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: Whiney 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.

Exhibition Description: Woman Made Gallery seeks entries in all media by women and non-binary artists worldwide for its 24th International Open, on view from March 18 to April 22, 2023. 

Juried by artist, curator and writer Pritika Chowdhry, this open theme encourages entries that explore or challenge conceptual and material boundaries. The exhibition will be held at Woman Made Gallery, located in the Pilsen neighborhood at 2150 S. Canalport Ave., Chicago, IL 60608.

Prizes Awarded: 1st Place $500 / 2nd Place $250 / 3rd Place $100.

About the Juror: Pritika Chowdhry

Pritika Chowdhry is an artist, curator, and writer whose artworks are in public and private collections. Pritika's solo retrospective is being exhibited in the South Asia Institute of Chicago, from August 6 to December 10, 2022.

Pritika has exhibited her works nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibitions in the Weismann Museum in Minneapolis, Queens Museum in New York, the Hunterdon Museum in New Jersey, the Islip Art Museum in Long Island, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the DoVA Temporary in the University of Chicago, the Brodsky Center in Rutgers University, and the Cambridge Art Gallery in Massachusetts.

Pritika is the recipient of a Vilas International Travel Fellowship, an Edith and Sinaiko Frank Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts, a Wisconsin Arts Board grant, and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant.

Born and raised in India, Pritika is currently based in Chicago, Illinois. She has received her MFA in Studio Art and an MA in Visual Culture and Gender Studies from UW-Madison. Pritika has taught at Macalester College and College of Visual Arts, both in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information visit https://www.pritikachowdhry.com/

Important Dates

Exhibition Dates: March 18 - April 22, 2023

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 18 at 4-7 PM CST

First Entry Due Date: January 7, 2023, 11:59 PM CST

Extended Due Date (fee increase to $35): * Jan. 14, 11:59 PM CST

Notification: January 21, 2023

Entry Fee
*The entry fee is $30 until the first deadline. The entry fee will then increase to $35 per entry for an extended due date.  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 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 who request the need. WMG offers up to 30 fee waivers per exhibition. To acknowledge the historic inequities of wealth distribution, they 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. The WMG team will approve and send a fee waiver link within 2 days of artist's request. 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 fall within 6’ horizontally and under 75 pounds in weight, unless delivered to and picked up from our 4th floor 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 media players, Epson projectors and TV monitors 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.


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.

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

ABOUT THE JUROR

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.


IMPORTANT DATES

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


ENTRY FEE
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.

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.

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."

ART SALES
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.

Dear Friend:

In response to the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and in conjunction with the group exhibition, ROE 2.0, Woman Made Gallery is asking for your voice by sharing your abortion story.

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 will be printed and exhibited on one large gallery wall from floor to ceiling. We will also share stories on WMG’s website, and there will be an opportunity for you to tell your story in person during a special gallery event.

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 Roe 2.0 Exhibition.

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


IMPORTANT DATES 

EXHIBITION DATES: January 28 - March 4, 2023
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 28 at 4-7 PM CST
STORY DUE DATE: December 29, 2022, 12 AM CST 

Woman Made Gallery