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Upcoming NATO Summit Causes Changes
in School Schedule

SAIC has moved its 2012 graduation date up six days, now planned to occur on May 13 instead of the original date of May 19. The SAIC website says the decision was made to avoid the G8 and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summits that will take place May 15-22 of next year, and the decision “emerged from close consultation with other downtown institutions, particularly other universities and colleges, and discussions with the Chicago Police Department. Columbia College Chicago is moving their Spring semester forward as well. The summits are predicted to draw huge crowds of protesters, as it will be the first time since 1977 in London that two international summits will be held at the same time in the same city. Security experts say it will be a security challenge that no American city has ever had to face.

$100,000 Award for SAIC Alumni’s Clothing Label

Creatures of the Wind, a local clothing label founded 2007 by two SAIC grads, Christopher Peters and Shane Gabier, who also teaches at SAIC, hit the jackpot, winning $100,000 as one of two runners-up in the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards. The prize, sponsored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine, recognizes up-and-coming designers. Previous winners include Proenza Schouler in 2004 and Alexander Wang in 2008, so this recognition will surely open interesting doors for this year’s winners. Creatures of the Wind is the first Chicago-based label to be nominated in the award’s eight-year history.

SAIC and the Art Institute of Chicago, along with the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rennaissance Society, Hyde Park Art Center and threewalls gallery, among other institutions, have established a partnership with EXPO CHICAGO. The International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art and Design, will exhibit a selection of important galleries from all over the world. September 20-23, 2012, the Festival Hall at Navy Pier will host this event Produced by Art Expositions, LLC, under the leadership of President and Director Tony Karman. The new fair will open the international fall arts season.

Featuring Michael K Meyers

“Staying Up” and “Fatso In The Late Afternoon,” two stories by Writing Department professor Michael K. Meyers, are currently featured in Spork Press magazine. His video, “Prodigy,” is being presented as well, in the current issue of Apt magazine. Meyers’ work has appeared in Quick Fiction, SmokeLong, Word Riot, Alice Blue, Eclectica, NANO, Spork, Bound Off, 2River, The 2nd Hand Journal, Chicago Noir, Chelsea, Fiction, The New Yorker, and Requited Journal.

More SAIC Alumni on Reality Shows

Young Sun, “Tewz,” and Lola, all three SAIC alumni, are appearing on the Bravo reality show, Work of Art. Fourteen artists are battling on screen for a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum and a cash prize of $100,000. Hopefully, the money won’t be used to pay off the winner’s student loans.

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