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.

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/

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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/ 

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