SAIC shows 2020: exhibitions and events

SAIC shows 2020: exhibitions and events

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

(1) Sofia Diaz, 001_errors, BFA Show 2019. (2) Heidi Metcalf, Design Show 2019. (3) Faun Manne, Low-Res MFA Show 2019.

January 30, 2020
SAIC shows 2020: exhibitions and events
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
33 S. State St., 7th floor
Sullivan Galleries
Chicago, IL 60603
United States

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) celebrates its talented students completing their undergraduate and graduate degrees with SAIC Shows 2020. These exhibitions and events showcase students’ culminating work in locations across campus and throughout the city of Chicago. More events to be announced. Visit the SAIC Shows website for updates.


Post-Baccalaureate Annual
February 1–15
Reception: January 31
This presentation features the work of students completing the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio.

Spaces With(in)
February 1–15
Reception: January 31

Panel and Film Screening: February 7
The exhibition showcases artwork by Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling students and by individuals they work with at their internship, reflecting the voices, practices, and intersections of art therapy.


Spring Undergraduate Exhibition
March 14–27
Reception: March 14
More than 290 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.


April 3–17
Reception: April 3
Juried works, faculty selections, and site-specific installations by first-year undergraduate students in the Contemporary Practices program.

IMPACT Performance Festival
April 9­ and 11
Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates present work in live performance and time-based media.

MFA Show
April 25–May 13
Reception: April 24
Serving as the culminating public presentation of more than 120 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.


Art Education Master’s Symposium for MA in Teaching and MA in Art Education
May 6
Graduate students in the MA in Art Education and the MA in Teaching programs present their thesis research.

Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival
May 6–9
Showcasing student media works, bring to the screen a wide range of genres and practices.

Apprentice Teaching Presentations and Celebration
May 7
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education and Master of Arts in Teaching graduates present apprentice teaching projects taught in schools throughout the Chicago area.

Fashion 2020
Exhibition and Runway Show: May 8
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.


BFA Writing Program Reading
May 9
Graduating students from the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing program present their texts generated in traditional as well as hybrid and experimental forms, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scripts, electronic media, and performance.


Design Show
May 9–26
Reception: May 9
Featuring work by master’s candidates from the graduating classes of the Departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects and Fashion, Body and Garment.

Visual and Critical Studies Undergraduate Thesis Symposium
May 9
Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies program and the Bachelor of Fine Arts with thesis in Visual and Critical Studies present their thesis work based on a year of independent research, writing, and creative production.


MFA Writing Program Reading
May 12
Graduating students from the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program read selections from their work, including, but not limited to, fiction, nonfiction, and text off the page.


Low-Residency MFA Show
July 10–26
Reception: July 9
This exhibition showcases the culminating achievements of graduating students in the Low-Residency MFA program working in a variety of media and methodologies.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers​, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries​, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate​, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alums and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, Jeff Koons, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at

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