Connecting the Dots: Summer Institute for Artists & Administrators at SAIC

Connecting the Dots: Summer Institute for Artists & Administrators at SAIC

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

May 8, 2009
Connecting the Dots: Summer Institute for Artists & Administrators at SAIC
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Faculty members from SAIC’s Department of Arts Administration and Policy lead the one-week seminars, and are joined by distinguished keynote guests who will present on topics relevant to the sessions, offering students valuable real-world perspectives. Each keynote lecture is open to all participants in the Summer Institute.

Students may choose to enroll in a 3-week course Life After Art School or choose from the 1-week professional development seminars.


Life After Art School
Instructor: Michael Ryan
July 27 – August 14, 2009
Monday – Friday 9am–4pm

Designed for current degree-seeking students, recent graduates, and emerging artists, this interdisciplinary, upper level seminar helps participants develop methods for sustaining a studio practice, deepening a theoretical and critical understanding of their work, and understanding the changing role of the artist in today’s society. The course includes: readings and discussions; individual artist presentations; writing an artist’s statement, résumé, cover letter, and press release; designing exhibition announcements and/or business cards; developing an exhibition proposal; discussions with visiting artists and curators. Other discussions include: graduate school – yes, no, how to proceed; traditional and alternative strategies for exhibiting and self-promotion; earning a living; creating a support system as a working artist.

Three-week course cost:
1,275 USD (non-credit tuition)
SAIC Alumni and Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago members: 1,146 USD (non-credit tuition)
3 Undergraduate Level Credits: 3,255 USD
Included in cost: Keynote Speakers from Professional Development Seminars
*Optional Housing (3 weeks, double occupancy): 900 USD


Week 1: July 27–31, 2009
Monday – Friday, 9am–4pm

Session 1: Arts Project Management
Instructor: Nicholas Lowe
Students learn the nuts-and-bolts skills necessary to develop an arts project, either for individual work or in collaboration. Various strategies to successfully research, plan, propose, and assess projects are explored. Topics covered include: structural and organizational approaches; project planning and management; writing project proposals and contracts; budgets and financial planning; managing work patterns.

Session 2: Not For Profit (NFP) Gallery Development and Management
Instructor: Shannon Stratton
Aimed at aspiring proprietors, programmers, directors, and curators of NFP arts organizations, this seminar introduces the basics of what it takes to set up and run a small not-for-profit from 501c3. This session offers invaluable information for anyone interested in starting their own arts related business. Topics covered include: benefits and pitfalls of organizing as an NFP; determining mission and organization appropriate for your community; staffing and management; programming models; working with artists; marketing essentials; grant writing and fundraising; board and committee development.

Week 2: August 3–7, 2009
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm

Session 3: In Cahoots: The Art Market
Instructor: Britton Bertran
This session introduces students to the relationship between artist, dealer, and collector, and investigates the structures of the art market. Participants in this class learn how to work with dealers and collectors, how art operates as an investment, how to manage sales, and the general operating systems of commercial galleries. Topics covered include: history and future of the art market; art as investment; importance of provenance, market roles and players; collections and collectors.

Session 4: Grant Writing and Presentation Skills for Artists
Instructor: Adelheid Mers
Of particular importance to working artists, this session introduces and extends participants’ grant writing abilities. Exercises and examples focus on the importance of understanding the requirements of applications, grants, letters of inquiry, RFQs (Request for Quotation), and RFPs (Request for Proposal). Attention is also given to the development of editing and writing skills, which enable artists to clearly describe their work and present projects to juries and funders.

One-week seminar cost:
425 USD (non-credit tuition)
SAIC Alumni and Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago members: 382 USD (non-credit tuition)
*Optional Housing (1 week, double occupancy): 300 USD

SAIC Faculty

Britton Bertran: Art consultant; independent curator; faculty, Department of Arts Administration and Policy.
Nicholas Lowe: Associate Professor; Chair, Arts Administration and Policy.
Adelheid Mers: Artist; Associate Professor, Department of Arts Administration and Policy.
Michael Ryan: Artist, Adjunct Associate Professor, Arts Administration and Policy; Faculty Advisor to SAIC’s Student Union Galleries.
Shannon Stratton: Director and Chief Curator, Threewalls Gallery in Chicago; faculty, Department of Arts Administration and Policy.

To register, contact:
SAIC Registration and Records
36 S. Wabash Avenue, Suite 1210
Chicago, IL 60603

For more information:
email: [email protected]

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the most distinguished training grounds in these disciplines. As one of the two bodies that make up the Art Institute of Chicago, SAIC’s unparalleled transdisciplinary approach to art and design education is seen in the twenty-seven areas of study it offers through a range of graduate, undergraduate, and post-baccalaureate programs. Notable alumni of the School include Paul Chan, Richard Hunt, Halston, Joan Mitchell, Elizabeth Murray, LeRoy Neiman, Georgia O’Keeffe, Claes Oldenburg, David Sedaris, Robert Storr, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

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