SAIC alumni win top awards at Cannes; SAIC students are awarded Fulbrights and various Fellowships

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SAIC alumni win top awards at Cannes; SAIC students are awarded Fulbrights and various Fellowships

The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) is proud to announce alumni Apichatpong Weerasethakul (MFA 1998) and Hong Sang-soon (MFA 1989) win top awards at the Cannes Film Festival 2010. The festivals highest honor, the Palme d’Or, went to Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by alumnus Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The Un Certain Regard award went to alumnus Hong-Sang soon’s Hahaha.
SAIC’s two Fulbright Award winners of 2010 are Isac Enriquez (BFA Art Education 2010) and Nora Mapp (BFA Writing 2010). Enriquez will be traveling to Brazil; the title of his project is Community Identity: Art Collaboration and Conversation. Mapp will travel to Canada in the fall; the title of her project is Tidal Pull.
In addition to more than 25 existing year-end fellowships, SAIC is pleased to present a pair of new awards this year: the USD 30,000 Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists, awarded to a graduating student selected by an 11-member committee after several rounds of jury review, and the USD 25,000 Eunice W. Johnson Fellowship, awarded to a graduate of SAIC’s internationally renowned undergraduate program in Fashion Design. Nadav Assor (MFA 2010) received the Edes Foundation Prize; Luis A. Rodriguez (BFA 2010) received the Eunice W. Johnson Fellowship, selected by Linda Johnson Rice in consultation with the faculty of SAIC’s Fashion Design department.
These new awards join 12 established BFA, Post-Baccalaureate, and MFA Fellowships, nine Master of Arts and Master of Science Fellowships, the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Fellowships, the Fred A. Hillbruner Artists’ Book Fellowships, the Roads Scholarship Fund for Research and Travel, the Carrie Ellen Tuttle Fellowship, the USD 10,000 Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, and the USD 25,000 Jacques and Natasha Gelman Travel Fellowship.
“SAIC’s Fellowship Competition has a long-standing history dating back to 1901,” says Lisa Wainwright, Dean of Faculty and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. “The awards enable graduating recipients to continue their professional growth beyond SAIC through advanced independent study, art making, research, and travel.”
Find a complete list of awards and their recipients here.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC’s educational philosophy is built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit www.saic.edu.