The Commencement Ceremony for the class of 2013 will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion.
This year’s Commencement speaker is acclaimed American actor, playwright, and professor Anna Deavere Smith. Along with architect Jeanne Gang and artist Joe Zucker (BFA 1964, MFA 1966), Deavere Smith will receive an honorary doctorate from SAIC to recognize her achievements and commitment to the arts.
Following the Commencement Ceremony, there will be a reception with light snacks and champagne at the Graduate Exhibition in the Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor. Commencement tickets are required for admission.
To watch a live stream of the ceremony tomorrow, go to http://www.ustream.tv/embed/11061085?v=3&wmode=direct
TODAY!! All School BBQ
Thursday, May 9, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Due to rain, BBQ to be held in MacLean Ballroom
112. S. Michigan Ave.
Join Campus Life for the All School BBQ for fun barbecue fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and more (vegan options available)! This annual SAIC tradition is a festive way to end the spring semester!
Wednesday May 1st at 4:15 in MC707!
Join Gabriella Brown, Alexandria Eregbu, and Rashayla Brown in a student-led conversation about diversity, identity politics, and power and inequality and how they pertain to our practices and student life at SAIC.
This conversation was inspired by the recent buzz on campus around issues pertaining to diversity and the “Controversy, Community, and Curriculum” panel that was held in the Neiman Center April 10th.
This is an excellent opportunity to connect with students and faculty who are interested in having these conversations. We will be organizing a new critique and studio visit group and discussing ways to sustain a community of students and faculty in Chicago.
Workshops to help you get started
Events are free and open to all degree-seeking SAIC students and alumni.
SPB presents: Drag Show
Tuesday, April 30, 4:30 p.m.
112 S. Michigan Ave.
The Student Programming Board is proud to present SAIC’s First Annual Spring Drag & Burlesque Show. This event is designed to promote student performance and creative expression, while also serving to celebrate the diversity of gender and identity expression at SAIC. Come be a part of a new SAIC tradition!
Featuring Guest Performers:
Precious Jewel (Host)
Mister Junior (Vaudezilla member and SAIC alumnus)
RedRum (SAIC Fashion Administrative Director, Michelle Maynard)
Join us on Saturday, 4/27 for the George Roeder Visual and Critical Studies Master’s Symposium in the Nichols Suite at the Art Institute of Chicago. Please see above for the schedule. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.
SAIC Performance Space
280 S. Columbus Dr.
Featuring work by: Justus Harris, Courtney Mackedanz, and Emily Cruz Nowell
Guest MCs: Mitsu Salmon and Keijaun Thomas
Please mark your calendars and join us for SAIC’s Undergraduate Performance Festival. Admission is free and open to the public.
Spring Art Sale
Friday, April 19, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.
The Spring Art Sale is sponsored by Campus Life. All work at the Spring Art Sale is created by current SAIC students. Stay Connected! Be sure to get updates about annual art sale information by joining our Campus Life Facebook page facebook.com/saiccampuslife and Twitter feed @saiccampuslife.
The annual Spring Art Sale is an excellent opportunity for students to show and sell their work, as well as network with many people from the Chicago arts community. Participating students receive the majority of their total sales. Campus Life collects a small commission on all work sold at the art sales in order to fund the cost of advertising and operating the events.
BAVCS/BFA Thesis Symposium - Saturday, April 20th 10:30-4:45
The Art Institute of Chicago
Stock Exchange and Trading Room FREE! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Featuring the work of:
10:30AM: an indefinite limit
12 Noon: From Tech2u
1:30PM: Experienced Histories
3:00PM: Subgestion: Nonsense, Control, Narrative, Absorption
-Sara Van De Walle
SAIC’s First Annual Spring Drag & Burlesque Show!
Happening April 30 (during Crit Week) in the Maclean Ballroom, the First Annual Spring Drag & Burlesque Show will be an exciting chance to showcase the variety of student performance while celebrating the diversity of gender and identity expression at SAIC.
The Show is open for all student, faculty, and staff performances. Interested performers please visit https://engage.saic.edu/ to fill out a short proposal application!
In the summer of 2014 SAIC will welcome its first class of artists, historians, curators, and writers pursuing an MFA in the newest element of SAIC’s prestigious graduate fine arts program: the Low-Residency MFA. The three-year program is shaped around the evolving needs of 21st-century artists and writers—those creators on the move, applying multiple strategies not specific to any one medium, method, or environment.
Students will participate in three, six-week consecutive summer residencies at SAIC; fall and spring independent study sessions, including regular consultation with SAIC alumni advisors in students’ geographic locations; remote instruction made possible through online delivery systems; international study trips to sites of art historical importance; and a final exhibition in which significant thesis projects and their written accompaniments will be presented to the public.
Students will receive individualized attention relevant to their specific area of concentration from a diverse and deep roster of core faculty members, SAIC alumni advisors, and visiting artists from a wide range of backgrounds. Visiting artists for Summer Session 2014 already include Joseph Grigely, Kira Lynn Harris, Glenn Ligon, Josiah McElheny, Lynne Tillman, and Wu Tsang.
Directed by Gregg Bordowitz, faculty member in SAIC’s Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department, SAIC’s new Low-Residency MFA program represents the next step forward for SAIC and an opportunity to expand SAIC’s global reach. By educating contemporary artists and scholars in a flexible environment that challenges students to think critically and develop a research-based practice, the Low-Res MFA program will equip students with all the necessary skills and knowledge to develop their own methodology for production and distribution in an ever-changing art world.
I invite you to learn more about SAIC’s Low-Res MFA at saic.edu/lowres.
Crossing the Palisades is a group exhibition featuring graduating artists from the class of 2013. The exhibition is curated by Vincent Uribe—a member of SAIC Student Government and takes place on the 12th floor of the historic Sullivan Center within the student services area. Placing work throughout the interior that houses the student services offices pushes the paradox of the emerging artist exhibiting in the often more closed off spaces that make up upper level administration. Crossing the Palisades highlights the artists most recent accomplishments while confronting the challenges of entering the “real world” in order to become financially stable, at the same time maintaining the balance of a studio practice. This exhibition runs until May 10th and features the work of
William James Thurman
Opening reception April 2nd
4:30-6pm in 1203J
VOTE TODAY! Learn about the 2013–14 Student Government candidates and vote for your student representatives. Vote on EngageSAIC (follow link on homepage) for SAICSG 2013–14. Voting ends tomorrow (Friday, March 29).
Election Results will be announced on March 30.