Objects of Agency

Objects of Agency


Call Type Exhibition
Call Eligibility National
Entry Dates 10/15/22, 1:45 PM - 12/17/22, 1:45 PM 17 Days Left
Entry Fee? Yes (15)
Objects of Agency

10 High St
South Kingstown 02879 United States


Open Call for Art: Objects of Agency
Virtual Exhibition

On view at heragallery.org and @hera_gallery on social media

Objects of Agency addresses the health care crisis which has recently culminated in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization and stripped thousands of people of the right to bodily autonomy.

The United States has the worst maternal mortality rate among other similarly developed countries. According to the University of Colorado, due to the Dobbs decision, maternal mortality rates are projected to go up 14%. For women of color, it is 20%. Simply due to women’s health care becoming more restrictive and less accessible.

When “abortion” is typed into a Google search, the first page that comes up is a misleading website filled with fear slogans and misinformation to prevent women from seeking necessary and viable health care options. A recent research study by the Center for Countering Digital Hate showed that in many right wing states, 1/10 Google search results for abortion services lead to anti-abortion fake clinics. When abortion is typed into Instagram, the first hashtag is #abortionisevil.

So, what do we do? How can we use our creative voices to counteract misinformation and false advertising and provide viable discourse and inspiration?

At Hera Gallery, we invite you to fight, cry, rage, and make art. We invite you to connect with others through creative expression in hopes that it brings a sense of insight, or deep feeling, beauty, education, perseverance, protest, connection and/or community. We invite you to share your voice through the virtual exhibition Objects of Agency.

Objects of Agency is looking for 53 works which speak to abortion rights in the United States. The virtual exhibition will take place over the 52 weeks of 2023. All selected works will be on virtual display throughout the duration of the exhibition on heragallery.org. Each week, Hera Gallery will choose one featured artist and artwork from the exhibition to represent the current tribulations and inspirations of the current state of women’s health care in America. Featured artists will be posted on all social media accounts. Objects of Agency aims to stimulate, educate, and encourage abortion care. It aims to challenge the anti-abortion campaigns and false information which dominate the internet. It aims to provide access to factual information and ultimately to create a platform and a network to share the voices, choices, and stories of all women and female identifying persons.

Objects of Agency is a 52 week long virtual exhibition, open to all artists across the United States.

Submissions open October 15, 2022 - December 17, 2022.

Exhibition Dates: January - December 2023.

Proposals for projects in process will also be accepted. Images of final work have to be sent to Hera Gallery by January 3, 2023.

$15 submission fee for up to 3 images, $5 for each additional image. Contact info@heragallery.org for need based discount.

Gallery commission of sold works will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Participating artists will have the opportunity to speak in a virtual artist talk hosted by Hera Gallery.

Posted on: 10/16/22, 5:46 PM