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School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is one of America's largest accredited independent schools of art and design. It is located in the Loop in Chicago, Illinois. The school is associated with the museum of the same name, and "The Art Institute of Chicago" or "Chicago Art Institute" often refers to either entity. Providing degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, SAIC has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top two graduate art programs in the nation, as well as by Columbia University's National Arts Journalism survey as the most influential art school in the United States.SAIC has been accredited since 1936 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1944 , and by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design since its founding in 1991. Additionally it is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.Its downtown Chicago campus consists of seven buildings located in the immediate vicinity of the AIC building. SAIC is in an equal partnership with the AIC and share many administrative resources such as design, construction, and human resources. The campus, located in the Loop, comprises chiefly three buildings: the Michigan , the Sharp , and the Columbus . SAIC also owns additional buildings throughout Chicago that are used as student galleries or investments. Wikipedia.

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The avant-garde garments ranged from gravity-defying and rebellious to angular and whimsical. A crowd favorite included senior Oscar Chen, whose work sought to challenge society's gender expectations. "Inspiration for this collection came from the playful gayness of performance artist Leigh Bowery and Robert Mapplethorpe's concept of undressing, aiming for a fun, sensual collection that challenges hetero-normative dress codes," said Chen in a statement about his work. Just prior to the runway show, Nick Cave, SAIC's Stephanie and Bill Sick Professor of Fashion, Body and Garment, awarded Master of Design graduate student Nick Mahshie, who is over 21, the RumChata Foundation $20,000 fellowship to support continuing fashion design work beyond graduate studies at SAIC. Alumni of the SAIC fashion design program include Cynthia Rowley, Halston, Gary Graham, and Maria Pinto among others. Pinto, who attended the show, will receive an honorary doctorate at SAIC's commencement later this month. About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world's most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top three graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC's undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. For more information, please visit To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit: SOURCE School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Local authors Thomas C. Buechele and Nicholas C. Lowe will be available to sign copies of book --In 2016, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) reached its 150th year. What sustains an institution is sometimes extraordinary, sometimes mundane, and often simply a matter of the sheer will of those involved. An unparalleled museum school, SAIC embodies something greater than the individuals who have passed through it, and yet it has also depended upon the unique and special nature of its protagonists—its founders who survived the Great Chicago Fire and rebuilt the school, a president who cast the hands and face of Abraham Lincoln, an alumna who was a celebrated illustrator and an activist in the women's suffrage movement, the creators of monumental sculptures throughout the country, and numerous scholars of art history and technique—to challenge and shape its form. The school's history is punctuated by marvelous moments of heightened public discourse in art making and scholarship. This book represents a glimpse into the lives of generations of students, staff, and faculty as full participants in an astounding learning environment.Thomas C. Buechele, artist, alumnus, eternal student of SAIC, and member of the community for over 30 years, currently serves as the vice president for campus operations. Nicholas C. Lowe, an interdisciplinary artist, teacher, project manager, and curator, is an associate professor in the Department of Arts, Administration, and Policy.DePaul University Loop Campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore1 East Jackson Blvd.Chicago, IL 60604Friday, May 12th, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.The combination of Arcadia Publishing & The History Press creates the largest and most comprehensive publisher of local and regional content in the USA. By empowering local history and culture enthusiasts to write local stories for local audiences, we create exceptional books that are relevant on a local and personal level, enrich lives, and bring readers closer - to their community, their neighbors, and their past. Have we done a book on your town?  Visit

