Woman Made

Rating: 4.87 stars   132 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Arts & Culture, Women

Location: 685 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago IL 60642 USA

Mission: Woman Made Gallery (WMG) supports, cultivates and promotes the diverse contributions of women in the arts through exhibitions and other programs that serve, educate and enrich the community.
Results: Woman Made has exhibited the work by more than 7500 women artists since 1992.
Target demographics: Women artists
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 600 artists benefit directly from Woman Made's annual programs.
Geographic areas served: Greater Chicago Area, throughout the United States, Overseas
Programs: Juried gallery exhibitions, group and solo shows, Artisan Gallery, workshops, membership program, online registry, website exhibitions.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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312-738-0400
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Rating: 5 stars  

Woman Made Gallery is a marvelous part of the Chicago arts and poetry world. Beate Minkovski is brilliant, hardworking, outgoing and not afraid of a challenge. She has run the gallery since she and another woman started it (about 15 years ago?) She has helped women from Chicago and all over the world display their creations. All styles are represented, from oils, watercolor, sculptures, collage, glasswork, media, jewelry, and pottery. Poetry is well represented. There are readings every six weeks, in conjunction with each new exhibit. Woman Made also offers an Outreach program at various inner city schools. It also has programs for The Women's Treatment Center, which assists addicts. Simply said, Woman Made Gallery has welcomed into its arms all those who love the arts.

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

I first became aquainted with WMG as a casual viewer. I was quite impressed. Soon I became a member and volunteered with various projects. My poetry has been published in their annual appointment book. Unfortunately, 2010 was the last one, due to high publishing costs. I have done poetry readings at the gallery, and had my poems and piece of my art displayed. The art is juried, so I feel proud to have had my work accepted at WMG. Beate has helped me spread my wings.

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

Make it possible for WMG to continue their marvelous appointment book, which featured art and poetry from their varied exhibits and readings.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Years ago I made a long and deliberate online search for an arts group supportive of women in the arts that I could afford to join and through which I could exhibit my paintings. Woman Made Gallery was the best, in my opinion. I have been exhibiting and sometimes selling my work via the website they provided. Besides that, they have introduced me to vibrant, imaginative women's art worldwide. The exhibitions are always of a high quality and sensitive to aesthetic and social issues. As a proud member I have distributed postcards to innumerable interested artists and art lovers that feature their website

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

I have enjoyed contacts with art lovers in England, Australia and the USA made through WMG, and widened my own education in my field through the sharing of approaches and techniques artists have made through statements regarding their inspirations and intents while creating the works shown on the WMG website.

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

Make them richer, if I could, so that they could continue what they are doing. and publicize it even more.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an artist that has exhibited at The Women Made Gallery on numerous occasions.
They have exhibited the highest standards in professionalism with a balance in positive human contact. They have advocated for the underrepresented artists of my time here in Chicago and internationally.
They have been mindful of my works and handling them with great care with exhibition, labeling and returning works.
I have observed and participated in Women Made Gallery shows for several years and have watched them evolve for many more. I am continually impressed with their juried and curated shows and look forward to many more years of art!

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

I have personally experienced my exhibited works in the gallery spaces of the Women Made. I have personally enjoyed many works by other artists over the years.

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

Give them more space to exhibit larger shows.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Woman Made Gallery in Chicago is one of those rare cultural oases in the sea of impersonal gallery experiences that visual artists come to know all too well. This organization is not only perfectly professional in their manner to handle and exhibit art, but also understands well the legions of creative professionals who need an organizing point for their ideas and energies. The programs and exhibitions are inspiring, provocative and informative. As a studio artist living and working in Cincinnati, Ohio, Woman Made has been a wonderful outpost for my intentions and artwork, and the staff has always been responsive and helpful in every interaction which began with my participation in their delightful "Holy Baloney" show in 1995. Wouldn't it be great if every city had the equivalent of Woman Made Gallery?!

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

my own professional development, and exposure to other artists who share my concerns and professional needs. I also love being able to support other great artists through purchases of fine art in their gift boutique.

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

bring the equivalent to my own hometown! So that I could participate more regularly.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is the single most amazing group of women I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

The quality and diversity of the art exhibited at the gallery is unparalleled in Chicago.

