Age of the Bimbo




Woman Made Gallery is seeking submissions for our July - September, 2022 group exhibition juried by melissa mursch-rodriguez (she/her) (artist, curator, and founder of Moody Zine). This exhibition will be held at Woman Made Gallery located at 2150 S. Canalport Ave., Chicago, IL 60608 in the Pilsen neighborhood. 


Woman Made Gallery seeks artworks in any medium that celebrates the bimbo -- exploring hyper-femininity as a tool for empowerment and putting self-pleasure first.

Girlbosses are out, bimbos are in! But the new bimbo isn’t dumb; she’s empowered, utilizing beauty to get ahead by being underestimated and putting her pleasure first. She’s a she, a they, any body type or ethnicity, is pro-sex work, pro-BLM, pro-choice, and is radically confident and hot while doing so.

There is careful thought behind bimbology, taking the male gaze that's been unavoidable since birth and using it to create a caricature through the performance of vanity and cluelessness. The bimbo uses our culture’s idea of intelligence - rooted in patriarchal, racist, and ableist norms - and uses it to gain whatever she wants. A self-aware bimbo is everything men want visually whilst also being everything they hate: self-aware, sexually empowered, politically conscious, and beyond.

Bimbos have unlocked these facts: both intelligence and attractiveness are flimsy constructs that are regularly wielded against femmes, people of color, and neurodivergent people. Reverse the fetishization of femininity and embrace your bimboism!

Keywords : Bimbology, hyper-femininity, beauty, sex positivity, sex work, side hustle, onlyfans, unlearning "inner male gaze", anti-capitalism/anti-productivity


The juror is interested in work that investigates:

  • How do you feel empowered through appearance? Through make-up? Through sex?
  • How do you use male gaze-informed beauty standards to gain power?
  • What does day-to-day life look like in the eyes of a hyper feminine presenting person?
  • How can bimboism be used to uplift marginalized voices?
  • Can embracing bimboism lead to greater happiness?
  • Can bimboism be used to outsmart capitalistic productivity standards?
  • What does a bimbo look like to you?

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.


melissa mursch-rodriguez (she/her) is a milwaukee-based creative whose practice exists between the realms of fiber arts, zinemaking, poetry, and curatorial programming. she finds herself at the intersections of race, sexuality, and gender as a mixed chicana queer woman. In her work, she hopes to address these intersections that give her simultaneously shared and disparate experiences mirroring and speaking to those with overlapping and different identities than her own. regardless of the vehicle used, she hopes to share her identities and vulnerabilities, as well as platform those of others in hopes of creating community and connection.

in 2020, mursch-rodriguez founded the bi-monthly zine publication Moody. Moody is made up of paid artist contributions emphasizing queer and BIPOC creatives. featured artists share not only images of work, but stories, poems, notes on their creative process, qr codes to online content, and anything else that can be put on a page. she also continues writing and performing poetry, curating and facilitating artist sales and events, and works as a senior admissions counselor at the milwaukee institute of art & design.


EXHIBITION DATES: July 30 - September 10, 2022

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, July 30 at 4-7 PM CST

ARTISTS WALKTHROUGH: September 10, 2022 at 3:30 PM CST

FIRST DEADLINE : May 15 2022 12 AM CST

EXTENDED DEADLINE (submission fee increase to $35):*  May 22 12 AM CST

*The submission fee is $30 until the first deadline. The submission fee will then increase to $35 per submission for an extended deadline . 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.

WMG offers fee waivers to those that request the need and upon approved application. WMG offers 25 fee waivers in total. To acknowledge the historic inequities of wealth distribution, 15 of the 25 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. A note declaring all fee waivers have been distributed will be added to the Submission form at that time. (That is, if you are reading this, the form is active, and there are still fee waivers available!) The team at WMG will approve and send a Submittal fee waived link within 4 days of application receipt.  To request a fee waiver -- complete this form.


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 limited staff and 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 10mins 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.

Accepted work may be listed for sale, though is not required. 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.

An artist contract with full terms of the exhibition will be administered at the time of acceptance notification.

If work is not picked up from exhibition by the date noted in the artist contract, the work will become the property of Woman Made Gallery and subject to donation to WMG's fundraising efforts, or otherwise discarded. WMG is happy to talk through preparations, offer advice, and recommend resources as requested.


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Call for Art: 3rd Midwest Open

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Exhibition Description: Invitation to all female identified artists residing in one of the twelve Midwestern States to submit artwork for an open themed exhibition. States include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. All themes, styles, and media will be considered. Currently created artwork that explores or challenges conceptual and material boundaries is encouraged.   

