Fierce – Women in Iron

Call for Art – Calling all female-identified artists working with iron to submit your artwork to Fierce – Women in Iron exhibition at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Peoria, IL from November 1-30, 2019.

Exhibition Overview

Fierce: Women in Iron showcases female-identified contemporary artists working in iron and is an extension of the all-women iron pour taking place on November, 2, 2019 as part of the Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts. This exhibition features artwork that incorporates iron, a historically industrial and tough material, created by women identified artists from across the nation. A dedicated community of artists cast iron outside of commercial or fine art foundries; these individuals tap into a 5,000 year old ritual. Since the 60s, the iron community has included women and men working together to build furnaces, break iron and coke (unrefined coal), make molds, and perform the dirty, physical labor to craft the sculptures and artworks out of iron, our beloved shared medium. The iron community is a tight knit family of individuals who support and educate each other in spaces where everyone is welcome as long as they work hard and contribute. The cast iron community embodies the optimism we need to unify and grow. The American studio cast iron movement began in the 60s and women have been involved since the beginning either mentoring men or vice versa. There is a beautiful fluidity of learning through making in iron and the iron community is a shining example of how we all can thrive together outside of a male-dominated culture. One hundred years ago, women would never have been able to participate in an iron pour. Fierce: Women in Iron focuses on female identified artists working with iron to celebrate our transition over the past one hundred years from objectification, to taking control of our likenesses, to now being experts of our craft from top to bottom.

Exhibition Dates

To Apply

November 1 – 30, 2019 All Women Iron Pour: November 2, 2019 Submissions accepted: May 1 – September 13, 2019 National call for entries due: September 13, 2019 Work due either shipped or dropped off by: Saturday, October 19, 2019 Shipping Address: ATTN: WEB SERVICES INC. 416 Riverside Drive East Peoria, IL 61611 Prepaid return shipping labels must be included as well as any installation instructions. Size restriction: Work must be able to fit through a standard 32”x 96” doorway. Due to gallery restrictions, we are unable to accept large scale work unless it be broken down into its component parts and assembled on site.

Please send a completed cover sheet, CV, title list including title, dimensions, materials, date, and up to 5 images of 3 different works in .jpg or .pdf format. Images should be saved as Last Name – 1.jpg etc. The images should be at least 300 dpi with the longest side 2000px and no greater than 3MB each. Send your submission as email attachments to Only electronic submissions will be considered for inclusion.