Cue up Pomp and Circumstance and the inspirational (if sometimes provocative) speeches—it’s graduation season! What better time to recognize the many celebrated artists who matriculated and earned degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago? The list is long and impressive and includes recognizable names from various fields: fashion designer Cynthia Rowley ('81), artist/author Audrey Niffennegger ('85), and writers David Sedaris ('87) and Sarah Vowell ('99), to name a few. Here we highlight a just few of illustrious SAIC alum through works held in the Art Institute’s collection.
The Hairy Who: Karl Wirsum (‘61), Gladyss Nilsson (‘62), Suellen Rocca (‘64), Jim Falconer (‘65), Art Green (‘65), and Jim Nutt (‘65) (The museum will be presenting Hairy Who? 1966–1969, the first retrospective devoted to the radical art collective this fall, September 27, 2018–January 6, 2019.)