Undergraduate Exhibition Information

SAIC Undergraduate Exhibition

Questions about the Undergraduate Exhibition? Contact us at UG-Exhibition@saic.edu

We're happy to announce that the Undergraduate Exhibition will take place at the new SAIC Galleries located on 33 E. Washington St.!

The Undergraduate Exhibition helps to serve senior level students with their ongoing creative professional practice. Develop skills for this and the next exhibition post-SAIC life. Participating students will experience the process of how to exhibit work in a professional setting, and how to navigate and collaborate in a large group exhibition. Participation in this senior exhibition is not a degree requirement.

The Undergraduate Exhibition occurs twice annually in both the fall and spring semesters.


SAIC Galleries is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 11a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Closed Sundays.


Undergraduate Exhibition Fall 2021 November 6 - 19

Undergraduate Exhibition Spring 2022 April 9 - 16

Registration and Participation Tracks

Participation in the Undergraduate Exhibition is based on the Registrar’s records of a student's degree program and credit hours. All senior-level students (who have completed 90 or more credits) will receive an email from the Department of Exhibitions at the start of the fall semester informing them which semester they are assigned based on these criteria. Students are only eligible to participate in one exhibition/event during their senior year.

Exhibition/event registration is split by semester. Registration instructions are emailed to assigned seniors at the start of both semesters. 

Semester assignments are your assigned Undergraduate Exhibition option. 

  • We are not able to accommodate requests from students to switch semesters.
  • Students may be assigned to the Fall show even if they do not plan to graduate until the following semester. 

This process guarantees all eligible students an opportunity to participate in a culminating exhibition or event during their senior year--it does not guarantee an exhibition option in their final semester.

For questions about the number of credits you have earned and your related senior status, your expected graduation term, your plan for completing your degree requirements, or your eligibility, please contact Academic Advising.


There are three ways to participate in the Undergraduate Exhibition:

1. Capstone 4900: Senior Exhibition - This is a class-curated Capstone course culminating with a dedicated space and a group curated exhibition opportunity within the larger Undergraduate Exhibition, Fall and Spring. 

  • Students who register for Fall sections of this course (in April of the preceding Spring) will automatically be assigned to the Fall Show.  
  • Students interested in participating in a Spring section of this course must have received an assignment to the Spring exhibition in order to be eligible to register for a Spring Senior Exhibition Capstone. 

Learn more about Capstone courses here.

2. Independent Artist (via The Lottery) - Students participate as individual artists in the Undergraduate Exhibition. Spaces are selected by students based on a lottery system during Space Claim. 

Through the exhibition/event registration, students will select a space type to present their work:

  • Wall
  • Floor/Ceiling
  • Combo (A limited section of wall and floor)
  • Installation Room (Faculty juried)

After registration closes, the gallery will host two Space Claim evenings for students who registered in the Independent Artist track to select a space in person based on their registered space type. 

3. Digital Feature - Digital Feature artists will submit images of work, which will be prominently featured on street level and throughout the galleries during the Spring Undergraduate Exhibition. Students assigned to either fall or spring exhibition can register for this option.

Creative Parameters

Familiarize yourself with these creative parameters for the Undergraduate Exhibition. 

If you are planning on incorporating any of these items or materials, please reach out to us at UG-Exhibition@saic.edu as soon as possible. We will do our best to help you explore appropriate alternatives for your project. 

Review the UGE Creative Parameters here

Additionally,students should consult the Art School Considerations (ASC) Checklist to determine if a project may present a health, safety, legal or other type of concern. The ASC list should be consulted during the conceptualization phase of a project, and at any point thereafter when details are adjusted. If a project involves any of the items on the checklist, the proposed project will be brought to the ASC committee for review. 

View the Art School Considerations Checklist here.  

Questions about the Undergraduate Exhibition? Contact us at : UG-Exhibition@saic.edu

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Online Exhibition

Click here to view the Spring 2020 Undergraduate Online Exhibition, which launched in May 2020!