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Guns in the Hands of Artists CALL FOR ART

February 7, 2018

Image by Sofia Bicego

Guns in the Hands of Artists

Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery | 33 E Adams St, Detroit, MI 48226

April 14-May 18, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14, 7-9 pm

Driven by concern with the overwhelming availability of firearms and the national crisis faced by the use of guns in our society, this show will highlight art that explores the impact of guns on our communities, particularly through the big business of gun sales. This exhibit is sponsored by WCAMI (Women’s Caucus Art Michigan), in partnership with Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery. A percentage of the entry fees will be donated to Mothers Demand Action and Mothers of Murdered Children.

All media, including performance art and written art, will be considered. The exhibit will be curated by an exhibition committee of the WCAMI. Work need not be for sale. However, artists are encouraged to submit art for sale. The gallery will retain 20% commission.


This call is open to all artists, regardless of age, or gender! The WCAMI will be using Entrythingy to view your submitted artwork and to accept payment through Paypal. New to EntryThingy or returning to the site?  To enter submissions go to EntryThingy-Michigan WCA

Artist may submit up to 3 pieces of work, in any media: 2-Dimensional, 3-Dimensional, Written Word, Video, Performance.


-File format: JPG, PNG, GIF

-Number of pieces: Submit 3 jpg images of work.

-Actual size of work: There is no size restriction.

-File dimensions: 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side.

-File size: under 5 MB

-Detail of the images: may include a detail of work.


-File format: see below

-Provide a written description by submitting a DOC or PDF describing the performance, including up to 3 JPG images if available.

-Video files accepted, if applicable: MOV, MP4, WMV

-If your performance has been documented to online video, you may include a web page link to the performance, such as YouTube or Vimeo.


-File format: DOC, PDF

-Submit no more than 3 written pieces.

-Indicate in the ‘Description of work’ if you are willing to share your work during the opening night reception, and how you intend the work to be displayed (ie, book format, framed wall piece, etc.)

-There is no limitation on the length of work that is to be available during the exhibition; some limitation on the length of reading time may apply during the opening reception.


-File format: MOV, MP4, WMV

-File size: under 100 mb

-Number of pieces: 3 entries may be submitted.

-Length restriction: None

-Artist may supply a web page link, such as YouTube or Vimeo.

NOTE TO ALL ARTISTS: Work requiring the use of electronic equipment such as DVD players, projectors, and/or computers, or components needed for special installations, must be provided by the artist. You may be asked to resubmit your entry if the exhibition committee has trouble viewing your submission.

FEE (payable through Paypal after you upload your work. You will see a link once you upload your work)

WCA: $ 15   |   Non-Member WCA: $20  |   Student (age 18+): $10  |   Youth: (age 17 and under): FREE

OPENING NIGHT EVENTS The WCA-MI is looking for ways to raise additional donations to the Moms Demand Action and Mothers of Murdered Children. With that in mind, we are looking for individuals willing to plan Opening Night activities. These may include:

-Many small items that take aim at the pocketbook

-Performance elements are encouraged

-Baked goods sales

-Silent Auction baskets

Ideas may be sent to Margaret Parker at


-Date to deliver selected work to the gallery is April 5-6, 1-5 pm.

– Identify your work by including the following information: Artist Name, Address, Phone #, Email Address; Title; Media; and Price/NFS. If the work is not for sale, provide the insurance value.

-Exhibited work must remain in the gallery until the end of the exhibit.

-All work must be display ready, with wall pieces wired and 3-D work stable.


WCA-MI and Swords into Plowshares reserve the right to photograph exhibited work and use these images in both print and electronic materials for publicity, promotion, education, and grant proposals. Should we need a higher resolution of your images for print publicity, we will contact individual artist.


Deadline for Entry: March 13, 2018

Notification of Jury Results: March 25, 2018

Show duration: April 14- May 18, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14, 7-9 pm

Drop Off of Accepted Work: April 5-6, 1-5 pm

Pick Up Work: Saturday, May 19, 10 am-5 pm

PROJECTS LIKE THIS REQUIRE WORKERS! Please consider helping with this exhibit by volunteering to help host the opening reception,  donate refreshments for the opening,  help check in work, assist with taking down the exhibit, or help plan opening night events.

Send your response to Margaret Parker or Martine MacDonald




Rustbelt Arts

February 6, 2018

It’s that time of year–gray, dreary, damp and dark–when gallery hopping feels like a chore. But the art is out there and it must be seen, polar vortex notwithstanding. An encounter with Geometrix at Galerie Camille until February 24, can make the effort seem worthwhile, and might just get you through the worst of winter, […]

via Geometrix — Rustbelt Arts

Year of Resistance Book: Call for Art

December 30, 2017

Year of Resistance 2017: Artists Moved to Action

A book of resistance art by Michigan women artists in 2017

Call for ART:

During a year of political turmoil, there has been an outpouring of fierce new expression. For this book project, the Women’s Caucus for Art Michigan Chapter will gather a collection of work from women artists in Michigan to commemorate this activity. Each artist will have a set format of one 11” high x 14” wide page to fill with work – painting, sculpture, writing, poetry, photography or multimedia – anything that can be clearly represented in digital photographic form. The work should have been made in 2017.


  • Emailed images and entry fee due – January 5, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance – January 12, 2018
  • Book checks due – January 20, 2018
  • Book completed – February 1, 2018
  • Book Party and artist book pick up – TBA

Entry Fee (Non refundable):

$15 for up to 2 works (only one work will be accepted from each artist) for members of the Women’s Caucus for Art Michigan, the Ann Arbor Women Artists and the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors.

