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.
News Article | April 17, 2017
News Article | May 5, 2017
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 www.arcadiapublishing.com
News Article | May 6, 2017
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 saic.edu. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/school-of-the-art-institute-of-chicago-fashion-show-dazzles-attendees-spotlights-social-issues-300452732.html SOURCE School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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.
News Article | October 28, 2016
NEW YORK—New York-based artist Claire Sherman will showcase six paintings at the lobby gallery at 527 Madison Avenue, a boutique office building in the Plaza District. The paintings, many of which exemplify Ms. Sherman’s signature style of large-scale, tight-focus landscapes, will be on display through November 22, 2016. Located at 54th Street and Madison Avenue, the show is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Using slashing brushwork and vibrant contrasting colors, Sherman depicts massive tree trunks, rushing rivers and the interiors of caves, often from unexpected viewpoints. Scale is an important component of her work, placing objects in the extreme foreground and rendering their minute details while a deep background space spills out behind them. This dramatic effect is enhanced by the substantial format of her canvases, one of which on display is 14 feet long. “Claire Sherman’s paintings bring a fresh perspective to the tradition of landscape painting, suggesting new ways of looking at the natural world,” said Jay Grimm, who serves as art consultant to Mitsui Fudosan America (MFA), the building owner, and organizes the property's arts program. “She herself has said that she hopes the paintings at once invite viewers in as well as push them out.” While distortion is central to Sherman’s work, her paintings are extremely descriptive; Sherman’s keen observations convey a sense of place. Though the unusual viewpoint of these paintings makes it difficult to identify their exact location, the viewer understands Sherman’s scenes as real and not imaginary. The artist’s ability to imbue her almost otherworldly images with the specificity conventionally associated with landscapes commands attention. “We were in awe of the great visual impact her paintings created and how they beckon closer inspection,” said MFA's Keith Purcell, vice president of asset management and leasing. “Like many of the artists who have shown their work at 527 Madison, Claire Sherman is a New York artist with a distinctive style that we believe will resonate with all people, not just avid art followers.” Sherman’s show marks the eighth exhibition in 527 Madison’s ongoing program showcasing noteworthy emerging and mid-career artists, which is part of MFA’s mission to support the arts. "I'm delighted to show my work at 527 Madison, a more unconventional venue that has a broader reach beyond traditional galleries,” says Sherman, who is represented by the DC Moore Gallery in Chelsea, New York, which is also holding a show of her work from October 6 - November 5. "Also gratifying is that passersby on the city street will see the works in the illuminated space at night as well." Claire Sherman holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is an Associate Professor at Drew University in New Jersey. She has completed residencies at the Terra Foundation for American Art in Giverny, the MacDowell Colony, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, and Yaddo. The artist has exhibited widely throughout the United States and in Amsterdam, Leipzig, London, Seoul, and Turin. # # # About 527 Madison Avenue 527 Madison Avenue, located at the corner of 54th Street in New York City, is a boutique 26-story commercial office building designed by celebrated architectural firm FXFOWLE. Completed in 1986, it is owned by an affiliate of Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc., which recently invested in significant upgrades including elevator modernization and a new MdeAS-designed lobby. About Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc. Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc. (MFA) is a real estate investment and development company headquartered in New York City and is the U.S. subsidiary of Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. – Japan’s largest publicly traded real estate company. MFA’s history in the United States dates back to the early 1970s. Since its inception, MFA has acquired and developed numerous office, multifamily and hospitality properties in major markets throughout the U.S. In addition to its significant portfolio of office buildings, MFA recently expanded its development platform, with several office and multifamily development projects launched in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
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.
