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"Anatomy in the Gallery," a rotating exhibition program at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, showcases medically themed contemporary art within the unique context of the Museum’s historical collections and exhibits. The program was begun in 1998 to help fulfill the Museum’s mission of enriching its visitors’ lives by enhancing their understanding and appreciation of surgery and related subjects in health and medicine. “Anatomy in the Gallery” is currently accepting exhibition proposals for the 2015–16 calendar.

Two exhibitions are presented concurrently during every 11-week exhibition period, one in each of the Museum’s adjacent galleries. Please indicate in your submission if you would be unable to show your work during one or more of the exhibition periods listed above.

Proposals are accepted at any time, but the postmark deadline to be considered for the 2012–13 exhibition calendar is October 15, 2011. Proposals postmarked after that date will automatically be considered for the next application period. Notification will most likely be made within two months.

The medical theme is open to interpretation, but figure studies without additional medical content do not qualify. Individual artists, groups, and curators are eligible to submit proposals. Work in any medium will be considered; however, the physical limitations of the galleries may factor into the committee’s decisions.

Gallery Specifications
The galleries are located on the fourth floor of the building, across from a small elevator. Gallery A measures approximately 600 square feet and has two windows that face east; Gallery B, 400 square feet with one east-facing window. Both galleries have ten-foot walls and adjustable track lighting.

Submission Materials
Proposals must include the following materials:



Please address submissions to:
Anatomy in the Gallery
International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60610-6684

Artist Responsibilities
If accepted, artists must:

Museum Responsibilities
In return, the Museum will:

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Thieman, Manager of Exhibits & Programs, at Lindsey@imss.org or 312.642.6502 ext. 3113.



1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610 USA
fax 312.642.9516


Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 am to 4 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 4 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 4 pm
Friday: 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

Last admission will be taken one hour before the closing time.