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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:"


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


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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