Woman Made Gallery seeks submissions for our January- February 2022 group exhibition juried by Rosalyn D’Mello (international art critic, feminist writer, columnist, and recent evaluator for the Andy Warhol Foundation Art Writers Grant). 

This exhibition will be held at Woman Made Gallery located at 2150 S. Canalport Ave., Chicago, IL 60608 in the Pilsen neighborhood. 

EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION

Woman Made Gallery seeks artwork exploring food through an intersectional feminist lens across mediums. It asks artists to subvert socially conditioned, gendered conceptions of a kitchen, an ingredient, a worm, or even a plate.

“The kinky tactility of that which is edible, materially or intangibly, spiritually or secularly is our pursuit. It forms the fibrous conceptual core of this exhibition. We seek that which evangelizes or is informed by orality, by sensory interventions that are performative and exploratory, inconclusive yet holistic; that which relates to tongue or lingual papillae, that which is linked to the irrepressible, bound by the fluid interstices between resonance, laughter, and/or rage; that which relates to dimensions of hunger and satiation, gluttony and greed, miracles and grief, that which connotes the alterity of word-made-flesh-made-text-made-loaf…

Imagine the sound a knife makes as it sluices the petticoats of onions; the void in the pit of a freshly de-seeded cherry; the earthiness of organic fertilizer; the rapture of an almond tree full-blossomed in spring; the gospel according to a caterpillar, or a bee.” – Rosalyn D’Mello

The juror is particularly, though not exclusively, interested in investigating the following conceptual questions for “Word of Mouth”:

  • If we are what we eat what nourishes our collective soul? 
  • How does your garden grow? How does the squirmy earthworm embody hope? 
  • How to advance queer table fellowship? 
  • What makes a particular orifice a mouth? 
  • How do we salvage leftover joys? 
  • How do you undo a pomegranate without the application of a knife? Can you cut a pineapple underwater? 
  • How does the gut relate to emotion? How do you ferment old wine?

Woman Made Gallery seeks artwork in all mediums. We encourage intersectional feminist approaches that include consideration of sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and disability, among other social locations.

ABOUT THE JUROR

Rosalyn D’Mello (she/her) is a feminist writer, art critic, columnist, essayist, editor and researcher. She is the author of A Handbook for My Lover. She writes a weekly feminist column for mid-day, a fortnightly one on contemporary art for STIR, and regularly contributes to OPEN. Rosalyn was an evaluator for the Andy Warhol Foundation Art Writers Grant in 2020 and is an Ocean Fellowship Mentor for 2021. 

She is presently working on a book for Oxford University Press based on her visits to South Asian artists’ studios, thanks to an India Foundation for the Arts research grant. Her freelance writing has been internationally published and anthologized.  Her art criticism has appeared in publications like Tate etc, Art Review, Art Review Asia, Artsy, Vogue, Firstpost, The Hindu, and Mint Lounge, among numerous others.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be a Woman Made Gallery member!  The biggest perk to WMG membership is this guaranteed annual exhibition opportunity of small works.

 

EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION

This group exhibition is open to all current WMG members working across mediums. If you are not a member yet, please join here: https://womanmade.org/join-wmg/. Any submission received without paid member dues between November 9, 2020 – October 15, 2021 will be rejected. WMG defines small work as under 16 in. in any direction and with a list price of under $300. All works in this exhibition are required to be listed for sale. Members may submit up to 3 works for consideration, with 1 artwork guaranteed. Entries are selected by WMG’s Membership and Marketing Committee.

SUBMISSION FEE

The Small Works Members Exhibition has no submission fee, but WMG membership must be current. Please ensure membership dues are paid by October 15, 2021. Any application received without paid membership dues will be rejected. You may become a new member or renew your membership at: https://womanmade.org/join-wmg/

 

ELIGIBILITY

Woman Made Gallery is a space for women and nonbinary artists, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer artists.

