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Senior Exhibition Application FAQ


Am I eligible to apply?

Eligibility for Senior Exhibitions is limited to seniors in the Bachelor of Fine Arts majors whose departments incorporate the exhibition into the Senior Projects course curriculum. Note, some majors require that students complete a Senior Exhibition and some do not. Please check with your Program Manager or Academic Advisor to confirm your graduation requirements.

Senior Exhibitions are booked in spring 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year (fall 2020 and spring 2021 graduation dates). To qualify for a senior exhibition, you must have already completed a minimum of 72-units before the beginning of the application process and successfully complete 90-units by the end of the current academic year.

OK I’m eligible, but do I really need to apply?

All eligible students who want to hold their Senior Exhibition in a CCA Exhibitions Gallery (i.e. the Oliver Art Center, Isabelle Percy West Gallery, or the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries) must apply for an exhibition time slot. If you do you apply by the deadline we cannot guarantee you an exhibition time slot.

How do I apply?

Apply for your Senior Thesis Exhibition time slot by completing the online Submittable form at this link.

When should I apply?

The online application form is live from February 24 at 12:00 a.m. until April 5, 11:59pm

I don’t have a Submittable account, can I just e-mail you my info?

No. All students who want to apply must create a Submittable account and submit an application. Submittable is a common application form for exhibition open calls, residencies, and grants, so you will most likely use your account in the future as well.

What happens if I miss the deadline?

Late applicants will be placed on a waitlist and assigned an exhibition slot when one becomes available. Please note that late applicants typically receive time slots earlier in the semester and may not receive their desired gallery location.

What if I want to hold my Senior Exhibition off campus or in A21?

Off-campus spaces and A21 Gallery are not managed or supported by the Exhibitions Department. If you plan on using A21 or an off-campus exhibition venue, you should notify your Program Manager and the CCA Exhibitions department of this at your earliest convenience, and you will be responsible for your own installation, promotion, etc.


I don’t use my CCA email account. Can you just text me or use my personal email?

Applicants are required to have an active CCA Email account. The Exhibitions staff will send important information, including your exhibition confirmation and agreement, to this email account.

Why do you need my phone number?

A current phone number is required, but will be kept private and only be used in the case of an emergency—for example, if you do not show up to install your exhibition. Please inform the gallery staff if your contact information changes.

How will I know that you’ve received my Submittable application?

You will receive an Email from Submittable confirming your application's submission. If you do not receive this email within 24 hours, please check your spam inbox, try submitting your application again, and/or contact

What should I write about in the description section?

We want to know: What do you plan to do for your Senior Exhibition? What type of work will you be showing (consider medium and size)? How do you imagine using the gallery? It is beneficial to describe the work/installation that you expect to exhibit, and provide general parameters in regard to space needs so that we may assign the most appropriate gallery space.

I haven’t created the artwork I’ll exhibit yet. Why do I have to submit work samples?

Applicants are required to supplement their application forms with a written description and 3-5 work samples. The written description and work samples are do not need to represent work that you will end up presenting in your Senior Exhibition. We recognize that you’ll create new work before then, and your initial plans may change, but submitting work samples and describing what you imagine doing will help us get to know you and your artwork better, and determine which gallery space will fit your possible needs.


In my application, I’m thinking of proposing a durational, immersive performance that involves fireworks, trapeze swings, and ruby-studded 80” 8K TVs. Which CCA campus gallery is right for me? And can I borrow the 8K TVs from the Exhibitions Department?

Please familiarize yourself with the Senior Exhibition Handbook, which provides install tips, details about the gallery spaces, fire and safety codes, information about the Exhibitions Department and Media Center inventories, etc. You can access the Handbook HERE.

Where can I find images of past Senior Exhibitions for inspiration?

Check out the Exhibitions Department’s flickr page. If an album title contains a person’s name and a major, then it contains images of a Senior Exhibition.

Where can I find floor plans of the galleries?

You can find floor plans on the Exhibitions Department’s Portal Page.

Can I borrow pedestals, monitors and projectors from the Exhibitions department?

We have a list of pedestals, monitors and projectors that may be available on our Exhibition Planning page.


How will you be deciding who is assigned to which location and which week?

In the application, you may state your gallery preference, but it is not guaranteed that you will receive this preferred location. You are also required to upload images of your work to help us match you with the most appropriate space. We understand that the work you show in your exhibition has likely not been created yet, but this helps us start to get you to know you, your work, and what you may need in regards to space. Providing a tentative floor plan is highly encouraged.

Students who submit an application on time will be grouped in galleries based on academic program, gallery needs, medium, and other factors. Five students typically hold their Senior Exhibitions during the same week within the Oliver Art Center. The Isabelle Percy West Gallery will be assigned to one student per week. Please note, we attempt to group students by program as this has been shown to increase viewership and faculty support, but we are not able to guarantee that you will be grouped with your program unless you apply on time. The program schedule will be determined by Exhibitions in consultation with Program Chairs and the Fine Arts Administration.

In which semester will my Senior Exhibition take place?

Students who graduate in the Fall of 2020 will be given priority to the Academic Calendar that corresponds with this semester (typically October, November, and December). Students who graduate within the Spring of 2021 will be given priority to the Academic Calendar that corresponds with this semester (typically February, March, April, and May).

When will I receive an exhibition time slot and location assignment?

You will receive an email via your CCA email address in mid-April with your assignment, along with an attached exhibition agreement. You will need to sign and return the agreement to to confirm your exhibition time slot. If the agreement is not returned on time, you may be at risk of losing your exhibition reservation.

What if I don’t like my assignment?

The Exhibitions Department will not facilitate any date or space swapping. This must be negotiated and confirmed by the exhibitor(s) themselves. Once a written agreement has been confirmed between two individuals, a new Exhibition Agreement will need to be signed by both parties.

When are exhibition agreements due?

Exhibition agreements are due the by end of spring term, May 8, 2020.