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.



INCUBATOR gives Undergraduate and Graduate SAIC students opportunities to exhibit their work across campus in non-gallery spaces. These alternative spaces offer room to experiment and engage in exhibition-making from new and creative approaches. We invite you to test your ideas and share your practice with the SAIC community. INCUBATOR is made up of a team of Graduate Curatorial Assistants and Assistant Director of Exhibitions Lindsey Barlag Thornton who are available to guide you through the planning and exhibition-making processes. 

Open Call 

The Department of Exhibitions is hosting an Open Call for work to be shown in the Wabash Window on the first floor of the Sharp Building (37 S. Wabash) during the Spring 2021 semester.

The INCUBATOR call for exhibitions in the Wabash Window is without theme but offers an opportunity to utilize a unique exhibition space within the SAIC campus. We invite you to articulate why the work that you propose is of interest to you and to what discourses and conversations it seeks to contribute. Both new and existing works are welcome, from any and all members of our community of student artists and scholars. All mediums are encouraged including: 2D/3D work, video, art & tech, writing.  Both solo projects and collaborations are encouraged!

INCUBATOR Graduate Curatorial Assistants will be organizing several 2 - 3-week exhibition time slots for work to be displayed in the Wabash Window during the spring 2021 semester. These exhibition slots will fall between February 2nd and May 16th. A detailed schedule will be set in January after artists have been selected and we know more about the spring schedule regarding campus access. 

Organized and curated by Alex Botts (MA Arts Administration, 2021) and Adina Cosden (Duel MA Arts Administration and Art History, 2021).

Submission Deadline: Saturday, December 12 (at 23:59 CST)

Please review the full Call For Entries here

Then apply on Slideroom here

A virtual information session will be hosted on Zoom Thursday, November 19, 5 – 6pm


Questions? Contact Assistant Director, Lindsey Barlag Thornton,


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 SITE Sharp Gallery and the SITE 280 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.

Apply for a SPRING 20201 Exhibition with SITE Galleries!

Submission Deadline: Monday, November 23 (at 23:59 CST) 

For application form and additional information about this opportunity, please visit SITE's 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 Spring 2021.

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
37 S. Wabash Ave., suite 106
Monday–Friday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

SITE 280
280 S. Columbus Dr., room 113
Monday–Friday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

SITE Main Office
36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 322

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: