Welcome to SUGs!


Professional exhibition spaces exclusively for students since 1994.

Since its founding in 1994, the Student Union Galleries (SUGs) has established itself as a staple of student life the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)—a place where student artists and curators can challenge their work in a public setting. Producing between 12 to 15 exhibitions of student work each year, SUGs strives to facilitate a creative, interdisciplinary exchange between students, professors, and arts professionals across the SAIC community and beyond.  SUGs alumni—both directors and exhibiting artists—have contributed substantially to the arts in Chicago and around the world. Emphasizing transparency in all of its operational processes, SUGs strives to maintain its role as an advocate for student voices and an outlet for innovative, challenging work. Students, faculty, and visitors are welcomed and encouraged to participate.