Oakton seeks entries for Women's Art Exhibition: Our Bodies, Our Health

Des Plaines, Ill. (June 27, 2021) – Professional artists who self-identify as women are invited to submit entries for Oakton Community College's Women's Juried Art Exhibition — Our Bodies, Our Health: Navigating the Wars Within and Around Us —  by Friday, Aug. 5.

Artists of all media, including performance artists, may submit a single work that provides social commentary and inspiration on how women create courageous spaces and empower each other to change the world. Submissions may focus on women in the United States or globally, may have a contemporary or historical context, and may focus on women in the public or private sphere. Entries will be judged on artistic quality and adherence to the exhibition theme.

Our Bodies, Our Health will cast light on the historical and ongoing challenges women face. These include shared struggles such as the threat of war, losing bodily autonomy, sexual violence, discriminatory laws, colonialism and community violence, as well as quiet internal battles like mental health, physical disabilities and financial instability. The exhibit will also explore how women can continue their fight and achieve the goals of liberation, peace, wellness, stability, love and community. 

Oakton's annual women's art exhibition is one of the region's premier art events, attracting hundreds of participants and routinely drawing submissions locally, nationally and internationally. 

This year's exhibition, sponsored by Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at Oakton, will be on display Oct. 6 through Nov. 3 at Oakton's Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, IL., 60016. A public reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. Artists are encouraged to attend this special event and discuss their work with students and attendees. 

Use this form to submit entries and learn more about the exhibition. Contact Nathan Harpaz, curator of the Koehnline Museum of Art, at nharpaz@oakton.edu with additional questions.