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Department ofArt and Art History

Student Exhibition Proposal

Jack Williams

SCU students are invited to exhibit and/or curate a fine art exhibition in the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building.  The available exhibition spaces are on the first and second floors of the building.  If you are interested please review the following guidelines and submit an application. One exhibition is held a quarter.  


Please read these guidelines fully. By submitting an application you are agreeing to the following for all student exhibitions housed in the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building.

  • Exhibitor is responsible for submitting an Exhibition Proposal at least three weeks prior to the exhibit.
  • Before submitting, applicants must secure and meet with an Art and Art History department faculty sponsor who must approve your application before it is submitted.
  • Two locations are available for exhibitions:
    1. The first-floor hallway
    2. The second floor just off the elevator/wall adjacent to the monitor
  • Exhibits can be up to 6 weeks long. One exhibition is held per quarter.

Installation of Artwork

  • Artwork is to be installed and deinstalled on a Friday between 9am-3pm on the first floor and when classes are not in session on the second floor.
  • No alterations to the exhibition space will be allowed.
  • All exhibits must include/display an artist statement and show title
  • All work is to be hung 58" eye level.
  • All work must be labeled in the following format and affixed to the wall at the lower right of the artwork Artist Name
  • The department has pedestals available for use. Sizes of pedestals are list here in Gallery Equipment list.
  • The exhibition space is not intended to facilitate the sale of artwork with some limited exceptions. Exceptions will be determined on a case by case basis. Prices or price lists may not be displayed. If someone is interested in purchasing your work they are welcome to contact you directly.
  • Exhibitor must remove hanging hardware, labels, clean up any marks left on walls or floor and patch and repair any holes created. Please consult with the Building Manager, Andrew Hedges for information/direction on how to properly patch a hole.

Openings / Receptions

  • Openings must respect the classes that may be in session and not conflict with another department event. Please consult with the department office to determine an ideal date for receptions.
  • Food and drinks may be served at the reception but any catering must be contracted by a university caterer: Bon Appetit or Adobe Lodge. All serving ware is the responsibility of the exhibitor/host.
  • There is a 7:00pm curfew for all receptions.
  • No alcohol may be served at the reception.
  • Event host(s) are held responsible for:
    a) Proper conduct at the event
    b) Clean-up and closing of the space, and any damage to University property, including art installations
    c) Cooperation with University staff
    d) Observing the rules of the University.
  • Health and safety come first in all situations. If you believe a person may need medical assistance for any reason, do not hesitate to call the University's emergency line at 408-554-4444.

Exhibition Agreement

By submitting the Student Exhibition Proposal Form, the exhibitor accepts all responsibility for the above-referenced event with the understanding that he/she is responsible for the actions of the guests at this event and for any damage that results. The exhibitor also understands that he/she is responsible for being present throughout the event. The exhibitor also confirms that he/she has read and agree to the guidelines above and that I and the individuals I have identified above to staff this event assume full responsibility for ensuring compliance with these and all other applicable regulations.

If any of the above guidelines or information is inaccurate or not complied with the gallery committee, in consultation with the chair of the department, reserves the right to require removal of the show. If it is determined that the show should be removed the show applicant will have 2 calendar days from date of notification to remove the show. If the show is not removed in such time the department reserves the right to remove the work.

Submit your Student Exhibition Proposal here.

After your submission please send an email to to follow up with your exhibition proposal request. All questions related to student exhibitions can be sent to