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Visual Art ,
submitted by
Jenny Lam


Artists on the Lam invites all artists to submit work for this online group exhibition, opening January 30, 2023

hyg·ge (pronunciation: hyoo-guh) noun

1. a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or wellbeing, evoked by simple comforts such as being wrapped in a blanket, having good conversations, enjoying food, etc.

2. a form of everyday togetherness; a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow

We’ve all been there: trudging through snow, trying to shield our faces from wind so cold it hurts, questioning our lives and life itself.

One thing this pandemic has taught us is how to better appreciate the simple joys of staying in, being with people you care about, and enjoying art together, from watching a film to browsing an online art exhibition—really!

Creating interactive exhibitions—such as 2016’s acclaimed LEXICON and 2012’s acclaimed I CAN DO THAT—had been in Chicago artist and independent curator Jenny Lam’s wheelhouse. When Lam pivoted to digital exhibits during the pandemic, this resulted in such shows as 2020’s acclaimed SLAYSIAN, which not only garnered praise but also had outlets remarking on the very nature of the virtual platform:

Sixty Inches from Center: “Since she couldn’t bring audiences to see the show in person, she brought SLAYSIAN directly to audiences, transforming it into an online exhibition we can view from the safety of our homes. It’s now available for us to click through in digital space, where we are free to take our time and linger over the amazing work of all the artists she brought together, including extra multimedia content that wouldn’t have been possible in a traditional physical exhibition space.”

Winter’s Bloom: “Every one of the featured artists [has] a rich story to share and I encourage you to take a moment to sit with them, to share them. Just this morning my nieces came into bed with me, snuggling on a lazy Sunday. On a whim I pulled up Jenny Lam’s website and we spent the morning scrolling through the exhibit, reading about the artists and choosing our favorite pieces.”

South Side Weekly: “The digital forum offers the opportunity for at-home viewers to take part in this important work—to help these stories grow, evolve, and be seen.”

This new year, Artists on the Lam presents HYGGE, a new online art exhibition. Stay in your PJs, grab your drink of choice, and experience art, all without braving the elements.

All artists working in all mediums and forms—painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, multimedia, installation, textiles, you name it—are welcome to apply.


To apply, complete the steps below.

1. Email artists.on.the.lam {at} gmail {dot} com with the following:

  • Your name
  • Where you’re currently based (example: Chicago, USA)
  • Email address
  • Website and/or social media
  • Artist statement and/or bio (this will be displayed alongside your artwork)
  • Title, year completed, medium, dimensions, and retail price of your artwork (it’ll be a 60/40 split, so you’ll receive 60% of the retail price)
    • (example: Home, 2022, acrylic on wood panel, 16 x 20 in., $400)
  • Your Venmo (or PayPal, or if you have another preferred payment method) for if your art sells
  • How you heard about HYGGE Online Art Exhibition

2. Attach the following to your email:

  • In .jpg format, your art you’d like to exhibit in the show (you may submit up to 10 images). Please include the title of the piece in the filename. For those of you who aren’t visual artists (examples: performers, poets), you can provide links to videos on Vimeo or YouTube, or provide a script, or anything else that you think would best represent your piece online.
    • There’s no theme; submit your best work! (But if you’d like some guidance for subject matter, here are a few ideas: warmth, community, solidarity, love, healing, hope, home, colorful art that will brighten up mid-winter gloom, the new year, resolutions, new beginnings, fresh starts, the Year of the Rabbit, winter, thoughts of spring, etc.)
  • (Optional) In .jpg format, a photo of you (this will be displayed alongside your statement and/or bio). This could be a professional headshot, a photo of you in your element in your studio, etc.

3. Application fee of $25:

  • Click the button on this page
    • (This goes towards helping to cover the costs of putting the show together. Note that this is non-refundable. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, so if you need assistance, email an inquiry before applying.)


  • Submission deadline: Monday, January 16, 2023, 11:59pm CST
  • All applicants will be notified whether they’ve been selected for the exhibition about a week after the deadline.
  • Online exhibition opening: Monday, January 30, 2023
  • Online exhibition dates: January 30, 2023 - March 19, 2023 (after this, the show will still be accessible and viewable on the website as an archive)

Selected artists:

  • Will be notified by Artists on the Lam if their artwork sells, and will be paid via Venmo (or PayPal or the artist’s other preferred method) immediately afterwards.
  • Will be responsible for mailing or transporting their artwork to the buyer.
Deadline: 01.16.2023
Name: Jenny Lam
Address: Chicago
Phone: 8779262