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Thank you to our generous supporters. You have stepped forward in unprecedented ways to endorse the artists, designers, and scholars of today, while also investing in new programs, resources, and initiatives that will define SAIC tomorrow.


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is closing in on a $50 million goal in its first-ever major public fundraising campaign, and has received a gift that will enable the school to launch a matching incentive that will help put it over the finish line for Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC.


Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC secures $46.4 million for student scholarships and faculty resources


Renowned Artist Jeff Koons Will Donate Artwork to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The gift, valued at $1 million, will be sold, and the proceeds of the sale will establish the Jeff Koons Scholarship Fund


Beautiful/Work Campaign Update

On May 6, 2016, the campaign was launched at SAIC’s 150th Anniversary Gala, where more than 400 attendees contributed toward the more than $1.2 million raised for the Walter and Shirley Massey Chicago Scholarship Fund.

SAIC Launches Beautiful/Work Campaign with Unforgettable Celebration

The SAIC 150th Anniversary Gala raised more than $1.2 million for student scholarships.

SAIC Receives a $520,000 Gift from Todd and Liz Warnock to Create Teaching Awards for Part-Time Faculty

Todd and Liz Warnock have made a generous gift of $520,000 to support part-time faculty through teaching excellence awards.

Karen and Jim Frank Pledge $500,000 to Support SAIC’s Part-Time Faculty

SAIC has received a $500,000 commitment from Karen and Jim Frank to establish the Karen and Jim Frank Excellence in Teaching Fund.

The Crown Family’s $2 Million Gift Endows a Professorship in Painting and Drawing

SAIC received a $2 million gift from Paula and James Crown, Nancy and A. Steven Crown, and the Crown Family Philanthropies.

John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols Donate $500,000 to Support SAIC Programs at Homan Square

John D. and Alexandra C. Nichols gave a five-year $500,000 gift in support of SAIC's new suite of outreach programs at Homan Square in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.

SAIC Receives $1 Million Gift From the Bluhm Family for New Scholarships

The Bluhm Family, a longtime supporter of SAIC, has donated $1 million to establish the Bluhm Family Scholarship Fund, which will provide need-based scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students.

Holly Hunt Supports Graduate Students with a $1 Million Gift

Holly Hunt has given $1 million to establish the HOLLY HUNT Graduate Merit Fellowships.

Ellen and Richard Sandor Pledge More Than $1 Million for New SAIC Scholarships

SAIC Board of Governors members Ellen Sandor (MFA 1975, HON 2014) and Richard Sandor have pledged more than $1 million for merit-based scholarships. 

SAIC’s Parents Council Helps Support Healthy Minds and Bodies

SAIC’s Parents Council awarded a grant to the School’s Wellness Center to improve the emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing of students.

Beatrice Cummings Mayer Endows a New SAIC Scholarship to Support Economic Diversity

Beatrice (“Buddy”) Cummings Mayer (HON 2012), a longtime advocate of the arts and supporter of SAIC, announced a generous gift to establish need-based scholarships for economically disadvantaged undergraduate students.

The Grainger Foundation Commits $1 Million to SAIC

The Grainger Foundation has committed $1 million to support SAIC’s College Arts Access Program (CAAP).

Angela and George Paterakis Fund Scholarships and an Art Education Professorship

SAIC received a $3 million gift from Angela and George Paterakis (Parry) and the George Parry Trust to support the Angela Gregory Paterakis Professorship and a new endowed scholarship.

Levy Family Gift Supports Undergraduate Scholarships

SAIC received a $1 million gift from Diane v. S. and Robert M. Levy that will support need-based scholarships for undergraduate students as well as contribute to the School’s Annual Fund—which helps students with financial aid, facility enhancements, technology acquisitions and upgrades, academic programming, and many other initiatives crucial to their education.

Proceeds from Bank of America Auction Benefit Incoming Students

Bank of America donated more than $1.2 million to SAIC to establish need-based scholarships for Chicago’s high school graduates to pursue higher education at SAIC.

SAIC Receives Major Gift from the Pritzker Foundation

SAIC received a $5 million, multi-year gift from the Pritzker Foundation, one of the largest in the School’s history, to establish the Pritzker Graduate Fellowship Fund, which will offer full-tuition, merit-based scholarships to students pursuing graduate degrees at SAIC.

Parents of SAIC Alum Establish New Professorship and Fellowship in Art History

SAIC received a $2.5 million gift, the largest ever from parents of an SAIC alum, from the Mohn Family Foundation to support a first-of-its-kind professorship and fellowship within the School’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.