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TOUCH Call for Art from Woman Made Gallery

TOUCH, A Virtual Exhibition
Exhibition Opens: June 5, 2020
Entry Due Date: May 9, 2020
Notification: May 16, 2020Curator/Juror: Gina Lee Robbins


(One artwork from each submission is guaranteed to be included.)

Exhibition Description: Inspired by the current pandemic, this exhibition looks at something that many of us have had to completely do without: TOUCH. Most of the world is under order to shelter in place, practice social distancing, stay 6 feet away from each other. This is particularly punishing given that the tactile is such an integral part of the way we develop human relationships. In fact, our use of the word “touch” in English has long referred to how we stay connected–even from a distance. What does it mean to touch another? How does restricting our ability to touch a friend, a lover or even a stranger affect our well-being? When social restrictions are lifted, will the ways and ease with which we touch one another change?

Open to women-identified and non-binary artists from the local, national, and international community, Woman Made Gallery is inviting artwork in any media that explores the concept of touch. This will be an on-line only exhibition, viewable on Woman Made Gallery’s website and social media channels.

All entries should include a brief theme-related statement (max. 200 words.) There is no restriction in the creation date. Accepted artworks must not have been previously shown at WMG. The application fee for this online exhibition is $20 for up to three images of work, plus one detail image per piece if necessary. Commission to WMG for sold art for this virtual exhibition is 20%. One artwork from each submission is guaranteed to be included.

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] For questions contact: [email protected]

Juror/Curator: Gina Lee Robbins is a visual and teaching artist who creates sculptural objects in clay and found materials. Largely self-taught, she has been working with ceramics for over 30 years. Her work has been exhibited in solo, invitational and juried group shows and competitions throughout the United States. Her sculptures are part of private and corporate collections worldwide.

Banner Image: Dorothy Straughter, Giovanna Aguirre-Peresson and Cynthia Kerby installing their work for the Truth as a Contested Concept exhibition.

Image: Red Hands by Louise Bourgeois

We’re hoping Woman Made can re-open its Gallery in August.
Based on that hope, here are the dates for our next exhibitions:
Process & Material | August 7–29, 2020
Craftivism | September 18– October 10, 2020
23rd International Open | October 30– November 21, 2020
2150 S. Canalport 4th Fl, Chicago, IL 60608
Enter through Parking Lot at North Entrance on 21st Street
312.738.0400 | Email | Website
Gallery Hours: Thur-Fri 12 – 6pm & Sat-Sun 12 – 4pm 

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 partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; The Illinois Arts Council Agency; a major anonymous donor; and the generosity of its members and contributors.

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