News Article | May 22, 2017

BERKELEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Other Machine Co., based in Berkeley, California, and the maker of rapid prototyping tools for electrical and mechanical design engineers and educators, has been acquired by Bre Pettis, former co-founder and CEO of MakerBot and current head of Bre & Co. Dr. Danielle Applestone, CEO of Other Machine Co., will continue to lead the company and will remain in Berkeley, California, overseeing daily operations. Other Machine Co. builds rapid prototyping tools for electrical and mechanical design engineers and educators that speed up their pace of innovation. Other Machine Co.’s mission is to transform digital desktop manufacturing and make in-house prototyping accessible to all designers of mechanical parts and PCBs. Other Machine Co. is at the forefront of the digital desktop manufacturing movement. With Other Machine Co.’s Othermill Pro, prototyping can be done faster, more reliably and less expensively than with other CNC machines. The Othermill Pro, priced at around $3,100, can mill circuit boards, carve complex 3D shapes in metal, wood and other materials, make molds and engrave a variety of materials. It is also quiet enough to use in an office and classroom. With the Othermill Pro, ideas become prototypes in minutes and the building and testing of a complete circuit board can be done in a single day. “I'm thrilled to have acquired Other Machine Co.,” said Bre Pettis. “The Othermill Pro is an amazing milling machine that is so accurate that electrical engineers can mill circuit boards with 6 mil traces and develop circuit boards faster than a circuit board service. I'm excited to be back in the arena supporting innovators." Since leaving MakerBot in 2014, Bre Pettis has run his own company, Bre & Co., that is exploring the frontiers of craftsmanship, advanced manufacturing and iterative design. Dr. Danielle Applestone, CEO of Other Machine Co., stated, “Continuing to lead Other Machine Company as CEO is an incredible opportunity, and I’m thrilled to have Bre’s support. I look forward to building on our commitment of accessible prototyping machines for professional engineers and empowering a generation of students who use the Othermill Pro to learn and make their ideas a reality." “At Other Machine Co., we focus on precision and user experience. Our hardware and software platform is a great foundation to explore desktop manufacturing,” noted Sam Prest, CTO of Other Machine Co. Other Machine Co. builds hardware, writes software, and supports the engineering community through the creative process. The Othermill Pro is the company’s flagship product and is used at creative venues such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, CITRIS Invention Lab, all branches of the US military, NYU ITP, Blackmagic Design, Adafruit, and the Supplyframe DesignLab among other places.

News Article | April 17, 2017

Eugenia Cheng’s passion for theoretical mathematics is rivaled only by her love of food. In talks and in her book, How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics, the mathematician and pianist uses baking and cooking to explore the concepts behind pure math. Pure mathematics deals with its underlying structures and concepts. It is sometimes referred to as math for math’s sake and has a philosophical bent, in contrast to the more familiar applied mathematics used for problem-solving. Cheng, currently a scientist in residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, specializes in a particularly abstract area of pure mathematics known as category theory, or what she calls “the mathematics of mathematics,” which looks at structures and systems of structures. Her book includes recipes but Cheng uses rules and rule-breaking in baking and cooking as well as the experience of serving and even eating foods to explain her own study of math. She opens the prologue with an analogy: Just as a rice cooker can also make clotted cream, math is about numbers but also serves other purposes. She uses cookies to illustrate the importance of abstraction. How many cookies you have at a given moment depends on how much you felt like eating some of those cookies just now. But if you turn them into abstract things, such as numbers, you can add and subtract them without worrying about whether you might eat them. (Numbers obey logic in a way food will not.) She shares an anecdote about successfully improvising a recipe for chocolate cake because she was so familiar with the rules of ratios in baking. “The point is that if you understand the principle behind a process rather than just memorizing the process, you will be much more in control of the situation,” she wrote. In one YouTube talk given while she was a professor at the University of Sheffield, Cheng even explores the ideal ratio of jam and cream to scone size, using an array of scones she has baked in 25 different sizes. Cheng will share a lesson in food and pure mathematics from the Perimeter Institute on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 P.M. Eastern time. The talk will be broadcast live on this page as well as on the Perimeter Web site. Online viewers can ask questions before and during the event by tweeting to @Perimeter using the #piLIVE hashtag or commenting on the institute’s Facebook posts about the event.

