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 Project Coordinator Haydee Souffrant (hsouffrant@colum.edu)

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.

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.