Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces (DEPS)

The Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces (DEPS) manages galleries, performance spaces and art boutique of Columbia College Chicago. An extension of the studios and classrooms, the department fosters vibrant environments for students to interact, and view and highlight their bodies of work within the larger urban community. The spaces provide students from every discipline with a myriad of opportunities to gain essential, hands-on experience, stimulating artistic expression and professional development through collaboration. DEPS Resources include:

The Arcade

618 S. Michigan Ave. | 2nd Floor
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 solo professional exhibitions by scholarship recipients.

C33 Gallery

33 E. Ida B. Wells Dr. | 1st Floor
Located on the corner of E. Ida B. Wells Dr. and South Wabash Ave, 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. 

Haus and Hokin Gallery at the Quincy Wong Center for Artistic Expression

623 S. Wabash Ave. | 1st Floor
Turn left at the entrance to 623 S. Wabash to find the Quincy Wong Center for Creative Expression and visit HAUS, Columbia’s student nightclub, featuring student talent throughout the academic year. Turn right and you find the Hokin Gallery, a partnership between DEPS and the Business and Entrepreneurship’s Curatorial Studies program. The Hokin Gallery is a classroom, serving curatorial management students as they conceive, curate, design, market, and produce exhibitions in the gallery that doubles as a beautiful, peaceful student space for relaxing, studying, and for hosting events.


Hermann Conaway Center and Glass Curtain Gallery

1104 S. Wabash Ave. | 1st Floor
The Conaway Center is an open layout, multi-purpose event space and student hangout area. Hosting events such as concerts, dance, theater, panel discussions, job fairs, conferences, and fashion shows, the Conaway Center is home base for many Columbia students. Adjacent to the Conaway is the renowned Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College Chicago’s “teaching gallery.” The Glass Curtain 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.