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Students sell their work--and support themselves--at SAIC art sale

  • (Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
(Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
November 16, 2012|By Erin Vogel @eringejuice | For RedEye

It's not easy to find personalized, homemade Christmas gifts for your friends and family--but it can be easier if you go to the right places. Get some of your holiday shopping out of the way before the madness that is Black Friday by checking out the School of the Art Institute's 24th Annual Holiday Art Sale this weekend. The fair, which will feature handmade gifts create by more 120 SAIC art students, is open all day Friday and Saturday.

Jes Takla, director of Campus Life at SAIC, said the art sale helps students finance their education by selling their work to the public--the fair welcomes more than 1,000 attendees every year--and networking with individuals who could commission them for work in the future.

Participating students are chosen through a weighted, random lottery to receive one of the fair's limited spots.

"It's a great resume builder to have the professional experience of being at an art fair presenting their work," Takla said. "It's invaluable to students who will be working as artists after they graduate."

The school also hosts a similar art sale every spring, in April.
   

24th Annual SAIC Holiday Art Sale
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.
11 to 7 p.m. Friday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Free admission

More information: saic.edu/holidaysale

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