News Article | December 13, 2016
With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to stock up on all your must-have last minute gifts for the people you love. What better gift to give yourself or someone else this holiday season than something unique and handmade that keeps you cozy and warm? With the Farmer's Almanac predicting 2016 as one of the harshest winters on record for two-thirds of the country, your holiday list will be glad you gave them something to wear to keep toasty and trendy. The 2016 KraeO collection features trendy, hand-knit warmers, beanies and scarves, perfect to brave the cold winter months or to use as an accent piece for fun nights out. All pieces are 100% American Made, personally designed and hand-knit by Kristin Oldach. The line is made of a beautiful, soft to the touch yarn blend. Not only are these high-quality accessories beautiful, they are easily accessible with prices starting at $22.00. “We created this brand so our customers could brave the cold while looking chic at the same time,” says Oldach. “As a designer, I believe in creating products that are a high quality hand-knit – uniquely made for each individual – that’s what I think sets us apart.” The 2016 winter’s KraeO line includes something for everyone*: Inspired by Chicago's infamous, frigid winters, Kristin Oldach, owner of KraeO and graduate of renown SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), launched her winter accessories line to keep customers warm and chic during the cold season. KraeO is already gaining fast recognition as one of the hottest, go-to original winter accessory brands for women, men and kids and is continually updated with new items each year. So if you still need to shop for that hard to buy for relative, teacher or neighbor, KraeO has something for every gift giver. Even if it's just for yourself - KraeO has an exclusive winter accessory for you – perfect for the slopes, commuting to work or when you just want to snuggle up by the fire. Make this winter the one where you feel good about keeping warm. For more information about the KraeO winter collection, go to KraeO.com and click on the 'store' tab. *Full winter line and pricing available on KraeO.com About KraeO KraeO is a valued online fashion collection based in Chicago, IL. It offers contemporary high-quality, accessibly priced women’s, men’s and kids winter accessories. Since its inception in 2011, the online store has carried 100% American Made, hand-knit scarves, hats, wrist warmers, bandanas and cowls. Inspired by Chicago's infamous, frigid winters, owner, Kristin Oldach, graduate of renowned SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), first launched her winter accessories line to keep customers warm and chic during the cold season. For more information about winter line specifics and pricing, go to KraeO.com and click on the 'store' tab.
News Article | December 1, 2016
NEENAH, WI--(Marketwired - December 01, 2016) - What would you do if given $1,000 towards a jewelry purchase? Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company is giving you a chance to fulfill your jewelry wish list as they launch the Season to Sparkle Sweepstakes -- a $1,000 giveaway in collaboration with the American Gem Society (AGS), a nonprofit association dedicated to consumer protection. "The Season to Sparkle Sweepstakes is the perfect way to get people excited about jewelry as a gifting idea, whether shopping for loved ones or ourselves," said Trina Woldt, vice president, chief marketing officer at Jewelers Mutual. "Everyone loves the gift of jewelry." Participants may enter the sweepstakes on the Jewelers Mutual Facebook page from December 1st through the 15th. Entrants are rewarded for sharing the sweepstakes with friends by receiving two bonus entries for every referral that uses their unique link to enter. As part of the entry process, participants are asked to share what piece of jewelry tops their wish list and why it would make their season sparkle. Randomly selected winners will claim one of several prizes: "Choosing jewelry is personal, emotional and exciting," added Woldt. "Anyone who has given or received a gift of jewelry understands the sentimental value attached to each piece that goes beyond the metal and stone. We're thrilled to celebrate this season to sparkle in a way that adds special meaning to gift giving." Ruth Batson, CEO of the American Gem Society (AGS) and AGS Laboratories agreed, "We understand the thought and consideration that goes into picking out the perfect piece. And we're confident the winners will enjoy shopping at their local American Gem Society-member jeweler for jewelry that will be treasured for years to come." To learn more about the Season to Sparkle Sweepstakes, visit Jewelers Mutual's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/jewelersmutual). Holiday gift purchases are worth protecting. For more information about jewelry insurance or to get a quote, visit JewelersMutual.com or contact a Jewelers Mutual licensed agent at 888-884-2424. ABOUT JEWELERS MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, the only insurer dedicated