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Drinking Gourd Gallery: “M” is for Menopause — A Non-Juried Exhibition

Drinking Gourd Gallery is seeking submissions for “M” is for Menopause, a group exhibition that aims to raise awareness and challenge the stigma, stereotypes, and myths that surround the menopausal journey. Menopause is divided into three basic stages: perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. Art submissions can be 2D or 3D, which can include paintings, drawings, mixed media, collages, digital art, assemblages, sculptures, textile art, and photography. Just let your creativity and imagination guide you. We look forward to seeing your work!

Please read the submission guidelines before applying. If you would like a PDF copy of the submission guidelines, please click here or tap the Call for Art image.

We thank you for your interest and look forward to seeing your work!

Submission Deadline: Sunday, September 8, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. EST

Exhibition Dates: October 1 – October 31, 2024

Mediums: painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, digital, textile, collage, assemblage, and photography. Accepting both two and three-dimensional pieces.

Carol Torian, founder of Drinking Gourd Gallery, is curating this exhibition.


Applications are to be submitted via e-mail to on or before the deadline. Up to (three) 3 works, represented as JPEG files may be included for consideration. Label each JPEG file with the artwork title and your first and last name. Please read the full information below prior to applying. We invite you to give your interpretation of the exhibition theme through your work.

Size Restrictions

2D works may be no larger than 48 inches high, 48 inches wide, and 4 inches in depth and not weigh more than 20 pounds (even when framed). All 2D artwork must be suitably framed unless a wrapped canvas is used. Work received without attached hanging hardware will not be included in the show. Please do not use sawtooth hangers. Works will be on display indoors. Must be original work.

3D works must be free standing, self-supportive or wall mountable, or pedestal ready. Assemblage work does not require a frame. Work may be no longer than 60 inches in its longest dimension and weigh no more than 25 pounds. Pedestal will be provided, if required. Works will be on display indoors. Must be original work.  

Shipping & Delivery for Accepted Work

Please do not ship or hand deliver any work until you are notified regarding drop-off and shipping instructions. Applicants are responsible to pay for the delivery and return shipping of their work. Applicants are responsible for any travel expense associated with the shipping and delivery of their artwork. Applicants are also responsible for any travel expense associated with attending the exhibition’s opening reception.


Open to North Carolina residents ONLY.

Applicants may submit three (3) original works for consideration.

All works must be the sole work and exclusive property of the submitting artist or photographer.

Works must have been created within the last four years. Any works submitted need to be appropriate for a family-oriented public space (no nudity or graphic content).

Sales and Commission

All submitted work must be for sale. Applicants set the sales price. Sales prices are firm. The participant will receive 60% of the sale price and Drinking Gourd Gallery will retain 40%. North Carolina sales tax will be added to the sales price. All sales will be handled by Drinking Gourd Gallery. Work sold during the exhibition will remain on display until the end of the show.

Submission Requirements

Online submissions only. No entry fee. Applicants may submit up to three (3) works, represented as JPEG files, not to exceed 4MB per image. 

Submissions should be sent to and received by the deadline in order to be considered for the upcoming exhibition. Deadline is Sunday, September 8, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. EST.

In the subject line of your e-mail, please write – “M” is for Menopause 2024 with your first and last name.

For artwork and photography, label each JPEG image file with your first and last name and the artwork title and include the file(s) in your e-mail as attachments.

In the body of the e-mail list the available work, and include your name, the work title, media, size, and sales price. If you are submitting mixed-media work, you must include the names of all media used in the creation of the artwork. Please also include a short bio, photo, and a telephone number where you can be reached.

Receipt of your submission will be confirmed by e-mail.

Exhibition Partners

The “M” is for Menopause exhibition and associated programming is being presented by Drinking Gourd Gallery in partnership with UNC Health Nash, BoxHause Rocky Mount Boxing And Fitness LLC, and Rocky Mount Mills.

About Drinking Gourd Gallery

Established in 2018, Drinking Gourd Gallery is a commercial art gallery focused on developing and supporting early to mid-career artists. Looking back and ahead, the gallery is dedicated to artistic freedom and committed to showcasing diverse voices and perspectives. Known for its eclectic, ever-changing collection, Drinking Gourd Gallery offers a relaxed virtual space for visitors to discover and shop for some of the finest contemporary art in the Triangle area. The gallery is also proud to present exhibitions, artist talks, and classes to inspire and engage.

About UNC Health Nash

In the 1960s, Nash County community leaders had the vision to create a new hospital in their area to meet health care needs in Rocky Mount. Today, UNC Health Nash is a nonprofit hospital affiliate of UNC Health Care, a leading national health care system. The hospital’s partnership with UNC offers expertise, innovation, resources, and research to the patients they serve in eastern North Carolina.

About Rocky Mount Mills

Located along the Falls of the beautiful Tar River, Rocky Mount Mills is a development of historic proportions, bringing together residential, commercial, cultural, and entertainment amenities in one unique destination. The 82-acre campus of this restored cotton mill showcases a bold approach to historic preservation — honoring the past while also breathing new life into the plank floors, stout timbers, and intricate brickwork of this storied place that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rocky Mount Mills features vibrant community gathering areas, abundant restaurant options, craft breweries, River & Twine a “tiny house” hotel, indoor and outdoor event venues plus light-filled residences and workspaces. It’s a place to wander, to explore and be surprised. It’s a place to connect, to collaborate, and be inspired — a place to craft your own story.

About BoxHause Rocky Mount Boxing And Fitness LLC

BoxHause Rocky Mount Boxing And Fitness LLC combines the discipline of boxing with the intensity of fitness training to help individuals achieve their fitness goals. Classes are designed for all levels of fitness enthusiasts, from beginners looking to get in shape to seasoned athletes aiming to refine their skills.

About Venue

Located along the Falls of the beautiful Tar River, Rocky Mount Mills is a development of historic proportions. The expansive 82-acre campus of this restored cotton mill showcases abundant restaurant options, craft breweries, a tiny house hotel, plus light-filled workspaces and residences. Rocky Mount is east of Raleigh and conveniently located off Highway 64 and 301. It is about a 50-minute drive from downtown Raleigh.

If you are traveling to Rocky Mount from out of state, a flight into Raleigh–Durham International Airport (RDU), then driving or taking ground transportation is generally the most convenient and time-efficient way to reach Rocky Mount. It is also possible to travel to Rocky Mount by train.


Carol Torian is a writer, gallerist, and contemporary artist, known for her drawings and abstract paintings. She is a self-taught artist whose work is inspired by nature, urban settings, women's issues, and social justice issues. Carol is a graduate of Meredith College, and the founder and owner of Drinking Gourd Gallery.

Legal Agreement

Entry in the Exhibition constitutes agreement to the conditions set forth in this call for art. The applicant grants Drinking Gourd Gallery permission to photograph any work accepted for the Exhibition for archival or educational purposes or publicity. For the in-person component of the exhibition, works will be displayed indoors. The applicant also grants Drinking Gourd Gallery permission to send emails specific to the "M" is for Menopause art exhibition. 


If you have questions or need additional information or accommodations in order to submit work for consideration for this exhibition, please email Carol Torian at or call 919.627-4994 for assistance.




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