New Arts Journalism Symposium
New Arts Journalism Symposium
Saturday, May 14th, from 4:30-7pm, Sector 2337 celebrates the culmination of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s MA in New Arts Journalism program.
Opening remarks on the contemporary state of publishing will be made by Caroline Picard (The Green Lantern Press/Sector 2337), followed by thesis presentations: Jac Kuntz will discuss her research trip across the Southern United States and contemporary visual art of that region as it relates to community. Amie Soudien will present her research from the archives of Ebony magazine, examining its notions of beauty, and cultural significance during an era of reclaimed African heritage. Ana Sekler will present Chic Shifter, her a digital fashion publication that examines the fashion cultures of Chicago and the Midwest, emphasizing criticality over frivolity. Hannah Larson will present the publication, Arttoo Magazine, a synthesis of contemporary tattoo culture and intersectional feminist convictions, with an emphasis on tattoo art created–and worn–by women. The night will conclude with guest speaker, music critic and acclaimed Chicago writer, Jessica Hopper, music critic and author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (Featherproof).
Jessica Hopper’s music criticism has been included in Best Music Writing 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011. Her first book, The Girls Guide to Rocking, was named one of 2009’s Notable Books for Young Readers by the American Library Association. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two young sons.
Jac Kuntz is a writer and artist from Atlanta, Ga. She earned a BFA in painting, a BA in Psychology, and a minor in art history from Clemson University, South Carolina. In addition to her journalistic pursuits, Kuntz enjoys the working in the editing and publication process. Her writing often takes a narrative form; she is currently writing a thesis on the state of contemporary art in the southern U.S., following a summer-long series of interviews, encounters, and road trips. She will soon be graduating with a Masters in New Arts Journalism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Hannah Larson is a graphic designer, farmer, and community activist, in Bridgeport, a near south side neighborhood of Chicago. Currently, Larson is publishing the debut issue of Arttoo Magazine, a magazine dedicated to women, tattoo arts and culture, for her master’s thesis.
Ana Sekler is a writer from Chicago. She has published work in F Newsmagazine, Newcity, and Gapers Block. Clothing is an expressive outlet for her and she writes about it for her thesis publication, Chic Shifter, a digital fashion journal with an altered hem. Aside from collecting striped shirts and miniature objects, she collects diplomas from Chicago’s universities: two in French Literature and one in New Arts Journalism.
Amie Soudien is a writer and artist from Cape Town, South Africa. She completed her BAFA in print media from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2013. Soudien has since worked as a freelance journalist for ArtThrob, and as an editor for Platform Magazine. Her interests include postcolonial studies, emerging art from Africa, and pop culture. She is a soon-to-be graduate of the Arts Journalism program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Master of Arts in New Arts Journalism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) reinterprets and transforms the largely textual skills of traditional journalism into the multifaceted demands of contemporary arts journalism, where text and image are interwoven and responsive to one another and media platforms are continually evolving. The program both focuses on traditional modes of journalism that discuss art and other aspects of culture, and the ways in which journalism can itself, take on forms of artistic expression.