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Fashion Chair Nick Cave was featured on national airwaves April 24 on PBS Newshour.

May 11, 2012—The influential national evening news program PBS Newshour featured SAIC Fashion Chair Nick Cave in an exclusive segment at the end of its April 24 broadcast. Cave says in an interview with veteran reporter Jeffrey Brown, “We tend to categorize something in its place in order for it to make sense; here I don’t think my work could really be put into any particular category. So you are forced to ask yourself the question: ‘What is it? What am I encountering at this very moment?’” The segment includes footage of the artist’s studio in the South Loop—as well as a few shots of him instructing students in SAIC’s graduate fashion studio with Liat Smestad—and includes a clip of his recent Dallas showcase HEARD, developed with students from the University of North Texas, where Cave served as Artist-in-Residence this semester.


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SAIC graduate student Christina Long’s work, featured in Elizabeth Shank’s Good News Only gallery.

May 10, 2012—On April 26 ChicagoNow blogger Hannah Lutz profiled a unique collaboration between students at Senn High School and SAIC graduate students, alumni, and faculty who have been working with Elizabeth Shank, founder of Good News Only gallery in Rogers Park. Sixty Inches from Center profiled the project on April 16, as well. The nonprofit art gallery teaches local youth how to build their critical thinking skills by way of curating and managing a fine art gallery. The students—taught by SAIC alumnus Benjamin Jaffe (BFA 1989)—curated the exhibition Forever Young that features work by SAIC grads Nico Gardner and Christina Long as well as SAIC faculty member Amber Ginsburg (MFA 2009).


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SAIC alumnus Hong Sang-soo’s The Day He Arrives is a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

May 9, 2012—The April 20 edition of the New York Times (circ. 1,645,152) featured a review of The Day He Arrives, the latest film by SAIC alumnus Hong Sang-soo (MFA 1989). Film Critic Manohla Dargis selected it for NYT Critic’s Picks and commends how the movie, about a main character wandering the streets of Seoul, always in flight, “becomes an exploration, both playful and rueful, of desire, narrative and the idea beautifully expressed by Faulkner in Absalom, Absalom! that ‘maybe nothing ever happens once and is finished.’”


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Crain’s Chicago Business covered SAIC Fashion 2012 in its April 30 print edition as well as with a video feature online April 27.

May 8, 2012—The April 30 issue of Crain’s Chicago Business (circ. 45,026) covered SAIC Fashion 2012 organizers and students in “Creating a Fashion Scene,” a two-page feature on the current state of fashion education and commerce in the city. Reporter Lorene Yue says in the article, “judging by the creations that come down the catwalk, there is no lack of talent in the city,” and further notes, “SAIC is tied for second place with Rhode Island School of Design for the best graduate fine arts program in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The online version of the article released April 27 features video interviews with SAIC Fashion 2012 Producer Conrad Hamather and graduating Senior Kylee Alexander, who says, “People consider Chicago a more casual city, and I don’t believe that’s necessarily true.”


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May 4, 2012—World-famous Millennium Park in downtown Chicago is about to receive another exciting new public art installation courtesy of an internationally renowned artist affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Soaring Echoes, by SAIC William and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Professor Bill Fontana, will make its public debut in Millennium Park during SAIC Commencement, held in the park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Sunday, May 13.

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SAIC rose to number 17 on Global Language Monitor’s Internet Media Buzz chart among 200 U.S. colleges.

May 7, 2012—The Global Language Monitor (GLM) released new Internet Media Buzz rankings on April 4, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) earned position 17—up from 22 in August—amid 200 ranked schools in the Colleges section. GLM, a media analytics company based in Austin, Texas, measured institutional visibility according to appearances in global print and electronic media, throughout the blogosphere and on social media. SAIC made number one in the “School of Art” category last August. GLM notes, “TrendTopper MediaBuzz Rankings measure near real-time movements of an institution’s reputation or ‘brand equity’…. Unlike other college rankings, specialty schools such as Julliard, SAIC, and the Cooper Union, the service academies, business, [and] tech schools are included.”


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May 4, 2012—A $5 million donation comes to fruition May 7 as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) dedicates its new LeRoy Neiman Center with a VIP luncheon and reception for the SAIC community led by SAIC President Dr. Walter E. Massey. Images, background, and more information about the center is available at blogs.saic.edu/thecenter.

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SAIC alumnus Eric J. Garcia was featured on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight on April 18.

May 4, 2012—WTTW’s Chicago Tonight featured SAIC alumnus Eric J. Garcia (MFA 2009) on April 18 in a segment on political cartoons with Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis. Garcia says in the interview with program host Phil Ponce that what draws him into political cartoon is the hypocrisy in the political world but also “stuff that’s not out there yet—information that needs to be out there but isn’t out there.” The two cartoonists then took the viewers through some of their recent published works and talked about the irony in them.


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About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC's educational philosophy is built upon a multidisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances.

 

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