Call for Submissions – She Also Served: Jewish Canadian Servicewomen in the Second World War


Image: Alex Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives


She Also Served: Jewish Canadian Servicewomen in the Second World War

During the Second World War 17,000 Jews were enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces proudly serving their country despite Canada’s “none is too many” Jewish immigration policy. Of these 17,000, at least 279 were women. To highlight the contributions of these Jewish servicewomen and to combat the lack of public awareness of their participation in WW II, this call for submissions seeks proposals for original 2D digitally generated artworks that tell the story of these Jewish Canadian military personnel.

These works will be printed on banners that will be hung throughout the existing exhibitions and galleries at The Military Museums, Calgary, during Jewish Heritage Month, May 2021. In addition to the physical exhibition, artworks will also be virtually circulated on the project website.

Canadian artists who self-identify as Jewish and as women, are invited to submit proposals for 2D digital artwork, inspired by the stories of these women. Source material is available on website She Also Serves.

Please submit a maximum 500-word proposal for an original 2D digital artwork (created, for example, using photoshop, digital photography, digital collages, etc.) for a vertical banner measuring 75 cm x 165 cm. A link to your website, or a pdf including 10 examples of previous work and a curriculum vitae, must accompany the submission. Please note, digital copies of drawings, paintings or other non-digitally generated works will not be considered.

Ten artists will be invited to create works based on the proposals submitted. Criteria for evaluation include: clarity of theme, quality of research supporting proposal, creativity, visual presentation, and quality of supporting documents. Jurors are: Dr. Jennifer Eiserman, Associate Professor, Department of Art, University of Calgary; Saundra Lipton, Adjunct Librarian, University of Calgary; Dick Averns Canadian Forces Artist; and David Bercuson, Department of History, University of Calgary.

Selected artists will receive a contract indicating that each artist retains copyright and will be paid a CARFAC group exhibition fee of $395.

Submissions are due December 31, 2020. Artists will be notified by January 22, 2021 regarding the jury’s decision. Artists invited to participate will be asked to send .tiff files of completed pieces by April 1, 2021. Please send submissions and any questions to: Jennifer Eiserman,