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Jamie Leigh Pitts

Woman Made Gallery: Moments Like This juried by Jessica Bingham

Woman Made Gallery seeks submissions for our August-September 2021 group exhibition juried by Jessica Bingham (artist, curator at University Galleries of Illinois State University; director and co-founder of Project 1612). This exhibition will be held at Woman Made Gallery located at 2150 S. Canalport Ave., Chicago, IL 60608 in the Pilsen neighborhood.


Under capitalism, we are asked to make every hour of every day productive -- through work, through consuming, through buying, through wanting more. But after a year of isolation, confinement, of racial justice uprising, of trauma from police violence, of illness, what can a new reality look like if we continue to live slowly? If we continue to pause, process what we have collectively gone through, and move at the speed of humanity rather than the speed of production?

This exhibition considers recent practices of a Slow Living lifestyle, and invites work that offers opportunities to slow down, contemplate, process, rest, and come back into ourselves and our communities. Woman Made Gallery seeks artwork in all mediums. We are dreaming of painterly, time/place-based, meditative, healing work, matched with work that processes contemporary realities for women and non-binary folks as the world continues to increase its pace of living, among others. We encourage intersectional feminist approaches that include consideration of sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and disability, among other social locations.

Woman Made Gallery is particularly, though not exclusively, interested in investigating the following conceptual questions for "Moments Like This":

  • Do you practice slow living? What does slow living look like for you?
  • In what way(s) have you deliberately chosen a slower pace or implemented simplicity in your daily routine? How has it changed your outlook on life?
  • How have you reclaimed your time in the last year? What have you said "no" to recently?
  • In 2-3 sentences, share a story from your life when you missed out on something special because you were too busy to live in and not living in the moment. What did this teach you?
  • How do you process and cope with stress?
  • What does your typical morning look like?


Jessica Bingham (she/her) is an artist, curator, educator, and mother working in Central Illinois. She is curator at University Galleries of Illinois State University and the director and co- founder of Project 1612. In addition to curating exhibitions, Bingham is a practicing artist whose work examines memory, trauma, homemaking, childhood, and motherhood through mending. Her work has been exhibited at: Neon Heater, Findlay, Ohio; Public Space One, Iowa City; Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa; and Heartbreaker, Peoria, Illinois, among others.


EXHIBITION DATES: August 26 - September 27

RECEPTION: August 28

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: Sun. July 11 at 11:59 PM




The submission fee for Moments Like This is $30. 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 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 25 fee waivers in total. To acknowledge the historic inequities of wealth distribution, 15 of the 25 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. A note declaring all fee waivers have been distributed will be added to the Submission form at that time. (That is, if you are reading this, the form is active, and there are still fee waivers available!) The team at WMG will approve and send a Submittal fee waived link within 4 days of application receipt. To request a fee waiver -- complete this form.


Woman Made Gallery is a space for women and nonbinary artists, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer artists. We welcome art from women and non-binary artists from our local community, regionally based, and around the world.

Artworks must fall within 6’ horizontally and under 75 pounds in weight, unless delivered and picked up by the artist. WMG will refuse receipt of art that is heavier than 75 pounds.

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 will provide media players, Epson projectors and TV monitors with basic speakers. All other new media needs are the responsibility of the artist.


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.


An artist contract with full terms of exhibition will be administered at the time of acceptance notification. Please note that the shipping or delivery is the responsibility of the artist including all associated fees, insurance of work en route. WMG is happy to talk through preparations, offer advice, and recommend resources as requested.

Name: Jamie Pitts
Address: 2150 S. Canalport Ave., Ste 43A, Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: 3127380400