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.

PAST JURORS HAVE INCLUDED: Whitney Bradshaw, Cat Chow, Melanee Cooper, Amy Galpin, Malika Jackson, Indira Freitas Johnson, Sam Kirk, Mia Lopez, Dolores Mercado, Brenda Oelbaum, Kymberly N. Pinder, Faith Ringgold, Lynne Warren, Juana Williams, and Zg Gallery, among others.

Current and archived exhibitions are viewable ONLINE.

ELIGIBILITY

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

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.

SUBMISSIONS 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 30 fee waivers reserved for BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ artists. If you can not afford the entry fee and are a BIPOC and/or an LGBTQIA+ artist, reach out to us at general@womanmade.org with the subject line "Fee Waiver" and we will respond with a fee waiver within 48 hours. 

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.

Dear Friend:

In response to the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and in conjunction with the group exhibition, ROE 2.0, Woman Made Gallery is asking for your voice by sharing your abortion story. This is an on-going project and there is no entry due date. We'll exhibit the stories as they come in, and we feature them on WMG's website.  

We know that there are dozens of reasons why abortions are necessary and it is never a decision taken lightly.

“It was the right decision for me and for the children I already gave birth to.” “I was not ready to be a mother.” “I got my life back.” “It allowed me to complete my education.” “I was able to leave my bad relationship.” “It secured my future.” “It saved my life.” “It was medically and mentally necessary.” “I did not want to be pregnant.”

Whatever the reasons, the most outrageous part of all of this, is that half of the population has been told that they no longer have rights over their own body and that they are now 2nd class citizens.

When I had my abortion, I could not be more unprepared. I was using contraception. yet I accidentally became pregnant. I had no job and I had just been admitted to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to receive my Master’s degree which made a tremendous difference in my life and my career, receiving the credentials necessary to teach.

There are a thousand stories. I had pretty much forgotten mine, pushed it aside. When it was over, I moved on, taught college Art, exhibited my work, and promoted other Women artists.

Even if you have not had an abortion, you know someone who has. You may have driven them to the appointment. You may remember the feelings of that day and many years afterward.

We are soliciting those personal stories now not to exceed more than 500 words. You may sign your name, or stay anonymous. With your permission, your story together with others will be printed and exhibited on one large gallery wall from floor to ceiling. We will also share stories on WMG’s website, and there will be an opportunity for you to tell your story in person during a special gallery event.

You have a choice to sign your name, or to be anonymous and your identity will be omitted. There is no entry fee to submit your story. By clicking the checkbox in this application, you accept and agree to the Acknowledgment and Grant of Permission. If you do not agree to the Acknowledgment and Grant of Permission, you should not submit your experience to Woman Made for the Roe 2.0 Exhibition and/or for the Online Project: My Abortion: My Choice. 

Regards, Marcia Grubb

Lifetime WMG Member | Past President of Woman Made Gallery


Keywords:  Roe v. Wade, Reproductive Rights, Pro-Choice, Feminism, Feminist, My Body, My Choice,  Planned Parenthood, Abortion Is Healthcare, Womens Rights


IMPORTANT DATES 

EXHIBITION DATES: January 28 - March 4, 2023
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 28 at 4-7 PM CST
STORY DUE DATE: December 31, 2023, 11:59 PM CST 

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Woman Made Gallery (WMG) seeks entries for the Woman Life Freedom exhibition, juried by Shahrbanoo Hamzeh and on display from May 6 to June 3, 2023.

Woman Life Freedom is a slogan that the women of Iran are chanting on the streets in​ an unfair war with the gender apartheid regime to gain their basic human rights and bodily​ autonomy back. Beginning on September 16th, 2022, with Mahsa Amini’s unjust death, Iranian​ people have been shedding blood, sweat, and tears while protesting in the streets for freedom.​ ​We can play our part for freedom through art. I believe artists are able to take up the fight for​ women’s rights and become the voice of Iranian women.

