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Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to School of the Art Institute of Chicago and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from School of the Art Institute of Chicago include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Examples of graduates on this list include Orson Welles and Robin Tunney.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to School of the Art Institute of Chicago?” and “Which celebrities are School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni?”
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Hugh Hefner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Editor, Publisher, Businessperson

Age: 92

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American magazine publisher, the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, a publication with revealing photographs and ...more

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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)

Birthplace: Hermosa, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Walter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced ...more

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Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: Dec. at 70 (1915-1985)

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer and producer who is remembered for his innovative work in radio, theatre and film. He is considered ...more

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Lara Flynn Boyle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 48

Birthplace: USA, Davenport, Iowa

Lara Flynn Boyle (born March 24, 1970) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her role as Donna Hayward in the ABC cult television series Twin Peaks (1990–1991). After ...more

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David Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Humorist, Comedian, Screenwriter

Age: 62

Birthplace: Broome County, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States, + more

David Raymond Sedaris (; born December 26, 1956) is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his ...more

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Bill Mauldin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Illustrator, Soldier, Screenwriter

Age: Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

Birthplace: Mountain Park, New Mexico, United States of America

William Henry "Bill" Mauldin (; October 29, 1921 – January 22, 2003) was an American editorial cartoonist who won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work. He was most famous for his World War ...more
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Robin Tunney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Actor

Age: 46

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Robin Tunney (born June 19, 1972) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Teresa Lisbon on the television series The Mentalist (2008–2015), and her portrayal of Veronica Donovan on ...more

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Georgia O'Keeffe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Artist

Age: Dec. at 99 (1887-1986)

Birthplace: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, United States of America

Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist. She was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. ...more

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Wen Yiduo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni

Age: Dec. at 47 (1899-1946)

Birthplace: Xishui County, Hubei

Wen Yiduo (24 November 1899 – 15 July 1946) was a prominent Chinese poet and scholar who was assassinated by the Kuomintang.
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Apichatpong Weerasethaku... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Thailand, Bangkok

Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul (Thai: อภิชาติพงศ์ วีระเศรษฐกุล; RTGS: Aphichatphong Wirasetthakun; IPA: [ʔà.pʰí.tɕʰâːt.pʰōŋ ...more
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Michael Shaowanasai is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Artist

Age: 55

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Michael Shaowanasai (Thai: ไมเคิล เชาวนาศัย, born in 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a Thai-American artist and actor who lives in Bangkok. His works includes performance art, ...more
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Grant Wood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Painter, Artist

Age: Dec. at 51 (1891-1942)

Birthplace: Anamosa, Iowa

Grant DeVolson Wood (February 13, 1891 – February 12, 1942) was an American painter best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest, particularly American Gothic (1930), which ...more
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Thomas Hart Benton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Painter, Sailor, Artist

Age: Dec. at 86 (1889-1975)

Birthplace: Neosho, Missouri

Thomas Hart Benton (April 15, 1889 – January 19, 1975) was an American painter and muralist. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront of the Regionalist art ...more
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Neysa McMein is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Artist

Age: Dec. at 61 (1888-1949)

Birthplace: Quincy, Illinois

Neysa Moran McMein (January 24, 1888 – May 12, 1949) was an American illustrator and portrait painter who studied at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and Art Students League of New ...more
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George Booth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Cartoonist

Age: 92

Birthplace: Cainsville, Missouri

George Booth (born June 28, 1926) is a New Yorker cartoonist. Over time, his cartoons have become an iconic feature of the magazine. In a doodler's style, they feature everymen beset by modern ...more
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Cynthia Rowley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Fashion designer, Designer

Age: 60

Birthplace: USA, Barrington, Illinois

Cynthia Rowley (born July 29) is an American fashion designer based in the West Village of New York City.
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mc chris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Film Score Composer, Rapper, Comedian

Age: 43

Birthplace: USA, Libertyville, Illinois

Christopher Brendan Ward (born September 2, 1975), better known by his stage name MC Chris (stylized as mc chris), is an American rapper, voice actor, improvisational comedian, and writer. ...more

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Halston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Fashion designer

Age: Dec. at 58 (1932-1990)

Birthplace: USA, Des Moines, Iowa

Roy Halston Frowick (April 23, 1932 – March 26, 1990), known simply as Halston, was an American fashion designer who rose to international fame in the 1970s. His minimalist, clean designs often ...more
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Barbara Hale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 96

Birthplace: USA, DeKalb, Illinois

Barbara Hale (April 18, 1922 – January 26, 2017) was an American actress best known for her role as legal secretary Della Street in the television series Perry Mason (1957–1966), earning her a ...more
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Nora Dunn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 66

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nora Eloise Dunn (born April 29, 1952) is an American actress and comedian, known for her work on the NBC sketch variety TV series Saturday Night Live.

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Sarah Vowell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Journalist, Author, Actor

Age: 49

Birthplace: USA, Oklahoma, Muskogee

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Vachel Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Poet

Age: Dec. at 52 (1879-1931)

Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay (; November 10, 1879 – December 5, 1931) was an American poet. He is considered a founder of modern singing poetry, as he referred to it, in which verses are meant to be ...more
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Gregory La Cava is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director

Age: Dec. at 60 (1892-1952)

Birthplace: Towanda, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Gregory La Cava (March 10, 1892 – March 1, 1952) was an American film director of Italian descent best known for his films of the 1930s, including My Man Godfrey and Stage Door, which earned him ...more
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LeRoy Neiman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni
Painter, Actor, Artist

Age: Dec. at 91 (1921-2012)

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

LeRoy Neiman (born LeRoy Leslie Runquist, June 8, 1921 – June 20, 2012) was an American artist known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, ...more
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Richmond Barthé ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Alumni

Age: Dec. at 88 (1901-1989)

Birthplace: Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

James Richmond Barthé, also known as Richmond Barthé (January 28, 1901 – March 5, 1989) was an African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Barthé is ...more