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Leslie Umberger, while working at the Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin in 2007, organized Sublime Spaces & Visionary Worlds: Built Environments of Vernacular Artists, the largest exhibition ever held at the institution.

September 5, 2012—SAIC alumna Leslie Umberger (BFA 1989) was recently appointed Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. After more than 10 years at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Umberger was hired in June by the internationally recognized institution. The museum—“a leader in identifying and collecting significant aspects of American visual culture”—says folk art is a growing area of interest “with special appeal to contemporary audiences.”

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September 1, 2012—On August 27, the Huffington Post Arts and Culture blog published “Ellen Sandor and the Future of Photography,” a piece describing the SAIC Board of Governors member’s patented technique of making 3D sculptures from 2D images. Writer Elysabeth Alfano says “Ellen often collaborates with scientists to look at the DNA strands of disease, X-rays, and scans of the brain through her 3DPHSCologram sculpture. This new interpretation of the scientifically accurate data allows the doctors a new perspective on the information and the patients a better understanding through art, a more approachable and engaging platform.”  Sandor (MFA 1975) will open her studio to the public on Friday, September 21 as part of EXPO CHICAGO, where she will also have work on view.

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SAIC alumna Annette Elliot intended to address the politics surrounding the location of the Garfield Park Conservatory in her recent on-site video installation.

August 30, 2012—On August 17 F Newsmagazine featured a video interview with artist and recent SAIC alumna Annette Elliot (MFA 2012) about her recent installation at the Garfield Park Conservatory. While describing her piece Light Projection—a digital reenactment of the 2011 hailstorm that shattered the panes of glass at that location, on view for a week last month—Elliot details the intricacies involved in proposing art installations in nontraditional places and how being persistent with the city ultimately allowed her to have free reign over the project.

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Yoko Ono’s latest exhibition at Serpentine Gallery in London’s Hyde Park features a collection of her work produced over the last 50 years.

In the August edition of NYC-based publication ArtWrit, BFA Junior Matthew Steinbrecher published a review of Yoko Ono’s latest exhibition at Serpentine Gallery in London. The Huffington Post also circulated Steinbrecher’s piece through a partnership between the publications.

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Gillion Carrara teaches a hands-on course at SAIC’s Fashion Resource Center, the special collection that houses an awe-inspiring collection of contemporary avant-garde garments that continues to grow under her direction.

August 28, 2012—Fashion Resource Center (FRC) Director Gillion Carrara is prominently featured in the “View from the Top” section of the September issue of Michigan Avenue magazine. Spotlighting her role at the helm of “Chicago’s most impressive fashion collection,” writer Molly Each explains that the FRC at SAIC “has grown in part because of Carrara’s personal relationships and sterling reputation in the fashion world.” The two-page article, starting on page 63, features brilliant photos of unique items from the FRC collection and also dedicates a column to Carrara’s sources of inspiration. SAIC alumna Monique Meloche (1991–93) is featured on page 68 in a “Talent Patrol” feature, as well.

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SAIC alumnus Richard Hunt takes a break in his studio close to the DePaul University campus. Hunt has more than 120 public works of art on display around the country.

August 27, 2012—On August 20 Chicago Tribune news columnist Dawn Turner Trice reported on the new granite and bronze monument for which renowned sculptor and SAIC alumnus Richard Hunt (BAE 1957) has been commissioned to commemorate early civil rights leader Ida B. Wells. Noting Hunt’s many accomplishments, Turner Trice highlights Hunt’s time at SAIC in the 1950s when opportunities were scarce for African American abstract expressionists. She notes that while at SAIC Hunt was awarded a fellowship to study in Europe, describing an experience that “helped him mature as an artist.”

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Roger Brown, Pediment, 1985. Courtesy of the Roger Brown Estate Painting Collection, SAIC. Photo: William H. Bengtson

August 24, 2012—Several private collections, rare archival ephemera, and an expert curatorial team inform a new look at a legendary Chicago artist this fall at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Roger Brown: This Boy’s Own Story will be on view in the SAIC Sullivan Galleries, 33 South State Street, August 25–November 10. A unique exploration that considers a significant yet under-explored current in the artist’s work, the exhibition leads a trio of prominent exhibitions and programs this fall exploring personal and public perceptions of identity, including the concurrent show The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aestheticsand the 2012 William and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Professor Lecture by documentary photographer Catherine Opie on September 10. Visitor hours and more information are available at saic.edu/exhibitions. The exhibition reception is Friday, September 14, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

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An image of Todd Chilton’s 2011 painting Roll Left graced the cover of New American Paintings, juried by Indianapolis Museum of Art Senior Curator Lisa Freiman.

August 24, 2012—At least nine SAIC community members are included among the 40 artists featured in the latest issue of New American Paintings—including the artist featured on the cover, alumnus Todd Chilton (MFA 2005). Pick up a copy of issue #101 to see work from Samantha Bittman (MFA 2010), Loretta Bourque (BFA 1991, Post-Bacc 1996), Jonathan Gardner (PBS 2008), current student Zachary Harvey, Maxon Higbee (MFA 2010), faculty member Richard Hull (MFA 1980), Rachel Niffenegger-Tinder (BFA 2008), and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung (PBS 2005, MFA 2007).

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