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, faculty, and staff interested in showing their work or curating projects at the Sullivan Galleries. The deadline for proposals is March 10, 2014.

Apply online via Slideroom
Select EE Individual Artist Application 2014 or EE Thematic Group Exhibition Application 2014.

For detailed application instructions, select the exhibition category that pertains to you:

Individual Artist [PDF]—Students applying to have work considered for a group show.
Group Exhibition [PDF]—Students, faculty, and staff applying to curate a thematic group show.

Exhibition Proposal Workshops

We strongly recommend you attend one of the following proposal workshops In advance of submitting Individual or group applications.

Workshop dates for the spring semester will be announced soon.


Call for Entries for New Blood VIII

Open to all currently enrolled SAIC students

Applications due: Monday, September 15, 5:00 p.m. 

Application Instructions

SAIC's eighth-annual festival of time-based art, takes place November 21 and 22 at Links Hall.

Apply via Slideroom here. For more information, contact this year's Coordinators: Elizabeth Bertch, and Adam Webster, or this year's Alumni Producer, Amelia Charter.


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 Michael Ryan at mryan3@saic.edu.


Project-based Applications

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


Creativity in the Workplace

The Creativity in the Workplace program—part of the Department of Exhibitions and Events—affords students the opportunity to exhibit their work throughout Chicago in an unconventional setting: the corporate workplace. Work of all media is accepted, and chosen artists will receive an artist's honorarium.

We are currently soliciting work for several clients around the Chicago area. Applications and images should be emailed to saiccommunitypart@saic.edu, following the instructions listed in the application form online.

Deadline: open

Creativity in the Workplace Application [PDF]

Questions? Matthew Coleman and Rachel Kaplan at saiccommunitypart@saic.edu or Jeanne Long (312.443.3729).


Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Presidential Award Exhibition

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal U.S.A. (NSSM) are pleased to announce that Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, as part of its 70-year history of support for the visual and performing arts, is sponsoring the 21st annual set of exhibitions of the artwork of SAIC students.

This year, NSSM will also be purchasing selections of student artwork up to $1,000. NSSM personnel will choose and purchase student work to be added to the corporation’s permanent collection.

The first exhibition runs from December 2013 through April 2014, and the second exhibition from May 2014 through November 2014. Exact dates will be announced later.

When: Applications due on Friday, October 18, 2013
Where: Email to Gan Uyeda (guyeda@saic.edu)
Notification: Third week in November 2013

Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Presidential Award Exhibition Application [PDF]