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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Project Coordinator Haydee Souffrant (email@example.com)
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: 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.
- 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 Fall 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.
Session 1: October 19 -November 2, 2017
Session 2: November
9- 22, 2017
Session 3: December 4, 2017- January 15, 2018
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.
The Hokin Project is proud to present the 24th Annual Hokin Honors Exhibition. This annual exhibition showcases the work of undergraduate students who have been nominated by faculty at Columbia College for their outstanding artistic achievement and future potential.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEPS accepts proposals year-round. New proposals are reviewed in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Proposals can be mailed or emailed to:
Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S Wabash Ave, first floor, Chicago, IL 60605
or email@example.com 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:
About The Arcade Gallery618 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.
Columbia College is excited to announce a new student competition for the Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC) in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition People’s Choice: Wabash Arts Corridor from Sketch to Street. The WAC Committee is seeking dynamic designs of any style that demonstrate the vitality and creativity of Columbia College artists.
People’s Choice: Wabash Arts Corridor from Sketch to Street is an exhibition and competition that will display the top student proposals submitted for the new art projects on the WAC. This exhibition will also contextualize the impact that WAC has had on students, the College and the South Loop community. Gathered from your proposals, the exhibition will display the top 10 proposals from the mural competition. Members of the WAC Committee will jury the first round of the submissions, choosing the top proposals to be displayed in the gallery, and visitors to the exhibition will vote for the winners in both categories.
This competition is for the design and installation of a rotating student mural series to be displayed on the south-facing wall of 623 S. Wabash. The site will feature a new mural twice a year, where each student mural will be on display for 6 months as part of the rotating series. Visitors of the People’s Choice: Wabash Arts Corridor from Sketch to Street will be choosing 2 new murals for this site, one going on display from May–October 2017, and the second going on display October 2017–May 2018. The mural will measure approximately 17’ width x 12’ height.
Columbia will award $250 to the winners for their winning designs of work to be featured at this site.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA for 623 S. WABASH MURAL
• Must be current Columbia College student(s)
• May apply as solo artist or collective
• Painting experience required; mural assistance will be provided by faculty/ staff
• Design should accommodate an area approximately 17’ wide by 12’ tall
New deadline for proposals is Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5pm
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
This call for public work seeks to further student input within Columbia’s widespread campus. While the Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC) has emphasized murals, there is a desire to embrace all architecture and greenspace on campus through public art of any media– sculpture, video, sound, performance, installation, writing. . . Ideas will be displayed in a special section of the People’s Choice: Wabash Arts Corridor From Sketch to Street and it is possible that some proposals may be explored further based on feasibility.
In 2013, Columbia College Chicago launched the WAC to immerse students in the creative spirit by using urban spaces and reclaimable resources to revitalize and transform the South Loop business district into one of the city’s major cultural assets. Now it’s time to propose your ideas for the WAC.
For further inspiration, reference the Newcity article, “Imaginary Monuments for Chicago: An Artists’ Project.”
- Proposals can be text based, image-based or both and should not exceed 3 pages.
- Proposals should be formatted as 8.5” x 11” pdf files. All proposals will be exhibited as printed out pages that will be pinned to the wall.
- Proposals can be sketches or digital files.
- Feel free to include a visual indication of location or how the work will interact with the chosen space.
Proposals must be submitted by Monday, March 13, 2017 at 5 pm.
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 Reggie Kirkwood at email@example.com.
- 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 Cole Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The library accepts proposals year-round. New proposals are reviewed periodically throughout the calendar year.
Submission guidelinesSubmissions 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.
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 Reggie Kirkwood at email@example.com.
The library accepts proposals year-round. New proposals are reviewed periodically throughout the calendar year.