Exhibitions at SAIC are a significant resource for the School community and the city at large. The Sullivan 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.  



Upcoming Exhibitions 



Spring Undergraduate Exhibition
March 14 – 27, 2020
Reception: Saturday, March 14,
12:00-6:00 p.m.






Helen Lee, Image: Grace Duval

IMPACT Performance Festival 
Zhou B Art Center, co-presented with Defibrillator Gallery
Tursday April 9th and Saturday April 11th, Time TBA

The IMPACT Performance Festival showcases MFA and BFA Candidates from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who are presenting work in live performance and time based media. 




Hill Yim, The Form, 2018

Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound (FVNMAS) Festival
May 6-9, time TBD 
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street

FVNMAS Festival is a four-day screening event featuring the work of graduating MFA and BFA students, coordinated by faculty from the departments of FVNMA and Sound, and with the support of the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies.




Sara Salass, 4th Runner Up (Self Portrait as Trophy Wife), 2019

2020 MFA Show
April 25 – May 13
The MFA Show is a two and a half-week exhibition coordinated by professional and graduate student curatorial teams in collaboration with the participating artists and with the support of the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies.




Junqi Qu, Design Show 2019

2020 Design Show
May 9 – May 26
Featuring graduate work from students in the departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects, Design for Emerging Technologies, and Fashion, Body, and Garment. Location to be announced.




Shepherd Defenbaugh, Low-Residency MFA Show 2019

Low-Residency MFA Show 2020
July 10 – July 26
This exhibition will showcase the culminating achievements of our graduating students working in a multitude of media and methodologies.