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Windows to the Inside: Expressions of Mental Health

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Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is seeking entries for "Windows to the Inside: Expressions of Mental Health,” a virtual group exhibition 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.

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.

Location: 
Woman Made Gallery • 2150 S Canalport Ave, 4A-3, Chicago, IL 60608
Deadline: 
14/January/2023

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$20 entry fee until January 14, 2023. $25 entry fee for extended deadline until January 21, 2023.
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2023 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition

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Call for Artists 2023
For more than 50 years, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) has hosted the nation’s premier exhibition of African American art. This annual show presents more than 100 works of art from professional and emerging Black artists from across the United States.  

Applications to the 2023 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition are now being accepted. Submit your work!

Medium  
Contemporary works created in any visual medium are accepted.  

Eligibility 
General Category: Black artists over 18 years of age. 

Teen Category: Black artists who are 18 years of age or younger OR currently enrolled in grades 9-12 (or the equivalent).  

Awards
General Category
Best in Show:                          $3,000
Second Place:                         $2,000
Third Place:                             $1,000

Teen Category
Best in Show:                          $500
Second Place:                         $300
Third Place:                             $200
 

Specifications
1. Work must have been completed in the past three years (2020-present).  

2. Each artist may submit up to four (4) individual artworks for consideration.

3. Submissions are only accepted via CaFE and each entry will be judged anonymously and as an artwork’s entirety. MSI reserves the right to reject submissions that are poor image quality. (If artworks are 3D, diptych, tryptic or a series, they should be presented completely in one submission image and identified as such in the title and dimensions.)

4.  Artwork must be original, unsold, and not have been selected for any previous Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition.

5.  Any video artwork must be ADA compliant.

6.  Accepted object dimensions:

  • 2D hard-sided works (stretched canvas/framed) may not exceed 96" in any direction.
  • 2D soft works (unframed textile) may not exceed 104" in any direction.
  • 3D mid/large-sized, heavy and/or installation works will be reviewed per artwork, based on MSI’s gallery, safety, and physical installation capabilities. MSI is not able to install artwork which hangs from the ceiling.
  • Artwork may not exceed 70 lbs.
  • Video works are only able to be presented on monitors; we are not able to install projected works.

Additional specifications for artwork finishing are below; be aware of them when considering your submission choices.   
 

How to Apply
Jurying will be from digital assets only, with submissions only accepted via CaFE.

Proofread your application; submitted information will be used for paperwork and label copy should you be accepted. There are very limited capabilities for edits after acceptance. MSI reserves the right to reject submissions that are incomplete. 

  • Values should represent the sale value or, if not for sale, the insurance value. A value must be provided, even if artworks are not for sale.
  • Dimensions should represent the full and complete dimensions of the artwork, including frame.

Media files used for the application must comply with CaFE specifications:
IMAGE: Only JPEG or JPG. 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side. The file size may not exceed 5MB.
AUDIO: AIFF, WAV, XMF, MP3 up to 10MB with a min bit rate of 96 kpbs/max 320 kbps or SoundCloud, Spotify, or iTunes URL
VIDEO: MOV, MP4, WMV, 3GP, AVI, ASF, MPG, M2T, MKV, M2TS up to 100MB with a min resolution of 640 x 480/max 1920 x 1080; min 12 fps/recommended 30 fps or YouTube or Vimeo URL. Linked videos must be public.
 

Application Deadline
October 16, 2022 (full exhibition timeline below)
 

Notification
Accepted artists will be notified via email through the CaFE system. 

Exhibition Timeline:

  • Submissions close: October 16, 2022 (11:59 PM CST)
    • Note: neither MSI staff nor CaFE technical support are available on weekends, including the closing date.
  • ​​​​​​​Notice of acceptance: Late October/Early November
  • Loan agreement due: December 2, 2022
  • Shipping window: (non-Chicagoland artists) November 30 – December 14, 2022 
  • Local drop-off dates: Thursday, Dec. 15, Saturday/Sunday, December 17-18, 2022.  Timed entry by reservation only.  
  • Exhibition opens: January 16, 2023
  • Artist's reception: To be announced
  • Exhibition closes: April 23, 2023
  • Local pickup dates: Friday & Saturday, April 28 & 29, 2023
  • Return shipping window:On/after May 1, 2023

Accepted Works
All accepted works for the Juried Art Exhibition must be framed or otherwise in a finished state and must be ready for immediate installation as described below and expanded upon in the ‘Artists Instructions’ page (provided after acceptance notification):

There is no adherence directly to walls for any artwork, i.e. pins, nails, Velcro, magnets or tape. 2D works, works on paper, other wall-mounted work must have adequate framing and glazing (plexi or glass) and be in a finished state and have quality hanging hardware. Paintings must be in a finished and dry state. Textiles must include pockets, rods and/or hardware for installation if not standard. 3D works must be stable and able to ‘stand’ on their own. Generic AV equipment can be provided by MSI for videos, but specific types/sizes are not guaranteed. 
 
