The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago was founded by a small group of artists in 1866. Their purpose was to provide an excellent education in the studio arts in conjunction with exhibition opportunities. The Art Institute of Chicago's collections, which now constitute some of the finest museum holdings anywhere, began as the Chicago Academy of Design with a modest gift of plaster casts from the French government.

The small art school, which expanded from one rented facility within the city to another and was burned out of its first permanent home by the Chicago Fire, incorporated as the Chicago Academy of Fine Art in 1879, and changed its name to The Art Institute of Chicago in 1882. The museum and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) moved into a building erected for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.

The SAIC has become one of the largest accredited independent schools of art and design in the country, and since 1976 has occupied its own modern facilities adjoining the museum and overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan. An accredited college of the visual and related arts, the SAIC provides degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The SAIC offers a broad and dynamic spectrum of study including art and technology; arts administration; art history, theory and criticism; art education and art therapy; fashion design; filmmaking; historic preservation and interior architecture; painting and drawing; performance; photography; printmaking; sculpture; sound; time arts (time-based media); video; visual communication; and writing. A comprehensive program in liberal arts emphasizes the pivotal role that humanities, mathematics and sciences play in artists' development. The SAIC also serves as a national resource for issues related to the position and importance of the arts in society.

The Gene Siskel Film Center is a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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The Gene Siskel Film Center and the SAIC are part of The Art Institute of Chicago
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