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Woman Made Gallery's Feminist Biennial juried by Ashley Wynn

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Woman Made Gallery seeks submissions for the first iteration of The Feminist Biennial, with the exhibition dates of September - November 2022. This is a group exhibition juried by Ashley Wynn (Recent Director at Monique Meloche Gallery, Board Member at LATITUDE Chicago). This exhibition will be held at Woman Made Gallery located at 2150 S. Canalport Ave., Chicago, IL 60608 in the Pilsen neighborhood. 

EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION

The Feminist Biennial is a bi-annual exhibition at WMG that puts forward reflections and evolutions of contemporary feminism, as a movement and personal subjective act. It highlights artistic excellence by artists working in any medium and who identify as women and non-binary artists, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer artists. 

As legendary historical moments, the first three waves of feminism are well theorized and widely known. The first, woman’s suffrage; second propelled forward by the civil rights act, woman’s sexual and financial freedom; and the third the rise of queer theory, race justice and intersectionality within the feminist moment and sex positivity.

Now speculating the fourth wave, which has yet to be theorized and is less understood, WMG asks what does it mean to be a feminist today? At its core, feminism has been and continues to be a personal and collective reclamation of power in a patriarchal world that undervalues and devalues feminine-presenting expressions of self.  It is a lived experience, a daily act, and held in community to makes sense of the world through a feminist lens. WMG's Feminist Biennial as an exhibition seeks to provide a platform for marginalized voices to put forth artwork that explores feminist thought, action, intersectionality and lived experience in 2022. 

As a juried exhibition, each iteration of the Feminist Biennial 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 work across career levels.  Awards include cash prizes or an additional two-person exhibition a WMG in spring 2023. A committee of professionals including the juror will award a two-person exhibition opportunity to awardees based on merit and the spirit of the exhibition.

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.

PRIZES 

$1,000 in awards including the Best of Show cash prize of $500, 

A two-person exhibition at Woman Made Gallery scheduled for May 2023

ABOUT THE JUROR

Ashley Wynn is an independent arts professional living in Chicago, IL.  Formerly the director of contemporary spaces in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and most recently the director at Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago, Wynn has collaborated with established and emerging artists on projects and exhibitions operating across the disciplines of art and performance.  From 2017 - 2019 Wynn held positions at MoMA PS1 and MOCA, where she assisted with curatorial work focused largely on the intersection of art and politics, facilitating commission projects, architectural installations, site specific performances, and film installations from a diverse array of contemporary artists.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Art History from UCLA and currently sits on the board of LATITUDE Chicago.

IMPORTANT DATES

EXHIBITION DATES: September 24 – November 7, 2022

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, September 24, 4 - 7 PM CST

FINAL SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 11:59 PM CST

NOTIFICATIONS: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

SUBMISSION FEE
The submission fee for The Feminist Biennial is $30. 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 general@womanmade.org 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 30 fee waivers in total. To acknowledge the historic inequities of wealth distribution, 20 of the 30 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. To request a fee waiver -- complete this form.

ELIGIBILITY
Woman Made Gallery is a space for women and nonbinary artists, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer artists. WMG seeks to exhibit artists who self-identify as women and non-binary artists. 

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.

ART SALES
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.

TERMS OF EXHIBITION
An artist contract with full terms of exhibition will be administered at the time of acceptance notification. Please note that the shipping/delivery to and from the gallery is the responsibility of the artist including all associated fees, insurance of work en route. 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. 

Prize Summary: 
$1,000 in awards including the Best of Show cash prize of $500, A two-person exhibition at Woman Made Gallery scheduled for May 2023
Prizes Details: 

$1,000 in awards including the Best of Show cash prize of $500, 

A two-person exhibition at Woman Made Gallery scheduled for May 2023

Deadline: 
22/May/2022

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
30
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Womyn's Werq

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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: 
31/January/2021

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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: 
26/January/2020

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
Free.
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