Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Programs

Exhibitions at SAIC are a significant resource for the School community and the city at large. SAIC Galleries, SITE Galleries, and other temporary locations on- and off-campus are engaged as sites of interaction, experimentation, and dialogue among students, faculty, and alumni, as well as places for collaboration with Chicago’s artists and other cultural institutions. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.  

Spring Exhibitions and Programs 2021 


IMPACT Performance Festival
Saturday April 17 and Sunday April 18
Presented virtually as an online festival

"Video Still from Etude 1, Corey Smith, 2020"

Video Still from Etude 1, Corey Smith, 2020

The IMPACT Performance Festival showcases performance work by MFA and BFA students, who are completing their degrees in the SAIC class of 2021. This year, the festival will be presented virtually over the weekend of Saturday April 17 and Sunday April 18. The virtual festival is free and open to the public. Each of four programs will be streamed as a live broadcast HERE. Additionally, viewers are invited below to join the official Zoom Watch Party to watch each program as part of a live zoom audience.

Saturday Watch Party Registration
Sunday Watch Party Registration

Participating Artists: Jordan Knecht, Corey Smith, DJ Malinowski, Ben Kim Paplham, llio sophia, Anna Schwartz, Sal Moreno and Zoë Vulgamott.


2021 Graduate Exhibition
May 3 - 19

SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington St.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. by appointment

S/S 2029: Jester, 2019 by Bun Stout. Photo by Tony Favarula

The 2021 Graduate Exhibition is the culminating presentation of MFA, MDes, and MArch candidates in the SAIC class of 2021 and an opportunity for new and ambitious work to be presented to the public in the new SAIC Galleries.

Take Notice
May 3 - 19
Current graduate students can sign up to participate here

The Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies invites current graduate students to participate in Take Notice, a peer-to-peer program for interdisciplinary exchange between graduate students offered in tandem with the Graduate Exhibition in May. Borrowing from a studio-visit model, participants visit another grad’s work or host a peer to explore their own. These conversations are intended to be informal opportunities to discuss one artist, designer, or architect's exhibited work at a deeper level, and to foster connections among SAIC’s diverse community. Conversations will happen during the run of the show, May 3 - 19, either on Zoom or in the gallery, socially distant, depending on the preference of the pair. An information session on this program will happen on Friday, March 5, at 2:00PM CST, register here. Please contact or with any questions.



2021 FVNMAS Festival
May 10 - 16

Virtual Programming
Gene Siskel Film Center

Still from The _________ World, by Peixuan Ouyang

The 2021 Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival features the work of graduate and undergraduate students from the class of 2021. The festival is free and can be viewed at any time during the 7 day run.



Summer 2020 Virtual Exhibitions 


Spring Undergraduate Exhibtion Website

The Spring Undergraduate website showcases the innovative work of more than 300 talented SAIC students completing their undergraduate degrees that was on view at the Sullivan Galleries earlier this Spring. SAIC promotes crossing disciplines and challenging received assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition.

The Future of our Plans 

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is proud to have launched
The Future of our Plans, an online showcase of work from our graduate class of 2020.
This website features current projects, thesis work, and creative reflections on our current moment from more than 150 artists, designers, and scholars. For more information click here