NASTY WOMEN Memphis | Art + Activism




SUBMISSION Guidelines for CHOICE Presented by NASTY WOMEN Memphis

NASTY WOMEN Memphis is the Memphis, Tennessee representative and exhibit of Nasty Women Global Art Exhibitions and Activism, and the curators/producers of NASTY WOMEN Memphis.  A minimum of 50% of all sales from our exhibits is donated to Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi.

More than 80 exhibits have followed globally, but the original took place in Queens, NYC, after the 2016 election of Donald Trump.

We are a group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and reproductive rights. Our exhibit also serves as a fundraiser to support Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, defending these rights and to echo the platform for organization after the Trump Presidential Inauguration in January 2017.

Sponsored by Crosstown Arts and Hosted by Marshall Arts, CHOICE Presented by NASTY WOMEN Memphis, will exhibit from Oct 7 – 21, 2022, at Marshall Arts Gallery in Memphis, TN.

Roe v. Wade was overturned on June 24, 2022.  We must call out in unison with our creative protest to this backwards change of Women’s Reproductive Rights!

An online catalog will be available on the website for worldwide viewing.

NASTY WOMEN Memphis | WAR Paint! was scheduled to exhibit at Crosstown Arts in Memphis, Tennessee, throughout September and October 2020. 

Due to Covid-19 the exhibit became virtual, opening at 6:00 pm CST, on Thursday, October 1st, 2020 at  The exhibit ran through the presidential election, closing on Friday, November 6, 2020.

With this exhibit we helped influence voter turnout in our area for the 2020 presidential election to remove Donald Trump from office and raised over $1,300 for Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi.  It wasn’t as much money as we had hoped to raise; but the economical state of a Covid-19-wracked America in 2020, handled so very poorly by the Trump administration, made us very lucky to raise any money at all.  We are proud of the exhibit we produced, comprised of all the strong works submitted by over 60 artists.

NASTY WOMEN Memphis – Still Here.  Still Fighting. occurred on October 19-28, 2018, at South Main Artspace in Memphis, Tennessee.

We exhibited over 50 artists and raised over $1,500 for Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, with our opening on October 19, 2018.  We scrambled to put this second exhibit together in ten days after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, but still managed to create a very notable show.

NASTY WOMEN Memphis Art Exhibition occurred on February 10-19, 2017, at Marshall Arts Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee.

In the weeks that followed the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, we exhibited over 100 artists and raised over $5,000 for Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi.

Our opening was on February 10, 2017, with a packed house.  One resident artist of Marshall Arts stated that it had been 20 years since he had seen an opening there, with a crowd as big as ours.

Nasty Women artists of all ages, races, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, gender or non-gender identifications, economic backgrounds, immigrants and non-immigrants.  The subject matter is up to the artist who identifies as, or supports a Nasty Woman.


Please enter your work in the NASTY WOMEN Memphis: Choice exhibit, opening at Marshall Arts Gallery in Memphis on October 7th, 2022.

You will be notified through the contact information you provide, if your work has been selected for the show.  Our curatorial team will coordinate with you and facilitate presentation.

If you are not sure whether or not your work meets the below criteria, please send us a message and we will be in touch!

Exhibition Dates:

  • Oct 7, 2022 – Oct 21, 2022


  • Marshall Arts Gallery, 639 Marshall Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103

Submission Deadline:

  • Mon, Sept 19, 2022

Art Drop-Off:

  • 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Mon, Oct 3, 2022


  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Fri, Oct 7, 2022

Art Pick-Up:

  • TBA

The works in this exhibition will be available for sale – 50% of each sale will go to Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, and any credit card processing fees that may apply; with the other 50% to be paid to the artist. If the artist chooses to allot more than 50% from the sale of their art, up to 100%, please indicate such intent in your submission or at the time of acceptance.

There is no fee to participate in the show.  Due to the popularity of the exhibit, space constraints, and our collective goal to support Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, all exhibited works must be for sale, unless they are video, sound or text works.


Inside Marshall Arts Gallery, we will install large, pink, free-standing letters covered in black mesh: “N” and “W” for NASTY WOMEN. The letters will dramatically create a NASTY WOMEN monument around which submitted works will be displayed.

Each work will represent its own unique voice while being unified by the overall installation. It is the hope that this installation will create a strong visual statement of solidarity.


Viewers will be linked to an online catalog where they can see our artists’ work exhibited at Marshall Arts Gallery.

  • 2D & 3D WORK (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, etc.):

All 2D and 3D work must be no larger than 24″ wide and arrive READY TO HANG/INSTALL


We would like to include video for those of you who are video artists through small monitors and projection, as well as through YouTube links in the online catalog.  Please be aware that depending on how many video entries we receive we may have to loop multiple works on one monitor/projector. We will provide information to the audience about authorship of each piece.

  • TEXT:

We welcome writers and text artists to participate!  We will include your written work in a book,  links, and/or slideshows for viewing.


Please submit your work by following the instructions in our Amended 2022 Call to Artists.


Please provide the following information and files:

  • Contact Information
  • Details of Work (title, date, size, media, and price)
  • Artist bio
  • A short statement about either the work submitted or a more general statement about why you are participating.
    • If you do not feel comfortable providing any information beyond the practical contact and work details that is fine. 
    • If you wish to remain anonymous, you must indicate that in your submission so we can arrange for that, but we must have your contact details (which will not be made public).
  • Well lit, high resolution images of your work for exhibit and sale.

By submitting to the NASTY WOMEN Memphis: Choice exhibit you are agreeing to allow us to use your name and work image to help in the promotion of the exhibition. If your work is sold, the curatorial team will coordinate with you for the transfer of your work to the buyer, and 50% of payment of your work to you.

All accepted works will remain in the exhibit until after closing, at which time the sold works will be transferred to buyers, who are required to:

  • Retrieve their purchase from Marshall Arts Gallery after closing, or
  • Make arrangements to have their purchase shipped to them, at their expense. 

All works that have not been sold in the exhibit, will require pick-up by the artist at the gallery, following the closing.

If your work is sold, the curatorial team will coordinate with you for the transfer of 50% of payment of your work to you; then transfer your donation and contact information to Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, for their receipt to be mailed to you.

Use our CONTACT page if you still have questions or want to send us a comment