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Project Onward Has Moved!
        A long-time fixture of the Chicago art scene in residence at the Chicago
Cultural Center, Project Onward has now joined a thriving arts community in the 
Bridgeport Arts Center (Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago, IL, 
60609;  773-793-8454).  The move happened in July and the artists are all back 
in business at the new (and far more spacious) location.  The current 5th floor
space is temporary as finishing touches are made to their permanent fourth floor 
stuio/gallery/office complex to open in mid-September.  They have even already 
hosted one of their signature Portrait Slams.  Check out http://projectonward.org/
our-move-to-bridgeport/ for details about the move and go to their Facebook 
page at https://www.facebook.com/ProjectOnward to see pictures of the new 
studio and some fun shots from the slam.  
         As a farewell to the Chicago Cultural Center, as final exhibit at that site is 
currently up.  That Was Then, This Is Now: Farewell to t…

Alumni Spotlight: Sandie Yi

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Body Talk
An SAIC alumna tells the story of disability through wearable art. By Anjulie Rao (MA 2014)
Human bodies are storytellers. Even without our voices, our bodies spin yarns about our experience; every scar, crease, and bump possesses a narrative that, though it is told in silence, is spoken daily and directly to the public. The work of SAIC alumna Sandie Yi (BFA 2003, MAAT 2005) brings to light the narratives of the body—specifically, by exploring disability as an aesthetic, she crafts wearable objects that give a voice to the body's narrative.

Yi herself was born in Taiwan with two fingers on each hand, and two toes on each foot. These two facts led to layered issues; the culture of disability in Taiwan, as described by Yi, "is seen as a personal, medical problem and disabled people are expected to conform to the normative standard—[they] praise disabled people who manage to exhibit achievements and behaviors like the nondisabled." This, says Yi, encoura…