Art for Social Change: We Are Enough Juried Exhibition

Oak Park Art League
Closing Date: 
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:45pm

Submission Deadline: AUGUST 24
Notification: SEPTEMBER 8
Delivery of Accepted Work: OCTOBER 2-10
Public Reception: OCTOBER 13
Exhibition Closes: NOVEMBER 3
Pick Up of Work: NOVEMBER 4-8

In this 21st Century digital age of social media and handheld photo editors, we are inundated with images of our friends, family and cultural icons. One would think this proliferation of photographs would generate a greater acceptance of varying body types. But more than ever, images are projected in the gaze of societal norms and conventions of what is beautiful and ideal. The differences and imperfections that make a human body unique reveal much about one's personal narrative and rarely align with the common standard of young, slim, white, able and whole.

As part of the Oak Park Art League's Art for Social Change initiative, We are Enough calls for art that explores the many facets of body image and its relationship to self-acceptance and love. How is one's body image affected by inherent differences such as race, gender, sexuality, form and disability; or by changes due to aging, illness, or major surgery? We are looking for art of any media that explores issues of body image and self-worth.

Related exhibits will include a display of plaster cast busts of breast cancer survivors, customized by Chicago-area artists, plus an interactive installation for cancer survivors to contribute offerings or messages to an effigy in the form of a traditional Madonna.

Juror: Susan Sensemann
Susan Sensemann is an artist, educator and arts administrator who has lived and worked in Chicago since 1979. She is professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art and Design and has lectured at institutions in Italy, Germany, Korea and China among others in this country. Awards include a MUCIA grant to South Korea, a British Arts Council grant for Belfast, and Chicago Artists International Program grants to Prague and Turku, Finland. She has curated numerous exhibitions including “Obsessions,” “Physiotasmagorical,” “Pleasures beyond Guilt,” “Brain/Body,” and “Skew the Unruly Grid.” Her non-digitally produced photomontages, paintings and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Visit Susan’s website to learn more about her practice at:

Submission fee: $12 per entry (Artists may submit up to six entries @ $12 each)
Submission fee increases to $15 per entry after August 1st.
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Oak Park Art League
Founded in 1921, the Oak Park Art League (OPAL) is one of the longest, continually-running non-profit arts organizations in Illinois. OPAL fulfills its mission through its offering of high quality art education to people of all ages and skill levels, programs and guest lectures, artist demonstrations and critiques, plus monthly exhibition opportunities in our art gallery.

ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE programs and exhibitions are sponsored in part by the Oak Park Area Arts Council, Community Foundation of Oak Park-River Forest, and the Illinois Arts Council; a State Agency.

Contact Name: 
Emily Veldman
Contact Phone: 
(708) 386-9853