solely to serving the jewelry industry in the United States and Canada, was founded in 1913 by a group of Wisconsin jewelers to meet their unique insurance needs. Today, Jewelers Mutual remains the trusted insurance advisor and loss-prevention expert for jewelry businesses including retailers large and small, wholesalers, manufacturers, custom designers and appraisers. Consumers also put their trust in Jewelers Mutual to protect their personal jewelry and the special moments it represents. The company's strong financial position is reflected in its 30 consecutive ratings of "A+ Superior" from A.M. Best Company. To learn more, visit JewelersMutual.com. ABOUT AMERICAN GEM SOCIETY The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to proven ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society is a professional organization awarding credentials for its members, who are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their titles. Less than one in twenty jewelers in the country have chosen to meet the exacting standards necessary for membership. ABOUT ANGIE CRABTREE Angie Crabtree paints diamond facets enlarged 1,000+ times. Ranging from 24 to 64 inches tall, their large scale allows viewers to experience the small, beautiful gems in an up-close and personal way. Painted in oils on canvas, she uses a classical glazing technique to create a stained-glass effect, reminiscent of 17th century royalty portraiture. Using symmetry and repetition, the kaleidoscopic shapes suggest a hypnotic brilliance similar to the real thing. Crabtree creates commissioned paintings using gems from clients' personal collections. Her work belongs in private and corporate collections worldwide. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Crabtree's studio is located in Berkeley, CA. You have received this release because you have a business relationship with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company or because this information may be beneficial to you. To unsubscribe or change your email address, please contact Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company at 24 Jewelers Park Drive, PO Box 468, Neenah, Wis. 54957-0468, call 800-558-6411, or email email@example.com.
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.
News Article | February 15, 2017
With Valentine’s Day just weeks away, now is the time to pick out that perfect, unique gift for the special people on your list. Whether it’s a fun night out or a relaxing night in, KraeO’s new Valentine collection has you covered. Their new line features hand-knit pom pom hats, luxurious blankets, trendy neck and glove warmers all in signature Valentine’s Day colors – red, white and pink. Think of how great your special Valentine will look – indoors or out. The 2017 KraeO collection features trendy, hand-knit warmers, beanies and scarves, blankets, perfect for adding to your Valentine’s night out or giving as a gift for a memorable Valentine’s night in. All pieces are 100% American made, personally designed and hand-knit by Kristin Oldach. Not only are these high-quality accessories beautiful, they are easily accessible with prices starting at $22.00. “The new Valentine’s line features something for everyone – from that hard to buy for boyfriend to that once in a lifetime friend,” says Oldach. “We are launching this brand line online so customers can easily purchase their gifts quickly. A special addition to our collection is our new, boldly striped, cozy blanket – high quality, hand-knit – perfect for a cozy night in.” The 2017 KraeO Valentine line includes something for everyone*: Inspired by Chicago's infamous, frigid winters, Kristin Oldach, owner of KraeO and graduate of the renown SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), launched her winter accessories line to keep customers warm and chic during the cold season. KraeO is already gaining fast recognition as one of the hottest, go-to original winter accessory brands for women, men and kids and is continually updated with new items each year. So if you still need to shop for that hard to buy for significant other, friend or relative, KraeO has something for every Valentine’s gift giver. Even if you want to treat yourself - KraeO has a chic Valentine’s accessory for you. Make this Valentine’s the one where you feel good about what you give (or get). For more information about the KraeO Valentine’s collection, go to KraeO. *Full KraeO line and pricing available on KraeO.com ABOUT KRAEO KraeO is a valued online fashion collection based in Chicago, IL. It offers contemporary high-quality, accessibly priced women’s, men’s and kids winter accessories. Since its inception in 2011, the online store has carried 100% American made, hand-knit, scarves, hats, wrist warmers, bandanas and cowls. Inspired by Chicago's infamous, frigid winters, owner, Kristin Oldach, graduate of renowned SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), first launched her winter accessories line to keep customers warm and chic during the cold season. For more information about winter line specifics and pricing, go to KraeO.com and click on the 'store' tab.