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Call for Art

Woman Made Gallery seeks submissions for the Aug/Sept exhibition 
Moments Like This jurired by Jessica Bingham (artist, Curator at University Galleries of Illinois State University, co-founder and director at Project 1612) and the Oct/Nov exhibition 5th Midwest Open
juried by Alison Wong (Director and Curator of Wasserman Projects). 

EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION

Under capitalism, we are asked to make every hour of every day productive -- through work, through consuming, through buying, through wanting more.  But after a year of isolation, confinement, of racial justice uprising, of trauma from police violence, of illness, what can a new reality look like if we continue to live slowly? If we continue to pause, process what we have collectively gone through, and move at the speed of humanity rather than the speed of production?

This exhibition considers recent practices of a Slow Living lifestyle, and invites work that offers opportunities to slow down, contemplate, process, rest, and come back into ourselves and our communities. 

Woman Made Gallery seeks artwork in all mediums. We are dreaming of painterly, time/place-based, meditative, healing work, matched with work that processes contemporary realities for women and non-binary folks as the world continues to increase its pace of living, among others. We encourage intersectional feminist approaches that include consideration of sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and disability, among other social locations.

Woman Made Gallery is particularly, though not exclusively, interested in investigating the following conceptual questions for "Moments Like This":
  • Do you practice slow living? What does slow living look like for you?
  • In what way(s) have you deliberately chosen a slower pace or implemented simplicity in your daily routine? How has it changed your outlook on life?
  • How have you reclaimed your time in the last year? What have you said "no" to recently?
  • In 2-3 sentences, share a story from your life when you missed out on something special because you were too busy to live in and not living in the moment. What did this teach you?
  • How do you process and cope with stress? 
  • What does your typical morning look like?
 
ABOUT THE JUROR

Jessica Bingham (she/her) is an artist, curator, educator, and mother working in Central Illinois.  She is curator at University Galleries of Illinois State University and the director and co- founder  of Project 1612. In addition to curating exhibitions, Bingham is a practicing artist whose work  examines memory, trauma, homemaking, childhood, and motherhood through mending. Her  work has been exhibited at: Neon Heater, Findlay, Ohio; Public Space One, Iowa City; Figge Art  Museum, Davenport, Iowa; and Heartbreaker, Peoria, Illinois, among others.  https://www.jessicabinghamart.com/


IMPORTANT DATES
SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE:
Sun. July 11 at 11:59 PM CST
NOTIFICATIONS: Sun. July 25
EXHIBITION DATES: August 26 - September 27
RECEPTION: Sat. August 28
DEADLINE FOR WORKS RECEIVED FOR INSTALLATION: Sat. August 14
 
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EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION
 
The Midwest Open is an annual exhibition at WMG that highlights women and non-binary artistic excellence from the Midwest. This exhibition puts forth the vibrancy, diversity, and strong feminist voice right here in the Heartland. 

As a juried exhibition, each iteration of the Midwest Open offers applicants the unique opportunity to have their work reviewed by esteemed arts professionals and industry connectors. The exhibition then results from a highly selective juried competition and presents excellent work across career levels. Hundreds of artists enter our competitions every year, but only a limited number make it through the jurying process. Cash prizes are awarded to top three artists in exhibition, as designated by the juror.

Awards: 1st place: $300 | 2nd place: $150 | 3rd place: $75
 
The exhibition benefits artists and viewers alike. While included artists receive exposure, those with an interest in art made by women and non-binary folks are provided with an invaluable resource for discovering Midwestern talent.

Woman Made Gallery seeks artwork in all mediums. We encourage intersectional feminist approaches and lived experiences considering gender and sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and/or disability, among other social locations.

ABOUT THE JUROR
 
Alison Wong is first-generation Chinese American artist, curator, and educator born in Illinois and based in Detroit, MI since 2004. Wong received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Primarily working in the field of painting and drawing, Wong takes inspiration from her personal histories and her professional practice as Director and Curator of Wasserman Projects, founder of Butter Projects, and Adjunct Faculty at College for Creative Studies.
 

IMPORTANT DATES

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: Sun. August 1 at 11:59 PM CST
NOTIFICATIONS: Sun. August 22
EXHIBITION DATES: October 7 - November 7
DEADLINE FOR WORKS RECEIVED FOR INSTALLATION: Sat. September 25
 
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👀 SUBMISSIONS OPENING
IN AUGUST! 
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And still, there is more on the horizon at Woman Made. We are eager to welcome our members work in the annual Small Works exhibition (one work guaranteed per member! Become a WMG member here.) and share more details on the first exhibition of 2022 with a theme on food and feminism as juried by Rosalyn D'Mello (International Art Critic). Keep an eye out for our next CFA email and follow us on social to stay in the know.

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