SAIC Visiting Artists Program

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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is pleased to announce its spring schedule of Visiting Artists Program lectures. Join us online for one of the city’s leading public forums on the presentation and contemplation of contemporary art, design, and scholarship.

All events are free and open to the public, and registration is not required. Programs will be hosted via Zoom and live captioned by Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services. Visit our website to learn more and listen to lecture recordings from the archive.Yinka Shonibare CBE, Gallantry and Criminal Conversation, 2002, dimensions variable, 11 life-size fiberglass mannequins, Dutch wax-printed cotton textile, metal and wood cases, leather, wood, steel. Courtesy of the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, and James Cohan Gallery, New York. Photo: Jenni Carter Yinka Shonibare CBE in Conversation with Delinda Collier
Tuesday, February 23, 12:00–1:30 p.m. CT
Join us live for a virtual conversation with artist Yinka Shonibare CBE followed by an audience Q&A.
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The interdisciplinary practice of London-based artist Yinka Shonibare CBE uses citations of Western art history and literature to question the validity of contemporary cultural and national identities within the context of globalization. Through examining race, class, and the construction of cultural identity, his works comment on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe and their respective economic and political histories. Presented in partnership with SAIC’s Wellness Center and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

more infoCarla Fernandéz and Pedro Reyes, Amnesia Atómica (Atomic Amnesia), 2020. Courtesy of Pedro Reyes StudioPedro Reyes
Tuesday, March 2, 6:30–7:45 p.m. CT
Join us live for a virtual lecture by artist Pedro Reyes followed by an audience Q&A.
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Pedro Reyes explores the power of individual and collective organization to incite change through communication, creativity, happiness, and humor. Reyes designs projects that propose playful solutions to social problems, often enlisting viewers as participants through individual conversations, therapeutic acts, or as creators of objects.

more infoColored People Time, 2020, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photo: Derek Rigby. Hand model: Michele PiersonMeg Onli
Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series

Tuesday, March 16, 6:30–7:45 p.m. CT
Join us live for a virtual lecture by curator Meg Onli followed by an audience Q&A.
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Meg Onli (BFA 2008) is the Andrea B. Laporte Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has curated the exhibitions Speech/Acts (2017) and Colored People Time (2019). Onli is the recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant; a 2014 Graham Foundation grant; a 2019 Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation; and is currently a Warhol Foundation curatorial fellow. Presented in partnership with SAIC Alumni Relations.

more infoMiranda July, 2020, PrestelMiranda July in Conversation with Jennifer Reeder
Tuesday, March 30, 6:30–7:30 p.m. CT
Join us live for a virtual conversation with artist Miranda July followed by an audience Q&A.
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Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer whose work explores human connection, inclusivity, desire, fear, and fantasy. Across media, July’s daring, urgent, and idiosyncratic voice finds unexpectedly accessible forms that reflect the poignancy and strangeness of the human plight. Presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago and SAIC’s Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation.

more infoIan Cheng, Emissary Forks at Perfection (still), live simulation and story, infinite duration, 2015–2016. Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias, London and Gladstone Gallery, New York
 Ian Cheng
Tuesday, April 6, 6:30–7:45 p.m. CT
Join us live for a virtual lecture by artist Ian Cheng followed by an audience Q&A.
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Drawing on principles of video game design, improvisation, and cognitive science, Ian Cheng’s practice explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change. He produces computer-generated simulations whose complex ecosystems are programmed to evolve without end. Presented in partnership with SAIC’s Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation’s Conversations at the Edge series.

more infoThis program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

About the Visiting Artists Program
Founded in 1868, the Visiting Artists Program is one of the oldest public programs of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Formalized in 1951 with the establishment of an endowed fund by Flora Mayer Witkowsky, the Visiting Artists Program has featured over 1,000 international artists, designers, and scholars representing more than 70 countries through a diverse mix of lectures, screenings, conversations, and readings. The Visiting Artists Program provides a platform for innovative ideas that inspire and educate.

All events will be live captioned by CART services. For additional access requests, including American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or audio description, visit saic.edu/access.

Contact the Visiting Artists Program office with any questions at events@saic.edu.School of the Art Institute of Chicago logo

Resident Shared Resources

These documents and links are items shared in our group meetings that may be relevant to your studio practice. Please feel free to send me new resources for the group.

Art Share LA • Newsletter

SAIC Grant WorkshopMaterials

SAIC Grant WorkshopVideo

Artist Grants Guide 2021

A dreamy residency for women only.https://www.turkeylandcovefoundation.org/

Ora Lerman Trust in PA: https://www.lermantrust.org/soaringgardens/#Application

Wayfarers in BK. My friend did this one in July, it’s for teaching artists only-they set you up with a bunch of studio visits http://www.brooklynwayfarers.org/t-art
https://www.ipcny.org/

My friend (Gina) Mary also has this ongoing spreadsheet of opportunities https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1P8p1narpn3UYcCvn209TirIZ5n-lrfWuTTSzI8AVIfU/edit#gid=0


Workshops available in this onehttps://www.nyfa.org/Opportunities/Show/8c1a8505-05d0-40d2-9f66-d4eaaaf8dedf