How to Get Your Work Exhibited

Published on Oct 07, 2013
Photo by Kat SilversteinPhoto by Kat Silverstein

If you’re an up-and-coming artist it can be a daunting task trying to find places to show your work. However, being a Columbia student, there are some places right on campus that specifically show student work or are student-friendly.  You can get a head start on getting your work seen (and sold) before you leave school.

ShopColumbia showcases and sells Columbia student work.

Ronda Dibbern, assistant director of  the Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces (DEPS), told us that any currently enrolled Columbia student or graduated alumni has a shot at getting their work put in the store. All you need to do is email shop@colum.edu to schedule an appointment to bring in the work you hope to sell. New work gets chosen every month by a review board. The nice thing for students is that ShopColumbia is designed for emerging artists. “It’s a learning laboratory for students to gain hands-on experience and test their work in a marketplace,” Dibbern says.

The Elephant Room is a gallery showcasing local and emerging artist work.

It’s located right on Columbia’s campus (704 S. Wabash). Kim Atwood, co-owner and director, said she looks for artists with  “a potential in their artwork and professionalism to book more exhibitions elsewhere.” All you need to do is email a submission that includes your artist bio, resume and link to portfolio or attachment of samples. All media is considered, though sculptural work is difficult to show in the space.  

Default Gallery is a new gallery co-founded by Columbia alums.

Co-founder John Dowds is open to applications from brand new artists. All you need to do is get on their website and put in your application. “We showcase every form and medium of art , from graphic design to dance, painting, improv comedy and even culinary arts. Anything you consider art could be found here,” says Dowd.

The Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces (DEPS) are Columbia’s student-centered galleries that strive to represent the multitude of disciplines on campus.

DEPS galleries include The Glass Curtain Gallery, The Arcade, C33 Gallery and the Hokin Gallery. Neysa Page-Lieberman, director of DEPS, told us that students can submit work to open calls, be nominated by faculty for certain awards and projects, or potentially curate exhibitions. “There are directions online that guide students through the process,” says Page-Liberman, "but we also invite individuals to set meetings for one-on-one informational sessions. The best way to stay informed is to visit our website and sign up for our mailing list. “