Show Your Work


Application Deadline: Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 11:59 pm CST

This application is open to graduate and undergraduate students in all departments and programs who are currently enrolled at SAIC and who will continue to be enrolled in Fall 2022. All applications to the SAIC Galleries are reviewed by the Exhibitions Committee, which is composed of appointed faculty members. Selected artists will be curated into a group show organized by the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies that will take place in Summer 2022 - tentative exhibition dates are June 23 – August 6, 2022. Graduating students are not eligible for this application.

Note:  Selected artists must be available in Chicago to install their work June 13 – 18, 2022.

Application Workshops via Zoom:
Wednesday, February 23, 4;30 pm CST - Register here.
Thursday, March 3 , 4:30 pm CST - Register here.
Wednesday, March 9, 12:15 pm CST - Register here.

Click here for the Application Workshop PDF of useful resources!

Please refer to application instructions linked here

Undergraduate Student Application:

Graduate Student Application:


INCUBATOR gives Undergraduate and Graduate SAIC students opportunities to share their work across campus in non-traditional exhibition formats. These alternative spaces offer room to engage in exhibition-making from new and creative approaches. We encourage you to use INCUBATOR as an opportunity for experimentation and to share your practice with the SAIC community. 

INCUBATOR is run by a team of Graduate Curatorial Assistants (GCAs) working for the Department of Exhibitions who facilitate independently submitted student proposals and lead collaborative curatorial projects. Please see below for information on exhibiting with INCUBATOR. 

For questions about INCUBATOR, please email us at:


The Wabash Window and the first floor lobby of the Sharp building are the primary spaces designated for INCUBATOR GCA curatorial projects. Please fill out this google form if you are interested in showing your work in these spaces.  There is no deadline with this form and submission does not guarantee an exhibition. Rather, this is a chance to share your work with GCAs working for the Department of Exhibitions and to have your work on file for future potential opportunities.

Any currently enrolled SAIC student can apply to show work in additional INCUBATOR spaces in Sharp, MacLean and 280 buildings. Please see below for how to apply.

Additional INCUBATOR spaces include: 

  • First Floor Display Cases, 280 Building
  • Second Floor Stairway/Landing “The Nook”, 280 Building
  • 2nd Floor Cafe, 280 Building
  • Third Floor Lounge Walls, 280 Building
  • Twelfth, Thirteenth & Fourteenth Floors, Cafe & Lounge, MacLean Building
  • Second Floor Lounge, Sharp Building

Exhibitions usually last between one and three weeks and can include one individual’s work, multiple artists, or the work of a class project. To ensure that all exhibitions and installations meet SAIC policies and guidelines, an INCUBATOR On-Campus Installation Form must be completed for review by the Department of Exhibitions, Safety & Security, Instructional Resources and Facilities Management, and Campus Life. 

It is the responsibility of the student(s) to install and de-install their work and return the space as they found it. Students must provide their own hardware and tools for approved independent projects.  The INCUBATOR team will provide floor plans, reserve and provide access to the space, and provide a patch and paint kit if needed. 


  1. Email to check availability and reserve the space you are interested in. GCAs will get back to you regarding availability; in the case a space is not available, they will propose other spaces or alternative times that might be possible. 
  2. Fill out the INCUBATOR On-Campus Installation Form after reserving your space.  Log into SAIC Engage (using your SAIC username and password), navigate to the lower right corner of the homepage for “Campus Links” to find the SAIC On Campus Installation Form. 

Please note: there is no deadline for this process, however, applications can take several weeks for approval and planning. It is recommended that the form be submitted at least three weeks before the proposed installation date. 


Graduate Curatorial Assistants (GCAs) support departmental, course-related, and student driven projects through the Exhibitions Department.  These projects are planned in advance and are often independently initiated by the GCAs themselves, through proposals submitted by SAIC professors, or curated through submission processes by INCUBATOR. These projects receive an additional level of curatorial and installation support from GCAs.  Co-learning is a guiding tenant of INCUBATOR, and as such GCAs are always available for ongoing feedback and collaboration throughout the exhibition-making process.