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The Building of Art

School at the Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

The Building of Art encouraged and engaged the worlds of design and art in a continued conversation about the expanding role of the artist, especially in relation to impacting the built environment. The project evolved into a professional design competition, public panel, presentation and seminar, and created an evolving discussion about the role of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago as civic icon and the artists’ presence and impact. Interfaced with the Historic Commission on Art and Culture, the Director’s Office at SAIC and AIC as well as created a luminary artist program with Vito Acconci, Buster Simpson, Ben Nicholson and Laurie Palmer. Final results were put forward to the Historic Preservation Review Board, the Brutalist Building designed by Walter Netsch in the following year underwent a restoration.