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.

Andrew Holmquist (BFA 2008, MFA 2014), Hip Flexor, 2015, oil, acrylic, and spray paint on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Carrie Secrist Gallery. Learn more about his 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.

SAIC Professor Michelle Grabner is one of the most prominent female artists in the art world today. Read her story.

Faculty Excellence

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.

Walter and Shirley Massey Chicago Scholarship Fund recipient Maryiah Winding (BFA 2017). Read about other Massey Scholars.

Student Scholarships

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.


Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC secures $46.4 million for student scholarships and faculty resources


Renowned Artist Jeff Koons Will Donate Artwork to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The gift, valued at $1 million, will be sold, and the proceeds of the sale will establish the Jeff Koons Scholarship Fund


Beautiful/Work Campaign Update

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.