Exhibit Your Work

At SAIC, we feel that exhibiting work is a vital part of an arts education. The exhibition opportunities that we facilitate provide a forum for the development and exchange of ideas among students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists and curators. Proposals may be submitted for a variety of projects including—but not limited to—object-based and nonobject forms of artmaking such as: events, symposia, 2D and 3D work, and time-based media such as film, video, web art and design, and performance.

These opportunities include:

Below is information including links to downloadable application forms and materials required by each exhibition venue.


Sullivan Galleries

Sullivan Center, 33 S. State St.
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

For additional information, please email: exhibitions-saic@saic.edu 

Call for Proposals for Sullivan Galleries

The Department of Exhibitions is now accepting exhibition proposals from students interested in showing their work at the Sullivan Galleries. The deadline for proposals is April 10, 2015.

Apply online via SlideRoom
Select EE Individual Artist Application 2015.

Detailed application instructions:

Exhibition Proposal Workshops

We strongly recommend you attend one of the following proposal workshops in advance of submitting your application:

All workshops are held in the Sharp Building, 37 South Wabash Avenue, suite 331.


Course-related Exhibitions at the Sullivan Galleries
(faculty only)

Call for Proposals for Course-related Exhibitions

Deadline: Thursday, October 15, 5:00 p.m.

The Department of Exhibitions & Exhibition Studies (E&ES) serves to enrich and augment the academic curriculum through active discourse on issues and ideas in contemporary art. Course-related exhibitions can operate as an integrated part of the teaching process, a culminating exercise, or a presentation that can be developed further subsequent to the end of a semester. Exhibitions occur in the Sullivan Galleries, other locations on-campus, and occasionally off-campus.

Course-related exhibition proposals are evaluated by several committees (see below) according to quality, resources, feasibility of timing, the number of course-related proposals received in a given academic year, benefit to the participating students and wider community, and contribution to the exhibitions program of SAIC. Thus, not all course-related exhibition proposals might be successful.

A course-related proposal may be submitted more than once. However, instructors should expect that once a proposal is accepted and realized as an exhibition, it might not be possible to do this same course show over consecutive years.

Course-related exhibition review process:

  1. Department Chair approves the course for the AY 2016/17 schedule.
  2. Faculty submit the application form by Thursday, October 15, 2015 to Christina Cosio ccosio@saic.edu.
  3. E&ES Committee reviews and recommends which exhibition concepts should move forward and be developed for final review by Dean of Faculty.
  4. Faculty meet with E&ES staff about the proposal and submit more detailed information including information on programs, budget, installation, timetable, and more.
    • Dean of Faculty makes final selection of course-related exhibitions. Faculty must receive this final approval prior to posting courses for enrollment.
    • Once a course-related proposal is approved, the Department of E&ES makes the final determination as to scheduling and location of the exhibition.

Complete the 2015–16 Course-Related Exhibition Application [PDF] and submit to Exhibitions & Exhibition Studies Committee for review.


Contact Trevor Martin, Director of Exhibitions, at tmartin@saic.edu.

Applications should be submitted by October 15 to:
Christina Cosio, ccosio@saic.edu
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor


Student Union Galleries (SUGs) 

Gallery X

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. 

The LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery

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. 

SUGs Main Office 

36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1405
Phone: 312.629.6860
Fax: 312.629.6864

Required Proposal Workshops
In advance of submitting an application, attendance at a workshop is required. Please visit our site for details.

Get Involved
Stay tuned for announcements of Open Directors Meetings on our website.

If you have any questions regarding application procedures or forms, please contact Curatorial Fellow Ross Jordan at SUGs@saic.edu.


Project-based Applications

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Mural Competition‌, open to SAIC students