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 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


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"As girls, teens and then women, we hopefully have experienced at least one significant female girlfriend if not several over the years. These could be or have been with: a family member: sister, mother, cousin; classmates; neighbors, roommates; or colleague at work. There are obvious generational differences for women over time as cinema, television, the internet and social media each gives us access to more relevant stories about ourselves. The recurrent themes, irrespective of the era in most of our individual narratives are: love, loyalty, confidant, protector, co-conspirator and of course, drama. 

Sharing life’s adventures, the good, bad and ugly were made more tolerable and survivable with a “bestie” with whom to share them. The “drama” sometimes ensues if or when the narratives of life intervene. Complicating some friendships: secrets, jealousy, betrayal are also recurrent themes in our beloved stories about girlfriends. It makes no difference if or when one’s sexual preferences or gender curiosity is added to the mix. The following article is a helpful read as a look at history:"

https://www.businessinsider.com/iconic-female-friends-throughout-history-2019-3

Exhibition Description: WMG is seeking art that explores the “girlfriend” theme in whatever manner you choose. 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 May 25 to June 22, 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: March 16, 2024, 11:59 PM CST (entry fee: $30) | Final Entry Due Date (fee increases to $35): March 23, 2024, 11:59 PM

Jurors: Mary Stoppert & Carmen M. Perez Stoppert

Carmen M. Perez-Stoppert: a Latina artist; metalsmith; sculptor; educator, and content creator specifically on Instagram and TikTok. "I have always strived to learn new methods and techniques for personal growth, and to educate and support others. I have exhibited in expos, galleries, and art fairs. Created in my studio for over 30 years making art, custom work for clients and teaching students. I am a lover of music, social media, life, travel, friendships, and supporter for justice." https://carmenmperez.com/home.html | Instagram | Facebook

Mary Stoppert: After earning her MFA in Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mary Stoppert was Professor of Art at Northeastern Illinois University for 30 years, chairing the art department two years and serving as gallery director for fifteen years. Stoppert’s 50 year exhibition history includes the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. 

“I have survived 50+ years as an artist and educator and I am still in my studio making art. It has been an adventure. I am fortunate in experiencing and participating in the development of the women’s art movement from 1972 to the present. I am placing my faith in the young women making a similar journey to stay the course and not only preserve the work we have done, but to elaborate in ways not always known open to us.” https://marystoppert.com/home.html | Facebook | Instagram

Calendar 

Exhibition Dates: May 25 – June 22, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 25 from 4 to 7 PM CST 

Artist Walkthrough: Saturday, June 22 from 2 to 4 PM CST 

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

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

Notification: March 29, 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 connecting to oneself, to others and to one’s surroundings. The exhibition will comprise visual material, tactile and sound explorations, dance, poetry, moving image, and more, through the prism of how we establish and maintain our connections on multiple levels.  

Societies and cultures have been transformed over the last decade or so, through the global access to and use of new and emerging technologies and smart textiles. Our methods for communicating and connecting with one another is accelerating, with so many more ways to connect across the planet in real time. 

At the same time, particularly during the height of the pandemic when everything came to a jolting halt, we discovered how to “be in touch” and “maintain contact” in new ways. Isolation-induced longing engendered remarkably innovative ways to communicate. In a world with so much urgency, how do people in crisis get in touch, taking action or form protest? Who is in contact with whom and what are their ways for contact and communication?

What are the unknown forces that move us, and what or with whom do we maintain contact? Do immediacy and speeding up everything help or hurt us? Do we need to slow down to find a deep connection with sensation? What about the importance of touch to foster deeper connection? What will be the next interface for human connectivity?

Artists are pivotal social catalysts who filter, express and help reveal new pathways for verbal and non-verbal communication. This exhibition aims to showcase artistic explorations into connectivity via the realms of fashion, design, craft, artificial intelligence and social consciousness. We seek work that reflects both social justice and imagination.

Exhibition Description:

The aim of the exhibition is to convey how contact and connectivity can be expressed through an array of various mediums and artforms. We seek artwork that focuses on connectivity, exploring how we come in contact and maintain connections. There is no hierarchy among the areas of craft, design, technology, sound, performance or the spoken word, nor among the five senses. How do we unite and stand together as one? We hope to present explorations from diverse fields investigating inclusive ways of contact.  

The exhibit will present different intensities and qualities, filters, viewfinders and interfaces within a variety of practices investigating ways of contact that spark a chain reaction, an echo or a call and response.

The exhibition will be held from July 13 to August 17, 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: May 23, 2024, 11:59 PM CST (entry fee: $30) | Final Entry Due Date (fee increases to $35): May 20, 2024, 11:59 PM

About the Juror: Anke Loh is a designer, artist, and educator who works at the intersection of fashion, art, and technology. With a focus on textile development and wearable tech, her collaborative practice explores the potential ways of building community through craft and making. In the process of creating installations and site-specific interventions, Loh will invite scientists, designers, artists, and community members to collaborate on innovative projects such as touch sensitive embroidered textiles that trigger pre-recorded soundscapes. Her practice also explores the inherent meaning and symbolism imbedded into everyday materials such as wire, which has been used to build fences as well as serve a conduit for communication across borders.

Loh’s multi-disciplinary approach to art and design has attracted international media attention and recognition in addition to awards, such as the Laureate at the Festival International des Arts et de la Mode in Hyères, France. Her work has been featured at New York’s Fashion Week, Paris’ Centre Pompidou, Japan’s Osaka Collection Show, and Mode Expo Antwerp, Belgium. https://re-fream.eu/pioneers/embroidered-touch/

Calendar 

Exhibition Dates: July 13–August 17, 2024 

First Entry Due Date: May 23, 2024, 11:59 PM CST 

Extended Due Date: May 30, 2024, 11:59 PM CST 

Notification: June 8, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13 from 4 to 7 PM CST 

Artist Walkthrough: Saturday, August 17 from 2 to 4 PM CST 

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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The Midwest Open is an annual exhibition at WMG that highlights the achievements of women and nonbinary artists living in the American Midwest. According to the United States Census Bureau, the 12 states in the Midwest include Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

For the Midwest Open, a showcase for the vibrancy and diverse views these artists represent, all media and subject matter will be considered. WMG is looking for work unique to the vision of each artist, work that needs the world to complete it, or work that sings a song from the heart(land).