Submit images of up to three works in any medium. At least one work is guaranteed to be included. Accepted artworks must not exceed 16″ in any direction. Applicants will be asked to submit a general artist’s statement and artist bio of no more than 300 words each.

New media artworks are eligible. To be considered, artists must  submit a sample .mp4 or url under 10mins for purposes of consideration. For exhibition, WMG requires a digital transfer (Google Drive, Vimeo downloads, WeTransfer).

 

ART SALES

Accepted work are required to be listed for sale. WMG will retain a 40% commission on sold works. Work remains the property of the artist until sold. Sold artworks shall remain in the exhibition until the end of the exhibition. Artists will be paid no later than 30 days after the close of the exhibit.   

 

TERMS OF EXHIBITION

An artist contract with full terms of exhibition will be administered at the time of acceptance notification. 

The Small Works Members Exhibition will be hung salon style. WMG has ample pedestals and general hardware for installation (e.g. screws, nails, T-pins, magnets).  WMG requests that artists provide all supports and hard wares that may be unique to the artwork (e.g. quilt/fabric art support bars, beyond usual hardware, stabilizers, hanging systems, etc.). 

 

ABOUT JURIED EXHIBITIONS

Woman Made Gallery (WMG) hosts juried exhibitions which explore a wide variety of themes that connect women-identified and nonbinary artists and foster dialogue within contemporary feminism and social justice.

The WMG programming committee (composed of WMG staff, Board, and volunteers) identifies initial themes and potential jurors, and collaborates with each juror to develop an exhibition theme.

RECENT JURORS HAVE INCLUDED: Whitney LaMora, Jessica Bingham, Melanee Cooper, Dorit Jordan Dotan, Amy Galpin, Catherine Game, Malika Jackson, Indira Freitas Johnson, Sam Kirk, Mia Lopez, Kathryn Markel, Dolores Mercado, Brenda Oelbaum, Juana Williams, among others.

Current and archived exhibitions are AVAILABLE ONLINE.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Woman Made Gallery is a space for Women, Womyn, and Womxn identifying artists from our local community, regionally based, and around the world. We welcome art from all womxn, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary artists.

No work may exceed 6’ horizontally or be over 75 pounds in weight unless delivered and picked up by the artist. WMG will refuse receipt of art that is heavier than 75 pounds. Artworks must be delivered to the gallery “ready to exhibit.” Technology and/or works requiring special instructions will be organized upon acceptance. 

 
ENTRY FEE
 
Unless indicated otherwise, WMG juried exhibitions require a submission fee of $30. Only one submission may be entered per artist. Each submission requires one artwork, though up to three artworks may be considered per submission. Paid submission does not guarantee an exhibition opportunity. No refunds offered.
 
Members at the Enhanced Artist Level and above receive one free entry annually. Please email general@womanmade.org to receive your one-time code for free entry redemption. 
 

WMG offers fee waivers to those that request the need and upon approved application. WMG offers 25 fee waivers in total. To acknowledge the historic inequities of wealth distribution, 15 of the 25 are exclusively reserved for ALAANA/BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+. Factors that result in an approved application include financial instability or low-income status, student or recent graduate status, identification as ALAANA/BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+, or a demonstrated need otherwise. WMG accepts Fee Waiver Request forms on a rolling basis until all fee waivers have been distributed. A note declaring all fee waivers have been distributed will be added to the Submission form at that time. (That is, if you are reading this, the form is active, and there are still fee waivers available!) The team at WMG will approve and send a Submittal fee waived link within 4 days of application receipt.  

To request a fee waiver — complete this form.

 
 
TERMS OF EXHIBITION
 
Terms of exhibition will be distributed for agreement to all accepted artists upon acceptance notification. Terms of exhibition include exhibition schedule, shipping and delivery, installation requirements, insurance disclaimer, art sales and commissions, right of reproduction of digital files and images, website and publicity requirements, among others. For details on terms of exhibition, please review details for each call for art or email general@womanmade.org with questions.