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Chicago Connectory, an Internet of Things (IoT) innovation space in the historic Merchandise Mart, launches today as a new center for IoT co-creation in Chicago and the Midwest United States. The 19,000 square-foot facility is jointly operated by Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, and 1871, a technology and entrepreneurship ecosystem which is currently home to nearly 500 high-growth digital startups. Startup organizations, corporations and universities will collaborate at the Chicago Connectory through membership, programming and strategic partnerships to create IoT solutions and business models. “Chicago’s innovation ecosystem is thriving and the Chicago Connectory will further strengthen it,” Mayor Emanuel said. “Our unparalleled pool of talent and corporate leadership have positioned the city to fully capitalize on future advances in the tech economy.” The Chicago Connectory features a mix of community, technology and educational resources to help facilitate IoT partnerships. Community resources will include access to mentors from Bosch, 1871, faculty from Chicago-area universities such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Northwestern University and DePaul University, and executives from local corporations. The Chicago Connectory, which was designed by Whitney Architects with support from Barbara Pollack and Associates, features open working spaces, project collaboration areas as well as space to host regular events and activities. On-going educational opportunities include IoT workshops, innovation challenges and hackathons. Bosch, which invested nearly $2 million to help launch the Chicago Connectory, estimates that the global volume of the IoT market will grow 35 percent annually to 250 billion dollars by 2020. In 2016, Bosch sold 27 million web-enabled products and by 2020, all new electronic products from Bosch will feature connectivity. Bosch launched its own IoT Cloud in 2016 and the Bosch IoT Suite connects and manages more than 5 million devices around the world. Of the more than 20,000 software engineers employed by Bosch, around 4,000 of them focus solely on the Internet of Things. “Realizing the possibilities of IoT will require open partnerships within the technology community to overcome barriers and drive innovation,” said Mike Mansuetti, president of Robert Bosch LLC. “The Chicago Connectory provides a platform for startups, corporations and universities to collaborate, explore and dream how IoT can bring new benefits to society and business throughout the world. For Bosch, it’s another example of how we encourage an outside-in philosophy in order to promote innovation and entrepreneurship within the company.” Bosch and 1871 will be actively involved in the Connectory. Bosch will offer technical resources including a cross-domain development kit (XDK) and sensors such as accelerometers and barometric pressure sensors for IoT development. A maker space meant for smaller prototyping will feature Bosch power tools and 3D printers. Bosch will also provide mentorship from teams and leaders on topics in manufacturing, software engineering and commercialization. 1871 will provide access to its 1,000 events each year, innovation days programming that matches startups with corporate companies, access to the 1871 mentor network of more than 500 professionals, and workshops on business and technology topics. “The Chicago Connectory is 1871’s extended IoT incubator and the place to nurture and grow the next great ideas and companies in IoT,” said Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871. “We’ve already graduated companies who had been located at 1871 to the Connectory and look forward to helping more organizations connect, grow and co-create as this space becomes a key catalyst for IoT growth in Chicago and the greater Midwest.” Several startups as well as Bosch project teams are already actively working in the space. Two startups from 1871, Xaptum and Glance Displays, have already relocated to the Chicago Connectory and others have purchased memberships for the general co-working area. Glance Displays will also be contributing to the community by offering mentorship and workshops to members for prototyping connected devices. “As we complete the development of our first product, we look forward to being a part of this IoT community and helping others with their own connected devices,” Glance Displays CEO Dave Krawczyk said. An internal corporate team from Bosch is utilizing the Connectory space to conduct co-creation sprints with two local startups to identify proofs of concept using bot and data-simplifying technologies. Earlier this year, the startups were matched with Bosch through an 1871 innovation day program. To learn more about The Chicago Connectory or inquire about becoming a member of the community, visit More information about the grand opening open house event on May 18 can be found at Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs nearly 32,800 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2016. In 2016 Bosch generated consolidated sales of $13.7 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit, and The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. The company employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016) and generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development. Additional information is available online at,, 1871 is the home of nearly 500 early-stage, high-growth digital startups and more than 1,500 members supported by an entire ecosystem focused on accelerating their growth and creating jobs in the Chicagoland area. Visit for more information. Located in a 145,000 square-foot space over four floors in The Merchandise Mart, 1871 has more than 400 current mentors available to its members, as well as more than 80 partner corporations, universities, education programs, accelerators, venture funds and other organizations that make its extensive matrix of resources possible. For more on our partners, visit, or become a partner by reaching out to

