Awakenings Call for Art – Exhibit October 2019


Entry Deadline: Aug. 15

4001 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
PHONE (773) 904-8217

Awakenings is home to a multi-media art gallery featuring the artistic expressions of rape and sexual abuse survivors. By showcasing stories of survival, we are helping survivors find peace while simultaneously challenging the cultural taboos that prevent an honest discussion of sexual violence

We exhibit two to three group shows a year with short pop up exhibits in tandem with other events at Awakenings.

The deadline to be considered for our October 2019 exhibit is August 15th, 2019. Applications sent after August 15th will need to be through our general call for submissions and will be considered for our Winter show in 2020.

We do not charge artists to exhibit, however it is the artist’s responsibility to get artwork delivered to the gallery and returned at the end of the show.


Artwork must be on the topic of sexual violence and healing.
Once again, this must be on the topic of sexual violence and healing.
Artists who identify as survivors of sexual violence are strongly encouraged to submit work but artists who consider themselves allies, advocates, etc are also welcome to send in their work.
For our October Exhibit we are looking at RECLAIMING – what is a found object or an object you no longer use for its original purpose? Some work that will be in this exhibit is made of paper that was originally underwear and no has been reclaimed and will be written on or used to create a bigger piece. Your work doesn’t have to be paper or clothing – what are you reclaiming? Send it i to us!


We accept any medium of visual work. If you are a writer/author, please see our Literary Magazine, Awakened Voices, that has submissions open twice a year and as of late Fall 2018 are also opening submissions for a blog. In 2019, we expect to have an open mic night that can include performance however, at this time we do not usually accept theatrical or performance art.
We do our best to review and respond to submissions within 10 weeks. Please do not resubmit the same work unless invited to do so. If you have not received a response from staff, please inquire at [email protected]
Artists may submit artwork from anywhere in the world; however, we will not cover shipping costs.
We do accept work that has been deemed inappropriate by other galleries, however, this is at the discretion of Awakenings’ staff.
We ask all artists to submit at least the following three pieces of information with artwork:

A short artist bio
A title for each piece.
A statement for each piece. Our staff can help artists with their statements. Statements can include why the piece was created, how this has been part of processing, healing, coping, or what you hope an audience will understand from the piece.
BEFORE HITTING SEND, please consider your work for an extra moment. What would be helpful for us to know? Give us a comprehensive idea of your work. Is there a collaborator involved in your work? We will want to know that the expressed permission has been given for any models, photographers, or people involved in the making of your art.

While we wish we could exhibit all the art submissions we receive, we have limited resources and capacity and therefore must decline some submissions.

If your work is not able to be exhibited with Awakenings, please continue to look for a home for your work. We believe you, and we value you. A decline is a reflection of the overwhelming need in our society to give voice and platform to survivors and to continue to heal from the trauma of sexual violence together.

Questions about the submission process or guidelines? Contact [email protected]

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