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Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is seeking entries for "Windows to the Inside: Expressions of Mental Health,” a virtual group exhibition open to women and non-binary artists. Entries are curated by Grace Heaney with support by WMG’s team. Artists may enter up to three works plus an artist statement related to the exhibition theme. At least one work per artist will be accepted. ALL accepted works with statements will be viewable online.

EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION: Times are really difficult. Many of us are feeling the impact on our mental health, and some people are feeling the effects of mental illness for the first time. From global disasters to family strife, the toll on our psyches is heavy. The Covid-19 pandemic, political turmoil, police brutality and systemic discrimination, environmental decline and conflicts at every turn, whether direct or indirect, have affected us all. How do we cope? How do we thrive?

In recent years we've seen mental health become a focal point of political and cultural discussions. "Windows to the Inside" aims to broaden the dialogue around mental health with a spectrum of visual work by artists who have been responding to these tumultuous times through their art. What stories need to be told? Can art be a lifeline? Woman Made Gallery welcomes artwork that prompts awareness of and experiences around mental health.

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

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, in the U.S. you can contact: National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, call or text:  988

Línea de Prevención del Suicidio y Crisis, call or text:  1-888-628-9454

For a list of other mental health and crisis hotlines, visit: https://www.apa.org/topics/crisis-hotlines

For a list of crisis resources resources in Chicago, visit: https://www.namichicago.org/resources


Spear-headed by Grace Heaney, this exhibition is supported by the entire WMG team. Grace is an artist with a background in drawing, ceramic sculpture, and painting. She received her BFA in ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is currently working toward her Masters degree in clinical mental health counseling at Adler University. As an artist and advocate for mental health, Grace is interested in the intersections of art and mental health and is pursuing a career in art therapy.


EXHIBITION DATES: March 1 - April 30 2023
ENTRY DUE DATE: Saturday, January 14, 2023 @ 11:59 PM CST
EXTENDED ENTRY DUE DATE: Saturday, January 21, 2023 @ 11:59 PM CST
NOTIFICATIONS: Friday, January 27, 2023

The entry fee for Windows to the Inside 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. At least one artwork per artist will be selected. 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.

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.

We invite artwork in any media that explores the concept(s) of mental health. This 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."

Accepted work may be listed for sale, though is not required. WMG will retain a 30% commission on works sold through WMG's website. Artists are responsible for shipping sold work to the collector(s). Artists will be paid no later than 30 days after the close of the exhibit.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.