Chicago, Illinois

September 9 – December 3, 2022


This fall, SAIC Galleries is pleased to present the SAIC Faculty Sabbatical Triennial exhibition, featuring a wide range of work across multiple disciplines by 38 School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) faculty who have completed a sabbatical or other paid leave over the past three academic years. Significant gallery-based presentations, lectures and events, and a dedicated website represent the research and practices of these SAIC faculty members.


SAIC offers sabbaticals, or salaried leaves-of-absence, to eligible full- and part-time faculty after seven years of service. During a sabbatical, faculty are relieved of their teaching and administrative duties so they may embark on a dedicated period of inquiry, experimentation, and production to help sustain their instructional and professional excellence. The past three years, however, have been unlike any other, and sabbatical plans and experiences were dramatically altered by the pandemic. Nonetheless, SAIC’s resourceful educators used this time of isolation and uncertainty to develop and expand their practices, often finding inspiration in the familiar and exploring new ways of making. This exhibition and related programs celebrate the unrelenting creativity and resilience of SAIC’s renowned faculty.


This 2022 edition of the Triennial marks the first in a newly conceived series dedicated to faculty work, which will occur every three years at SAIC Galleries as the featured exhibition of the fall semester. Participating faculty include Candida Alvarez, Aimée Beaubien, jonCates, Nic Collins, Romi Crawford, Kate Dumbleton, Stephen Farrell, Elizabeth Freeland, Pablo Garcia, Maria Gaspar, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Anne Harris, Claudia Hart, Myungah Hyon, Mark Jeffery, Bruce Jenkins, Linda Keane, Lora Lode, Anke Loh, Lou Mallozzi, Ruth Margraff, William O’Brien, Mary Patten, Claire Pentecost, Dushko Petrovich, Frank Piatek, Dan Price, Eia Radosavljevic, Melissa Raman Molitor, David Raskin, Scott Reeder, Katrin Schnabl, Jim Trainor, Lan Tuazon, Oli Watt, Bess Williamson, Beth Wright, and Andrew S. Yang.


The 2022 SAIC Faculty Sabbatical Triennial is organized by Staci Boris, Director of Exhibitions, and Graduate Curatorial Assistants Clayton Kennedy (Dual MA 2023) and Christine Magill (Dual MA 2023). Learn more here.