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 ( or Project Coordinator Haydee Souffrant (

Evoke: An Environmental Inspiration Exhibit    
Call for Submissions
The Arcade

February 2 – March 10, 2017

We live in a time when environmental issues need to be on the forefront of agendas and on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Art inspires recognition, education, and activism within our communities. Through your work we can begin to create a new discourse that pushes environmental issues to the top of the list. Following the major impact of the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s  exhibition Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy, we look to continue the conversation of environmental injustice through Evoke. Please submit a piece of artwork that will inspire new dialogue or ideas about environmentalism. This exhibition is being held as a response to the MoCP’s exhibition Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy and will take place in the Arcade located on the 2nd floor of 618 S. Wabash this winter.  All media is welcome in this exhibition, as is all performative media. Student curatorial team Kelly Egan (Photography, 2017), Nohemi Rosales (Cultural Studies, 2017), and Zack Rupp (Cultural Studies, 2017) are organizing both the exhibition and programming events.

Be a voice that spreads awareness.

Submission Guidelines

  • You Must be a student or alumni of Columbia College Chicago

  • Work must be pertaining to the environment or environmental issues

  • All submissions due November 21st by midnight

Please submit the following:

  • An artist statement

  • A work sample

  • A description of your work sample

  • An installation proposal including dimensions (for artwork not yet realized)

  • A proposal for your project/event (for an event or work not yet created)

Work Sample

You may submit one of the following:

  • Up to 10 images of the work you would like to exhibit in jpg. form

  • Up to 3 links to a video of your work (you may link to a personal website, YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc)

  • Up to 10 pages of writing for a reading or event

  • A sketch for an installation or work that is site specific


  • Proposal deadline: November 21, 2016
  • Acceptance notification: December 16, 2016
  • Work drop-off: January 23-24, 2017, 9-4pm*
  • Exhibition dates: February 2 – March 10, 2017
  • Reception February 2,  5-7pm
  • Work pick-up: March 13-14, 2017, 9-4pm


Contact Zack Rupp at

Ends on November 22, 2016

How to Apply to: C33 Spring 2017 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 during J-Term 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. 

Applicants interested in submitting a curatorial proposal should consider The Arcade or Hokin Gallery- please visit the following link:

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.
  • 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 AND proposed exhibition session for EITHER Fall 2016 or Spring 2017. 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.


come to the 

Show Your Work: Exhibitions Information Workshop
October 14, 12-1pm
HAUS @ Quincy Wong Center
623 S Wabash Ave

This hour-long workshop will help students learn what elements are needed to put together a successful exhibition proposal for solo and group exhibition opportunities.

Learn how to select portfolio images, think through exhibition titles, and how to write a strong and enticing exhibition proposal. 


Why Show Your Work? An Exhibitor's Perspective Panel
October 14, 3- 4:30 pm
C33 Gallery (33 E Congress PKWY)

email Meg Duguid at 

Spring 2017 Sessions

2017 Session 2: February 23-March 9

2017 Session 3: March 16-30

2017 Session 4: April 6-20

2017 Session 5: April 27-May 11

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


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 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.