Aimilios Lo from The Cooper Union has been awarded runner-up and will receive $10,000 in scholarship funds. The winner was chosen by a panel of notable judges in addition to David and Sybil Yurman.  Jury members included Paul Greenhalgh, Director and Professor of Art History of the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, UK; Tara Donovan, an artist whose work is included in the collections of major institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among many others; and Hans Van de Bovenkamp, a world renowned sculptor. David Yurman, one of America's premier jewelry brands, launched the inaugural David Yurman Young Artist Prize in 2017. As a brand founded on artistic roots and a passion for artistry and innovation, this initiative supports one of the key missions of the Company to encourage young creatives in the arts and in education. The overarching theme of the first inaugural competition was Pure Form, inspired by David Yurman's collection of the same name—a striking yet visually minimalist capsule of pieces that explores the sculptural, essential, pure qualities of metal. It is both a highly artistic and deeply personal collection, recalling Yurman's origins as a sculptor.  Prior to founding his jewelry company, David Yurman was trained as a sculptor—he studied under renowned artists including Ernesto Gonzalez, Jacques Lipschitz and Theodore Roszak.  He is constantly inspired by those early working days. "The competition aims to support and encourage emerging young artists with an audience and platform to showcase their work," says David Yurman.  "I want to give the students confidence to continue to study art and consider a creative career.  I learned so much from my mentors about fine tuning my artistic language, and I continue to this today to reflect on their inspiration." Participating schools included Purchase College (State University of New York); Rhode Island School of Design; Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design (University of Michigan); The Cooper Union; Otis College of Art and Design; Savannah College of Art and Design® and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. David Yurman is the premier American luxury jewelry brand with a mission to share in life's exceptional moments. Founded by two artists, David and Sybil Yurman, in New York in 1980, artistic inspiration, craftsmanship and unconventional yet elegant designs are at the core of the brand. The marriage of David's background in sculpture with Sybil's natural understanding of color and art yields signature jewelry designs; diamond, pearl, and gemstone jewelry and Swiss-crafted timepieces that are renowned for capturing the essence of relaxed American luxury. David Yurman collections are available at 47 retail and concession locations throughout the United States, Canada, France, the Middle East and at over 350 locations worldwide, through their exclusive authorized fine jewelry and timepiece network of retailers. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: NMP-21-2014 | Award Amount: 9.18M | Year: 2015

Currently there is a lack of methodologies for the conservation of modern and contemporary artworks, many of which will not be accessible in very short time due to extremely fast degradation processes. The challenge of NANORESTART (NANOmaterials for the REStoration of works of ART) will be to address this issue within a new framework with respect to the state of the art of conservation science. NANORESTART is devoted to the development of nanomaterials to ensure long term protection and security of modern/contemporary cultural heritage, taking into account environmental and human risks, feasibility and materials costs. The market for conservation of this heritage is estimated at some 5 billion per year, and could increase by a significant factor in the next years due to the wider use of nanomaterials. The new tools and materials developed will represent a breakthrough in cultural heritage and conservation science and will focus on: (i) tools for controlled cleaning, such as highly-retentive gels for the confinement of enzymes and nanostructured fluids based on green surfactants; (ii) the strengthening and protection of surfaces by using nanocontainers, nanoparticles and supramolecular systems/assemblies; (iii) nanostructured substrates and sensors for enhanced molecules detection; (iv) evaluation of the environmental impact and the development of security measures for long lasting conservation of cultural heritage. Within the project the industrial scalability of the developed materials will be demonstrated. NANORESTART gathers centres of excellence in the field of synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, world leading chemical Industries and SMEs operating in R&D, and International and European centres for conservation, education and museums. Such centres will assess the new materials on modern/contemporary artefacts in urgent need of conservation, and disseminate the knowledge and the new nanomaterials among conservators on a worldwide perspective.

