50 Years of Art & Technology Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The first of its type in the United States, SAIC’s Art & Technology Studies department was established in 1969 with the introduction of a single course operating at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Since its inception, the program has continually pioneered the use of emerging technologies in contemporary art, developing new models of artistic practice and integrating these models into the curriculum of one of the world’s most influential art and design schools.

Photo of Lee Blalock’s Solenoid mask instr/augment (2018), by Sophia Barr Hayne.
ats@50: Art & Technology Studies 1969-2019

Our 80-page publication interweaving personal, historical, and scholarly accounts of the department, faculty, and alumni.

To receive a copy of ats@50 please email

Photo of Lee Blalock's Solenoid mask instr/augment (2018), by Sophia Barr Hayne.

Event Archive

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24-hour art hackathon.

April 6, 8p to April 7, 10pm 2019

MacLean Building Ballroom
112 S. Michigan Avenue

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Space Art Symposium

Sharp Building
37 S Wabash Ave.
The LeRoy Neiman Center

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Artist Talk: Tamiko Thiel

April 30, 2019  | 4:30-5:30p

MacLean Building
112 S. Michigan Ave.
4th Floor RM402

Olfactory art exhibition
Olfactory Art Exhibition

May 10 - June 11, 2019

Opening reception May 10, 2019  4:30 to 5:30p

MacLean Building
112 S. Michigan Avenue
4th Floor RM400

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A Celebration of 50 Years of Experimentation

MacLean Building
112 South Michigan Ave.
4th Floor & Basement Level 1

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Ars Electronica 2019

Sept 5 - 9, 2019

ATS Exhibition at Ars Electronica 2019, Linz, Austria 

Take a Tour

Virtual tours of our Art & Technology Studies facilities.

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