What new series or experiment or story have you ready to share with WMG? Do you have drawings or drafts or proofs with a soul and a power all their own? Open to all media, including works that might be unfinished, but are exceptionally well-crafted, tended to, and bring together the hands and heart.

Cash prizes are awarded to three artists in the exhibition, as designated by the juror.   

Awards: 1st place: $300 | 2nd place: $200 | 3rd place: $100 | 4th place: Honorable Mention 

Exhibition Dates: August 31–September 28, 2024

The exhibition will be held from August 31 to September 29, 2024, at Woman Made Gallery, 1332 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. Entry fee allows submission of up to three works in any medium.

First Entry Due Date: June 22, 2024, 11:59 PM CST (entry fee: $30) | Final Entry Due Date (fee increases to $35): June 29 2024, 11:59 PM

About the Juror: Pamela Callahan is an artist and poet who lives and works in Wisconsin. Supporter of Woman Made Gallery since 1993, she has juried exhibitions, curated literary programs and advised and advocated for WMG throughout the years. She is the co-creator of Otter Creek Arts, a full-time studio located in the Driftless region. Hand in hand with creating artwork is its stewardship of the surrounding woods and wetlands. Pamela has exhibited her work throughout the Midwest and parts beyond. Her studio is part of the annual Fall Art Tour, which happens each 3rd weekend in October, together with 50 other artist studios from Baraboo to Spring Green, Dodgeville to Mineral Point. 

For more information about Pamela and her art visit https://www.pamelacallahan.com/

Calendar 

Exhibition Dates: August 31–September 28, 2024 

First Entry Due Date: June 22, 2024, 11:59 PM CST 

Extended Due Date: June 29, 2024, 11:59 PM CST 

Notification: July 11, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 31 from 4 to 7 PM CST 

Artist Walkthrough: Saturday, September 28 from 2 to 4 PM CST 

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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Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is seeking entries for Invisibility: Existing on the Periphery, a virtual group exhibition open to women and non-binary artists. Entries are curated by Anne-Marie Kovacs. Artists may submit up to three works plus an artist statement related to the exhibition theme. ALL accepted works with statements will be viewable online.


EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION: The theme, "Invisibility: Existing on the Periphery", seeks to explore the experience of invisibility, a condition often imposed by societal norms and at times, embraced as a form of self-preservation. This call for art aims to explore the subject of invisibility as a state of being and as a social condition that affects various groups and individuals who are systematically overlooked - the homeless, migrants, the disabled, the elderly, certain racial and worker groups.

This societal oversight acts as a dual-edged sword: for some, it is a disempowering force, stripping individuals of their own sense of relevance and dignity. For others, it becomes a strategic cloak of safety, a necessary guise under which to navigate a world that objectifies or threatens their existence.

This exhibit encourages submissions that explore the multiple dimensions of social invisibility whether they delve into the emotional or practical consequences of the condition or reveal expressions about existing unseen, overlooked or unacknowledged in society today. 

We invite artists from all backgrounds to contribute their interpretations and narratives, to bring visibility to the invisible, those existing on the periphery whether by society’s or their own dictate.

This virtual exhibition is open to artwork in all media that has not been previously exhibited at WMG.

ABOUT THE JUROR
Anne-Marie Kovacs brings her business acumen and passion for art and design to her role as juror for our upcoming exhibit Invisibility: Existing on the Periphery." With a professional background in business strategy and strategic foresight, Anne-Marie helps emerging companies in a variety of consumer-facing industries to identify new opportunities and successfully launch their projects. She is an active board member of Woman Made Gallery where she supports and advocates for women in the arts and the gallery’s mission to foster inclusivity and diversity within the creative community. She collects art and creates her own works to nourish her genuine appreciation for the creative process and craftsmanship. The melding of her business background and her esteem for the aesthetic and narrative power of art will provide her with a unique perspective in this selection process.


IMPORTANT DATES
VIRTUAL EXHIBITION DATES: July 1 - 31, 2024
ENTRY DUE DATE: Saturday, May 16, 2024 @ 11:59 PM CST
EXTENDED ENTRY DUE DATE: Saturday, May 23, 2024 @ 11:59 PM CST
NOTIFICATIONS: Saturday, May 30, 2024

ENTRY FEE
The entry fee for Invisibility: Existing on the Periphery is $20. The entry fee will then increase to $25 per submission for the extended deadline.
Only one submission may be entered per artist. Each submission may include 1 to 3 artworks. The juror will decide which works she wants to include. 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 30 fee waivers in total. To acknowledge the historic inequities of wealth distribution, 20 of the 30 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. Please email WMG at general@womanmade.org to request a fee waiver.

ELIGIBILITY
Woman Made Gallery is a space for women and non-binary artists, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer artists. This exhibit is open to artists from the local, national, and international communities.
"Invisibility" will be an on-line only exhibition, viewable on Woman Made Gallery’s website and social media channels.
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."

ART SALES
Accepted work may be listed for sale, though it is not required. WMG will retain a 30% commission only on works sold through WMG's website. Shipping arrangements are the responsibility of the artists and any shipping expenses will be added to the sale price of a work. Artists will be paid no later than 30 days after the close of the exhibit if sales happen through WMG's website.

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