DEPS Curatorial and Exhibition Programs


The Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces (DEPS) is comprised of student-centered galleries, performance venues and ShopColumbia, an entrepreneurial space for students to sell their work.  These spaces serve as hubs for social, educational and cultural activities for Columbia students and the broader Chicago community. As an extension of the classroom, DEPS incorporates the College’s curricula by building programs with academic departments providing opportunities to students such as showcasing their work through exhibitions, concert-level performances, & learn the ins-and-outs of becoming a professional artist.  

Through civic engagement, DEPS connects students and the college to local, national and international partners to provide experiential learning and professional development through collaboration.  The spaces present innovative and accessible programs and opportunities for students, the college and beyond. 

Please REVIEW each category thoroughly to make sure you are submitting your proposal to the correct gallery opportunity. 

Any questions you have can be directed to Exhibitions Manager Mark Porter (mporter@colum.edu) or 312-369-6643

How to Apply to: C33 Fall 2018 Exhibition Program


DEPS offers 2.5 week long exhibitions in the C33 gallery to outstanding students from all disciplines at Columbia College Chicago. Submissions for each semester are gathered during the previous semester with accepted exhibitors being notified in November or the summer break depending on when the submissions were received.

To be considered for an exhibition you MUST be a current Columbia College Chicago student and you must still be enrolled at the time of your proposed exhibition.

C33 Gallery provides an opportunity for self-produced solo exhibitions or exhibitions featuring multiple artists. Each accepted artist will be given a budget of approximately $200 to cover production and reception expenses.

Applicants interested in submitting a curatorial proposal should consider The Arcade or Hokin Gallery- please visit the following link: http://students.colum.edu/deps/curatorial-proposals/index.php

BEFORE submitting a proposal, we highly encourage you to visit C33 Gallery in person to consider the amount of gallery space available.

Applicants must submit all of the items listed below. Proposals missing any of the listed items will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
  • List your area of study and anticipated graduation date
  • 7-10 images, or 2 to 3 minutes of video of the proposed work to be exhibited.
  • Image information including title of work, date of creation, materials/process, name of creator is necessary.
  • Contact information of applicant. If others are participating, please list each name (contact info not necessary)
  • A brief description of the proposed exhibition, if possible please include a layout sketch of where you would place works in the gallery.
  • Must list your preferred exhibition session for Spring 2018. You may choose several sessions, please indicate your preferred session as you will only be awarded one. DEPS reserves the right to choose which one of your requested sessions you are awarded based on other scheduling conflicts and related programming.
Spring 2018 Sessions

Session 1: Jan 22 -Feb 15
Reception: February 3, 4-6 pm
Install: January 18-21
De-install: February 16-18

Session 2: Feb 22 March 8
Reception: February 22, 4-6 pm
Install: February 19-21
De-install: March 9-11

Session 3: March 15 April 5
Reception: March 16, 4-6 pm
Install: March 12-14
De-install: April 6-8

Session 4: April 12 May 1
Reception: April 13, 4-6 pm
Install: April 9-11
De-install: May 2-3

About C33 Gallery
33 E. Congress Ave, 1st Fl

Located on the bustling corner of Congress Parkway and Wabash Ave, C33 Gallery serves as an art gallery and campus meeting place.  With its distinctive storefront windows, C33 is ideal for non-traditional media and site-specific installation.  The gallery is approximately 1,200 square feet

How to Apply for: Curatorial Proposals

The Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces welcomes all curatorial ideas, and is willing to work with curators to help develop exhibition proposals. If guidance is needed, please request a meeting with a staff member prior to submitting an exhibition proposal. For support, contact Director Neysa Page-Lieberman at 312.369.7696 or npage-lieberman@colum.edu.


Deadlines

DEPS accepts proposals year-round.  New proposals are reviewed in the Fall and Spring semesters.


Submission Guidelines

Proposals can be mailed or emailed to:
Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S Wabash Ave, first floor, Chicago, IL 60605

or deps@colum.edu by 5pm of the due date.

Prior to submitting an exhibition proposal, please read the Curatorial Proposal Guidelines. All proposals must include a Coversheet and Image List. Submissions which do not meet proposal criteria or by-laws will not be reviewed. All referenced materials are available for download in the right colum of this page. 

Once a proposal is submitted, it will be forwarded to the Curatorial Review Board for consideration at one of its biannual proposal selection meetings. Final approval and scheduling is made by the director and exhibition staff. The Board and/or staff may request revisions or supplementary materials for the proposal, may contact the applicant's professional references and/or request to meet with finalists as part of the selection process.