$20 for non-member Michigan women artists.

Mail entry check to: Brenda Oelbaum, 9949 Huron Creek Drive, Dexter, MI, 48130

Artwork and entry fee due: January 5, 2018

 Artists with work in the book will commit to buying one book for $20.

Guidelines for Entry Submission:

  • Enter a digital PDF or JPG. RGB color mode is best, size 11.25” high x 14.25″ wide (includes bleed), horizontal (it can be larger, in the same proportions, but    not  smaller) at 300 dpi.
  • Include all text on the artwork or in the submission – anything you want to include such as your signature, title of the piece, date, and any statement you wish to make. If you don’t want to include any text that’s fine, too. No extra text or artist information will be added to your page. The text should be incorporated into your image. If you hand-write or print your text, please make it large enough to be legible.
  • EDIT YOU OWN TEXT! Check spelling, numbers, dates and all information. We will not be able to edit your text.
  • How to format your work: draw a horizontal rectangle 11.25”high x 14.25”wide and fit your artwork and text into the rectangle. Pin the paper to a wall, light the work, and take a high resolution (300 dpi), well focused photo of the rectangle.

Or best of all, get a professional photograph of your work. This is highly                                                 recommended to have a reproduction of printable quality in the right proportions.                         If you have trouble formatting your work, email for help.

  • Send “Artist Information” (at the bottom of the Call page) with your images to
  • Submit art work as a PDF or JPG by email to:
  • Include in the subject line: Year of Resistance book submission.  Attach up to 2 images each in the correct format all in one email.
  • Submission fee: $15 for members of the WCAMI, AAWA and DSWSP. For all non- members, submission fee is $20. DUE by January 5, 2018.
  • Make your Submission fee check out to: Women’s Caucus for Art, Michigan. Mail them to: Brenda Oelbaum, 9949 Huron Creek Drive, Dexter, MI, 48130

Art and Entry Fee due date: $15 for members, $20 for non-members, due by January 5, 2018. If we have not received your entry fee by this date, your work will not be eligible.

The Final Book: Each artist whose work is accepted will commit to buying one copy of the book for $20.

Accepted art works announced: January 12, 2018.

Book Fee due: January 20, 2018. Make $20 check out to: WCA Michigan.Mail to: Brenda Oelbaum, 9949 Huron Creek Drive, Dexter, MI, 48130

Book completion date: February 1, 2018

 Book Reception Party: There will be a book party in late February to celebrate the completion of the book. Place and time to be announced.

Sponsors and Partners: The Women’s Caucus for Art Michigan is the original sponsor of this project. Supporting partners are the Ann Arbor Women Artists and the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors. Members and non-member Michigan women artists are invited to submit their work. The book entries will be curated but not juried.


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ARTIST Information Sheet:

Fill out and include it with your entry check.





Title of artwork_________________________________________________

Member of Organization – WCAMI____ AAWA____ DSWPS _____


WCAMI Members:


I will work for a committee (check at least 1):

collating artists’ entries for book_____, organizing book party_____, future exhibitions_____, membership drive_____, fund raising projects_____, state newsletter_____, national liaison_____

Second Workshop for ‘Year of Resistance” book

November 13, 2017

22687613_1994195447505720_2157567442214553492_nAt Ann Arbor Women Artists space, 4844 Jackson Road Suite 100 Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

On Saturday, November 18, from 10 am to 1 pm.

Join us to make artwork for the WCAMI book project, “Year of Resistance 2017: Artists Moved to Action”. Or you can bring finished work to be photographed and formated. A complete submission can be made if you bring a check for the entry fee. For the members of WCAMI, DSWPS and AAWA, the entry fee is $15, for non-members, the fee is $20.
The workshops are free, non-members welcome.


Here is the full CALL FOR ART, read below. Read more…

“Uncertainty of Being” shortlisted

May 4, 2017

WCAMI member LUDMILA KETSLAKH writes –  “I am proud to tell you that my book “Uncertainty of Being” was shortlisted at Kassel Dummy festival 2017 and the book will be exhibited at international photo events in Istanbul, Moscow, Rome, Madrid, Dublin, Aarhus, Sofia, and Lodz. I am happy that the book was recognized by jury and will be traveling on its own.

It’s very exciting to know that my book will be seen by thousands of people around the world. I invested a lot of energy into this book, now the project is completed, and I am delighted to tell you all about the good result.”

Trans Human Opening in Toledo

April 18, 2017


Kathleen Letts writes – I hope you will join me for the opening reception of Trans Human from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 20th at River House Arts. The gallery is located on the main floor of the historic Secor Building at 425 Jefferson in downtown Toledo. Trans Human features paintings, drawings, large wall appliqués, an on-site mural and limited edition serigraphs, employing images from our cultural history to address the perils and possibilities of a future where humans are in control of their own evolution.

Trans Human will be open from April 20-May 14, and gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday, 4-10 p.m. and by appointment.

The opening of Trans Human also coincides with Toledo Art Commission’s April Art Loop/Spring Sounds from 5:30-9:30, and the Toledo Museum of Art is open until 9 p.m. (the Kehinde Wiley show is not to be missed), so there’s plenty of art to see all over town. For more information on Art Loop:

Spring Member Survey

April 14, 2017

We want to understand your priorities and interests so that we can plan valuable programs, successful exhibitions, and other meaningful activities.To this end, we are pleased to announce a new survey of members and former members.

Please take a few minutes to complete the short survey by clicking on this link: Spring Member Survey

Responses are anonymous and confidential. Thank you for your time!