Their workshops and outreach change lives.

I am honored to be a board member.

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

too many ways to count.

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

increase their funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with Womanmade as an exhibiting artist and as a juror. I had a solo show at Womanmade in 2008 and also juried a group exhibition which went up at the same time. They are a thoroughly professional organization. It was a pleasure to work with them and helped me develop further as a professional.

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

Furthering my professional development as an artist and a curator.

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

Fund them better so their reach on marketing and publicity would be more extensive.

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11 people found this review helpful

Woman Made Gallery is much more than a well-run exhibit space! It's an inspirational community of generous people who give freely of their time and expertise. It's a gathering defined by those who make art and those who enjoy art. It's a place of strength where the female perspective is shown and valued. I have found Woman Made Gallery to be an incredibly supportive organization. They are always willing to answer an artist's question and provide needed information. The gallery's physical space houses high quality and thought provoking art. Their online presence is strong and growing. They are open in thought and directed in mission. Woman Made Gallery is a community asset.

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

As an artist, I have exhibited my work at the gallery. I have met wonderful people which have resulted in lasting friendships. I have had the chance to network with artists from other states. I have gained helpful information through attending their workshops.

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

I would love to see them secure enough funding to be able to add to their staff.

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Knowledge, commitment, and compassion are the first 3 words that come to mind when I think of Beate and Woman Made Gallery. Always reaching for higher standards and scholarship in art, entering an exhibition and getting accepted pretty much ensures that your work will be shown with other strong work. They have attracted dynamic jurors for their exhibitions through the years. And the gallery and board are always in a growth mode, changing when change is needed, with always the artist as the number one focus.

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

numerous ways, their art auction, exhibitions, and special programs.

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

help them identify additional world class jurors for their exhibitions.

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

they serve their clients, aka the artists.

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

have been wonderful. only one was a problem and she was let go when she was discovered to be undermining the mission.

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

Support many more artists, educate more aspiring artists, educate more people interested in art, produce publications about the arts, specifically women artists, have a gallery vehicle to transport materials, have a place for visiting artists to reside.

Ways to make it better...

the gallery had more money to do everything they dream of doing.

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

having the money to keep going and having people understand the continuing need for a women-centric organization for artists.

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

I LOVE the gallery. Their mission has been strong and never-wavering. They are a great example of self-determination, finding their way to do what they believe is important, supporting and promoting women artists. Thanks goodness!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

After I retired six years ago, a friend suggested I volunteer at Woman Made. I love art, and am good at office skills and organizing, so I dedicated seven hours a week to helping out. I loved it! Everyone is so friendly, and Beate is marvelous. Then I read a list of facts about how poorly represented women's art is in galleries, museums, textbooks and the media. I was shocked! How totally unfair! I have since joined WMG's board and am working as hard as I can to help find ways to improve this situation. I am proud to be supporting the gallery's mission!

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

Reinstate publications and events we've had to eliminate for lack of funds! Remodel our space for better display of our art and for security! Buy the building! Place ads! Give scholarships! Pay our ED and staff a better wage! And so much more!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I was my good fortune to have made the acquaintance of the director and assistant director of WMG about 2 years ago. The professional exhibitions and auxiliary activities that are offered to artists make WMG a rare resource for emerging, as well as established women artists. In a time of economic struggle they have been able to sustain a level of quality and professionalism that is amazing. Having also juried an exhibition at WMG, I was able to see first-hand their use of technology to streamline tasks, making better use of the resources they have. Most importantly, WMG has through their warmth and welcoming atmosphere, created a loyal and growing group of patrons and admirers. WMG is one of the true arts gems of Chicago!

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

gaining my first experience as a juror. As a result of my wonderful experience, I know it is something I would love to do again!

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

Is their enthusiasm and professionalism. WMG succeeds at creating professional exhibitions because they believe so strongly that artists and their work deserve respect.

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

The staff and volunteers are the best! They are very invested in the mission of the gallery and make every effort to create a quality experience for the artits and the public.

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

Get a bigger gallery space so they could spotlight the work of even more deserving artists!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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