SAIC Shows 2021: exhibitions and events

SAIC Shows 2021: exhibitions and events

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Heidi Wanzek, Not Afraid, 2019.

March 11, 2021
SAIC Shows 2021: exhibitions and events
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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Chicago, Illinois 60603
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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) celebrates the talented SAIC students completing their undergraduate and graduate degrees with SAIC Shows, diverse and dynamic showcases of student work. This spring, SAIC Shows exhibitions and events will take place both in person and online. More events will be announced. Please visit for the latest updates.

March 15–27
Spring Undergraduate Exhibition
SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees exhibit their innovative work. SAIC promotes crossing disciplines and challenging assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition, which can be viewed both in person and online.

April 17–18
IMPACT Performance Festival
Coordinated by SAIC’s Performance department and Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies, this virtual thesis event is designed to support graduating students creating live-art and performance. 

April 17
Just a Container
The Department of Visual and Critical Studies presents a virtual symposium featuring Master of Art in Visual and Critical Studies candidates.

May 3–19
Graduate Exhibition
The 2021 Graduate Exhibition is the culminating presentation of Master of Fine Arts, Master of Design, and Master of Architecture candidates and an opportunity to present new and ambitious work to the public.

May 5–6
Art History Master of Arts Symposium
This two-day virtual symposium will present Master of Arts thesis projects in art history, featuring a range of topics in modern and contemporary art history. Art History, Theory, and Criticism faculty will respond and discuss the presented papers.

May 5–8
Visual and Critical Studies Undergraduate Thesis Symposium
Graduating students in the Visual and Critical Studies undergraduate degree programs share their thesis work online and participate in live panel discussions on May 8. A virtual reception will follow the panel discussions.


Artbash 2021
Artbash is the Department of Contemporary Practices’s major end-of-year exhibition of student work developed out of interdisciplinary studio courses in the department. Exhibition and events will take place on campus and online at, in addition to CPTV, an online community event to celebrate, share, and create together.

May 7
This virtual celebration of work across SAIC’s fashion curriculumn showcases our sophomore, junior, senior, and post-baccalaureate achievements and features the premiere screening of a fashion movie developed and produced by the Fashion department’s senior fashion cohort.


May 10–16
Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival
This virtual festival features the work of graduate and undergraduate students from the class of 2021. Tune in for free and view at any time during the seven-day run.

May 14
Art History Senior Thesis Symposium
This virtual symposium presents the art history thesis projects of graduating BA and BFA students. Featuring a wide range of topics that critically explore what modern and contemporary art history can do in the present day, the symposium will feature student dialogues with faculty from SAIC’s Art History, Theory, and Criticism department. 

More events will be announced. Please visit for the latest updates.

Previous 2021 shows: 

Post-Baccalaureate Annual
This presentation features the work of students completing the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Reconstructing Care: Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling exhibition
This exhibition challenges current paradigms of care within the field of art therapy and beyond. See the virtual exhibition

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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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