WMG JURIED EXHIBITIONS

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. 

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EXHIBITION DATES: SEPT 18 – OCT 10, 2020
ENTRY DEADLINE: JULY 11, 2020
NOTIFICATIONS: AUGUST 8, 2020


Exhibition Description: Craftivism is an art-form that fuses art, craft, and action. This broad definition creates endless opportunities for artists to innovative solutions to today’s biggest cultural, structural, and societal issues. At its best, craftivists use their work to build community, give voice, challenge systems of oppression, and demonstrate tangible outcomes. Craftivism is far more than making for the sake of making. It is making for the sake of systemic change. 

Open to women-identified and non-binary artists from the local, national, and international community, Woman Made Gallery is inviting artwork in any media that focuses on the message to engage the broader community with the intend to effect change. 

All entries should include a brief theme-related statement (max. 200 words.) We like to receive entries of recent works, but there is no restriction in the creation date. 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/Curator: Shannon Downey
Shannon Downey better known as Badass Cross Stitch, is a community organizer disguised as a fiber artist and craftivist. She blends her politics, activism, and art into projects that are designed to inspire others to take action, think, discuss, engage with democracy and their community, and find some digital/analog balance.  http://www.badasscrossstitch.com/ 

  • EXHIBITION DATES: OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 21, 2020
  • ENTRY DEADLINE: AUGUST 15, 2020
  • NOTIFICATIONS: SEPTEMBER 19, 2020

Exhibition Description: Invitation to all female identified artists worldwide to submit artwork for this open exhibition. All themes, styles, and media will be considered. Artwork that explores or challenges conceptual and material boundaries is encouraged.    

Prizes Awarded:  Best of Show $500 / 2nd Place $250 / 3rd Place $100.   

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. We encourage entries of recent works, but there is no restriction in the creation date. All applicants should submit an artist’s statement about their body of work (up to 200 words.) Accepted artworks must not exceed 72" horizontally and must not have been previously shown at WMG.     

About the Juror: Juana Williams is a contemporary art curator from Detroit, Michigan. Her curatorial practice predominantly focuses on deconstructing complex, contemporary cultural issues and attempts to provide a dialogue within which these issues can be discussed. As an emerging African American curator and scholar, she is also particularly sensitive to and interested in issues of diversity. Williams is passionate about engaging communities, elevating diverse voices, and giving a platform to artists for innovative expression. She persistently advocates for supporting artists and preserving art-centered spaces. 

Williams is currently the Exhibitions Curator at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has curated exhibitions at multiple galleries and museums featuring a roster of artists at various stages of their career including Devan Shimoyama, Firelei Báez, Allie McGhee, Wangechi Mutu, and Elizabeth Catlett, to name a few. 

She holds a BA in Art and an MA in Art History, both from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Prior to joining UICA, Williams held multiple positions at various art institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Wayne State University Art Department Gallery, the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. For more information visit  https://www.curatorjuana.com/ 

ONLINE EXHIBITION OPENS: July 3, 2020
FINAL ENTRY DUE DATE: June 11, 2020
NOTIFICATIONS: June 18, 2020 

(Please note: one artwork from each submission is guaranteed to be included in this virtual exhibition.)

Exhibition Description:  Due to Covid-19 the theme of home is particularly relevant now. With the Stay at Home orders everywhere, so much of life is impacted. Home is often presumed to be a safe sanctuary or retreat that one goes to reconnect with themselves, but that is not the experience for many who face trauma and violence at home or who do not have a stable home to go to. How have the Stay at Home orders impacted this for so many people globally? How have they navigated resources and relationships from isolation? What of their physical and emotional well-being?  And what of those who cannot stay at home because they are essential in their positions or cannot take time off of work and keep their jobs?  How has this impacted their relationship to home and loved ones they want to protect there?

Open to women-identified and non-binary artists from the local, national, and international community,  Woman Made Gallery is inviting artwork in any media that explores the concept of home. This will be an on-line only exhibition, viewable on Woman Made Gallery’s website and social media channels.

All entries should include a brief theme-related statement (max. 200 words.)  We like to receive entries of recent works, but there is no restriction in the creation date. Accepted artworks must not have been previously shown at WMG. The application fee for this online exhibition is $20 for up to three images of work, plus one detail image if necessary. One artwork from each submission is guaranteed to be included.  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/Curator: Jennifer Weigel is a multi-disciplinary mixed media conceptual artist. Weigel utilizes a wide range of media to convey her ideas, including assemblage, drawing, fibers, installation, jewelry, painting, performance, photography and video.  Much of her work touches on themes of beauty, identity (especially gender identity), memory & forgetting, and institutional critique.  Weigel’s art has been exhibited nationally in all 50 states and has won numerous awards. For more information visit https://www.jenniferweigelprojects.com/


Please note:  "Woman Made reserves the right to refuse entries that do not comply with the entry requirements or Woman Made's mission. In such an event, Woman Made will refund any entry fees for the submitted work."   

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION DATES: August 1-30, 2020

ENTRY DEADLINE: July 3, 2020

NOTIFICATIONS: July 17, 2020

VIRTUAL RECEPTION: Saturday, August 15, 2020 | 2-3pm

(Please note: one artwork from each submission is guaranteed to be included in this virtual exhibition.)

Exhibition Description: "I lost my husband eight years ago, my mother just over four years, and my father three months ago. Those were my three best friends, so needless to say they were devastating losses. My parents who had been married well over fifty years, were not able to relate to the significance of my loss, and did not know what they could do to support me through it. This made it even more difficult. I became the primary caregiver for all three of them, in addition to planning all three funerals, with the assistance of my children. Every loss that we experience is individual, and how we navigate through it is also a varied experience. Those around us may try to comfort us in various ways, but often don’t know what to say or do, because we all experience grief or loss in different ways. Not only that, when we think of loss in the broader since of the word, that can encompass a great many other things. With the advent of Covid-19, some people are experiencing loss in the form of loved ones, jobs, divorce, businesses, independence, travel, family celebrations, and so on. How has loss impacted you?" -Felicia Grant Preston   

Open to women-identified and non-binary artists from the local, national, and international community,  Woman Made Gallery is inviting artwork in any media that explores the concept of loss. This will be an on-line only exhibition, viewable on Woman Made Gallery’s website and social media channels.

All entries should include a brief theme-related statement (max. 200 words.)  We like to receive entries of recent works, but there is no restriction in the creation date. Accepted artworks must not have been previously shown at WMG. The application fee for this online exhibition is $20 for up to three images of work, plus one detail image if necessary. One artwork from each submission is guaranteed to be included.  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/Curator: Felicia Grant Preston is a retired art instructor and visual artist. She received a BA in art from Southern Illinois University, an MS ED from Northern Illinois University, and an MA from Chicago State University. In addition, she has studied at the University of Illinois, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Governor State University and The Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work has been included in the Paul R. Jones collection at the University of Delaware, considered one of the largest collections of African American art.  Publications include the University of Delaware’s 2005 date book, Abstract and All That, University of Delaware exhibition catalog, African art: the Diaspora and beyond by Daniel T. Parker, Cover design for Mystic turf poems by Quraysh Ali Lansana, and one image in Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, edited by Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Sandra Jackson-Opoku, 2016. For more information visit:  https://www.feliciagrantpreston.com/

Please note:  "Woman Made reserves the right to refuse entries that do not comply with the entry requirements or Woman Made's mission. In such an event, Woman Made will refund any entry fees for the submitted work."   

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