Call for Submissions: Reproductive Justice is for Everyone! International Art Exhibition
JAM Humanities invites visual, literary, and performing arts submissions for our virtual exhibition, Reproductive Justice is for Everyone!, an international exhibition in the JAM Museum that will open in August, 2022.
Reproductive Justice is for Everyone! asks artists to explore the myriad manifestations, experiences, emotions, and meanings of reproductive justice from present day struggles and organizing to the aspirational and everything in between.
The term “Reproductive Justice” was coined by Loretta Ross of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and it applies a human rights framework to reproductive health advocacy. As defined by SisterSong, reproductive justice is “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.”
Reproductive justice centers intersectionality and the experiences of people who are often marginalized in society, including people of color, people who are poor, and people who are queer and and trans. It calls attention to many aspects of reproductive health that are often overlooked, such as maternal death rate disparities for Black women in the US, discrimination in pregnancy healthcare for men who are transgender, economic barriers to abortion and prenatal care for people who are poor, stigmas surrounding menstruation, and effects of poverty and institutional violence on children.
Information about how to apply and what kinds of submissions are eligible can be found below.
Kitchen Table Literary Arts Collaboration
In celebration of the RJIFE! virtual exhibition, JAM Humanities and Kitchen Table Literary Arts will host a virtual reading of selected literary works featured in the exhibition. Selected literary and visual submissions will also be published online in the RJIFE! ezine in fall 2022.
Kitchen Table Literary Arts is a nonprofit organization that builds awareness, appreciation, and support for women of color and black women writers, poets, and their work. To learn more about KTLA, visit them at: kitchen-table.org.
We welcome submissions that interpret reproductive justice in broad and universal terms, as well as interpretations that are deeply personal. All accepted work must be choice-affirming, as well as gender-affirming. Because reproductive justice affects people of all genders, we ask artists to use gender-neutral language in general where possible in their descriptions, titles, etc.
We will accept submissions from artists around the world who work in all mediums, including but not limited to sculpture, ceramics, fibers, metal, painting, graphic design, drawing, printmaking, collage, writing, poetry, film and video, performance, installation, etc.
This exhibition will be juried; all artwork will be evaluated based on creativity and artwork quality, and how well the submitted work relates to and engages with issues relating to reproductive justice.
How to Apply
*Submitting: Artwork must be submitted through a Google form at forms.gle/mZAdvnJc1NWpCcPh9 (note: you must login to Gmail to access the form).
*Deadline for submission: June 1, 2022.
*Fees: There are no fees.
*Number: Artists may submit up to 2 of their own works or 2 series of works for consideration; artwork may be solo or collaborative.
*Formats: All images of artwork should be submitted in JPG or PNG format – you may include multiple views, sufficient to understand the work. Films can be submitted as MP4 or MOV files. Written submissions should be submitted as PDFs.
*Important Dates: This exhibition will be juried; notification of acceptance will be sent by email by July 15, 2022. The exhibit will open on August 15, 2022.
*Rights: Artists whose work is accepted for the exhibition will retain all rights to their work but will give permission to JAM Humanities to display the work in this exhibit and to use images and excerpts of the artwork in promotional materials to promote the exhibit and the work of JAM Humanities.
*Application Form: Items and information you will need to submit the form: name of artist(s), artist bio, artist pronouns, title of work, project statement explaining how your interpretation of Reproductive Justice is expressed in the work, whether the work is for sale/not for sale, social media/website links, dimensions/medium/format, photo of artist/something to represent artist.
*Questions: Email us if you have questions about RJIFE! or need help submitting your work.
Sponsors & Partners
Meet the Jurors
Jillian Marie Browning
Jillian Marie Browning (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist pursuing themes of feminism, identity, and the contemporary black experience. Born in Ocala, Florida they received a Bachelor of Science degree in Photography from the University of Central Florida in 2012 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Florida State University in 2015. They have had their work shown nationally as well as been included in the permanent collection of the Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Southeast Museum of Photography, and the University of Maryland’s David C. Driskell Center For The Study of Visual Arts and Culture Of African Americans and the African Diaspora. They enjoys puppies, comic books, the color pink, and radical feminism. They currently serve as Assistant Professor of Photography at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
nicole gugliotti (she/her) is a socially engaged craft artist making work that intersects craft and reproductive justice. She was born in 1979 and raised under the hot Florida sun. She completed her MFA at the University of Florida and her BFA at Florida Atlantic University. She has exhibited solo exhibition at the Alexander Brest Gallery in Jacksonville, FL, The Institute of Ceramic Studies at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Shigaraki, Japan and the Tim Salen Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL. Currently based in Olympia, WA, nicole is the Instruction & Classroom Support Technician in the Art Department at South Puget Sound Community College and maintains her own studio. Pre-Covid (and hopefully post!), she ran the Front Porch Pop-up Gallery.
Dr. Sujatha Prabhakaran
Dr. Sujatha Prabhakaran (she/ella) serves as an Abortion Care Physician at Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. She is the immediate past Chief Medical Officer of PPSWCF, where she provided leadership to the health care services for over 12 years. A committed reproductive health equity and justice advocate, Dr. Prabhakaran also serves on the Legislative Committee of the Florida District of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dani Sigler (she/her) is a feminist artist and activist, and a healthcare worker. She is originally from the East Coast and currently resides amongst the fields of opportunity, in Iowa City, Iowa.
Chloe Wing (she/her) is a fine artist and singer-songwriter. She is based in London and has a BA in English, an MFA in Fine Art from UAL Wimbledon College of Art, and has also studied fashion design, performance, and songwriting. She specializes in hand cut paper, light, and shadow installations.
Use the links below to download the RJIFE! press release, and English and Spanish-language flyers for the call for submissions.
JAM Humanities is a nonprofit organization that uses history, the arts, and other humanities disciplines to challenge perspectives, increase cultural awareness, and promote social justice. The exhibition will be hosted virtually at: https://museum.jamhumanities.org, and will be accompanied by virtual events and programming, an ezine in collaboration with Kitchen Table Literary Arts, and a resource guide.
This exhibition is an expansion and continuation of an in-person exhibit curated by nicole gugliotti and Sarah Jünke and hosted at the University of South Florida in 2019-2020. The original exhibition invited artists from across the U.S. and Canada to explore what reproductive justice meant to them and to express their interpretation through their practice. The revival of this exhibition in a virtual format broadens the scope to reflect international perspectives on reproductive justice. View the earlier exhibition here.