Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces (DEPS)

    Student Life at Columbia College Chicago is exciting and engaging, and unlike anything found on other college campuses. Student Life extends learning beyond the classroom through theory and practice in environments. We have designed programs to enhance the whole student and strengthen academic success. Student Life consists of:

    Student Life at Columbia College Chicago is exciting and engaging, and unlike anything found on other college campuses. Student Life extends learning beyond the classroom through theory and practice in environments. We have designed programs to enhance the whole student and strengthen academic success. Student Life consists of:

    DEPARTMENT OF EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCE AND STUDENT SPACES (DEPS) Multiple Locations
    students.colum.edu/deps
    The Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces (DEPS) is the galleries, student centers, performance centers 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 showcase their 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.

    DEPS Resources include:
    ShopColumbia at Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery
    619 S. Wabash Ave. | 1st Floor
    ShopColumbia is a boutique gallery and retail store featuring the work of Columbia College Chicago students, faculty, alumni and staff. By fostering the representation and sale of professional work and talent from our many creative fields, ShopColumbia serves as an extension of the classroom by providing a professional environment to hone the process of presenting, marketing, and selling work to the public. See what’s hot, what’s next, what’s trending at this unique Columbia only talent, retail store.

    HAUS and the Quincy Wong Center for Artistic Expression and Hokin Gallery
    623 S. Wabash Ave. | 1st Floor
    Turn left at the entrance to 623 S. Wabash and find the Quincy Wong Center for Creative Expression, home to the Workroom, Frannie’s Café’ and HAUS. HAUS is Columbia’s student nightclub featuring student talent throughout the academic year. Turn right and 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, produce exhibitions in the gallery and doubles as beautiful, peaceful student space for relaxing, studying, and for events.

    Hermann Conaway Center and Glass Curtain Gallery
    1104 S. Wabash Ave. | 1st Floor
    The Conaway Center is an open layout, multi-purpose events space and student hangout area and home to Frannie’s Café’ South. 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.

    Stage Two and The Arcade
    618 S. Michigan Ave. | 2nd Floor
    Stage Two is an enclosed multi-purpose events space with a stage, full stage lighting, and sound. Student events include concerts, dance, theater, panel discussions, readings, jobfairs, conferences, and fashion shows. The Stage Two lobby is also a welcoming student lounge that sometimes doubles as an event pre-function space. Flowing around the side of the lobby is the Arcade Gallery. 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.

    C33 Gallery
    33 E. Congress Ave. | 1st Floor
    Located on the bustling corner of Congress Parkway and Wabash Ave, C33 Gallery serves as an art gallery and meeting place for students. C33 houses up to 14 student exhibitions per school year and is the only open submission student gallery on campus. Any student at Columbia may submit a proposal to show their work in the space. If selected, students will receive a small stipend for materials as well as access to all of the galleries tools and supplies.