Artist Lab Submissions

Artist Lab Submissions

2019 Milwaukee Jewish Artists’ Lab is putting out a call for submissions to its Summer 2019 exhibit

Use submission form below

THEME: The Place of the Artist- Makom HaOman
In every society and in every generation, artists have had a central function in society. What is the place of the artist? What is the role of art and the artist in the Jewish world? How do we define ourselves? Do we create for ourselves, or for the public? What communities are we a part of?

We are accepting works to exhibit that look at how artists have been defined in history, in Jewish culture, and in our own contemporary world; works that demonstrate artists’ responsibilities to our ourselves and our communities; works that challenge viewers to consider these and other critical questions in an effort to redefine, revive, reinvent, and reinvigorate ourselves, and the Milwaukee Jewish Arts Community.

ENTRY DEADLINE: April 30, 2019
Results of selected artists and work will be announced by May 14, 2019. You must be able to deliver your selected artwork(s) to The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Whitefish Bay, WI, between May 20-24, 9am-5pm, or by other arrangement.

EXHIBIT DATES: June 2, 2019 – August 16, 2019
The opening will be on Sunday, June 2 at 4 pm. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.


  • Max Yela, Director of Special Collections, UWM Golda Meir Library
  • Debra Brehmer, Director, The Portrait Society Gallery
  • Shana McCaw, Senior Curator, Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Museums

APPLICATION FEE: $20.00 (waived for current paid Jewish Artists’ Lab Member)


  • Open to all media
  • 3-5 images with a minimum of 1-5 distinct works

This is an all-media exhibition, however, whatever you submit must be ready to hang on a wall, or free standing on the floor unless you provide a pedestal. If showing Time-based media, artist should provide the self-contained appropriate electronic equipment and display. Maximum size is 48” on the longest edge for wall mounted, and 15” wide and deep for 3-D pieces.

Who Can Submit?

You don’t have to be a Jewish artist, and the art does not have to contain identifiably Jewish content, (such as Torahs, Rabbis, etc) to submit. We want to emphasize inclusivity and universality of the arts, the community, and the artist but it should relate to Jewish themes. Although you needn’t be a member of the Milwaukee Jewish Artists’ Laboratory to submit work, you are free to join. Since part of the lab program is considering various aspects of our theme, you may wish to attend our sessions on the third Mondays of each month to further explore the theme.

How to Submit:

You may submit up to five individual works of art for consideration. Works will be judged on their own merits with an eye towards creating a cohesive exhibition. Criteria under consideration are: Concept, Composition, Technique, Execution, Elements of Design, Uniqueness, and Relatedness to our Theme.

  • Submit 3-5 images of a minimum of 1-5 distinct works.
  • Images must be in JPEG format.
  • Save images at 72 ppi.
  • •Individual files should not exceed 2 MB.
  • You may submit images that show details, but they will be counted toward your maximum total of 5 JPGs.
  • Submit an Artist Statement of 250 words or less which may describe your background, your approach to artmaking, and aspirations for your artwork. It should describe how your work samples relate to the theme of the show.

Selection of works and notification:
If necessary, curators may wish to view artworks in person to make their final selections, requiring a studio visit during the first week of May. Results of selected artists and work will be announced by May 14, 2019. If Your Work Is selected, you must bring/deliver the exact piece of art that is selected. It must arrive by May 24, 2019 to the JCC. We will be hanging the exhibit the week prior to June 2.

Sale of work:
Once selected, please indicate whether your work is for sale, and at what price. If work is not for sale, please include insurance value. The artwork will remain in the exhibition throughout the entire exhibition. Please remember that from the price that you set we will deduct 20% to go to Tapestry: Arts and Ideas at the JCC, and, earmarked to support the Jewish Artists’ Laboratory.

Please note:
Any works accepted into the event may be photographed and used to promote the exhibition, Tapestry: Arts and Ideas at the JCC, and the Milwaukee Jewish Artists’ Laboratory. Submission photos may also be used for these purposes.

Questions? Contact Jody Hirsh at 414-967-8199