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.

Apply for Spring 2020 SITE Exhibition

Application deadline: Sunday, October 27, at midnight.

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 2020.

For application form and additional 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 programming events and open calls 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 non-gallery spaces on campus. These alternative spaces offer possibilities for artists to test ideas and engage in exhibition making. Any currently enrolled SAIC student and SAIC faculty member can submit to show work in the lobby spaces of the Sharp, MacLean and Columbus buildings. Exhibitions usually last between two and four weeks, and can include one individual work, multiple artists, or the work of a class project.

For more information, and to reserve a space, email Lindsey Barlag Thornton, Assistant Director of Exhibitions at

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. 

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 SAIC On-Campus Installation Form. There is no deadline for this process, 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.

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

New Blood XIII

Applications Due: Monday, 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 XIII on Saturday, November 23, 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 1.

Apply online via SlideRoom

Information Sessions

Off Campus at Links Hall: TBA

On Campus in the Sullivan Galleries Conference Room: Wednesday, September 11, 4:15–5:15 p.m.

Questions? Contact New Blood XII Student Coordinators:

Dove Rutter (they/them) :
Reva Kashikar (she/her):
Gabriel Chalfin-Piney (he/him): 

New Blood XIII Lead Coordinator: Lauren Steinberg (she/her):

MLK Jr. Mural Competition at Hostelling International 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 and 2nd place prizes will be awarded to the students whose works best represent the spirit of the exhibit. (1st Place: $200; 2nd Place: $100)

Deadline for application: Monday, November 18

Black Harvest Film Festival Exhibition at Gene Siskel Film Center

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Black Harvest Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC). In collaboration with SAIC’s Department of Exhibitions, the GSFC is seeking exhibition proposals to reflect the theme of the Black Harvest Film Festival screening series, to be on view in the months surrounding the festival in the GSFC’s Gallery/Café space. This call for proposals is open to everyone. Members of the SAIC community, such as current students, faculty, staff, or alumni are strongly encouraged to apply.

Questions? Contact Serena Washington, Exhibitions Coordinator,

Proposal Deadline: April 30, 2019

The Earthly Observatory Call for Proposals

The Earthly Observatory is an exhibition with an associated events series that will take place in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Sullivan Galleries throughout the Fall of 2020, co-curated by SAIC faculty members Giovanni Aloi and Andrew Yang.

Our era of human induced global warming and its pervasive impacts on the planet calls for new ways to engage mediums and histories traditionally kept apart. Art and speculative design unfold as epistemological and functional dimensions for confronting the urgent challenges posed by the Anthropocene. The Earthly Observatory will be a multidisciplinary think-tank comprising interlinked installations authored by invited artists, both within and beyond the School. Over the span of three months, the space will be activated by a program of events available to SAIC faculty and students as a laboratory in which to develop ideas, projects, and collaborations.

We are currently considering submissions for inclusion in the exhibition (video, performance, images, or 3D works) as well as proposals for discussion panels or talks that activate the space. This call for submissions is open to all currently enrolled SAIC students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Both individual and collaborative proposals are welcomed.

Artwork submission guidelines:

  1. Up to three images/videos/sound files + up to 300 words of commentary (in PDF form) 

  2. A resume/CV (PDF, no more than three pages) 

Paper/Panel submission:

  1. An abstract for papers or presentations (PDF) 

  2. A panel proposal, maximum of four speakers (a 300-word abstract for each paper presented) 
Up to three images (embedded within the same PDF document with the text) 

Questions:  Contact the exhibition curators Giovanni Aloi ( and Andy Yang (

Apply via Slide Room

Proposal Deadline: Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 11:50 p.m.

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: Staci Boris, Associate Director of Exhibitions,

Current Opportunities

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