October, 5 2022
School of Art & Art History Weekly Digest
**Events are U.S. Central Time unless otherwise stated**

MUSE Info Session - October

Wednesday, October 5
Virtual via Zoom • Register »

Join the Museum and Exhibition Studies (MUSE) program for a short info session with prospective students, current students, alumni, and faculty. We will share information and answer your questions about MUSE at UIC.

Upcoming Artist Talks by Arturo Herrera, and Dan Peterman

Thursday, Oct. 6 - Arturo Herrera
Thursday, Oct. 13 - Dan Peterman
Cochrane Woods Art Center
5560 S. Greenwood Ave.

MFA alum Arturo Herrera (MFA '92) and 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 »

MFA alum Irena Haiduk (MFA '11) held a recent past talk as well.

Leeann Ream to Sit on Panel for Newberry Seminar

Friday, October 7
Online • 
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Museum and Exhibition Studies MA student Leeann Ream will be presenting her thesis paper, "Labor on Display: The Exhibition of U.S. Industrial and Post-Industrial Era Art Objects and Its Relationship to the Museum Labor Unionization Movement" at The Newberry Seminar in Labor History on Friday, October 7, 3:30–5pm CT. She will be sitting on a panel with Dr. Sandra Mendiola Garcia from the University of North Texas. Learn more »
Art History Colloquium

Theresa Avila: “Expansion and diversification of the narratives we tell about U.S. national parks through Digital Art History”

Friday, October 7
Virtual Only via Zoom •

Please email Emmanuel Ortega ( for a Zoom link

This week, the Department of Art History welcomes Theresa Avila! Dr. Avila will present on current efforts that engage data and technology in the development of Digital Art History projects.

Beginning in 2016 with the project Mapping History Project: Stories of the Southwest that tells the story of Mexican descent communities of Arizona, Dr. Avila has been exploring and training toward the development of skills and abilities for Digital Art History projects. Today, she is working on a databases and a website that document and visualize the social and political factors relevant to the representations of national parks and diverse communities. Learn more »

SAAH Racial Justice Task Force - October Meeting

Thursday, October 13
Virtual via Zoom •

Please email Karyn Sandlos ( to receive a Zoom link

The SAAH Racial Justice Task Force (RJTF) is an ad hoc group of SAAH students, faculty, and staff working together to promote a culture of racial justice in our school. All are welcome to attend our meetings and participate in RJTF activities and projects.

Fall '22 activities include:
* Creating an emergency fund to support students in SAAH.
* Ongoing advocacy for part time and contract BIPOC faculty.
* Planning a creative intervention in support of renaming CADA campus buildings!

Next upcoming meeting: Thurs, Nov 17, 10–11am

Photo credit: Photo by 99.films on

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 »
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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 »

Preview 11

featuring Laleh Motlagh (MFA '21)
September 30–November 10, 2022

Chicago Artists Coalition
2130 W Fulton St Unit B
Chicago, IL 60612

Learn more »

Laleh Motlagh,"In Search of Silence", 2022, ink on paper
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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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