Sullivan Galleries

33 S. State Street, 7th floor

Individual artists are invited to submit an application to show their work in a group exhibition at Sullivan Galleries organized 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 semester, with five to fifteen artists selected for the group show. Dates of the show to be determined.

Application deadline: Monday, November 13, 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 2018.

Please refer to application instructions: Individual Artist Application [PDF]

Apply online via SlideRoom: Select EE Individual Artist Application 2017

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

Thursday, October 26, 4:15–5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31, 4:15–5:45 p.m.
Thursday, November 9, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

SAIC's Sullivan Galleries are free and open to the public on Tuesday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

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 and a newly renovated gallery space in the Columbus Drive Building. 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.

Application deadline: Friday, November 3, 12:00 a.m.

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 2018.

For application form and addition 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, Annie Chang, at

Get Involved

Stay tuned for announcements of Open Directors Meetings 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 alternative or non-gallery spaces on campus. To ensure that all presentations meet SAIC policies and guidelines, an Installation Proposal Form must be completed for review by the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies, Security, Instructional Resources and Facilities Management, and Campus Life. There is no deadline for this process, but applications can take several weeks for approval and planning. Student applications must include a faculty advisor.

The On Campus Installation Form is available on Engage. After logging in, navigate to the upper right corner of the homepage for “Campus Links” to find the the SAIC On-Campus Installation Form.

Questions? Contact, Sarah Skaggs, Assistant Director of Exhibitions,


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 2018 to February 2019.

This call for proposals is open to all current SAIC students who will still be enrolled in spring semester 2019. 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.

Exhibition Dates: February 2018–February 2019

Application Deadline: October 31, 2017

City Hall Open Call—Application Information and Details [PDF]

Questions? Contact Kate Zeller, Director of Exhibitions,

New Blood XI

Applications due: Friday, September 22, 2017

New Blood XI is the eleventh annual festival of student performance, live art, and time-based work at SAIC. This year, New Blood XI will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Links Hall (3111 North Western Avenue in Chicago, IL). All currently enrolled graduate, post-baccalaureate, and undergraduate SAIC students are encouraged to apply. Proposals involving sound, video, movement, performance texts, performance installations, collaboration, or site-specificity are all welcomed. Collaborative proposals must include at least one SAIC student.

New Blood XI Application Prospectus [PDF]

Apply online via SlideRoom

Information session at Links Hall: Monday, September 11, 4:30–5:45 pm.

Questions? Contact New Blood XI Student Coordinators:
Frederikke Christensen at
Misael Soto at
Maria Luisa Conlon at

Or Alumni Producer Lindsey Barlag Thornton at

MLK Mural at International Hostel

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, 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 email by Friday, November 10, 2017.

MLK Mural Competition Submission Form

Portfolios may be submitted in person at the hostel or electronically to:
Anna Henschel
Community Engagement Liaison
Hostelling International Chicago
24 E. Congress Pkwy. Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312.583.2226 

Artists selected to create paintings for the windows will be notified by Monday, November 20, 2017. Artist will have access to paint at the Hostel January 1 – 10, 2018. The final paintings will be on display through the end of February 2018.

All artists who are invited to participate will receive recognition at the artists’ reception held on the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Tuesday, January 16, 2018.


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: Kate Zeller, Director of Exhibitions,

Current Opportunities

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