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My Voice, My Truth





My Voice, My Truth: Celebrating Queer Art & LGBTQ+ Artists
Sponsored by Positive Voice

Thursday, June 3 THROUGH Sunday, July 25

My Voice, My Truth features artwork focused on—and created by—members of the LGBTQ community. Over the years, queer art has a long and tangled history of censorship. This pride month, we hear the voices and truth of the LGBTQ+ artists in our community to commemorate the contributions that they have made.

Please be sure that your submission pieces follow the theme, My Voice, My Truth. All submitted artwork should include artwork focused on, and/or created by, members fo the LGBTQ+ community as the primary focus. We accept 2D and 3D works for this show: All 2D work must be ready to hang. No size restrictions. All 3D works must be able to fit through the door.

1-Fill out the submission form found on our website.


Call for Art Open: March 19, 2021 | Submissions Due: May 20, 2021
Artist Reception: Friday, June 4 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Win a free submissions for a future call or a free workshop!
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1st Place: Choice of Free Workshop (Valued up to $85)

2nd Place: Two Free Submission Fees for a future Call For Art

3rd Place: One Free Submission Fee for a future Call For Art


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Queer Identities Open Call





Themes of identity are highly celebrated amongst the exhibitions at IC Contemporary, and with our close connection to the queer community, ICC would like to showcase more artwork that speaks to queer experiences and identity.

Each year our gallery is going to host a queer exhibit and we want you to be a part of it! This current call is for the group or solo exhibition that explores Queer Identities.

In the past, our Queer Identities exhibit was a survey on the subliminal thought processes many members of the LGBTQIA+ community experience while living in a world that revolves around heteronormativity. It mainly focuses on queer experiences of minority stress and the repercussions of the innate pressure for them to follow feminine and masculine norms.

This theme will continue into 2021’s exhibition, however work that aims to combat or go beyond binary hegemonic representations of gender roles and/or identity will be given preference. That being said, we do wish to limit the experiences displayed here, therefore all queer experiences are welcome to be submitted and will be considered. All submissions will also be automatically considered for our Artist of the Month highlights.

This show provides a space for Queer Artists to interpret their own experiences on being Queer and how they choose to identify themselves, developing these thoughts into physical manifestations through any preferred medium. It also provides a platform for our stories to be seen and heard, so submit any paintings, drawings, film, poetry, performance, or sculpture and have your stories shared with the hundreds of people who will visit this exhibition.



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Woman Made Gallery: Water Becomes Blood; Juried by Aliya Parashar and Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O'Neal






Woman Made Gallery is seeking submissions for our May-June 2021 group exhibition juried by Aliya Parashar and Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O'Neal. This exhibition will be held at the gallery and online. Submissions will request the submitter to select participation in (a) the hybrid presentation (at the gallery and online) or (b) the virtual exhibition only. 

Water Becomes Blood is an exhibition that centers on chosen families in LGBTQIA+ communities. When safety is not always promised in blood relations, chosen families can create a space that centers around the security of their individuals. These families host love, joy, and acceptance at their core via unquestioned support. This allows members to explore and self-actualize in the form of true liberation. They also provide room for members to question themselves and the greater community during the process of their journey. Woman Made Gallery is looking for work that represents and appreciates these invaluable connections.


  • Woman Made Gallery is particularly, though not exclusively, interested in investigating the following conceptual questions for "Water becomes blood":
  • What does chosen family mean to you?
  • What are some of the best memories of joy and love that you have with your chosen family?
  • What struggles/hardships have you experienced/overcome together?
  • If you live with your chosen family, how have your daily interactions shaped your routine?
  • What role do you play in your chosen family?
  • Does your chosen family have a rich generational history? How does that history impact/inspire you to continue to grow your family?

Woman Made Gallery seeks artwork in all mediums. The juror is especially, though not exclusively, interested in artworks from the following mediums:

  • Video work/installation
  • Digital renderings
  • Digital art
  • New Media work
  • Sound
  • Drawing/Illustration
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile Work
  • Fiber Work
  • Fiber / textile / fabric / weaving based installations
  • Creative Writing
  • Performance art*

*The ability to perform in the gallery space may be limited due to CDC and City of Chicago COVID-19 guidelines. In the event that a physical performance may not be possible, video documentation of the performance will be exhibited.

Aliya Parashar (she/her) - Aliya Parashar is an interdisciplinary artist who works in mediums of fibers + materials and installation art in order to communicate the intersection of gender identity, post-colonial theory, and mythology. She strives to strike a balance between celebrating femininity and honoring bodies while creating a vision of resistance through garments and fiber production. Her work has been featured in SHUBA, Paper, Post, Crux, and Posture Magazine with her most recent show taking place at ACREprojects in 2019. Aliya holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after transferring from Otis College of Art and Design. She is now pursuing her MA/MFA dual degree at the California College of Arts in San Francisco.

Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O'Neal - Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O'Neal is a Chicago-based visual artist, educator, and independent curator. Zakkiyyah's work is most often initiated by personal and social histories related to family legacy, queerness, community making, and interiority. Zakkiyyah's practice borrows from visual traditions such as social portraiture, video assemblage, and vernacular found family sourced materials. Currently, Zakkiyah's body of work prioritizes social relationships related to queerness, Black women’s identity formation, family, social architectures, and the desire for connectedness. Zakkiyyah is a Co-founder of Concerned Black Image Makers, a collective-driven project that prioritizes shared experiences and concerns by lens-based artists of the Black diaspora; and most recently has been featured in exhibitions at South Bend Museum of Art, Goldfinch Gallery, Blanc Gallery, Glass Curtain Gallery, ADDS DONNA, and Zhou B. Art Center.

EXHIBITION DATES: May 27 - June 27

The submission fee for Water Becomes Blood is $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 to receive your one-time code for free entry redemption.
On a needs basis, WMG offers a limited number of fee waivers upon approved application. Applications are available within each call for entry. The team at WMG will review applications on a rolling basis and send fee waivers within 48 hours of application.

Woman Made Gallery is a space for Women, Womyn, and Womxn identifying artists from our local community, regionally based, and around the world. We welcome art from all womxn, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary artists. *Woman Made gallery recognizes that the LGBTQIA+ community is hosted by a multitude of identities and is extending applications to all encompassing individuals.
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.


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PROUD+ 2020 is the third national edition of visual arts exhibition running from July 3 – 25, 2020 at The Studio Door(San Diego, CA). The exhibition runs concurrent with San Diego Pride month.  Includes "in gallery" and "online only" exhibition choices.

An artist reception is scheduled for July 11th, 2020 at 6 – 9 PM.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual and other community artists (LGBTQIA+) are encouraged to present contemporary works that celebrate the unique sense of pride that this diverse community has.  The Studio Door is seeking artwork that expresses authentic, diverse viewpoints from the LGBTQIA+ experience.  Show us what your Pride looks like.


Hunter O’Hanian, Executive Director of Stonewall National Museum & Archives  (Fort Lauderdale & Wilton Manors, FL)

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A Juror's Award certificate and a check for $100 will be presented to three works that express the most imaginative interpretation of the theme. 


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An entry consists of one to three submissions of images. Payment of $35 per initial entry and $5 for per additional media. [1 work of art = $35; 2 works = $40; or 3 works = $45]. Payments are processed through CAFÉ ™.
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