The Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces is the galleries, student centers and art boutique of Columbia College Chicago. An extension of the studios and classrooms, the department fosters vibrant environments for students to interact, exchange ideas and view and showcase bodies of work within the larger urban community. The spaces provide students from every discipline myriad opportunities to gain essential, hands-on experience, stimulating artistic expression and professional development through collaboration.
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The Glass Curtain Gallery is an artist-centered exhibition space presenting solo and small-group exhibitions by emerging and mid-career Chicago-based artists. Focusing on process and experimentation, the gallery is a platform to highlight new artwork resulting from in-depth research, experimental approaches, and expansion of an artist’s individual practice. The gallery presents rigorous 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.
Typical Gallery Hours: Monday–Wednesday, Friday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Closed on Sunday.
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 providing professional exhibitions by scholarship recipients. Annual exhibitions are created in partnership with the Stuart Abelson Award, which is an annual travel grant administered by the Photography Department, and the Pougialis Fine Art Award presented by the Art & Art History Department, among others.
Located on the corner of East Ida B. Wells Drive and South Wabash Avenue, C33 is managed by a student coordinator in conjunction with DEPS. This gallery presents an average of seven exhibitions per year and hosts a wide range of student-authored work. C33 provides students of all disciplines the opportunity to present their work in a professional exhibition space through an open call that current Columbia College Chicago students can apply to each semester.
Typical Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
619 S. Wabash Ave. First Floor, Chicago, IL 60605
Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
ShopColumbia at Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery serves the Columbia College Chicago community by fostering the representation and sale of professional work and talent from multiple creative fields. As an extension of the classroom, the Shop supports students by providing a professional environment to hone the process of presenting, marketing, and selling work to the public. Through community partnerships, ancillary programming and representation of alumni, faculty
The ShopColumbia Webstore is currently open and shipping.
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