3rd Midwest Open

January 17 - February 8, 2020
3rd Midwest Open
Juried by Mia Lopez
January 17–February 8, 2020 
Opening Reception: Friday, January 17 | 6–8 p.m.

CHICAGO –– Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is pleased to present its “3rd Midwest Open,” an exhibition juried by Mia Lopez. From submissions by female-identified artists residing in the Midwest, Lopez chose 32 works by 27 artists.

In her juror statement, Mia Lopez writes: “I was inspired by WMG’s decades of supporting female-identifying artists through refreshing and inclusive exhibitions. Though the selected artists represent a wide variety of perspectives and approaches, they are unified via thoughtful consideration of form and content. From figurative paintings to conceptual photography, abstract sculptures, and myriad media in between, this annual exhibit demonstrates the incredible diversity of artistic practices in the Midwest.”
Exhibiting Artists: Marisa Andropolis, Jessica Belangee, Kate Brown, Pamela Callahan, Caitlin Cartwright, Peggy Dee, Nancy Hild, Rachelle Hill, Deborah Hirshfield, K Ann Horn, Alyssa Kaboskey, Kim Laurel, Emily Leach, Haerim Lee, X. A. Li, Cristina Marquez, Elsa Munoz, Lindsay Olson, Anna Petersen, Natalie Pivoney, Mary Porterfield, Simone Quiles, Christine Rabenold, Shelby Rodeffer, Jolanta Soares, Nadia Stiegman, Crystal Tursic.

Juror: Mia Lopez is Assistant Curator at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago, where she works on exhibitions, publications, and public programs focused on expanding the art historical canon. At DPAM, she has contributed to numerous projects, including the exhibitions “Remember Where You Are,” “Eric J. Garcia: The Bald Eagle’s Toupee,” and “Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite.” Lopez was previously Curatorial Fellow for Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where she assisted with the exhibitions “International Pop” and “Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections.”

Lopez completed dual Masters degrees at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism and in Arts Administration and Policy. She also has a BA in Art History from Rice University. She has interned and worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and the Museo Alameda in San Antonio. Lopez is a 2012 alumna of the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program and a 2016 alumna of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute. Her writing has appeared in publications by the DePaul Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, the Walker Art Center, Prospect New Orleans, and Arte Público Press.

  • Opening Reception: “Truth as a Contested Concept” | Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 | 6-8 p.m.
  • Literary Event: Midwest Open: Poet’s Choice | Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 | 2-4 p.m.
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Banner Image: artwork by Pamela Callahan | Photo of Mia Lopez by(DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief) 
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Gallery hours: Thurs–Fri noon–6 p.m. | Sat–Sun noon–4 p.m. | Admission: free

Call for Art: Suffra-Jetting
Exhibition Dates: March 13 – April 4, 2020
Entry Due Date: December 27, 2019
Juror: Candace Hunter


Exhibition description: It’s been 100 years since women were given the right to vote in the United States. In this exhibition, WMG is soliciting work by female identified artists that represent the experience of being a woman and the nuanced (and overt) ways that being female supports or subverts your daily life. Artwork should reflect your narrative experience – your story of being female.  We’re searching for a variety of voices to share triumphs and setbacks that highlight gains made or what is missing in our society in terms of equality between the sexes. What is your story and how is it woven into a struggle for equality over 100 years old that has only definitively delivered the right to vote?
We encourage entries of recent works in all media, but there is no restriction in the creation date. Applicants should submit a general artist’s statement. 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:
Juror: Candace Hunter
Candace Hunter is a Visual Artist, Culture Writer, Curator, and Water Rights Activist. She creates collage, paintings, and installations that often interweave text. She tells stories through the use of appropriated materials from popular magazines, vintage maps, and resourced materials, offering them back to the viewer with a sense of history and admiration of the beautiful. Her mixed media artworks are sometimes applause and sometimes ranting about the effects of politics and history. By squaring off the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, she absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal story-telling is important as an act of meditation and mediation. Visit for more information.

Image: artwork by Candace Hunter

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Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization founded in 1992. Its mission is to support, cultivate, and promote the diverse contributions of women in the arts through exhibitions and other programs that serve, educate, and enrich our community. We rely on membership contributions and individual donations to create the programs that support our mission.

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