About Glass Curtain Gallery

1104 S. Wabash, 1st Floor

Located in the historic Ludington building, the renowned Glass Curtain Gallery exhibits emerging and mid-career, national and international artists in all media. The gallery presents museum-quality exhibitions, workshops and visiting artist lectures all of which help to create a dialogue essential to the development and growth of students within the arts.

How to Apply for: Student Curatorial Proposals

The Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces (DEPS) is dedicated to the College's mission to develop and showcase student bodies of work by providing hands-on experience with all aspects of the exhibition process. Students can submit artwork for exhibitions, assist with gallery installations, work with visiting artists, attend workshops and panel discussions, apply for employment opportunities and curate exhibitions.

Curating exhibitions is a learning experience that provides students the opportunities to develop their curatorial voice through the process of choosing artwork and designing an installation to communicate a vision. It provides a unique perspective into the exhibition planning process. Curating allows students to voice what type of art they would like to see, what issues they would like discussed and what installation designs they would like to explore.

A Student Curatorial Guide is available for to provide more information about curating from the student perspective, below are personal interviews with past student curators:

An Interview with Student Curator: Michelle Graves 

Student Curator's Exhibit Website: Alexandria Eregbu

About The Arcade Gallery

618 S. Michigan Ave, 2nd Fl

The Arcade takes its name from the building’s previous incarnation when it was known as The Arcade Building. With sweeping views of Grant Park, the gallery exhibits all media, with a particular focus on new media and interdisciplinary art.
The purpose of Library Exhibitions is to support and showcase Columbia College Chicago student creative work. In addition to a wealth of print, online and media resources, the Library also provides access to tools like scanners, Go-Pro cameras, audio equipment, Adobe-equipped workstations, and a nascent maker lab with a 3D printer and vinyl cutter. For curatorial proposals and the Artist in Residence program, the curator/lead organizer must be a currently-enrolled Columbia student.

How to Apply

  • Exhibition: The library welcomes installation and curatorial ideas appropriate for an all-ages, public venue, and is willing to work with curators and artists to help develop exhibition proposals. If guidance is needed, please request a meeting with a staff member prior to submitting an exhibition proposal. For support, contact Kim Hale, Khale@colum.edu.

  • Artist in Residence: The library artist residency is open to Columbia College Chicago student artists only. "Artist" is broadly defined as creative practitioner: visual artists, choreographers, writers, designers, composers, etc. are welcome to apply. Applicants should make sure their practice fits in a library environment (no solvents, nothing smelly, dirty, loud, on fire, etc.). Candidates will be judged on two broad criteria: artistic merit and suitability of artistic process to the library's environment.

    The award includes a secure private studio in the library with unlimited access during library hours.
     
    This residency opportunity is free of charge and is offered to Columbia College Chicago students to encourage their creative body of work. This award currently does not include a monetary prize. For support, contact Kim Hale Khale@colum.edu.

Deadlines

The library accepts proposals year-round. New proposals are reviewed periodically throughout the calendar year.

Submission guidelines

Submissions are only accepted online. Once a proposal is submitted, it will be forwarded to the library staff for consideration at one of its proposal selection meetings. Final approval and scheduling is made by the director and exhibition staff. Staff may request revisions or supplementary materials for the proposal, and may contact the applicant's professional references and/or request to meet with finalists as part of the selection process.
The purpose of Library Exhibitions is to support and showcase Columbia College Chicago student creative work. In addition to a wealth of print, online and media resources, the Library also provides access to tools like scanners, Go-Pro cameras, audio equipment, Adobe-equipped workstations, and a nascent maker lab with a 3D printer and vinyl cutter. This call is for faculty members to propose exhibitions of currently-enrolled Columbia student work.

How to Apply

The Library welcomes installation and curatorial ideas appropriate for an all-ages, public venue, and is willing to work with faculty to help develop exhibition proposals. If guidance is needed, please request a meeting with a staff member prior to submitting an exhibition proposal. For support, contact Kim Hale at Khale@colum.edu.

Deadlines

The library accepts proposals year-round. New proposals are reviewed periodically throughout the calendar year.

Submission guidelines

Submissions are only accepted online. Once a proposal is submitted, it will be forwarded to the library staff for consideration at one of its proposal selection meetings. Final approval and scheduling is made by the director and exhibition staff. Staff may request revisions or supplementary materials for the proposal, and may contact the applicant's professional references and/or request to meet with finalists as part of the selection process.