Sullivan Galleries: Show Your Work

Sullivan Galleries

33 S. State Street, 7th floor

Individual currently enrolled SAIC student artists are invited to submit an application to show their work in a group exhibition at Sullivan Galleries organized by Graduate Curatorial Assistants in the Department of Exhibitions. Applications are reviewed by the Exhibitions Committee, which is comprised of appointed faculty members and student representatives. On average, around 100 portfolios are submitted each year, with five to fifteen artists selected for the group show.  Dates of the show to be determined.

Application deadline: Monday, November 19, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

This application is open to students currently enrolled at SAIC, including all departments and programs, both undergraduate and graduate, who will continue to be enrolled in Fall 2019. 

Please refer to application instructions: Individual Artist Application  

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Apply online via SlideRoom: Select “2018 EE Individual Artist Application”

Exhibition Proposal Workshops

Interested students are encouraged to attend one of the following proposal workshops in advance of submitting an application:

All workshops held in Sullivan Galleries conference room, 33 S. State, 7th floor

Friday, October 19, 4:15 pm

Tuesday, October 23, 4:15 pm

Wednesday, October 24, 4:15 pm

Tuesday, November 6, 4:15 pm

Questions? Contact or 312.629.6635.

SITE Galleries

Founded in 1994, SITE Galleries (formerly Student Union Galleries) is a student-run gallery at SAIC for the exhibition of student work in two locations on campus: the LeRoy Neiman Center, SITE Sharp Gallery, and a newly renovated gallery space in the Columbus Drive Building, SITE Columbus Gallery. An open call for exhibition proposals is held each semester to be implemented the following semester. Proposals are reviewed by a committee of the SITE Directors, SITE gallery assistants, members of Exhibitions advisory staff and committee, and other student leaders. On average, more than 30 applications are received each semester, with up to five exhibitions selected.

Application deadline: Saturday, October 27, 12:00 a.m.

This opportunity is open to students currently enrolled at SAIC in good standing, including all departments and programs, both undergraduate and graduate, who will continue to be enrolled in Spring 2019.

For application form and addition information about this opportunity, please visit SITE website.

SITE Exhibition Proposal Workshops

Interested students are encouraged to attend one of the proposal workshops in advance of submitting an application, please consult the SITE website for more information.

Questions? Contact SITE Administration Director, Carol Bedoy, at

Get Involved

Stay tuned for announcements of Open Directors Meetings on the SITE website.

SITE Spaces

SITE Sharp

280 S. Columbus Dr., room 113

Monday–Friday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Alternate times by appointment


SITE Columbus

37 S. Wabash Ave., suite 106

Monday–Friday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Alternate times by appointment


SITE Main Office

36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 322

Phone: 312.899.5131

Fax: 312.629.6864 

Other On Campus Opportunities

Students, faculty, and staff are often interested in installing work in alternative or non-gallery spaces on campus. To ensure that all presentations meet SAIC policies and guidelines, an Installation Proposal Form must be completed for review by the Department of Exhibitions, Security, Instructional Resources and Facilities Management, and Campus Life. There is no deadline for this process, but applications can take several weeks for approval and planning. Student applications must include a faculty advisor.

The On Campus Installation Form is available on Engage. After logging in, navigate to the lower right corner of the homepage for “Campus Links” to find the the SAIC On-Campus Installation Form. There is no deadline for this proecess, but applications can take several weeks for approval and planning, and it is recommended that the form be submitted at least three weeks before the expected installation date. Consult the Alternative Spaces Exhibition Calendar for availability before proposing.

Questions? Contact, Lindsey Barlag Thornton, Assistant Director of Exhibitions,

Faculty-Curated Exhibitions (Faculty Only)

The Department of Exhibitions and its Sullivan Galleries serve to enrich and augment the academic curriculum through active discourse on issues and ideas in contemporary art and design. Exhibitions are teaching tools and also vehicles to contribute to the field of contemporary art, design, and theory. They operate as an integrated part of the studio and academic experience and additionally offer meaningful encounters to Chicago audiences. Proposals may take the form of exhibitions, artist project commissions, performances, programs, and/or publications. These may occur in the Sullivan Galleries and other locations on-campus. They may be tied to specific courses, although this is not a requirement for consideration. For more information:

Application deadline for academic year 2019/2020 exhibitions: Monday, April 1, 2019

Please note: Please note, if a proposal is intended as an integral part of an SAIC course, the applicant must get initial approval from their department chair.

Questions? Contact Trevor Martin, Executive Director of Exhibitions, at

City Hall Open Call

In collaboration with SAIC, Chicago's City Hall is seeking proposals for an installation of work within a large-scale cabinet located in the Mayor's office. The selected proposal will be on view in City Hall for one year.

This call for proposals is open to all current SAIC students who will still be enrolled in spring semester 2019. Proposals will be accepted from individual students and from collaborations or groups. The applications will be reviewed, and a final selection made, by a committee comprised of representatives from City Hall and SAIC.

Application Deadline: Spring 2019

Questions? Contact Kate Zeller, Director of Exhibitions,

New Blood XII

Applications Due: Sunday, September 23, 11:59 p.m.

New Blood is the annual student festival of performance, live art, and time-based work at SAIC. This year, SAIC will host New Blood XII on Saturday, November 17, at Links Hall (3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago). All currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate SAIC students are encouraged to apply. Thoughtful proposals from any direction are welcome. Collaborative proposals must include at least one SAIC student. Applicants are encouraged to apply with new work that is in development or pre-existing pieces. All proposals will be reviewed by a jury. Final selections will be announced on October 2.

Apply online via SlideRoom

Information Sessions

Off Campus at Links Hall: Monday, September 17, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

On Campus in the Sullivan Galleries Conference Room: Friday, September 14, 4:15–5:45 p.m.

Questions? Contact New Blood XII Student Coordinators:

Aram Atamian:

Kyra Lehman:

Maria Luisa Conlon:

New Blood XII Alumni Producer:

Máire Witt O’Neill:

MLK Jr. Mural Competition at International Hostel Chicago

Twenty student artists will be selected to paint individual pieces honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the continuing struggle for social justice on the 2nd floor windows of Hostelling International Chicago. A panel of judges will evaluate the artworks and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded to the students whose works best represent the spirit of the exhibit. (1st Place: $300; 2nd Place: $200; 3rd Place: $100)

Deadline for application: Monday, November 26

Other Off Campus Opportunities

At various times throughout the academic year, we receive inquires from companies and organizations seeking student artwork for their spaces. Additional opportunities occasional arise for project commissions at other off-campus locations.

If you would like to receive notifications about these opportunities, please send an email with: Your name, email address, department, degree, and graduation year to: Kate Zeller, Director of Exhibitions,


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