Lobby Competition

Fall 2019 Lobby Competition exhibit

Currently accepting applications for Summer 2020

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Wednesday April 1, 2020.


Gallery 400 and the School of Art and Art History are excited to announce a public exhibition opportunity open to all current University of Illinois at Chicago BFA and MFA students. Once per semester, a current student will be selected by the committee to exhibit a site-specific work on the front wall in the lobby of Art & Design Exhibition Hall.

This initiative is meant to showcase the work of UIC students and enhance the visual presence of the lobby. The winning project will have 24-hour visibility in this prominent location.

Winners will receive a $200 honorarium.

Who can apply?

Current BFA and MFA students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Alumni are not eligible.

Review process

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee made up of Gallery 400 staff and Art and Art History faculty and students. Criteria for review include the excellence of the applicant's past work and the strength, impact, and feasibility of the proposed project.

What types of projects are eligible?

  • New work
  • Visual arts projects that fit in the lobby space without obstructing the entryway or violating fire codes
  • Visual arts projects that are conceived and carried out by a small group and/or collective (everyone in the group must be current students)
  • Due to security issues, no monitors can be displayed in this space

To apply: 

Please complete the application below and submit as a hard copy to Gallery 400 or electronically to gallery400exhibition@gmail.com

Lobby Competition Application 


Students will be required to complete their work by a date determined by Gallery 400 (please see below for an approximate exhibition schedule). The winning entry will be responsible for installing and deinstalling their work. Artists will have one week to complete their project and will be responsible for providing their own materials.

Winners will be notified within one month of the application deadline. At that time, Gallery 400 will communicate final project timeline and detailed installation guidelines.

Application deadlines:

  • Summer Semester: April 1
  • Fall Semester: August 3
  • Spring Semester: November 1

Approximate exhibition dates:

  • Summer: May 15-August 1
  • Fall: August 15-January 1
  • Spring: January 15-May 1