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March 16, 2012—Tickets are still available for the fashion event that started the careers of such distinguished SAIC alumni as Halston, Maria Pinto, Lawrence Steele, and Cynthia Rowley. The 78th annual fashion show at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Fashion 2012, will bring more than 300 original garments to a tented venue in beautiful Millennium Park on Thursday, April 19. The show will be presented three times throughout the day before a final evening presentation during THE WALK 2012, SAIC’s annual benefit gala supporting student scholarships and student work.

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The Brooklyn Rail devoted its cover story to Painting and Drawing Chair Michelle Grabner on March 20. Image by Phong Bul.

March 20, 2012—Painting and Drawing Chair Michelle Grabner is featured on the cover of the Brooklyn Rail (circ. 20,000) March edition, interviewed by Barry Schwabsky. Grabner talks about her career, paintings, the Chicago art scene, and her curatorial projects with her husband Brad Killam, expressing in the interview that it is ironic that she is “now Chair of the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a program that rejected my graduate school application.” Grabner’s most recent solo exhibitions were held at Green Gallery in Milwaukee, and another at Shane Campbell gallery in Oak Park.


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TIME published a feature on Fashion Design Department Chair Nick Cave, on newsstands March 16.

March 19, 2012TIME magazine published a feature covering SAIC Fashion Design Chair Nick Cave in its March 19 edition (circ. 3,376,226). Reporter Richard Lacayo interviewed Cave in his South Loop apartment. Looking back on Cave’s career, Lacayo writes, “He made his first Soundsuit in response to the 1991 beating of Rodney King…At the time, he had just moved to Chicago and taken a job teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he now heads the graduate fashion program.” Cave also recalled his childhood in this feature, saying that he “was always a gatherer… collecting and assembling things, making shrines. I would make stuff for my mom all the time.”


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SAIC alumnus Jesse Mooney-Bullock (BFA 2011) is featured in an article on Soapbox Cincinnati. Photo courtesy of soapboxmedia.com

March 16, 2012—SAIC alumnus Jesse Mooney-Bullock (BFA 2001), a Cincinnati-based puppetry artist, was featured in an article on Soapbox Cincinnati February 28. The article “Puppet Master” introduces his large body of handcrafted puppets as well as his effort to balance art and family life. Reporter Evan Wallis wrote, “At the [School of the Art Institute of Chicago], where instead of a specific major, students create their own mix of classes, Mooney-Bullock originally focused on illustration. Along the way, he took performance and puppetry classes.” The article also mentions Mooney-Bullock’s apprenticeship with SAIC part-time faculty Blair Thomas, with whom he still works today.


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SAIC faculty Tim Wittman talks about Chicago’s Chinatown for its centennial anniversary. Photo by Long Yu/Medill Reports Chicago

March 15, 2012—SAIC faculty Tim Wittman (Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Historical Preservation) gave a lecture about Chicago’s Chinatown on Saturday, February 18 at the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago. This February signals the Centennial anniversary of Chinatown since it moved from the Loop to Cermak in 1912. Wittman tells Medill Reports Chicago reporter Long Yu that, “[Chicago’s] Chinatown is one of the few places in the city where ethnic heritage is reflected in buildings.” Wittman will present another lecture on March 17 at the museum.


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Alumna Nazafarin Lotfi (MFA 2011) will have a solo exhibition at the Tony Wight Gallery. Photo courtesy of Tony Wight Gallery

March 14, 2012Chicago Magazine’s weekly Chicago Guide eNewsletter listed alumna Nazafarin Lotfi’s (MFA 2011) solo exhibition “Circles” at Tony Wight Gallery as one of its “Top Five” picks of the week on February 29. “Lotfi uses salvaged materials such as metal fencing and fishing line to stencil patterns onto her minimalist black-and-white paintings, then reincorporates some of those same objects into sculptures that are shown with them,” notes editor Lena Singer.


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DailyCandy’s Weekend Guide recommended the Fifteenth Annual European Union Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Photo courtesy of the Gene Siskel Film Center

March 13, 2012DailyCandy’s Weekend Guide included the Fifteenth Annual European Union Film Festival in its March 1 edition. Taking place at SAIC’s Gene Siskel Film Center, the festival shows “65 flicks from every EU country,” including “the intriguing voyages of Breathing, Austria’s arty coming-of-age story, and Burke & Hare, the UK comedy about 19th-century con men.” DailyCandy’s popular eNewsletter reaches more than 88,000 subscribers in Chicagoland.


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Bank of America will show an SAIC student’s mural as part of its global sponsorship of the upcoming Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago

March 12, 2012Bloomberg Businessweek, Yahoo, and a number of other media outlets reported March 5 that Bank of America’s 8,600 square-foot Kennedy Expressway Wall Mural will showcase the work of one lucky SAIC student this spring. In conjunction with its global sponsorship of the Art Institute of Chicago’s new exhibition opening May 16, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, students at SAIC were asked to create original artwork in the pop art style that is a tribute to Chicago. The commissioned artist’s work will be announced in mid-March and then unveiled on the wall mural prior to the Lichtenstein exhibition opening.


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