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Two SAIC alumni earned reviews of new work in the March edition of Art in America.

April 13, 2012—Site-specific installation Merge by SAIC alumna Sharon Loudon (BFA 1988) at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis was reviewed by Janet Koplos in the March edition of Art in America (circ. 75,670). Koplos calls Merge, on view through May 20, “perhaps Louden’s best work to date…clearly [succeeding] on its own merits and would be satisfying anywhere.” FeedBack, the recent exhibition at the Luminary Center for the Arts of work by Brett Williams (BFA 1996, MFA 1998) was reviewed by Ivy Cooper in the March 2012 edition, as well.


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The first LA Biennial features at least five SAIC alumni June 2–September 2.

April 13, 2012—Congratulations to LA-based alumni Jim Fetterley (1983–93) and Rich Bott (BFA 1995) of Animal Charm, Ashley Hunt (MFA 1998), and Cayetano Ferrer (BFA 2006), who are among the 60 artists selected for the first Los Angeles biennial, Made in L.A. 2012, to be presented June 2–September 2 at the Hammer Museum, LAXART, and the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.


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SAIC President Walter E. Massey, Ph.D. Photo by Yoni Goldstein courtesy School of the Art Institute of Chicago

April 12, 2012—Cary McMillan, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), announced today the Board of Trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago voted unanimously on April 11 to extend through the end of the 2015–16 academic year the appointment of Walter E. Massey, Ph.D. as SAIC President. The news comes as SAIC celebrates several milestones enhancing its position of international leadership and strength among independent colleges of art and design.

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SAIC alumna Lorna Marsh’s paintings will be exhibited at Art Shanghai 2012.

April 12, 2012WHATSUPMIAMI WUM, a blog turned-journal for the contemporary arts, will exhibit 10 paintings by SAIC alumna Lorna Marsh (BFA 1991) at Art Shanghai 2012, the international art fair that takes place from May 10 to 14 in Shanghai, China. Marsh’s paintings will be exhibited in the Latin-American Pavilion and the International Wing. An article published in examiner.com introduces “Marsh’s South African roots and formal training at the London Royal Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago bring a strong technique and social consciousness in her expressionist figurative works.”


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Chicago Art Magazine published an article about Courtney Blades Gallery run by two SAIC undergraduate students. Photo by Luke Armistead

April 11, 2012Chicago Art Magazine published a profile of the Courtney Blades Gallery—run by SAIC undergraduates Mickey Pomfrey (BFA 2012) and Blake Harris (BFA 2012)—on March 26. Reporter Tamara Dolyniuk calls the gallery a space “for young emerging artists to make work without restriction and to offer an alternative mentality as to how a commercial gallery can operate.” The co-founders note, “We will do whatever we want to do. One thing might take precedence for a little while, but ultimately, why can’t we do it all?”


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Shared-practice.com published a review of the SAIC Spring Undergraduate Exhibition. Photo courtesy of the website

April 10, 2012Shared-Practice.com published a review on March 23 of the SAIC Spring Undergraduate Exhibition. Reporter Matthew Keeshin writes, “This exhibition is a microcosm of the SAIC experience… It is truly a moment to unite the school as an integrated architecture of art training and city living.” Keeshin selects highlights in categories such as “best exhibition,” “best immersive environment,” and “best interactive,” commenting on the trends of this year’s show. Chicago Arts Archive also covered the exhibition on March 19. Writer Jes Standefer commented on the increased energy and vitality of the opening night event, noting that the works displayed are “colorful, fun, and interactive.”


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A nine-page SAIC booklet was inserted in 44,800 copies of the New York Times’ Sunday paper on April 1.

April 9, 2012—SAIC inserted a nine-page booklet in 44,800 copies of the New York Times on Sunday, April 1, covering the entire metro Chicago distribution on newsstands and to home delivery subscribers. The booklet, designed by SAIC undergraduate Justin Tang (BFA 2013), includes a complete calendar of year-end thesis exhibitions and programs preceded by an invitation to attend by President Walter Massey.


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Japan-based SAIC alumnus Felipe Smith (BFA 2000) is making international waves as a manga artist.

April 6, 2012ComicBookResource.com recently interviewed SAIC alumnus Felipe Smith (BFA 2000), an American cartoonist working in Japan. The article described Smith as “a man of the world,” as he moved from Akron, Ohio to Chicago, and then Los Angeles and finally settled in Japan to work on creating Manga. The article also mentioned that MangaNEXT, the first and only manga convention in America, recently invited Smith as a guest.


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