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February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

WomanMade Gallery is a gallery/ exhibition space dedicated to furthering the work of women artists, often those who are invisible in the art world. The quality of exhibitions is generally outstanding, and are installed with great sensitivity to the placement of art work for maximum impact. I have participated in a number of juried exhibitions there, as well as a solo show, and found the staff extremely professional, warm, respectful, supportive, and helpful. This is not the usual treatment of artists in the "art world," where artists are often treated with a lack of respect. Also, I believe that their work is so important, giving voice to many women who do terrific work, but are not necessarily seen in the commercial gallery system.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

put on additional shows, with outstanding programming, without the financial constraints facing not-for-profit arts groups.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 10, 2010

I stumbled upon the Woman Made Gallery about 10 years ago when, recently retired, I had more time to visit interesting exhibits. Coincidentally I had started painting, but was quite timid about subjecting my work to a critical eye or forum. Woman Made Gallery not only had a very interesting exhibit, but the whole ambiance of the organization was appealing from its adherence to high artistic standards to its friendliness to its willingness to mentor. I began volunteering there and found a dedicated mentor not just in Beate Minkovski, the founding director, but from all members. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Woman Made has been my artistic home during all these years. I have worked on many aspects as a volunteer, and find that Woman Made does more with their funding than seems humanly possible. And, I have continued to grow as an artist because of the existence of Woman Made. High marks for this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was invited to have a solo show.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Maybe have tiers of membership so that out of town members who cannot avail themselves of all the services and networking would be encouraged to join.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting other artists, participating in a women's art discussion group.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Pay the director more. Hire a full-time administrative person. Buy the building.

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fundraising in lean times. Increasing membership which is also a challenge in lean times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am an amateur so all suggestions should be taken in that spirit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 9, 2010

Woman Made is run by a great group of both seasoned and emerging artists & curators. They have group and solo exhibitions of work by women artists. I have had many positive experiences working with them as an artist, and as a viewer of art. I love that the gallery has recently hired some new young staff members with fresh ideas. I have noticed a lot innovations in the use of Woman Made's gallery space.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

group exhibitions, solo exhibition, as a juror, and as a viewer

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perhaps include more conceptual art or more contemporary, young artists

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with intelligent and perceptive staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very helpful & friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach out to a wider audience by relocating to a more high-traffic area.

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I LOVE this gallery

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

exposure, attention from art critics. And perhaps being perceived as a "second class" gallery mainly because it serves women artists

One thing I'd also say is that...

Woman Made is such a great addition to Chicago's galleries. I hope they continue to run for many years to come.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 9, 2010

Woman Made Gallery has offered me the opportunity to see interesting juried exhibits; the opportunity to show my work in members' shows; small group discussions among artists sharing their thoughts on art. It is a welcoming, stimulating, and inviting environment.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how open, welcoming and stimulating its events are.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 9, 2010

I have been involved with Woman Made for almost 10 years as a visitor, vendor, donor and friend. They are a tremendous resource for womens art in Chicago. Their range is wide and they emmbrace many sorts of art and artists. Their events, open houses and galas are warm and welcoming and have opened my eyes to new artists and artisans. They are professionaly managed and I ahve seen great longevity in the volunteers and board members which speaks volumes to the executive director and the high level of operations and collaboration amongst the volunteers and staff. People stay invoved because it is a wonderful organization to be part of.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

a wide range of women. I love that you can work beside artists and also corporate and professional executives. All have a passion for art and for the greater good. It is inspiring.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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