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, Priscilla Otani, 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.

SUBMISSION 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 entry. 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. Please note that artists may request up to three fee-waivers per fiscal year (between July 1 and June 30). 

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.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION This group exhibition is open to all current WMG members, regardless of gender working across mediums. Please join or renew membership here:  https://womanmade.org/join-wmg/. Any entry received without paid member dues by October 12, 204 will not be accepted. 

WMG defines small work at or under 20 in. at the longest side and with a list price of up to $400. All works in this exhibition are required to be listed for sale. 

Members may submit up to 3 works for consideration, with one artwork guaranteed for inclusion. Entries are selected by WMG's Program Committee.

 KEY DATES (Please mark your calendar)

  • Final Entry Due Date: Thursday, October 12, 2024 at 11:59 PM CST
  • Notifications: Thursday. October 25, 2024 
  • Exhibition Dates: November 23–December 21, 2024
  • Open House Dates: Saturday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 21, 2–4 PM
  • Members / Volunteers Appreciation Party: Saturday, December 7, 2–5 PM
  • In Person Art Delivery by: Saturday, November 9, 12–5 PM
  • Shipped Art Due at WMG By: Friday, November 8, 2024
  • In-Person Pick Up #1: Saturday, December 21, 2023 | 4–5 PM 
  • In-Person Pick Up #2: Sunday. December 22, 2024 | 12–5 PM 
  • In-Person Pick Up #3: Saturday, January 4, 2025 | 12–5 PM 
  • Art Ship Out: Unsold artworks will be shipped for return to artists by Friday, January 3, 2025.
  • Please Note:  WMG is not responsible for artwork that has not been picked up by due dates. Any artwork left unclaimed at the gallery after Friday, Jan 17, 2025 will become the property of Woman Made Gallery and may be used in future fundraising efforts with WMG retaining 100% of profits. 

*WMG will closed for Winter Break from Friday, December 23, 2024 and re-open on Thursday, January 2, 2025 from noon to 5 PM. Please understand that communication with staff may be delayed during this scheduled break. 

ENTRY FEE The Small Works Members Exhibition has no ENTRY fee, but WMG membership must be current. Please ensure membership dues are paid by October 12, 2024. 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 non-binary artists, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer artists. WMG will accept art into its Small Works Members Show regardless of gender. 

Submit images of up to three works in any medium. At least one work is guaranteed to be included. Accepted artworks must not exceed 20" at the longest side. Applicants will be asked to submit a general artist’s statement and artist bio of no more than 250 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) 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 works 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 hardware that may be unique to the artwork (e.g. quilt/fabric art support bars, beyond usual hardware, stabilizers, hanging systems, etc.). WMG is happy to advise on installation preparation needs and recommend resources. 

Please note that the shipping/delivery to and from the gallery is the responsibility of the artist including all associated fees (e.g. the decision to insure work en route, require signature, etc.). To ensure a timely return, WMG requests a prepaid return label for unsold work by December 22, 2024.

If work is not picked up from exhibition by the date noted in the artist contract, work will become the property of Woman Made Gallery and subject to donation to WMG's fundraising efforts. 

The Small Works Members Show 2024 will be on display at Woman Made Gallery, 1332 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607 | (312) 738-0400 | general@womanmade.org | womanmade.org

Dear Friend:

In response to the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and in conjunction with the Jan/Feb 2023 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 is shared on WMG’s Website.

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 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


$30.00

This exhibition seeks to provide space for an inclusive voice in the struggle for representation of BIPOC women in the art world. For 32 years Woman Made Gallery’s vision has been to “ensure the equal placement of women’s art in the world. WMG hosts conversations on issues that matter most to women, helping them make sense of the world through a feminist lens.”  

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. 

Exhibition Description: According to The Burns Halperin Report published December 12, 2022 in Artnet News: "Work by Black American women comprises 0.5% of acquisitions at 31 U.S. art museums.” This info does not factor in all of BIPOC women artists, but gives a glimpse at the disparity for artists of color. This show intends to highlight work by these under-represented artists. What type of work do you create as a BIPOC feminist artist? Does feminism inform the work that you create? Please submit images of up three works in all media that include a visual element and have not been previously exhibited at the Gallery. Please address the theme of this exhibition in your work and in your artist statement. The exhibition will be held from October 12 to November 9, 2024 at Woman Made Gallery, 1332 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. Entry fee allows submission of up to three works.

First Entry Due Date: August 10, 2024, 11:59 PM CST (entry fee: $30) | Extended Final Entry Due Date (fee increases to $35): August 17, 2024, 11:59 PM

Jurors: Monica J. Brown & Donna Jackson

Monica J. Brown explores memory, history and personal mythology through visual art, sound, movement, writing and performance. Her visual art has been exhibited widely throughout Chicago, nationally and internationally. Some exhibition spaces include: SooVAC, Minneapolis, MN; The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ; and Ucross Art Gallery, Ucross, WY. Her work has been written about in Newcity Art, the Chicago Reader, the Detroit Art Review, and MPLSART. She has created murals with Chicago's Hubbard Street Mural Project, and Detroit's Live6 Neighborhood Arts Project. Her work is currently represented by Black Art in America and SoNa Chicago Gallery. Monica is a Ucross fellow, and has attended residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Ragdale, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, among others. She has received grants from Chicago DCASE and the Illinois Arts Council Agency. She is also a recipient of Columbia College's Albert P. Weisman Award. She earned a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and an MA from Columbia College Chicago. She currently resides in Chicago.Find out more at https://linktr.ee/mymyriadmuse.

Donna Jackson graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in University Studies, minoring in arts and engineering, and attended the College for Creative Studies as a graphic communications major. She is the founder of DMJStudio, a creative studio devoted to developing art projects and events that closes gaps between community and culture through public art, exhibits, film, and social collaboration. The studio’s desire is to make art and culture accessible everywhere and to everyone. The focus of many of the projects developed by the studio address the narratives of women, people of color, city life of the middle and lower-class and global citizenship. 

To ensure DMJStudio events and projects are free, Donna works and provides branding and design services to cultural and non-profit institutions and individuals. Organizations such as United Way, Charles H, Wright Museum of African American History to Focus Hope, Neighborhood Service Organizations, City of Houston, and Detroit Public Schools. Her goal is to work for non-profits and art institutions as a consultant while developing community-based art projects and exhibitions. Donna currently consults non-profits and artists in brand identity development, creating cultural experiences and digital platform management. In 2021, Donna became President of the Women’s Caucus for Art, a national organization supporting women in arts and activism. For more on Donna and her work, visit https://www.dmjstudio.com/.

Calendar 

Exhibition Dates: October 12 – November 9, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 12 from 4 to 7 PM CST 

Artist Walkthrough: Saturday, November 9 from 2 to 4 PM CST 

First Entry Due Date: August 10, 2024, 11:59 PM CST

Extended Due Date (fee increase to $35): August 17, 2024, 11:59 PM CST 

Notification: August 24, 2024

Entry Fee 

*The entry fee is $30 until the first deadline. The entry fee will then increase to $35 per entry. 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 ($100) and above receive one free entry annually. Please email general@womanmade.org to receive your one-time code for free entry redemption. 

WMG offers up to 30 fee waivers per exhibition. To acknowledge the historic inequities of wealth distribution, they are mainly reserved for ALAANA/BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+. If you require a fee waiver simply email us explaining your need and we will assist you. 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 be no larger than 6’ horizontally and under 75 pounds in weight, unless delivered to and picked up from our 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 screens and projectors 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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This is an Open Call for an exhibition about Motherhood. "The figure of the mother carries extraordinary cultural weight from the shifting maternal ideals represented by the Virgin Mary across centuries to the iconography of working women raising children in urban poverty in the modern era. She has been redrawn, over and over, invested with symbolism according to the social, political, and religious ideals of her time.”  Hettie Judah

Exhibition Description:

Motherhood in 2025: contemporary representations and redefinitions by women and non-binary artists, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer artists. Artists are invited to submit work in any medium that reflects their lived experience, explores traditional and unconventional imagery, and/or examines economic and emotional labor.

The exhibition will be held from January 18 to February 15, 2025 at Woman Made Gallery, 1332 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. Entry fee allows submission of up to three works.

First Entry Due Date: November 16, 2024, 11:59 PM CST (entry fee: $30) | Final Entry Due Date (fee increases to $35): November 23, 2024, 11:59 PM

About the Juror: Kiki McGrath (she/her) is a visual artist and curator based in Chicago, Illinois. She makes installations and performances in alternative exhibition spaces including the Chicago Cultural Center and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, DC. Formerly a curator in the Luce Center for Arts & Religion, she now runs the project space Coachhouse1 and works as a visual editor for the EcoTheo Review. For more information visit: www.kikimcgrath.com 

Calendar 

Exhibition Dates: January 18 – February 15, 2025 

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 18 from 4 to 7 PM CST 

Artist Walkthrough: Saturday, February 15 from 2 to 4 PM CST 

First Entry Due Date: November 16, 2024, 11:59 PM CST 

Extended Due Date (fee increase to $35): November 23, 2024, 11:59 PM CST 

Notification: December 7, 2024

Entry Fee 

*The entry fee is $30 until the first deadline. The entry fee will then increase to $35 per entry. 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 ($100) and above receive one free entry annually. Please email general@womanmade.org to receive your one-time code for free entry redemption. 

WMG offers up to 30 fee waivers per exhibition. To acknowledge the historic inequities of wealth distribution, they are mainly reserved for ALAANA/BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+. If you require a fee waiver simply email us explaining your need and we will assist you. 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 be no larger than 6’ horizontally and under 75 pounds in weight, unless delivered to and picked up from our 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 screens and projectors 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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