TRANSFORM THE WORLD
Our culture, our cities, our ways of thinking—SAIC transforms the world around us. Our artists, our designers, and our scholars create the bold visions that fill our museums, galleries, businesses, schools, and neighborhoods. Our students, our faculty, and our alumni cultivate a fearless, flexible mindset and remake the city and the world through their creative talent, entrepreneurial energy, and cultural leadership.
Join us in transforming the world. Your support is an investment in the people who are creating what’s next as they transform the world with their Beautiful/Work.
The Campaign in Brief
Beautiful/Work is a two-year, $50 million fundraising campaign that ensures SAIC attracts the most talented students and faculty, continues to offer innovative and creative programming, and remains a world leader in art and design education throughout the 21st century and beyond.
The Next 150 Years of SAIC
It began as a shared idea. The common intention of 35 visionary artists to create a place that could shape our culture. Founded in 1866, SAIC has become a nexus for the next generation of artists. Rooted in the fine arts, yet neither beholden to tradition nor bound by fashion, SAIC has grown into a place where opportunities are infinite.
Beautiful/Work will ensure that SAIC remains at the forefront of art and design education and continues its history of creating what’s next.
Beautiful/Work supports faculty members who teach, mentor, and inspire students to make visionary and groundbreaking work. By funding endowed professorships and awards, SAIC can continue to attract today’s leading thinkers and makers to Chicago, making the city and the School a world-class destination for art and design.
Every year, SAIC offers admission to the most talented aspiring artists across Chicago and around the world. By funding fellowships and scholarships, Beautiful/Work will eliminate the financial obstacles between deserving students and a world-class art and design education at SAIC.
On May 6, 2016, the campaign was launched at SAIC’s 150th Anniversary Gala, where more than 400 attendees contributed toward the more than $1.2 million raised for the Walter and Shirley Massey Chicago Scholarship Fund.
The SAIC 150th Anniversary Gala raised more than $1.2 million for student scholarships.
The gift will establish the Mencoff Family Fellowship in Historic Preservation.