Awards: 1st place $300, 2nd place $100, 3rd place, Honorable Mention

Juror: Mia Lope

Mia Lopez is Assistant Curator at 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. Mia 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.


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$30 - 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:
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Call For 2020 Exhibition Proposals

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About the program
The Arts + Public Life (APL) exhibitions program at the Arts Incubator Gallery in Washington Park offers a platform for Chicago-based artists to thoughtfully engage with the global, contemporary art world in a localized environment. The unique positioning of this program acts as a catalyst for collaboration and exchange, creating a dynamic and critical space.

As part of the exhibition program, APL collaborates with local emerging or mid-career curators who are interested in exhibitions showcasing the work of local and national artists. Preference will be given to curators who are exploring themes and topics relevant to South Side communities.
Curators are expected to collaborate with the APL curatorial team and are provided with institutional guidance and resources, and support for related public programming and marketing.


Chicago-based curators and creative thinkers are invited to propose fresh and original exhibition ideas that feature exceptional artists, designers, and thinkers. We are searching for collaborators interested in challenging contemporary curatorial practice. 

Proposals should seek to push beyond the traditional use of the gallery space through experimentation with ideas, technology, mediums, exhibition design, and audience engagement.  Special consideration will be given to plans that address residents of the Washington Park area, and students and faculty of the University of Chicago.   Applications are open to curators, curatorial collectives, designers, and innovators of all experience levels. 

Selected proposals should demonstrate bold and interesting ideas with a high level of organization and attention to detail. Recipients will work with the Arts + and Public Life curatorial team, and will receive marketing and production support along with a $4,000.00 exhibition budget. Applications will be considered for multiple exhibition opportunities in 2020.


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2019/2020 Artist-in-Residence Open Call for Applications

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Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture at the University of Chicago invite applications for their joint 2019/2020 Artist-in-Residence Program (Nov 4, 2019–Aug 31, 2020).

Application open: Monday, June 24, 2019
Application deadline: Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 11:59PM CST

About the program

Artists applying for the program should have a demonstrated history of rooting their practice in community engagement. The Artist-in-Residence program is typified by active immersion in public-facing aspects of Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture. During the ten months, artists are often present leading public workshops, programs, artists talks, and hosting  studio  visits, dinners, screenings, and/or readings. The artist residency is for individual Chicago-based artists with a preference given to artistic practices that:

  • Examine themes relevant to South Side communities both on and off University of Chicago’s  Hyde Park campus
  • Encourage open, ongoing, and active community participation 
  • Explores dimensions of ethnicity and race--expansive cultural implications and routine individual experiences 
  • Privilege research methodologies as an integral part of the creative process 
  • Deepen understandings of race, class, gender, and sexuality, as well as their interconnections and implications

Artists will receive: 

  • Access to library at the University of Chicago
  • $1,000 monthly stipend
  • Studio space at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park
  • Budget for materials
  • Access to university faculty and staff
  • Support for a final exhibition or culminating program at the Arts Incubator in the summer of 2020
  • Studio visits--organized and infromal 

What you need to apply:

  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Completed online application 
  • Work samples 
  • List of three professional references with contact information


The University of Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status, and does not discriminate against members of protected classes under the law.


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A Call For International Outsiders

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International Artists:  AN ART SHOW
Liz Long Gallery at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center
1957 S. Spaulding Ave. at 21st   

Chicago, Illinois   60623

The Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center is looking for artists from around the world to exhibit this Spring!  New and non-traditional artists are encouraged to apply!  We seek and encourage art about social justice issues, but we welcome art from all points of view.

Artists from Morocco, China, Turkey, France and Mexico will be included in this year's art show, but we need more!

The deadline for art to be delivered to the gallery is March 30.


April/May: International Artists

June/July: About Animals

August/December: Represented artists (and other shows as appropriate)

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Last Call for Submissions! - Art About the Issues: A Show for Women

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The deadline for submitting to Chicago Urban Art Retreat's first show of the year is approaching, and we are still looking for artists to participate!

Artists are encouraged to create and submit art that tells a story about violence against women and girls, but we welcome all submissions related to contemporary women's issues.

Women need to continue to speak up and let their voices be heard. Men who support women need to get on board. This art show will allow viewers to discuss contemporary women's & girls issues through art.

We are offering workshops during the run of the show for new artists an opportunity to learn and make art about contemporary women's issues.

Check us out our Home Page or on Facebook to learn more about these opportunities and everything else we have going on this Spring.  We're also getting started up on this Instagramthing, so find us if we don't find you first!

Thank you for your consideration,

//Ms. Dianna C. Long, Director & Founder//

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