About Chicago Justice Gallery

The Chicago Justice Gallery (CJG), formally the PUJA gallery, is a non-commercial arts space at the University of Illinois at Chicago that supports social justice artists and arts activism through exhibitions and public events.

 Developed as an extension of the Social Justice Initiative, the gallery’s focus is to serve as a bridge to connect scholarship, activism and educational arts with social justice themes. 

The gallery is located two blocks south of the Chicago Arts District. It is one of the only galleries in the city solely devoted to the presentation and exploration of social justice through the lens of art. 

Social Justice Initiative

The Social Justice Initiative (SJI) at UIC is a campus-wide project that began in 2010. Housed in the Office of the Provost, SJI seeks to build upon and foreground a critically important part of UIC’s mission as a public research university in a diverse global city. Our work is focused on promoting a greater good and improving lives through scholarship, teaching and community engagement.

SJI has four ongoing program areas: the Chicago Justice Gallery (CJG), the Pipeline to Justice Scholarship and Mentoring Program, the Justice Lens films series, and the Social Justice Minor, which is housed in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program.

Each year, we host workshops, films, discussions, lectures, exhibitions, and conferences that shine a light on persistent injustices as well as ways that people work together to create change. All of our programs encourage UIC students, faculty, and staff to connect with community members and organizers to address pressing social justice issues in Chicago and around the world.