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.


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

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

For additional information, please email: Trevor Martin, Director of Exhibitions, at tmartin@saic.edu.

Call for Proposals for Course-related Exhibitions

Deadline: Monday, October 20, 5:00 p.m.

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 can occur on campus or off campus. Course-related exhibition proposals are evaluated by several committees (as cited 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 may 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 may not be possible to do this same course show over consecutive years, thus making it necessary to rotate off the exhibition calendar for a year or more.

Course-related exhibition proposals are reviewed as in the following order prior to posting courses with an exhibition reference for enrollment:

  1. Department Chair approval
  2. Course approval from Curriculum Committee (includes review by Dean of Faculty)
  3. These committees submit their recommendations to the Dean of Faculty who makes final decision for course-related exhibition proposals

Complete this form and submit to Exhibitions & Exhibition Studies Committee for review: Course-related Exhibitions [PDF].

Applications should be submitted to:
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor


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.


Apply for the Chicago Consortium

Apply to be one of the student Fellows in the Chicago Consortium for Art in Society!

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

Convened on the occasion of A Lived Practice season Chicago Consortium for Art in Society will bring together a select body of over 30 students from seven of the city's major universities and colleges to give them an experience no single school can offer. The consortium is convened by SAIC and includes representatives from Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  1. Download the Chicago Consortium application and working schedule [PDF]

  2. Send the completed application forms by September 15 to Nicole Mauser: nmause@artic.edu

  3. Attend an information session to learn more about the consortium on:

    Thursday, September 11, 4:15 p.m.
    Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State, 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 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 Kyle Riley at saiccommunitypart@saic.edu or Jeanne Long (312.499.4120).


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 purchased selections of student artwork up to $1,000 and was added to the corporation’s permanent collection.

The first exhibition ran from December 2013 through April 2014, and the second exhibition is up from May 2014 through November 2014. 

Please stay tuned for the announcement of the 2014–15 Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Presidental Award Exhibition.