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/   Art Review

The $15 admission price to The Provocateurs, the group art show organized by the Art Alliance and curated by Shepard Fairey in conjunction with Lollapalooza, bought unlimited beers, sliders, and access to art that...

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/   Chicago

I was walking down Michigan Avenue this morning when the sudden deafeningly loud sound of an overhead fighter jet filled the air. Curious, I (along with several other bystanders) stopped walking to look up...

Corporations Have Rights, Too

August 13, 2014
/   Feature Stories

The U.S. Supreme Court cited the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to strike down the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, exempting Hobby Lobby’s owners from providing insurance coverage for birth control for female employees.

Pzzzt – The Buzz from Albania

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/   Art Review

The narrow mouth of a communist-era air-raid shelter beneath an apartment building is the home to Tirana’s independent artist-run gallery space.

New Topographies

July 18, 2014
/   News

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The Un-Pop Star

/   Music

Sia Furler is the lyrical mastermind behind an endless stream of pop hits including Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and David Guetta’s “Titanium.” Unlike her A-list collaborators, Sia prefers to avoid the spotlight entirely and focus solely...

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/   Arts & Culture

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/   News

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Attention Crash

/   Art Review

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Son of 70mm Fest at Music Box

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/   Arts & Culture

Over the next two weeks, Chicago's Music Box Theatre will be hosting the second edition of its 70mm film festival, celebrating the unprecedented beauty of 70mm cinema.

“Truth and Liveness” at SUGS

July 5, 2014
/   School

Here, There and Everywhere: Truth and Liveness is a two-person show featuring works by recent SAIC alumni Angharad Davies and Stephen Kwok. The exhibition’s opening coincided with Kwok’s performance piece, Pineapple, which was featured...

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/   Feature Stories

F Newsmagazine's summer literary issue treads on well-worn ground with our senses enlivened. We drift, and we ramble on and through the alleys, streets, parks, and monuments of Chicago

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/   Comics

About the unaccompanied immigrant children Obama is figuring out how to deport quickly.

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/   School

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/   Art Review

The narrow mouth of a communist-era air-raid shelter beneath an apartment building is the home to Tirana’s independent artist-run gallery space.

Alternative Art Spaces in Chicago

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/   Feature Stories

Where They Began and Where They Are Now


With identities as diverse as the neighborhoods they occupy, alternative art spaces operate on the same basic premise: to share contemporary art not exhibited in Chicago’s...

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/   Feature Stories

On Monday, June 4, the Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal completed his month-long stay at Flatfile Galleries. During the month of May, Bilal lived, ate, slept and worked at the gallery, all the while under...

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/   The Blog

If you feel like checking some art outside the school, which is a very healthy practice, I suggest going to Gallery 400 to see any of the 4 MFA exhibits they are showing until...

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/   Feature Stories

Artists in Chicago and India Consider the Possibilities of Urban Architecture


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/   News

Hundreds of men, women, survivors and supporters gather for the annual protest to fight rape culture.

The 21st NSSMUSA + SAIC Exhibition Brings Student Art to an International Audience

Yanping Wu (BFA, 2014), Seed, paper cutting, 11.5 x 13.5 inches, 2013.

Yanping Wu (BFA, 2014), Seed, paper cutting, 11.5 x 13.5 inches, 2013.

Two seemingly unlikely partners–an innovative art school and a Japanese steel company–are continuing to show that artists can bring humanity and creativity to all kinds of spaces.

This year marks the 21st edition of one of SAIC’s most popular art competitions, the Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal USA (NSSMUSA) Art Appreciation Program Presidential Award Exhibitions, which gives opportunities for SAIC students to display their work beyond the confines of the art world and in the working office of a multinational corporation. The program is part of a long-term relationship that the steel producer has with the SAIC and is rooted in an aim to strengthen understanding and respect between Japan and the U.S. and give students exposure for their work in a nontraditional setting. It also provides a chance for the Chicago Japanese community to better understand the local art scene and help SAIC students learn about local cultural exchange and global perspectives outside of the traditional gallery space.

Elizabeth Meritt Kong (BFA, 2013), Unfinished Motion 2, screen print, 36.5 x 34.25 inches, 2013

Elizabeth Meritt Kong (BFA, 2013), Unfinished Motion 2, screen print, 36.5 x 34.25 inches, 2013.

The winners of this year’s competition, the only one of its kind as a Japanese company’s philanthropic collaboration with an American art educational institution, were introduced and honored at a reception on April 7th. Out of 43 applicants and 339 individual submissions, 20 winners and 40 works (two from each winner) were selected by a panel consisting of NSSMUSA staff and SAIC faculty. Each student whose work is selected receives a $200 honorarium applied to their SAIC tuition and the opportunity to sell commission-free through the office gallery. Two exhibitions, a winter-spring edition that ended on May 28 and a summer-fall show that runs through December 5, mark the culmination of the contest.

“To be a student at SAIC is a big achievement,” remarked Masaharu Yoshida, Consul General of Japan at Chicago, at the ceremony. “To be chosen for this is yet another honor.”

Clemens Klinkert (MFA, 2014), Essentially Blank, gesso on masonite, 26.5 x 41 inches, 2013.

Clemens Klinkert (MFA, 2014), Essentially Blank, gesso on masonite, 26.5 x 41 inches, 2013.

Winners include the following SAIC students working across a wide spectrum of styles and mediums: Jordin Hartwig (BFA), Fred Henzel (BFA), Dana Hee Yun Jang (BFA),Clemens Klinkert (MFA), Haeji Lee (BFA), SeungEun Lee (BFA) Ji Yeon “Yaloopop” Lim (MFA), Elizabeth Merritt Kong (BFA), Tri Ngo (BFA), Lauren Quin (BFA), Peyton Rack (BFA), Wendy Robles (BFA), Yoonjung Seo (BFA), Kevin Stuart (MFA), Monica Moki Tantoco (BFA), Orkideh Torabi (Post-Bacc), Yanping Wu (BFA), Bora Yoo (BFA), Ana Hui Zhang (BFA), and Allison Sara Zuckerman (MFA). Zhenqi Ong (MFA) designed the exhibition pamphlets that highlight the student works.

The exhibition at the NSSMUSA offices at 900 N. Michigan Ave. is open to the public and available to view by appointment by contacting Hiroko Saito (MFA 1992), NSSMUSA/SAIC Art Appreciation Program Director, at hsaito@saic.edu.

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