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The Museum occasionally invites artists to participate in upcoming exhibitions. If interested in exhibiting your work at the University Museum, please follow the instructions for it as given below.

Exhibit Title: Women's Voices 3: Make/Believe

Call for Entries: July 2022 — October 31th 2022

The University Museum is currently accepting applications for an upcoming exhibition in 2023, Women's Voices 3: Make/Believe, a Juried Exhibition. This exhibition is open to all artists identifying as female over the age of 16 living within one hour of Carbondale, IL.

"Women's Voices" was born out of 'the need to create'—which was the title of the first exhibit presented in 2020. Now an ongoing series of exhibitions held annually at the University Museum, SIU Carbondale, showcasing the artwork of women artists in the regional downstate area of southern Illinois, it is a unique exhibit that highlights the expressive thoughts of individual artists and their current prospectives.

"The main goal is to open the eyes of the viewer and help others to realize how diverse our creativity and thoughts are to our longevity, a way of life and a way of hopefully creating a feeling or idea to share with others. Using art as an escape but more to the point, a voice.

Our art gives us a process to explore and articulate images in which express what we experience in our hearts and minds daily, expressing an emotional response not only to our own feelings but also to ideas that tell stories through the artwork which can give a feeling of something solid and whole, something one can depend on."

—Teresa Fix, Guest Curator

Using visual art as a motivator, this exhibit expresses how women use art to channel their voices to open the viewers mind to their day-to-day influences. Influences that frequently inspire profound emotions that accumulate in the artist's creative energy. Reflecting each artists; unique circumstances and giving insight into what drives their creative process.

Exhibition Information

Run Time: WV 3 will be on display from Tuesday February 7 — Saturday May 13, 2023.

Gallery: WV 3 will be on display in the University Museum's North Hall Mitchell Gallery for the SIUC 2023 Spring Semester.

Exhibition Fee: There is a $40 fee for those artists selected to participate in the exhibition. This fee will be due no later than Saturday, December 17, 2022. Information on how to submit this payment will be given to those invited for exhibition.

Submission Deadline: To be officially considered for exhibition, applications must be submitted no later than Friday. October 31, 2022, at 5pm.

Drop off Date: Art should be dropped off for exhibition at the University Museum Friday, January 14, 2023, from 2 — 6pm or Saturday, January 15th, from 2pm — 4pm.

Artist Talks: The University Museum will be hosting several artist talks, with the number TBD based on the number of interested artists.

Reception: An opening Reception will be held Saturday, February 11 from 4:30pm — 7pm.

Basic Qualifications

  • Age: Artists aged 16+
  • Region/Distance: Artists living within one hour of Carbondale IL.
  • Gender: Individuals identifying as Female.
  • Media: All media is accepted for submission but must be original works of art created by the artist submitting them.
  • Matting/Finishing: By the drop off date all works must be matted/framed/finished in a professional manner.
    • 2D: Works should arrive securely framed with hanging hardware attached. Acceptable forms of hanging hardware are braided non coated picture framing wire. The use of saw tooth hangers, string or single strand aluminum are not acceptable.
    • 3D: Works should arrive stable and able to stand under their own weight or arrive with the necessary hardware to accomplish this.
    • Mixed Media: Depending on the design and materials used, works should be professional finished with all requisite mounting/display hardware securely in place.
    • Textiles: Works should arrive with their intended hanging hardware in place, with the ability to securely display the object as intended. Works may be draped on the wall or hung from ceiling.
    • If you have any questions about any of the information regarding the matting/finishing or your work, please reach out with your questions or concerns via the email or phone numbers provided for the Curators.

Submission Information

Artists are allowed to submit up to three works for consideration which should be attached to the online application form.

The following is the required information for each work submitted for consideration:

  • Artist Name
  • Title of Work
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
  • Image of work
    • Artists are asked to submit at least 2 images of each work for consideration. Including both a "front" and "back" image of the work (if applicable). Images of each work submitted for consideration should be saved as .jpeg or .pdf's.
  • Home Address
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Value/Price

How to Submit

Online applications can be submitted using the following link:

If you cannot apply online, please download and print this application form (.docx) and submit it to the University Museum by the October 31, 2022, deadline.


Jurying Overview

The University Museum has put together a multi-disciplinary team to review the works submitted for exhibition, including members of the Museum Staff and Guest Curator Teresa Fix. Works submitted for exhibition not meeting the outlined requirements or lacking any of the required information may be disqualified from consideration. Works may also be disqualified from exhibition if the work dropped off does not match the work submitted.

Upon Acceptance

After receiving notification of acceptance into Women's Voices 3: Make/Believe artists will have two weeks to submit their $40 application fee and artist statements. Your statement should be no less than 250 words and no more than 500 words in length and submitted as a Word or .rtf file. See the following for length and style.


Contact Information

Questions about the exhibition or application process can be sent to the following individuals:

Teresa Fix
Phone: 618-713-1157

WM Weston Stoerger
Phone: 618-453-7411