Show Your Work

SAIC Galleries

33 E. Washington Street

Individual currently enrolled SAIC student artists are invited to submit an application to show their work in a group exhibition at SAIC Galleries organized by 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 year, with five to fifteen artists selected for the group show that will take place in summer 2020.

Applications are currently closed. 

For reference please see last years application instructions:


Exhibition Proposal Workshops
Interested students are encouraged to attend one of the following proposal workshops in advance of submitting an application:

Exhibition Proposal Workshop dates are TBA

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, SITE Sharp Gallery, and a newly renovated gallery space in the Columbus Drive Building, SITE Columbus Gallery. 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.

FALL 2020 SITE Exhibition Proposals are closed until next fall. For more information about upcoming proposal please visit their website

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 Fall 2020.

For application form and additional 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

Dates for proposal workshops are TBA 

Questions? Contact SITE Staff Advisor, Lindsey Barlag Thornton, 

Get Involved

Stay tuned for announcements of programming events and open calls 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

Faculty-Curated Exhibitions (Faculty Only)

The Department of Exhibitions and its SAIC Galleries serve to enrich and augment the academic curriculum through active discourse on issues and ideas in contemporary art and design. Exhibitions are teaching tools and also vehicles to contribute to the field of contemporary art, design, and theory. They operate as an integrated part of the studio and academic experience and additionally offer meaningful encounters to Chicago audiences. Proposals may take the form of exhibitions, artist project commissions, performances, programs, and/or publications. These may occur in the SAIC Galleries and other locations on-campus. They may be tied to specific courses, although this is not a requirement for consideration. For more information:

Applications are current closed. Updated guidelines and applications will be available in Spring 2021

Please note: If a proposal is intended as an integral part of an SAIC course, the applicant must get initial approval from their department chair.
Questions? Contact Trevor Martin, Executive Director of Exhibitions, at

New Blood: Festival of Performance, Live Art, and Time-based Work

New Blood is the annual student festival of performance, live art and time-based work at SAIC.  For the past eight years, New Blood has been produced in partnership with and at Links Hall.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Blood XIV will take a new form. We are seeking proposals for performances to take place on campus in SAIC’s public facing windows at 37 S. Wabash in the Sharp Building and at 33 E Washington the location of the new SAIC Galleries. 

This reimagined festival will happen during the second week in November on Monday November 9, Wednesday November 11 and Friday November 13 with performance work being shared in both windows simultaneously. 

Six performances will be selected for this year’s festival and applicants will be notified by Friday September 25. Both new and existing works are welcome, from any and all members of our community of currently enrolled students.

Please review the full  Call For Entries here

Then apply on Slideroom here

Submission Deadline: Friday September 18, 23:59 CST (GMT 5).

A virtual information session will be hosted on Zoom Friday, September 4th, 12:00 CST. Please see the Call for Entries for details. 

Questions? Contact Assistant Director, Lauren Steinberg: