Woman Made Gallery annual programs include juried exhibitions which explore a wide variety of themes: spirituality, environmental concerns, race and gender issues, historical observations, political investigations, etc. with an emphasis on celebrating human diversity. Unless otherwise specified exhibitions are open to artists worldwide and of all genders working across all disciplines. One exception is the annual International Open which invites female identified artists to submit their work.

Group exhibitions are curated and juried by different professional women, artists and non-artists. Artists are challenged to translate chosen topics into visual presentations and a short general artist statement is required of the artist and exhibited together with the work. This gives additional information to the viewer who in return is often challenged to investigate and question his or her own belief system based on traditional values.

Unless otherwise stated in the individual exhibition descriptions, WMG takes a 40% commission on all sales. 

Please note: In the unlikely event a juror unable to jury the submissions, selections will be made by an alternate juror or the WMG Program Committee. 

All exhibitions are viewable online: https://womanmade.org/exhibitions/

Woman Made Gallery - 2150 S Canalport #4A-3

Chicago, IL 60608 - Parking Lot at North Entrance on 21st Street. 

312-738-0400 | general@womanmade.org | www.womanmade.org


Exhibition Description: Open to all female identified artists residing in one of the twelve Midwestern States to submit artwork for an open themed exhibition. States include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. All themes, styles, and media will be considered. Artwork that explores or challenges conceptual and material boundaries is encouraged.

Awards: 1st place: $300 | 2nd place: $150 | 3rd place: Honorable Mention

We encourage entries of recent works, but there is no restriction in the creation date. Applicants should submit a general artist’s statement. Accepted artworks must not exceed 72" horizontally and must not have been previously shown at WMG. 

The application fee for our juried exhibitions is $30 for up to three images of work, plus one detail image if necessary. A limited number of artists who experience financial hardship may be exempt from paying the entry fee; please send us an email to request a fee waiver: general@womanmade.org.

Juror:  Brenda Oelbaum is a feminist, multimedia, conceptual artist, working in whatever medium best translates the intended message.  Increasingly her work has become political and ecologically minded, repurposing objects found, donated or bought on the resale market objects in her artwork.  From diet books, to piggy banks and now unwanted seascape paintings, Oelbaum finds inspiration in hunting for the weird and unloved.  Buying antiques and collectibles and repurposing them is an ecologically sound practice.

 Classically trained in painting and drawing at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto Canada, her work has been shown in South Korea, Iceland, and Mainland China, and throughout the contiguous United States.  Her Venus of Willendorf Project which focus’ on the multibillion-dollar diet industry has been studied and written about internationally from Belgium to India many countries in Latin America. Brenda holds a MA in Gallery Administration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and was the founding President of the Michigan Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art and is the Michigan Representative for the Feminist Art Project. From 2014 to 2016 she held the post of President of the National Women’s Caucus for Art.  When she is not working on her own work in her studio in Dexter, MI she is helping to promote women in the arts through her affiliation with the WCA through her vast knowledge of the art and gallery industry, attained by living and working in Soho as a ‘Gallerina’ and Archivist for the estate of May Wilson 1905-1986, and curating exhibitions for the WCA Membership regionally and nationally. Helping others is a great way to build a like minded community no matter where you are.  You don’t need to be on either coast to be a successful exhibiting artist.  https://www.brendaoart.com/

In celebration of its 28th Anniversary Year, WMG is hosting a Small Works Exhibition, open to all current WMG members working in any discipline. If you are not a member yet, please join here:  https://womanmade.org/join-wmg/

  • Exhibition Dates: December 10 – 20, 2020
  • Entry Deadline: October 31, 2020
  • Notifications: November 7, 2020
  • In Person Art Delivery: Nov. 13-15  | 12-4 pm; Nov. 20-22 | 12-4 pm
  • Shipped Art Delivery: Must arrive by Nov. 22, 2020
  • Installation: December 3-6, 2020
  • Open House + Special Reception Schedule: TBA early December 
  • Art Pick Up: Dec. 20 (Sun) | 4-6 pm - Dec. 23 (Wed) | 11-4 pm  | Jan. 7 (Thur) 11-4 pm*
  • Unsold shipped art will be packed on Sunday Dec 20 and shipped that week 

Submit images of up to three works in any media. At least one work is guaranteed to be included. Accepted artworks must not exceed 16" in any direction, including framing. Applicants should submit a general artist’s statement of no more than 100 words. Accepted works will be installed salon-style. 

All art must be for sale, with the value not to exceed $300 per work. WMG takes a 40% commission on all sales. 

This year, to continue working towards meaningful and long-lasting action and support racial justice work beyond our walls and in our community, WMG will make a donation of WMG’s commission on every work sold to A Long Walk Home. Artists who’s work sell will retain their full portion of the sale. We invite members to voluntarily join us in donating a percentage of their proceeds to this organization as it makes sense to them at this time, though we do not require a matching donation.

Artists are responsible for all shipping expenses to and from WMG. Prepaid label MUST be included for return shipment of unsold work. Shipping companies only charge you if your work is returned. WMG is not responsible for work left at the gallery after January 10th, 2020.

The Small Works Show has no entry fee, but membership must be current. Please join by October 31, 2020 or renew your membership if it has expired: https://womanmade.org/join-wmg/

Any donation to our opening reception or otherwise is deeply appreciated. Thank you! http://tinyurl.com/a-Gift-for-WMG

Entries are juried by WMG's Program Committee

Woman Made Gallery
2150 S. Canalport 4th FL, Chicago, IL 60608
Enter through Parking Lot at North Entrance on 21st Street
(312) 738-0400 | general@womanmade.org

Woman Made Gallery