Woman Made Gallery is seeking submissions for our February – March, 2022 group exhibition juried by Cathie Ruggie Saunders (artist, educator, Professor, Adjunct. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Visual Communication Design Department and Professor + Chair at Saint Xavier University, Art and Design Department)
This exhibition will be held at Woman Made Gallery located at 2150 S. Canalport Ave., Chicago, IL 60608 in the Pilsen neighborhood.


Woman Made Gallery seeks artworks in any medium that explore the concept and techniques of a transfer in new or unique ways.
The tradition of printmaking embraces using a matrix as a master surface from which to take an impression. Typical matrices would be wood (as in relief printing), Bavarian limestone or aluminum plates (as in lithography), copper or zinc (as in etching, engraving, or mezzotint), and a silkscreen frame and stencils (as in screen printing or serigraphy).
However, if we open up this practice, we might consider so many more common methods of making “marks.” After a spring shower, walking through a puddle leaves “prints” of the soles of your shoes (or your bare feet) on the sidewalk. Holding a hot iron a bit too long on a piece of fabric will result in a freshly “printed” burn on the garment. Eating a voluptuous summer peach will transfer brilliant pink juice onto the napkin that wipes your mouth.
Finger and handprints using earth pigments and plant berries have been used since the Lascaux cave markings in Paleolithic times. Babies are often documented with their fingerprints or footprint. Your skin on those appendages is a matrix you carry with you forever. Have you ever thought of incorporating its artistic potential into your work?
For this exhibition, the juror seeks artwork in any medium that explores the concept or technique of a transfer in new or unique ways, as in the examples above, or in combination with traditional printmaking methods.
The juror is interested in work that investigates:
  • Using unconventional materials that push the boundaries of what is typically considered a printmaking matrix.
  • An awareness of the natural world and human body as potential for artmaking.
  • Where the intersection of prescriptive and informal printmaking practices merge or collide.
  • If quality work is being produced through methods that honor tradition but also bring a contemporary perspective to the definition of the printmaking discipline


Cathie Ruggie Saunders is an artist, educator and mentor. She currently teaches in the Visual Communication Design Department at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is the Chair of the Art and Design Department at Saint Xavier University, Chicago IL. She holds an MFA and MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA from the Northwestern University. Her work has been displayed in exhibitions held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Temari Center for Asian & Pacific Fibers, Honolulu, Hawaii; American Cultural Center, New Delhi, India, World Print Competition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Footprint: Northwest International Small Format Print Exhibition. Seattle, WA.

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.



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.


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/



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).



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.   



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.). 



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.



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. 

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 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.