Accepted artists are responsible for delivery and pickup of their works on the dates specified in the schedule below. Artwork may not be shipped without prior approval from MSI, and must be packed in sturdy, reusable container(s) and include clear instructions for unpacking/repacking. See the Legal Agreement tab for additional shipping conditions.  
 

Sales and Commissions
All sales inquiries received by MSI will be forwarded directly to the artist. No commission will be taken from sales. Work does not have to be for sale to be exhibited in the 2023 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition but cannot have already been sold to a third party. If an accepted work is sold prior to the exhibition opening or during the exhibition, the artists must notify MSI.
 

For more information
For technical support with the online submission application, visit the Help for Artists page or contact CaFE support via cafe@westaf.org or 303-629-1166. 

For all other questions, contact MSI at juriedart@msichicago.org.
 

Conditions

  • MSI reserves the right to disqualify entries that, upon receipt, differ markedly from submitted images or are not ready for professional installation and presentation.
  • MSI reserves the right to refuse any work delivered in inadequate packaging or received in damaged condition. Artists must take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their your work.
  • All works must remain in the 2023 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition for the duration of the exhibition. MSI is not responsible for any works left after the scheduled pick-up date. No accommodations will be made for early pick-up or shipping.
  • MSI will not be responsible for minor wear and tear resulting from normal handling.
  • Submission of your entry will be understood to indicate your agreement with these terms and conditions. Accepted artists will be required to sign a Loan Agreement agreeing to these and other terms.
  • Publicity: By submitting a work for inclusion in the 2023 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, the artist agrees that the Museum is permitted to use, edit, reproduce, publish, transmit and display images or footage of the artist’s work(s), including those submitted by the artist as part of their entry, in films, video, signage, mailing, programs, online image gallery and other forms of media including social media for the promotion and display of the 2023 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition and other purposes as the Museum may determine, including promotion and fundraising for the Museum. The Museum will not be responsible for the unauthorized use of the images or footage by third parties.
  • Shipping: Accepted artists outside of Chicagoland may ship their works to MSI with prior approval from MSI. Such artists are responsible for all associated incoming shipping costs (packing, transit, insurance). MSI will ship works back to such artists at MSI’s cost, including shipping insurance for up to $10,000, using shipping carriers selected by MSI. For artworks valued above $10,000, the artists may obtain separate, supplemental shipping insurance for the full value of the art at their own cost and coordination. If the artist chooses not to obtain the supplemental insurance, the artist will be required to sign a release of claims in favor of MSI for amounts above $10,000. MSI will not be responsible for any amounts exceeding the amount paid by the insurer.
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16/October/2022

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"Identity in Culture"

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Our identities are enlightened and influenced by a surfeit of factors. Social media, politics, technology, and social reform, among so many other attributes, make up various elements of each of our idiosyncratic and multifaceted selves. How have such factors influenced your selfhood? Why did this affect you in the way it did? What is something that had a more profound effect on yourself looking back on your journey than you realized? How have the arts affected, influenced, or encouraged your developing self-identity?  

The arts have always been a place where individualism and the pursuit of finding oneself are valued. Reflecting on this, ‘Identity in Culture’ intends to provoke questions of what aspects of society greatly influence the self through various forms of art expressions and mediums. 

We are looking for National and International artists to submit works for the upcoming "Identity in Culture". Emerging and mid-career artists are invited to submit their 2-d work and be considered to join our strong artistic community by exhibiting in our 360-degree 3-D gallery at the Milostka Center for Exhibitions.

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Culturally Arts Collective is a nonprofit organization for arts education, outreach, and exhibitions based in the United States. We strive to promote a culture of artistic innovation upholding the academic integrity of the arts, uplifting contemporary expression, and challenging the status quo.

