Spring 
2017 
End-of-
Year 
Events

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) celebrates the talented SAIC students completing their undergraduate and graduate degrees this spring. SAIC invites you to take part and enjoy these not-to-be-missed year-end thesis exhibitions and presentations. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Click on an event to learn more.

3.11–3.31

BFA Show

BFA Show

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Sullivan Galleries
33 S. State St., 7th floor
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Reception:
Saturday, March 11
12:00–6:00 p.m.
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More than 300 talented SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees exhibit their innovative work. SAIC promotes crossing disciplines and challenging received assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition.

4.1

MA VCS Symposium + Exhibition

How to Get Read: Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies Symposium and Exhibition

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Sharp 327
37 S. Wabash Ave.
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Saturday, April 1
1:00-6:00 p.m.
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A symposium featuring the research, writing, and diverse artwork of the second year graduate students in the Visual & Critical Studies Department. The symposium will also feature keynote speaker Lauren Berlant, a coeditor of Critical Inquiry and the George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago.

4.7–4.21

ARTBASH Exhibition

ARTBASH 2017: Contemporary Practices Exhibition

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The LeRoy Neiman Center
37 S. Wabash Ave.
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Reception:
Friday, April 7
4:30–6:00 p.m.
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Juried works, faculty selections, and site-specific installations by first-year undergraduate students in the Contemporary Practices program. During the opening reception, Contemporary Practices will also present Inter-Action, a showcase of live performance and ephemeral works; Black Box, featuring linear time-based video work; and Expanded Cinema, featuring GIFS, 3D mapping, web-based games, sounds works, and video designed for looping.

4.8

ARTBASH Screening

ARTBASH 2017: 48.24.12 Screening

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Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State. St.
12:00–2:00 p.m.
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Video premiere featuring screenings of entries in the 48.24.12 Video Contest, which challenges first-year undergraduate students to shoot and edit a winning video in just 48 hours. A live jury will announce the winning team at the screening.

4.8

Undergrad Performance Festival

Undergraduate Performance Festival

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SAIC Performance Space
280 S. Columbus Dr., room 012
7:00 p.m
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Free and open to the public
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Featuring:

Lal Avgen

Violet Eckles-Jordan

Ellvis

Tannaz Motevalli

John Lincoln Vogel

 

Guest Emcees:

Sophie Leddick

Nanna Rosenfeldt-Olsen

4.20

HPres Symposium

Historic Preservation Symposium

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The LeRoy Neiman Center
37 S. Wabash Ave.
5:15 p.m.
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Join the MS Historic Preservation program for our yearly thesis symposium, highlighting research undertaken by our graduating students. This year we welcome two guest speakers who are also alumni. They will speak on complementary topics related to preservation of the built environment and projects happening throughout Chicago. A reception follows at 7:00 p.m.

4.21

VCD Design Show

VCD Design Show

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Chicago Art Department
1932 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608
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The VCD Design Show is a one-night public exhibition that features work by graduating BFA, MFA and Post-bacc designers from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This is a great opportunity for the Greater Chicagoland area to see design work that is both practical and conceptual, with an interdisciplinary palette of mediums, including print, digital, 2D, 3D, and objects.

4.29

BA VCS Symposium

BA in Visual and Critical Studies Symposium

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MacLean Ballroom
112 S. Michigan Ave.

12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

 

 

4.29–5.17

MFA Show

MFA Show

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Sullivan Galleries
33 S. State St., 7th floor
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Reception:
Friday, April 28
7:00–9:00 p.m.
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The culminating public presentation of more than 115 MFA candidates’ new and ambitious work. Students work for more than six months with three guest curators and 12 graduate curatorial assistants to envision the exhibition, an approach that allows for dialogue, process, and collaborative decision-making among the curatorial teams and artists.

5.2

BA in Art History Symposium

Bachelor of Arts in Art History Symposium

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Sharp Building
37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327
4:30-6:00 p.m.

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5.5

Fashion 2017

Fashion 2017

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Venue Six10
610 S. Michigan Ave.
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A cutting-edge runway show featuring senior collections and a one day exhibition of selected sophomore, junior, and post-baccalaureate work exhibited throughout one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant buildings.

5.6–5.7

IMPACT Performance Festival

IMPACT Graduate Performance Festival

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SAIC Performance Space
280 S. Columbus Dr., room 012

5.8 & 5.10–5.12

FVNMA + Sound Festival

Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival

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Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St.
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Reception:
Friday, May 12
7:45 p.m.

5.9 & 5.11

Apprentice Teacher Presentations

SAIC Apprentice Teacher Presentations

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Sharp Building
37 S. Wabash Ave., rooms 402, 403, and 404

5:30–8:30 p.m.

5.10

Art Education Symposium

Department of Art Education George Roeder Master’s Symposium

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Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St.

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

5.13

BFA Writing Program Reading

BFA Writing Program Reading

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The LeRoy Neiman Center
37 S. Wabash Ave.

5:00–8:00 p.m.
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Students graduating from the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing program read, perform, and otherwise present their work in traditional as well as hybrid and experimental forms, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scripts, electronic media, and performance.

5.13–5.15

Post-Bac Studio Salon

Post-Baccalaureate Studio Salon

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MacLean Center
112 S. Michigan Ave., floors 15, 16, and 17
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Reception:
Saturday, May 13
4:00–7:00 p.m.

5.13–5.30

Design Show

Design Show 2017

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Block 37
108 N. State St., 3rd floor
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Reception:
Saturday, May 13
6:00–8:00 p.m.
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More than 50 master’s students in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects, Design for Emerging Technologies, and Fashion will present their innovative work. SAIC’s unique approach to design education in an art school is on display in this exhibition.

5.14

New Arts Journalism Symposium

This Must Be the Place: Master of Arts in New Arts Journalism Symposium

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Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St.

11:00 a.m.
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The symposium will feature keynote speaker Alison Cuddy, Associate Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival and host of the James Beard Award-nominated podcast, Strange Brews.

5.14

Art Therapy Exhibition & Thesis Presentations

Master of Arts in Art Therapy Exhibition & Thesis Presentations

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Thesis presentations &
recognition of graduates:
The LeRoy Neiman Center
37 S. Wabash Ave.
4:00-6:00 p.m.
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Exhibit & reception:
Sharp Building
37 S. Wabash Ave., 7th floor
6:00-7:30 p.m.

5.16

MFA Writing Program Reading

MFA Writing Program Reading

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MacLean Ballroom
112 S. Michigan Ave.

4:30–7:30 p.m.
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Graduating students from the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program read selections from their work. This surprising evening includes, but is not limited to, fiction, nonfiction, and text off the page. Discover what writing becomes when students adapt the practices of their studio artist peers.

7.14–7.30

Low-Res MFA Show

Low-Residency MFA Show

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Sullivan Galleries
33 S. State St., 7th floor
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Reception:
Thursday, July 13