights. Nelson ended up receiving a monetary settlement for damage to the painting which occurred during its confiscation.

    "What is the Proper Way to Display a U.S. Flag?"

    In February 1989, a student named "Dread" Scott Tyler draped the Flag of the United States
    Flag of the United States
    The national flag of the United States of America consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars alternating with rows...

     across the floor for a piece titled "What Is The Proper Way To Display A U.S. Flag?" The piece consisted of a podium with a notebook for viewers to express how they felt about the exhibit. However, the podium was set upon a flag laid on the floor. In order for viewers to write in the notebook, they would have to walk on the flag. Viewers were occasionally arrested at the request of veterans.

    The school stood by the student's display in the face of protests and threats. That year, the school's federal funding was cut from $70,000 to $1 and many benefactors pulled donations.

    The piece has been displayed throughout numerous galleries in the country after this incident including the show "Our Aim Is To Destroy Them!" by the Near NorthWest Arts Council Gallery in 19(??).

    Dread Scott is often associated with David Nelson due to time between the works, but Scott distances himself from Nelson and has been quoted saying, "[Nelson] doesn't mind promoting racism, doesn't mind promoting homophobia, doesn't mind promoting, you know, the oppression of women. I want to liberate people from all of that."

    Property

    This is a list of property in order of acquisition:
    • 280 South Columbus (classrooms, departmental offices, studios, Betty Rymer Gallery)
    • 37 South Wabash (classrooms, main administrative offices, Flaxman Library)
    • 112 South Michigan (classrooms, departmental offices, studios, ballroom)
    • 7 West Madison (student residences)
    • 162 North State (student residences)
    • 164 North State Street (Gene Siskel
      Gene Siskel
      Eugene Kal "Gene" Siskel was an American film critic and journalist for the Chicago Tribune. Along with colleague Roger Ebert, he hosted the popular review show Siskel & Ebert At the Movies from 1975 until his death....

       Film Center)
    • 116 South Michigan, 2nd floor (classrooms)


    SAIC also owns these properties outside of the immediate vicinity of the Chicago Loop:
    • 1926 North Halsted (gallery space) in Chicago. A property donated by artist Roger J. Brown.
    • Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency, Saugatuck
      Saugatuck, Michigan
      Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 925 at the 2010 census. The city is within Saugatuck Township, but is administratively autonomous....

      , Michigan
      Michigan
      Michigan is a U.S. state located in the Great Lakes Region of the United States of America. The name Michigan is the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake"....

       (affiliated with SAIC)


    SAIC leases:
    • 36 South Wabash, leasing the 12th floor (administrative offices, Architecture and Interior Architecture Design Center)
    • 36 South Wabash, leasing the 7th floor (Fashion Design department, Gallery 2)
    • 36 South Wabash, leasing offices on the 14th floor (administrative offices)
    • 36 South Wabash, leasing offices on the 15th floor (administrative offices)

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