 

Prize Summary: 
Online Gallery Publication
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Get your work published in a 360-degree 3-D virtual art exhibition in Culturally Arts Collective's Milostka Center for Exhibitions. Get your work published in the exhibition's catalog, have an artist interview published on our site, and have your work exhibited in our spring benefit gala. With an audience in 76 countries, get your work seen and join a global community of arts advocates and gain access to exclusive professional development opportunities, education, and networking. 

Deadline: 
16/August/2022

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NO FEE
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Woman Made Gallery Call For Art: ROE 2.0- It Ain’t Over Yet!

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Woman Made Gallery (WMG) seeks submissions for ROE 2.0- It Ain’t Over Yet! exhibition, with exhibition dates of January to February 2023. This is a hybrid (in person and virtual) group exhibition juried by WMG’s Programming Committee. Artists can enter up to three works, and the committee will choose at least one work per artist. ALL accepted works will be viewable online, but due to space limitations Woman Made is able to exhibit only up to forty works in its gallery. For this inclusive show, 

Eligibility: All individuals who have or have had the capacity for pregnancy, and their allies.

Woman Made Gallery seeks artwork in all mediums that has not been previously exhibited at our gallery. We encourage intersectional feminist approaches and lived experiences considering gender and sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and/or disability, among other social locations.

(Image: Artwork by Jenny E. Balisle) 

Location: 
Woman Made Gallery • 2150 S Canalport Ave, 4A-3, Chicago, IL 60608
Deadline: 
26/November/2022

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$30 (WMG offers fee waivers to those who request the need and upon approved application.)
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Incarceration Affect on Families & Community

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Arts/Visual & Written: Incarceration Affect on Families and Community

This project includes writings, art exhibit, documentary, a book. Will focus on art making & writing that show how incarceration of humans has impacted families & communities who are related. Responding to the question - How we can can use art to protest, process, & object to How Incarceration Affects Families & Communities? Along with offering written works & art that take up the subject, we will create a documentary, and post our outcome online to show our discussion of the ethics of representation, & what it means to write about this violence & trauma, neglect & damage of people incarcerated & their families/communities. We will focus on the craft of writing and art, which will engage viewers in responding to the works of art in the exhibition.  In the Chicago neighborhood of North Lawndale, there is disagreement as to how many residents have been incarcerated at some time in their lives. It has been suggested that from 47% to 85% of families have had someone in their family imprisoned at some time. Imagine the effect on the children, families, school system, neighborhood, & the self-esteem & attitude of this community. Ask for guidelines on how to enter.

We will also provide opportunities for groups to see the exhibit and learn from it. This can include a workshop in the garden if requested. 

Location: 
Liz Long Gallery at Urban Art Retreat Center 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60623
Deadline: 
30/July/2022

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free
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"Out of Wounds: Art Uncovering Gender Violence"

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Gender violence is a direct correlation to gender inequality; a social issue deriving from gender norms, and distinctions or assumptions made on biology. Gender violence includes sexual assault, rape, partner violence, sexual harassment, stalking, sex trafficking, and prostitution. Many people around the world experience a form of gender violence, with the majority being women.

 “Out of Wounds: Art Uncovering Gender Violence,” is a platform to allow those who have, or have known someone who has experienced gender violence, to artistically express themselves and their views.  We encourage you to join us on this journey to gender equality, which aims to use art to uncover the multiple forms the patriarchal system uses to oppress women.

This call is open to all women artists regardless of their age, location, education, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

“It is not only that we need to live in order to act, but that we have to act, and act politically, in order to secure the conditions of existence.” Judith Butler

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Culturally Arts Collective is a nonprofit organization for arts education, outreach, and exhibitions based in the United States. We strive to promote a culture of artistic innovation upholding the academic integrity of the arts, uplifting contemporary expression, and challenging the status quo.

Prize Summary: 
Online Gallery Publication
Prizes Details: 

Get your work published in a 360-degree 3-D virtual art exhibition in Culturally Arts Collective's Milostka Center for Exhibitions. Get your work published in the exhibition's catalog, have an artist interview published on our site, and have your work exhibited in our spring benefit gala. With an audience in 76 countries, get your work seen and join a global community of arts advocates and gain access to exclusive professional development opportunities, education, and networking. 

Deadline: 
27/May/2022

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n/a
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