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August 31–December 3, 2022
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Faculty Sabbatical Triennial exhibition, which will be on display this fall, will feature a variety of work from 38 SAIC faculty members who have taken sabbaticals or other paid leaves throughout the previous three academic years. These SAIC academic members’ research and practices are showcased in significant gallery-based presentations, seminars and events, as well as a dedicated website.
After seven years of employment, SAIC grants sabbaticals, or salaried leaves of absence, to qualified full- and part-time academics. The purpose of a sabbatical is to allow teachers to spend a certain time to research, experimentation, and output in order to maintain their instructional and professional competence. Faculty are released from their teaching and administrative responsibilities during this time. But the previous three years have been unlike any other, and the pandemic significantly changed my sabbatical experiences and objectives. Nevertheless, SAIC’s creative teachers took use of their isolation and unpredictability to develop and broaden their practices, frequently finding inspiration in the everyday and discovering novel approaches to creation. The exhibition and associated events honor the distinguished professors at SAIC for their unwavering inventiveness and fortitude.
This 2022 edition of the Triennial marks the first in a newly conceived series dedicated to faculty work, which will occur every three years at SAIC Galleries as the featured exhibition of the fall semester. Participating faculty include Candida Alvarez, Aimée Beaubien, jonCates, Nic Collins, Romi Crawford, Kate Dumbleton, Stephen Farrell, Elizabeth Freeland, Pablo Garcia, Maria Gaspar, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Anne Harris, Claudia Hart, Myungah Hyon, Mark Jeffery, Bruce Jenkins, Linda Keane, Lora Lode, Anke Loh, Lou Mallozzi, Ruth Margraff, William O’Brien, Mary Patten, Claire Pentecost, Dushko Petrovich, Frank Piatek, Dan Price, Eia Radosavljevic, Melissa Raman Molitor, David Raskin, Scott Reeder, Katrin Schnabl, Jim Trainor, Lan Tuazon, Oli Watt, Bess Williamson, Beth Wright, and Andrew S. Yang.
Staci Boris, Director of Exhibitions, and Graduate Curatorial Assistants Clayton Kennedy (Dual MA 2023) and Christine Magill (Dual MA 2023) are in charge of planning the 2022 SAIC Faculty Sabbatical Triennial. Learn more here.
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a pioneer in training the most significant thinkers, designers, and artists in the world for more than 155 years. SAIC offers an interdisciplinary approach to art and design along with top-notch resources, such as the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and cutting-edge facilities. It is located in downtown Chicago and has a fine arts graduate program that is ranked number two in the country by U.S. News and World Report. In our Continuing Studies classes, adults, teens, and children have the chance to explore their creative sides, build portfolios, and improve their skills. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and postbaccalaureate students have the freedom to take chances and develop the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world. Notable alumni and faculty include Georgia O’Keeffe, Nick Cave, David Sedaris, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Cynthia Rowley, Michelle Grabner, Richard Hunt, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Jeff Koons.
In the center of Chicago’s Loop, the SAIC Galleries is a thriving public art venue where both up-and-coming and seasoned contemporary artists and designers exhibit their boundary-pushing creations. The SAIC Galleries provide 26,000 square feet of exhibition space for regular faculty and student exhibitions as well as one-time displays by local, regional, and worldwide artists. Free entry is offered.