This exhibition is centered on women’s rights and is an act in solitary with the brave​ women who are putting their lives on the line for freedom. Inspired by the lack of awareness​ surrounding the more than four decades of state-sanctioned violence perpetuated by the​ Islamic Republic against Iranian women, I am inviting you to share your story. What needs to be​ heard and what needs to be changed? Our fight for women’s rights everywhere will not end until each​ and every one of us is free. Woman Life Freedom brings together information, conversation,​ ​and visual elements surrounding this huge fight for human rights. With this exhibition, we are​ hoping to elevate and add to the Iranian women’s voice. -Shahrbanoo Hamzeh 

Exhibition Description:
We at WMG believe that art can and does create lasting social change. As an intersectional feminist organization, WMG stands in solidarity with human rights activists and organizations, and in support of the women in Iran and wherever women and girls are oppressed. This exhibition seeks to document artist voices as a means of resistance to facilitate change and create a space for open dialogue regarding human rights=women’s rights.

We invite artists who identify as women, non-binary, trans women, trans men, femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer artists and their allies, to submit images of up to three works created in any medium that have not been previously exhibited at WMG. Please address the theme of this exhibition in your artist statement.

Keywords: Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Feminism, Equality, Freedom, Woman-lead Revolution, Iran

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

About the Juror: Shahrbanoo Hamzeh
Shahrbanoo Hamzeh is a studio artist and curator currently working as a galley coordinator at Joe McCauley Gallery at Heartland Community College, Normal, IL. She holds an MFA from Illinois State University. Prior to this, she has received a master’s degree in Painting from Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran. Her Undergrad degree was focused on Iranian Art and Culture from Kashan University, Kashan, Iran.

Her practice is mostly focused on human rights violations in her home country, Iran, especially towards women. She believes it is not easy to be an Iranian woman, not in Iran, nor anywhere else. Her homeland is facing a myriad of problems and conflicts, which is why her works are focused on the ideas of home, home country, leaving, loss, safety, longing, and recently the Iranian woman-led revolution. https://shahrbanoohamzeh.com/  

Woman Life Freedom Curatorial Statement

Important Dates
Exhibition Dates: May 6 – June 3, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6 at 4-7 PM CST
First Entry Due Date: February 25, 2023, 11:59 PM CST
Extended Due Date (fee increase to $35): * March 4, 11:59 PM CST
Notification: March 18, 2023

Entry Fee
*The entry fee is $30 until the first deadline. The entry fee will then increase to $35 per entry for an extended due date.  Each entry requires a minimum of one artwork, though up to three artworks may be considered per submission. Entry fees are non-refundable.
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 who request the need. WMG offers up to 30 fee waivers per exhibition. To acknowledge the historic inequities of wealth distribution, they 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. The WMG team will approve and send a fee waiver link within 2 days of artist's request. Please email WMG at general@womanmade.org to request a fee-waiver.

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

Due to wall size restrictions, artworks must fall within 6’ horizontally and under 75 pounds in weight, unless delivered to and picked up from our 4th floor gallery by the artist. Artists may be additionally responsible for the installation of oversized works.

New media artworks are eligible. To be considered, artists must  submit a sample .mp4 or URL under 10 mins for purposes of consideration. For exhibition, WMG requires a digital transfer (Google Drive, Vimeo downloads, WeTransfer) as well as a USB formatted in .mp4 file format delivered to the gallery. WMG can provide a limited number of media players, Epson projectors and TV monitors with basic speakers. All other new media needs are the responsibility of the artist.

Art Sales
Accepted work may be listed for sale or be not for sale (NFS). 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. Artists may donate any portion of their commission to WMG.

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

Artists need to retrieve their work by the date noted in the artist contract or make alternate arrangements. WMG is unable to store work beyond the pick-up date. Artists may donate their art to WMG's fundraising efforts if unable to pick it up. WMG is happy to talk through preparations, offer advice, and recommend resources as requested.

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