“Mine, Yours, Ours” Artist Walkthrough on February 17, 2024 (Summer Shin providing insight into her mixed media artwork)

Call for Art

NOTE: please address the theme of the exhibition in your artist statement!

Connectivity | Exhibition Dates: July 13–August 17, 2024
This is an Open Call for an exhibition about connecting to oneself, to others and to one’s surroundings. The exhibition will comprise visual material, tactile and sound explorations, dance, poetry, moving image, and more, through the prism of how we establish and maintain our connections on multiple levels. Juror Anke Loh is a designer, artist, and educator who works at the intersection of fashion, art, and technology. https://re-fream.eu/pioneers/embroidered-touch/
First Entry Due Date: May 23, 2024, 11:59 PM CST (entry fee: $30) | Final Entry Due Date (fee increases to $35): May 30, 2024, 11:59 PM

7th Midwest Open | Exhibition Dates: August 31–September 28, 2024
The Midwest Open is an annual exhibition at WMG that highlights the achievements of women and nonbinary artists living in the American Midwest. WMG is looking for work unique to the vision of each artist, work that needs the world to complete it, or work that sings a song from the heart(land). Juror Pamela Callahan is an artist and poet who lives and works in Wisconsin. Supporter of Woman Made Gallery since 1993, she has juried exhibitions, curated literary programs and advised and advocated for WMG throughout the years.
First Entry Due Date: June 22, 2024, 11:59 PM CST (entry fee: $30) | Final Entry Due Date (fee increases to $35): June 29, 2024, 11:59 PM

Invisibility: Existing on the Periphery | Virtual Exhibition Opening: August 3, 2024
The theme, “Invisibility: Existing on the Periphery”, seeks to explore the experience of invisibility, a condition often imposed by societal norms and at times, embraced as a form of self-preservation. This call for art aims to explore the subject of invisibility as a state of being and as a social condition that affects various groups and individuals who are systematically overlooked – the homeless, migrants, the disabled, the elderly, certain racial and worker groups. ALL accepted works with statements will be viewable online. Juror: Anne-Marie Kovacs, artist, entrepreneur and WMG board member. 
First Entry Due Date: June 23, 2024, 11:59 PM CST (entry fee: $20) | Final Entry Due Date (fee increases to $25): June 30, 2024, 11:59 PM

Through a BIPOC Lens: Decolonizing Feminism | Exhibition Dates: October 12–November 9, 2024
There are many schools of feminist thought; and mainstream feminism has not – intentionally or not – been inclusive of all voices. One such response to this is the “womanist” movement coined by Alice Walker in 1979, for black feminists or feminists of color, to address more specifically the needs of these groups. WMG would like to take a critical look at feminism. We want to hear the voices and view the work of those who have been systematically marginalized. Please submit images of up three works in all media that include a visual element and have not been previously exhibited at the Gallery. Artists must address the theme of this exhibition in their work and in their artist statement. Jurors: Monica J. Brown and Donna Jackson.
First Entry Due Date: July 27, 2024, 11:59 PM CST (entry fee: $30) | Final Entry Due Date (fee increases to $35): August 3, 2024, 11:59 PM

WMG Call for Words: My Abortion: My Choice

OPEN CALL | Ongoing

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and in conjunction with the group exhibition ROE 2.0, Woman Made Gallery is asking you to add your voice to the conversation by sharing your abortion story.
 
We are soliciting personal stories of 500 words or fewer. You may sign your name or stay anonymous. With your permission, we will share your story together with others on WMG’s website: https://womanmade.org/abortion-stories/.
 
For details about this entry and to submit your story, please check the Call for Art on Submittable.

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ABOUT JURIED EXHIBITIONS

Woman Made Gallery (WMG) hosts between seven and nine exhibitions annually, five of which are juried exhibitions and open to submissions from women and nonbinary artists. These juried exhibitions explore a wide variety of themes that connect women and nonbinary artists with high-profile art industry professionals 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 the exhibition themes.

Our list of jurors include:
Alison Wong (Director and Curator at Wasserman Projects, Detroit); Dolores Mercado (Associate Curator at National Museum of Mexican Art), Jessica Bingham (artist, mother, and recent Curator at University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL), Juana Williams (Independent Curator, Detroit), Mia Lopez (Assistant Curator at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago), Kathryn Markel (Director of Markel Fine Arts, New York City), Whitney LaMora (Curator at The Martin and LOCUS, Chicago), Amy Galpin (Chief Curator at Frost Art Museum of Florida International University), Sam Kirk (Multidisciplinary Artist, Chicago), Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman (collaborative photographers, Milwaukee, WI), Dorit Jordan Dotan (multi-media artist, Chicago), Indira Freitas Johnson (artist and educator, Chicago), among others

ELIGIBILITY

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

No work may exceed 6 feet 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 hand-delivered or shipped 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 an entry fee of $30–$35. Only one submission may be entered per artist. Each submission requires at least one and up to three artworks. Selections are made by respective jurors. A paid submission does not guarantee an exhibition opportunity. Entry fees are nonrefundable.

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 a free entry redemption.

WMG offers fee waivers to those who request them. WMG offers around 30 fee waivers per juried exhibition. To acknowledge the historic inequities of wealth distribution, 15 of the 30 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 an other demonstrated need. WMG accepts Fee Waiver Requests on a rolling basis until all fee waivers have been distributed. The team at WMG will approve requests and send a Submittal fee waived link within three days to the applicant.

Please send an email to general@womanmade.org to request a fee waiver.

TERMS OF EXHIBITION

Woman Made Gallery expects accepted artworks to arrive to the gallery as pictured and with the installation requirements submitted at the time of application. A limited number of accommodations may be made but must be approved by WMG at the time of artist contract agreements. An artist contract agreement with the full terms of exhibition will be distributed for agreement by all accepted artists upon acceptance notification. Terms of exhibition include the final exhibition schedule, shipping and delivery, installation requirements, an insurance disclaimer, art sales and commissions, right of reproduction of digital files and images, and website and publicity requirements, among others. For details on the terms of exhibition, please review the information for each call for art or email general@womanmade.org with questions.