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,

  • 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


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.