Call for Entries “His-ter’-ee-uh”

A juried exhibition in March 2019 at ARC. Click here for prospectus and application form.

New exhibit at ARC Gallery, March 2019, juried by artist Olive Stefanski. (deadline for applications—Jan. 19th, 11:55 pm)

With this exhibition, we are calling for art that addresses structural sexism—in particular, women’s emotional realities, and how that emotional reality plays out in a national atmosphere of distrust about women’s stories, women’s rationality and women’s anger.

His-ter’-ee-uh: from the Greek word “hystera”, or womb—an organ that was thought to migrate erratically through a woman’s abdomen, searching for “fragrant smells”, much like “an animal within an animal”. (Aretaeus, Greek physician, 2nd century AD)

While the uterus has become more sedentary over the intervening years, it nevertheless continued to be blamed for women’s irrationality and emotional distress. In the 19th century, a time marked by both physical constraints (corsets) and psychological restrictions (confinement to womanly activities), widespread concerns about female hysteria resulted in numerous cures for misbehaving wombs. A popular treatment for hysteria at the time was clitoral stimulation administered by one’s physician.

Today, in the inevitable backlash to the “MeToo” moment, women once again are distrusted, disdained (and sometimes diagnosed) for an emotionality that threatens the status quo. Women’s bodies continue to be the ground around which much of the conflict revolves. Strangely enough (as we saw in recent Supreme Court hearings) some of the hysteria around these events now seems to also emanate from men, which suggests the need for a new metaphor to explain the cause of women’s rage.

application form and prospectus: https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/ahistereeuha/

Deadline for Applications now Extended to May 27 Pride and Prejudice: Gender Realities in the 21st Century

A Juried Exhibition at ARC Gallery, Chicago. June 20, 2018 -July 14, 2018  Applications deadline Extended: May 27, 2018

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Prospectus and application form

GENDER—perhaps the most essential aspect of one’s person— has transcended the binary ideas of the past, evolving into complex conceptions about identity and sexuality. While contemporary gender expression has created space for empowerment and freedoms for many, it remains confusing for some, wrong-headed for others, and a topic that is continually fascinating to the media. Many welcome this attention and the progress it bodes; but it has also resulted in pain, harassment, and discrimination for others.

ARC, established as a woman-run gallery 45 years ago, continues to embrace and honor the various struggles associated with belonging to a particular gender. Because of this mission, the gallery is calling for entries to a juried exhibition entitled “Pride and Prejudice” which will open in June 2018–the same month as the Pride Parade in Chicago. We are looking for artists’ work that reacts to the pride inherent in belonging to any gender (or not), as well as work that explores the pain, struggle or prejudice that can result from embracing one’s identity. We invite artists of all genders to apply to this exhibition, documenting their own unique experiences in creative dialogue. An array of gender and gender expressions are welcome.

Work for this exhibition will be juried by Oli Rodriguez, an interdisciplinary artist who teaches photography at the School of the Art Institute, and whose work can be seen at www.olirodriguez.com

Submissions may include two or three-dimensional pieces as well as video, spoken word, or performance pieces.

CALL FOR ENTRIES–OPEN WALLS SHOW at ARC: “IT FIGURES, 2017!”

NEW PRIZES ANNOUNCED –ARC JURORS WILL SELECT 10 ARTISTS FROM THE “IT FIGURES, 2017” TO SHOW 2 PIECES OF THEIR WORK IN ONE OF THE SPACES OF ARC GALLERY IN JANUARY 2018

An Open-Walls Exhibition at ARC Gallery, Chicago. November 22, 2017 – December 16, 2017

In Nov-Dec. 2017, ARC will present “It Figures, 2017”

Click here for prospectus and application form:

https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/open-walls-show-at-arc-ait-figures-2017a/

Expanding on the extraordinary response to our first “It Figures” juried show in 2016, ARC Gallery will re-visit this subject for an open-walls show this December. The exciting breadth and quality of work submitted for the first figurative review suggests that representational art is indeed thriving in the contemporary art world. This new (part 2) show seeks 1) to expand the call to include more broadly defined figuration–not necessarily confined just to the human body, and 2) to open the gallery to all artists/submissions. We expect this exhibition will be an exciting and eclectic collection of works reflecting the myriad ways in which artists conceive contemporary figurative imagery.

Added benefit! This show goes up right before Thanksgiving and will be open almost until Christmas, so it is perfectly timed for holiday giving and sales. And ARC does not take a commission on sales.

 

mo – men – tum

Call for Entries:  mo-men-tum   A Performance Art Festival at ARC Gallery in August

application form mo-men-tum

ARC is proud to present the 1st Annual Juried Performance Art Festival on Friday, August 25, 2017. It will be an exciting event with the entire gallery full of live performance art. ARC is seeking a wide range of performance art pieces.

The evening will showcase diverse performance art that will presented throughout the three-hour evening. ARC is expecting to have durational performances, on-going and timed performances throughout the night. There will be an event schedule posted in the gallery, on-line, as well as in a printed program for artists and visitors.

https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/mo-men-tum/

 

Call For Entries “SHOUT!”

CALL FOR ENTRIES:  JURIED EXHIBITION  “SHOUT!”

DEADLINE EXTENDED: NOW TUES. JUNE 13 11:59pm cdst

Prospectus and Application Form:

Click on link below

https://arcgallery.wufoo.com/forms/shout/