Department of Exhibitions

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

For additional information, please email: 

General Call for Proposals

The Department of Exhibitions is now accepting individual artist applications from students interested in showing their work in a group exhibition organized by the Department in fall 2016. The deadline for proposals is Monday, April 18, 2016.

Apply online via SlideRoom
Select EE Individual Artist Application 2016.

Detailed application instructions:  

Exhibition Proposal Workshops

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


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

Call for Proposals for Course-related Exhibitions

Deadline: Monday, October 31, 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 the following criteria: quality, resources, feasibility, competitiveness of course-related proposals received in a cycle, 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 2017/18 schedule.
  2. Faculty submit the application form by Monday, October 31 2016 to Serena Washington at swashi1@saic.eduFaculty may be asked to meet with E&ES Staff about the proposal and/or submit more detailed information on an aspect of the proposal.
  3. E&ES Committee reviews and recommends one or more exhibitions for consideration and final review by Dean of Faculty.
  4. Dean of Faculty makes final selection of course-related exhibitions. Faculty must receive this final approval prior to posting courses for enrollment.
  5.  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 Course-Related Exhibition Application [PDF] and submit to Exhibitions & Exhibition Studies Committee for review.


Contact Trevor Martin, Director of Exhibitions, at

Applications should be submitted by October 31 to:
Serena Washington,
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


Project-based Applications

Painting in Time Exhibition [PDF] call for applications, open to all SAIC students who will be enrolled in fall 2016.

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Mural Competition [PDF], open to all SAIC students.


MLK Jr. Mural Competition Application

Twenty student artists will be selected to paint individual pieces honoring the life and work of Dr. King and the continuing struggle for social justice today 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

Submission Process: Students must submit a portfolio of up to 10 images of recent work along with the submission form in person or by mail by Friday, November 11, 2016. Portfolios may be submitted in person at the hostel or electronically to:

Anna Henschel
Hostelling International Chicago
24 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60605
Direct: 312.583.2226 Fax: 312.583.2219
Martin Luther King, Jr. Mural Competition Submission Form [PDF]


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 from February 2017 to February 2018. This call for proposals is open to all current SAIC students who will still be enrolled in spring semester 2018. 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: November 21, 2016

Exhibition Dates: February 2017—February 2017

For more information, dimensions, and an image of the cabinet with current installation, see Cabinet Details and Dimensions [PDF]. Proposals should be for a cohesive project that utilizes the entire cabinet. All artwork will need to fit inside of the cabinet's shelves.

Application Form [PDF]

Final selection will be made and students notified by December 8, 2016. Artist(s) will then be able to work on materials and artworks for the installation through the winter interim, prior to installation in February.

Student(s) are required to be present to install their work in February 2017 and deinstall in February 2018. Specific installation and deinstallation dates will be determined in collaboration with City Hall.

Questions? Contact Kate Zeller, Director of Exhibitions,