BFA Thesis Information

SAIC Undergraduate Exhibition & Other Thesis Events

Spring Undergraduate Exhibition where more than 250 talented SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees exhibit their innovative work. SAIC promotes crossing disciplines and challenging assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition. 

Questions about the Undergraduate Exhibition? Email,

Spring Space Claim/Information Sessions

Information Session and Space Claim take place at the Sullivan Galleries, 7th floor and is required for all students participating in the Undergraduate exhibition. There are two Information sessions and Space Claims which are split by assigned and registered space types. Students who have assigned spaces or are in a Capstone class still need to attend the mandatory Information Session but do not have to stay for the lottery Space Claim. 

Lottery/Space Claim

Students who have registered for a lottery space(Wall, Combo, Floor/Ceiling) must arrive at their assigned day and time listed below to receive their lottery number. Lottery numbers will be posted in the gallery’s lobby each night. Lottery students will be given 30 minutes to walk around the gallery to review and select 5-20 potential spaces they think are best for their work in the designated space type they registered. Following this, the gallery staff along with campus partners will host an information session for all participants. Once the information session concludes lottery students will be called up by lottery number to select an available space. 

**Please note these events may take a few hours. Try to avoid having scheduling conflicts during these times.

IMPORTANT If you registered for a lottery space (Wall, Combo, Floor/Ceiling) and you do not attend your assigned Space Claim, you will forfeit your place in the exhibition. Forfeited "lottery" spaces will be reallocated to waitlisted students at the designated Space Claim.


Space Claim Dates/Times: 

Thursday, February 27th: 4:30 pm 

Assigned groups TBD

Friday, February 28th: 4:30 pm

Assigned groups TBD

Before you leave the Information Session and Space Claim, please be sure to:


Installation Schedule

*NOTE: All artists are responsible for installing their work. However, gallery staff will be available to advise, lend tools, help with ceiling-mounted hardware, and check you in and out. 
** No access will be granted into the galleries once install ends until the Private Reception on Friday, March 13, 5:00 – 8:00 pm. No exceptions. Including class visits.


There are two phases of installation: 1) Space preparation (or “dirty install”) and 2) Installation (or “clean install”) 


Space Preparation

Space Preparation refers to a preparatory installation phase dedicated to painting walls, sanding, construction, and anything else that is a lot of mess in the gallery (if you’re unsure what is or isn’t messy - ask gallery staff or Email, 

Saturday, February 29: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Sunday, March 1: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Monday, March 2: 10:30 am – 8:30 pm



This is when all other artwork will be installed. Your space must be cleared of all debris once you have completed your installation. Sullivan Galleries cannot store your boxes, extra materials, etc.

Tuesday, March 3: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Wednesday, March 4: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Thursday, March 5: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm -- (Labels Due)

Friday, March 6: 10:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday, March 7: 10:30am – 5:30pm

Sunday, March 8: 10:30am – 8:30pm


Art School Considerations

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Important information on health, safety, and legal details to consider when creating works for the SAIC community.



All artists are responsible for removing all their artwork and materials from the Sullivan Galleries. Students will not be asked to return gallery walls back to original condition. Anything remaining will be discarded at the end of the deinstallation period. 

Deinstallation before March 28th or after March 30th is not permitted. 

Saturday, March 28th from 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Sunday, March 29th from 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Monday, March 30th from 10:30 am - 5:30 pm


Spring Undergraduate Exhibition Reception Information

Location Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor
Dates:  Saturday, March 14, 12:00-6:00 p.m.

Spring Undergraduate Exhibition is free and open to the public on Saturday, March 14th from 12:00-6:00 pm, and will run from March 16th until March 27th, Monday-Saturday 11:00 am-6:00 pm. 

Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations should visit