October, 13 2022
School of Art & Art History Weekly Digest
**Events are U.S. Central Time unless otherwise stated**

Announcing 2022 SAAH Open House/Open Studios

Friday, November 11th
Arts and Exhibition Hall,
400 South Peoria St., Chicago IL, 60607

Mark your calendars for November 11th, 5:00–9:00pm as we open our doors for our first in-person Open House/Open Studios event since 2019!

The School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois Chicago is excited to invite our greater community to explore and learn what our school is about and interact with our faculty, students and staff. Experience and engage with all aspects of our school including: Gallery 400, Art History, Museum and Exhibition Studies, Art Education, Interdisciplinary Education in the Arts, BFA Thesis, and MFA Program.

Full schedule of events TBA.
Surviving the Long Wars

Virtual Scholarly Series: Kyle T. Mays

Thursday, October 13
Virtual via Zoom

Surviving the Long Wars is excited to announce the second virtual seminar in the series by Dr. Kyle T. Mays, Associate Professor of African American Studies, American Indian Studies, and History at the University of California, Los Angeles, on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm CT. The talk will be moderated by NEH Veteran Fellow and artist Anthony Torres. This is the second lecture in a series that includes Laleh Khalili, Harsha Walia, Nick Estes, and more. Register here »

This is a virtual webinar event taking place on Zoom and is free and open to the public. It will have live captioning. For any other access requests, please contact Zaynab Hilal at

Learn more about the series »

Dan Peterman at Smart Museum

Thursday, October 13
Cochrane Woods Art Center
5560 S. Greenwood Ave.

Professor Dan Peterman will be giving an artist talk on Thursday, October 13 at the Cochrane Woods Art Center at UChicago. This talk is in conjunction with the exhibition Monochrome Multitudes, currently on view at the Smart Museum. Learn more »
Art History Colloquium

"Dr. Anne Marie Butler: Decolonial Approaches within the Western Academy: Curriculum, Research, and Teaching"

Friday, October 14
Virtual Only via Zoom »

This week, the Department of Art History welcomes Dr. Anne Marie Butler who will share her work over Zoom titled "Decolonial Approaches within the Western Academy: Curriculum, Research, and Teaching."

"One critical aspect of decolonial methods in Art History is the recognition and emphasis of the discipline’s role in the colonial project. With this thinking at the forefront of the dismantling of coloniality, this presentation discusses approaches to decolonization in the Western academy - within Art History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies - in research, teaching, and curriculum."

Climate of Inequalities – Claudia Navarro

Tuesday, October 18
Virtual via Zoom • RSVP »

Join the UIC Latino Cultural Center for a series of online conversations with environmental and climate justice leaders from across the country this fall. Their work reveals frameworks and strategies to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change and environmental pollution on communities of color, indigenous, and low-income earners. Students in the Environmental & Climate Justice course* will facilitate the conversations. Co-sponsored in part by the Museum & Exhibition Studies program.

Claudia Navarro is the Co-Executive Director at WeCount!, a South Dade based worker’s center. She will talk about how her work uplifts the working conditions of domestic workers, day laborers, and agriculture workers in South Florida. Learn more »

When Care Drives Creative Placemaking on South and West Side Chicago

Thursday, October 20
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 S. Peoria St., Chicago IL

Jonathan Kelley (MUSE MA '19) and Chelsea Ridley (MUSE MA '20) are the co-founders of the Lawndale Pop-Up Spot, while Andrea Yarbrough (MUSE MA '21) is the founder of the In ℅: Black women. Their discussion, moderated by Sampada Aranke, will reflect on their radical engagements in the South and West Side by way of activating vacant land for creative projects that amplify these community's needs. Learn more »

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Recipients of the 2022/23 Dean’s Professional Development Fund Awards Announced

Kaia Olsen (MFA '22) was named a Recipient of the 2022/23 Dean's Professional Development Fund Award for The Praxis of Play!

“I have been invited to deliver a presentation I've written called "The Praxis of Play", inspired by my recent artistic research and studio practice activities (including findings, and artwork exemplars created during my Graduate MFA studies within UIC's Art department from 2020-2022), as part of a larger panel called "Joy as Resilience: Subverting the Hell Times through Play", at the 111th College Art Associations National Conference. This paper/presentation is the most recent culmination of my latest research, inspired by elements from my MFA Thesis, but substantively evolved.”

Fortune and Folly in 1720

co-curated by Nina Dubin, Circle Associate Professor
September 23–February 19, 2023

New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 5th Ave,
New York, NY 10018

Circle Associate Professor Nina Dubin's co-curated exhibition Fortune and Folly in 1720 opened at the New York Public Library last month!

"Offering tragicomic depictions of malevolent traders, hoodwinked investors, and villainous seductresses, the prints hold up a mirror to our own age, with its ever more complex monetary instruments and periodic meltdowns. They also reflect on the intersections between art and finance, reminding us that both are products of human imaginings." Learn more »

For Each Other

September 9–December 17, 2022

UIC Gallery 400
Art & Exhibition Hall
400 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60607

For Each Other highlights the ways a group of Chicago-based artists and collectives consider care in their work and in the contexts they create for their work. In the included artworks and projects, care is an active, participatory process.

UIC alumni Jon Aldrich (BFA '19), Edith Mendez (BFAAE '20), Jessa Mendiola (BFA '19), Nydia Mendiola (BFA '19), Angelica Mendoza (BFAAE '21), and Eric Perez (BFA '19), as the collective Real Fake Artists, Inc., have recreated for the exhibition their fall 2019 course final project, a proposal—in cardboard sculpture form—for a student lounge in Art & Exhibition Hall.

Latham Zearfoss (MFA '11) created a new meditative video installation for the exhibition. Liz McCarthy (MFA '17) in a partnership with the ceramic studio she founded, GnarWare Workshop, and artist Lan Tuazon, is running the Third Empty Bowls Fundraiser in the exhibition. Hand-thrown ceramic bowls are for sale in the show; all sales provide direct support to the Pilsen Food Pantry, Nita’s Love Train, and McKinley Park Mutual Aid.

Other artists and collectives include Kennedy Healy and Marley MolkentinPublic Media Institute (of which alumnus Nick Wylie, MFA '10), The Love Fridge Chicago (of which Eric Von Haynes, adjunct faculty in the School of Design is a part), and the UIC Disability Cultural Center Community Care CohortLearn more »
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2023 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition at MSI Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) is now accepting applications for its 2023 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition.

For more than 50 years, MSI has hosted the nation’s premier exhibition of African American art. This annual show presents more than 100 works of art from professional and emerging Black artists from across the United States. Applications are being accepted until October 16.

Learn more about the Black Creativity program »

Apply to the 2023 Juried Art Exhibition »

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