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In Honor of Women’s History Month, WOMYN’S WERQ

An Open Call for an Old School, LGBTQIA-friendly, Radical Feminist Art Exhibition

This exhibition will be a hybrid of both virtual and onsite components. An open call to all who identify as radical feminists for two-dimensional and three-dimensional art works, and short video art pieces serving as visual narratives based on the mantra that the personal is political. What embodies radicalism on an artistic level, is it the artist’s engagement with protest, activism, cultural organizing? Is it the materials used or the content the artist takes up? Show us the manifestations of the work that fueled your survival through the past 4 years and preserved your hope for a brighter future!

With a strong focus on inclusion, we seek and encourage ALL artists who may identify as gender-fluid, eco-femme, queer/trans and old school butch/femme artists.

Prospectus: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1emM6HhvqNJTIy1CqMXssJP9Ha5KqEoqE/view

Curator:
Donna Kessinger. As the Matawan Studio and Gallery Manager, Donna is an arts educator and curator who is currently focused on connecting with the artist community that thrives along the New York/New Jersey corridor. She received her Masters in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky, and has produced several independent curatorial projects in New York and New Jersey since 1999. Donna has also produced emerging artist residency programs and related exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and Aljira, A Space for Contemporary Art, in Newark, NJ, and serves as the Executive Director at the Monmouth Museum. She is a shy painter who loves wax medium and has recorded many hours of short, oral herstories on ancient videotape from the ’90s, including Nancy Spero, Carolee Schneeman, and Kate Millett. Donna believes having space to create is crucial to making art and that’s what it’s all about!

Important Dates:
Exhibit Dates: March 5 – April 9, 2021
Entry Deadline:  Sunday, January 31, 2021
Notification Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Opening Reception: TBD
Delivery of Artwork by Hand: February 26, 27, 2021

Delivery of Artwork by Shipping: Accepting work from February 10 – 27, 2021
Pickup of Unsold Artwork: April 10,12  2021

About Studio Montclair:
Studio Montclair is an inclusive, nationwide non-profit organization of exhibiting, professional and emerging artists and others interested in the visual arts. The mission of the organization is to promote culture, education, equality, and tolerance through art. Studio Montclair is committed to diversity at every level. Founded in 1997, the organization has over 550 members including artists throughout the United States, as well as Europe and Asia. For more information, contact smi@studiomontclair.org, or call 862-500-1447.

Deadline: 
01/31/2021

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
There is no entry fee, but accepted artists must pay the annual membership fee of $65 if accepted. Please note, SMI is a nonprofit, membership fees are essential to sustaining the organization.
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OPEN CALL: Futureless - QueerFeminist Group Exhibition

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For the upcoming Futureless group exhibition, taking place between April 1 and 9 at SomoS Berlin, the SomoS curatorial team is calling for ephemeral installations, durational art pieces, performative lectures/projects as well as discourse-based work and other art forms that deal with topics related to queer/feminist* futures, including:

  • The role of imagination, fantasy, fiction and speculation in shaping alternative futures.
  • Digitization, technological and scientific development.
  • Earthly, ecological and environmental precarity.
  • Ecosexuality and the relationships between humans and the rest of nature.

Deadline: January 26, 2020, midnight

Application fee: none

Eligibility: international artists working in any medium

From their political root, queer/feminist identities, ideas and actions offer alternative perspectives on how society can be continuously shaped and reshaped differently. With the capitalist dream of progress fading, the Futureless group exhibition recognises an important history of queer/feminist futurism that generates possibility through imagination; the writing of Samuel R. Delany and Octavia Butler, films such as Lizzy Borden’s Born in Flames, Shu Lea Chang’s Fluido and the cult-classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as the art of Juliana Huxtable and Rebecca Belmore, all come to mind to name just some examples.

The loss of a future once thought by some as great and bright leaves us in a futureless state. Such a state may feel at once empty and ominous, yet also appear as a vast and promising site for speculative fiction and fantasy. In this futureless void, queer/feminist answers become not only increasingly relevant, but also more articulate. What does it mean for queer/feminist thought and art that the future is missing? How can we dream of and interpret the present as seen from the future? 

Artists may respond to some of the following questions:

  • Which mythological, fantastical or other-worldly perspectives or examples are beneficial for life on a precarious planet? 
  • What does a queer/feminist utopia look like? In contrast, what does a queer/feminist dystopia look like?
  • What is the future of gender?
  • How can we foster a queer/feminist ecosystem?
  • To what extent is ecological struggle the struggle for universal emancipation?
  • How may we perform rituals to recognise the loss of the future?
  • What are the connections between queer/feminist perspectives on future and others that are formed out of minority positions or resistance, e.g. Afrofuturism, indigenous futurism, decolonization, Trans Futurism, among others?

Both existing works as well as new works are eligible for participation.

Submissions to the exhibition should include a detailed description of the artwork or project. We will look at any proposal with great interest and an open mind, but are especially eager to include installation based pieces, works that are durational, participative and/or interactive, for example, performances, and other works that take shape over time, works that are built in situ before or during the exhibition, works that create their own environment or that involve building an environment that is the backdrop to a performance as well as works that invoke all these forms and incorporate discourse into them through lecture, text etc.

Selected artists/performers will be invited to participate in a group exhibition at SomoS Art House in Berlin that will take place from 01.04.2020-09.04-2020.

*Please note: Considering the common questions of gender and sexuality, we included both queer and feminist perspectives in this Open Call. We encourage submissions that are both queer and feminist, as well as other submissions that lean towards one term or the other. We aimed to express this through the formulation of queer/feminist throughout the Open Call.

Please visit our website below to find out more and to submit your proposal.

Deadline: 
01/26/2020

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Fee Detail: 
Free.
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