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SAIC faculty member James McManus is a finalist for the 2011 Peter Lisagor Award for Online Feature Writing.

April 25, 2012—SAIC faculty member James McManus (Liberal Arts and Writing) has been named one of three finalists for the 2011 Peter Lisagor Award for Online Feature Writing. The Chicago Headline Club will announce the winner on May 4. McManus was nominated for “Full Tilt Boogie: The UIGEA and You,” published in ESPN’s Grantland. He won this award in 2000.


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The New York Times Sunday Book Review had fine words for SAIC faulty Adam Levin’s Hot Pink. Photo by Daniel Borris for the New York Times.

April 24, 2012—The New York Times Book Review (circ. 1,645,152) published a review of Writing faculty member Adam Levin’s new story collection, Hot Pink (McSweeney’s Rectangulars) on March 25. Author Peter Orner reviews the collection of short stories and cherishes Levin’s “sheer delight in language,” highlighting the uniqueness of voice and emotions present in the stories. “There’s an exuberance here that is absent from safer and too often soulless collections,” Orner writes. “Life in Hot Pink is raw, messy, yet replete with moments of awkward grace.”


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The MCA calls SAIC faculty member and alumna Molly Zuckerman-Hartung “one of Chicago’s most promising emerging artists,” ahead of her show opening May 1.

April 23, 2012—SAIC alumna and faculty member Molly Zuckerman-Hartung (Painting and Drawing) opens her BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) on May 1. The MCA’s overview notes Zuckerman-Hartung’s “innovative explorations of materials and process-based abstract painting make her one of Chicago’s most promising emerging artists.” Zuckerman-Hartung is just the third artist to be featured in the MCA’s new exhibition series, following fellow SAIC faculty member Scott Reeder (Painting and Drawing) and Laura Letinsky.


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SAIC faculty member Therese Quinn joined an open letter that expresses concerns about using student test scores to judge teachers in city schools.

April 20, 2012—An organization co-founded by SAIC faculty member Therese Quinn (Art Education) and six other local education researchers received local media coverage March 26 when it published an open-letter petition signed by 88 researchers in Chicagoland that raises concerns about using student test scores to judge teachers in city schools. Coverage by WBEZ reporter Linda Lutton of a news conference attended by Quinn is available online.


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The New York Daily named Dun-Well Doughnuts in Brooklyn, co-owned by Dan Dunbar (BFA 2009), Best Doughnuts in NYC.

April 19, 2012The New York Daily recently crowned Dun-Well Doughnuts of Brooklyn—co-owned by SAIC alumnus Dan Dunbar (BFA 2009)—as home of the best doughnuts in New York City. Dun-Well serves the only vegan doughnut in town and sells about 100 different doughnut varieties. Ben McCanna, staff writer for the Morning Sentinel (circ. 22,790), published a feature about Dunbar on April 2. “After Ithaca, Dunbar enrolled in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to pursue a bachelor’s of fine art in sculpture,” wrote McCanna, “those passions—cooking, theater, sculpture and vegan lifestyle—are all found within the walls of Dun-Well Doughnuts.”


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SAIC graduate Maura Ahern Haney was featured on DailyCandy.com’s Wedding Guide on April 9.

April 18, 2012—SAIC alumna Maura Ahern Haney (BFA 2007) was featured in the Chicagoland DailyCandy Wedding Guide on April 9. The accessory designer of Pishposhes, an independent design label founded in 2008, creates veils and unique barrettes for wedding days—all by hand. The DailyCandy editors gush, “Allow SAIC grad Maura Ahern Haney of Pishposhes to trick you out with veils, fascinators, headbands, sashes, cocktail hats, and more…. Ask her about her polka-dot netting—you won’t be sorry.” A whopping 88,000 subscribers receive DailyCandy newsletters in Chicago.


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Roberto Sifuentes and his company La Pocha Nostra earned a $15,000 grant from the Map Fund in April.

April 17, 2012—Performance faculty member Roberto Sifuentes and his company La Pocha Nostra have received a $15,000 grant from the Map Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The funding will support the creation of a new work titled Psycho-Magic Actions for a World Gone Wrong, a work that “tries to make sense of the current culture of far-right isolationism, xenophobia, and the violence of organized crime.”


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SAIC alumna and Bucktown boutique owner Robin Richman made the cover of Crain’s Chicago Business on April 9.

April 16, 2012—The April 9 edition of Crain’s Chicago Business (circ. 45,026) profiled SAIC alumna and clothier Robin Richman (BFA 1980) in a full-page article by reporter Lisa Bertagnoli. She describes Richman’s eclectic and popular Bucktown store, which started 15 years ago, as more like “an eccentric museum rather than a boutique.” Richman tells the reporter that she “never had a plan.” SAIC Fashion Resource Center Director Gillion Carrara offers a summary of Richman’s aesthetic in the article, noting, “The chipped, the worn, the forgotten—for us interested in avant-garde fashion.”


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