Calls For Art- Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery- August 2019


Truth as a Contested Concept
Exhibition Dates: November 1 – 23, 2019
Final Entry Due Date: August 30, 2019
Juror: Indira Freitas Johnson


Exhibition Description: “Truth as a Contested Concept” is open to all artists whose work addresses the theme.

We used to think of truth as being absolute. That our choices were binary. But today truth is a contested concept. One of the many questions that come up is whether truth is subject to human interpretation. Does truth change according to circumstances so that what is true for a particular time is not true at a different time? Does this mean that truth for one person may not necessarily be the same for everyone? If this is the case, can anyone really know “the truth”? The juror is interested in creating a dialog around what we consider truth to be. Do we feel that truth is important? Does the constant wearing away of our belief in truth jeopardize our well-being?

We encourage entries of recent works, but there is no restriction on the creation date. Accepted artworks must not exceed 72″ horizontally and must not have been previously shown at WMG. The application fee for our juried exhibitions is $30 for up to three images of work, plus one detail image if necessary. 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: [email protected]. All applicants should submit an artist’s statement about their body of work. Accepted artworks must not exceed 72″ horizontally and must not have been previously shown at WMG.

Juror: Indira Freitas Johnson
Indira Freitas Johnson is an award-winning artist and educator whose passion is to make art a part of everyday life and to involve local communities in the art process. Influenced by an artist father and a mother who was a social activist, Johnson believes strongly that art and activism are a powerful combination for social change.

Born in Mumbai, India, Johnson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Bombay and the Sir JJ Institute of Art and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the prestigious Illinois Governor’s Award for the Arts. Chicago Magazine named her the 2013 Chicagoan of the Year.

Johnson’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Transit Authority, and Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence, RI).

“Ten Thousand Ripples,” Johnson’s Chicago-area Public Art, Peace and Civic Engagement initiative, uses art as a catalyst for conversations about peace and nonviolence.

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Image: Artwork by Indira Freitas Johnson


Small Works Members Show 2019
Exhibition Dates: December 6 – 15, 2019
Entry Due Date: October 25, 2019
Jurors: WMG Program Committee


In celebration of its 27th anniversary year, WMG is hosting a “Small Works” exhibition, open to all current WMG members working in any discipline.

  • Exhibition Dates: December 6 – 15, 2019
  • Final Entry Deadline: October 25, 2019
  • Notifications: Week of November 4, 2019
  • Art Delivery: Nov. 28–29 (Th–Fri) | noon–6 pm; Nov. 30 (Sat) | 4–6 pm
  • Installation: December 1–5, 2019
  • Open House + Reception: Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 2–4 pm
  • Members + Volunteers Party: December 15 (Sun) | 2–4 pm
  • Art Pickup: Dec. 15 (Sun) | 4–6 pm or Dec. 16 (Mon) | noon–6 pm (WMG is NOT responsible for any artwork left in the gallery after Monday, December 16, 2019.)

Submit images of up to three works in any media. At least one work is guaranteed to be included. Accepted artworks must not exceed 16″ in any direction, including framing.

Applicants should submit a general artist’s statement of no more than 100 words. Accepted works will be installed salon-style.

All artwork must be for sale, with each piece’s value not to exceed $300. WMG takes a 40% commission on all sales.

Artists are responsible for all shipping expenses to and from WMG. Artwork must be shipped or hand-delivered to arrive Nov. 28–29 (Th–Fri) | noon–6 pm or Nov. 30 (Sat) | 4–6 pm. WMG will return unsold shipped works by mail if prepaid return label is included with shipped art. Unsold art may be donated to Woman Made Gallery’s 2020 Annual Gala.

There is no entry fee, but membership must be current. Please join by October 25, 2019, or renew your membership if it has expired:


Any donation to our opening reception or otherwise is deeply appreciated. Thank you!

Image: Marta Kowalska-Porcz and Jesy Grose at the 2018 Small Works Members Show

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Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization founded in 1992. Its mission is to support, cultivate, and promote the diverse contributions of women in the arts through exhibitions and other programs that serve, educate, and enrich our community. We rely on membership contributions and individual donations to create the programs that support our mission.

Woman Made Gallery is supported in part by grants from The Arts Work Fund; The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation;  The Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund; The Illinois Arts Council Agency;  The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; The Joyce Foundation; and the generosity of its members and contributors. We thank our Art Angel, an anonymous donor who contributes generously and repeatedly through BMO Harris Bank.

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