Kanye West receives his honorary doctorate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago today.
The honorary doctorate is given to “influential individuals” who earned “this distinguished award through their work, which is always imaginative and aesthetically rich, and sometimes also provocative and controversial, shifting the cultural landscape in significant ways.” The recipients are also considered “remarkable examples of creative success and determination, who are often inspirations to our students, faculty, and entire SAIC community.”
“There’s still this sense that high art is what we do, is what we honor, is what we’re about. And that pop culture is not what we teach in art school,” Dean Lisa Wainwrigh said. “Pop culture, mass culture—that’s a whole other thing, and we’re about high art. I think that’s a problem. We’re trying to collapse those boundaries a little bit. That’s what I like about Kanye.”