Artwork pick-up: April 2 from 2-5pm

ARTISTS & AUTHORS ~ All abilities welcome & encouraged    

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We want you! Join us in this celebration of art dedicated to sharing women's stories.

~ Remember, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship if you submit work (visual artwork, writings, performance, music, etc.)


A little background: Broad Ideas is a feminist art show that happens every March at the Galena Center for the Arts.  Started in 2017, it continues to be a space for women to tell their stories through visual art, the written word, music, and performance.  Broad Ideas purposely includes a wide range of ideas, artists, abilities, and events.  Simply put, this show is for anyone that supports women, inclusion, equity, and the arts.  The celebration continues in 2022 and we hope you will be a part of it. 

All genders, ages, and abilities encouraged to be a part of our show.  Work should somehow include your story, the telling of a woman’s story, or touch on the idea of Resilience.  While feminism is always our overarching theme, this year’s prompt if in need of inspiration will be Resilience.  
If you've made any art at all in the last year...  that is resilience!     

2022 Submission Process:   

Artwork Info:

  • Because of display space limitations, artwork submissions are limited to 2 pieces this year.

  • Spoken Word pieces that are printed out for display are considered artwork and should adhere to all artwork submission guidelines. 

  • All artwork submissions need to be display ready upon drop off. 

  • 2D work needs to have a wire across the back (or teeth) so it can be hung easily from a nail on the wall. 

  • If you have an oversized piece or work, please contact us prior to February 1, 2022, to ensure we can accept your work. 

  • There is no cost to submit work. 

  • All abilities are encouraged to submit artwork. 

  • Submit "stories" to go with your artwork by 2/28/22.  Details about "stories" and how to submit further below.  

  • The Planning Committee reserves the right to refuse any submission. 

  • If you would like to submit work anonymously, please email us and we will work with you to do what we can to make this happen. 


Artwork Drop Off

Galena Center for the Arts

971 Gear St, Galena IL 61036 (note the new location!)

Friday, February 25, 2022: 4pm-6pm
Saturday, February 26, 2022: 10am-12pm

If you are mailing work in, it MUST arrive by 2/26/22 in order to be included in the show.  Please print out this release and send with your work.  Also, make sure to include return postageIf your piece is for sale and sells, the return postage is considered a donation to Broad Ideas.  


Spoken Word Info:

  • Limit 2 pieces

  • Submissions need to be 3 minutes or less in total length.

  • Writings must be submitted via email by February 26, 2022.

  • Email submissions to Cathie Elsbree at

  • The Planning Committee reserves the right to refuse any submission. 

  • There is no cost to submit work or perform.

  • Spoken Word performance event scheduled for March 27, 2022.

  • If you would like to submit work anonymously, please email us and we will work with you to do what we can to make this happen. 



Additional event info and more details coming in early 2022.  Check our website and social media often. 

It is our hope that it will be safe to hold our show and events in-person, but know that at this point, all info, dates, and plans are subject to change.  We appreciate your understanding and flexibility. 

If you have any questions, please email us at



We want your Stories!

Your “story” is a very important part
of what makes Broad Ideas so special.  
Please share
 a brief explanation (story)
of your artwork, this will be displayed
alongside it.  Stories are not 
required, but encouraged. 

To have your story included next to your artwork, submit below or email it to  Stories MUST be submitted by February 28, 2022 to be included. 

Please include the title of your artwork with your story, so we can match them up correctly.  

Artwork Story Submission 

Thanks for submitting your story! Someone will follow up with you to confirm we have recieved your story within 48 hours!

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other ways to get involved

Have another expertise you are interested in donating? We could always use more volunteers!  Email: 
Want to donate funds in support? We really need that too!  Click the Donate Now button below