Casadio F.,School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Leona M.,Metropolitan Museum of Art | Lombardi J.R.,City University of New York | Van Duyne R.,Northwestern University
Accounts of Chemical Research | Year: 2010

Organic dyes extracted from plants, insects, and shellfish have been used for millennia in dyeing textiles and manufacturing colorants for painting. The economic push for dyes with high tinting strength, directly related to high extinction coefficients in the visible range, historically led to the selection of substances that could be used at low concentrations. But a desirable property for the colorist is a major problem for the analytical chemist; the identification of dyes in cultural heritage objects is extremely difficult. Techniques routinely used in the identification of inorganic pigments are generally not applicable to dyes: X-ray fluorescence because of the lack of an elemental signature, Raman spectroscopy because of the generally intense luminescence of dyes, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy because of the interference of binders and extenders. Traditionally, the identification of dyes has required relatively large samples (0.5-5 mm in diameter) for analysis by high-performance liquid chromatography. In this Account, we describe our efforts to develop practical approaches in identifying dyes in works of art from samples as small as 25 μm in diameter with surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). In SERS, the Raman scattering signal is greatly enhanced when organic molecules with large delocalized electron systems are adsorbed on atomically rough metallic substrates; fluorescence is concomitantly quenched. Recent nanotechnological advances in preparing and manipulating metallic particles have afforded staggering enhancement factors of up to 1014. SERS is thus an ideal technique for the analysis of dyes. Indeed, rhodamine 6G and crystal violet, two organic compounds used to demonstrate the sensitivity of SERS at the single-molecule level, were first synthesized as textile dyes in the second half of the 19th century. In this Account, we examine the practical application of SERS to cultural heritage studies, including the selection of appropriate substrates, the development of analytical protocols, and the building of SERS spectral databases. We also consider theoretical studies on dyes of artistic interest. Using SERS, we have successfully documented the earliest use of a madder lake pigment and the earliest occurrence of lac dye in European art. We have also found several examples of kermes and cochineal glazes, as well as madder, cochineal, methyl violet, and eosin lakes, from eras ranging from ancient Egypt to the 19th century. The ability to rapidly analyze very small samples with SERS makes it a particularly valuable tool in a museum context. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: OFFICE OF MULTIDISCIPLINARY AC | Award Amount: 42.27K | Year: 2012


Investigations of paint coatings in the context of cultural heritage science present a unique set of technical challenges because of the evolution of the properties of materials over time scales that are much too long to be reproduced directly. As a result, data-driven kinetic models of the aging process are needed in order to understand the physical state of aged paints and to develop effective restoration and cleaning strategies. In this collaborative project involving Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago, a kinetic Monte Carlo model of paint curing and aging will be developed, as will experimental systems needed to determine relevant model parameters. The net result will be a set of simulation models that can be viewed as virtual oil-based paint coatings. These virtual coatings will enable the time dependent, structural features of complex, multicomponent paint coatings to be tracked. The models, with their experimentally determined input parameters, represent a physical and chemical knowledge base for oil-based paint coatings that will serve as a platform for addressing a wide range of questions. Specific issues to be addressed concern the curing and aging of systems when subjected to heat, humidity and various cleaning solutions. Kinetic parameters will be determined experimentally with coatings made from well characterized starting materials, using the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) as the primary experimental tool. Nanoindentation will be used to correlate the high frequency mechanical response obtained with the QCM to complementary measures of the mechanical response and to actual paint samples. While these techniques will be applied directly to oil-based coatings used by artists, the methodology is broadly applicable in a variety of areas, including characterization of high performance protective coatings, and the development of sustainable, bio-derived materials.


This project is a collaborative effort between Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago. State-of-the art scientific tools will be used to study the curing and aging properties of modern oil-based paints and the impact of conservation treatments on them. Although oil-based paints were widely used throughout the 20th century, and in some of the most prominent artworks of that period, their properties are poorly understood. Advancing our knowledge in this area is crucial for preserving the integrity of such artworks for future generations. The results of this research will be used to develop more effective conservation strategies for paintings in collections at the Art Institute and at other museums throughout the world. An educational outreach element linking science and art will also be developed in conjunction with the Art Institutes Department of Museum Education. Outreach offerings will be developed to attract middle school and high school science classes to the museum. These activities will be designed to attract students to science who would otherwise not likely be drawn to science-related programs. Similarly, the connection with the Art Institute will enable undergraduate and graduate students at Northwestern to understand the ways in which scientific concepts can benefit disciplines that lie outside the traditional scientific realm.

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