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Absurdity, In Dada We Trust
Absurdity, In Dada We Trust, is a collaboration between The Art Center Highland Park, Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art, and Stola Contemporary Art.

When the world goes mad, the arts go Dada.

Racism and extremist nationalism are empowered, and bullies are applauded. Women’s rights are being set back by 50 years, and the LGBTQ community is dangling by a thread as individual rights are regulated but assault weapons are not. Social media has highjacked news and the term “alternate set of facts” has become the norm, no longer just the brunt of jokes. The world is witnessing a new level of insanity.

For artists, it’s a clear call to look to the past for guidance and take a stand. How? In a word: Dadaism. Created as a reaction to the absurdity of war and the propaganda of WWI, Dadaism was the reaction of a group of artists from another time in history when the world was on the brink of madness. That is why The Art Center Highland Park, Stola Gallery, and Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art are building a coalition to fight back against the current trend toward insanity. How this collaboration is happening is by combining our efforts to invite as many other art institutions, theatre companies, filmmakers, dance companies, writers, musicians, and creatives to participate in our communal movement/exhibit -Absurdity: In Dada We Trust.

Stola Contemporary Art is searching for women artists whose work addresses the theme of Absurdity: a world on the brink of madness. Entries can be in any medium.

You must be an active member of the Women’s Caucus for Art to participate. You can join at Welcome to the Women’s Caucus for Art (   Entry fee is $35. You can submit up to 5 works per entry. We want to include as many members as possible in this exhibit as possible, so please include one work that is under 24” x 24” if possible!

Curators and jurors will be looking for artworks that reflect how ABSURDITY is a sign of the times. A wide interpretation of the theme will be considered. Deadline for Entries June 4th   Notification of Jury Results  Jun 9th 2023   Show Date  Jun 24th 2023 thru Aug 6th 2023


Show us your Scapes! Landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, dreamscapes, escapes… we want them all! Use your imagination and show us your world. All mediums considered including video, performance and poetry. $35 entry fee for up to 5 works. The images that you submit are what will be used online and in promotions. All work must arrive wired and ready to hang. No saw tooth hangers! Shipped work must include a prepaid return shipping label! All accepted work, both shipped and dropped off, must be at the gallery by 8/6. Show runs 8/12 – 9/24 with an opening reception 9/24 5-8pm. Entries close 7/16 and juried results will sent out 7/21. 

All calls will be posted on when open. A link will be posted on this page.

Stola Contemporary Art 3738 W Irving Park Rd. Chicago, IL 60618

A new Contemporary art gallery in the Old Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago

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