Woman Made

Rating: 4.87 stars   132 reviews


685 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago IL 60642 USA


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.


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


Juried gallery exhibitions, group and solo shows, Artisan Gallery, workshops, membership program, online registry, website exhibitions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Woman Made has been an important advocate and incubator for women artists around the country and indeed the world. It provides a supportive environment in fostering professionalism and creativity. It was one of the first venues to show my work and I remember the excitement and pride I felt on seeing my work in exhibits there. I have subsequently seen the same excitement and pride on the faces of other women artists showing, often for the first time, at the gallery. I remember in particular one young woman who drove from New York and slept in her car to be there.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of Woman Made Gallery for over a decade and served as a client, donor, volunteer, and board member at various stages of my involvement. This is one of the only visual arts organizations that provides a safe, supportive place for women to improve their art skills and to display highly professional artwork. The gallery promotes women's issues through the thematic art exhibits. In addition, the environment is so warm and friendly that all who enter feel welcome and supported -- whether you are a woman, a man, an artist, or someone who has simply dropped in to view an exhibit. This is such a special place, and I have watched (and helped) it grow dramatically over the years.

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

See my review above. I have NEVER been in such a warm, welcoming gallery in my life. It is because Woman Made is not just a gallery -- it is a social-service "community" with a mission to serve artists and the general public. I have witnessed the power of Woman Made to lift up women artists by helping them grow and giving them confidence.

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

I would make sure it is better funded. This is an outstanding, well-deserving organization. The tiny staff and larger group of volunteers work very, very hard to make this a special place for all who walk in the door.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Woman Made is a beacon among art galleries. My work has been included in several of their exhibits over the years and each time I am impressed by their integrity, respect and support of women artists, and the quality and current theme of each show. Years ago Hillary Clinton and Maggie Daley came to the opening of an exhibit I was in. I feel they were as impressed with Woman Made Gallery, their focus on women in the arts and their outreach programs for the art community as I. I strongly recommend Woman Made receive this grant to further their work.

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

in the participation in art exhibits and some affairs

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

The only change needed is funding to help Woman Made Gallery reach out and expand on their ideas

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of Woman Made Gallery since its very early beginnings. It has been a supportive place for me to show, curate and speak about my art and global art experience. I have watched it grow and expand from a small storefront gallery supporting local artists, to the internationally recognized organization it is today. I am always amazed by the shows, artwork and artists that Woman Made attracts. And I have been amazed at how one woman's idea can be planted and grow so beautifully into the established institution it is today, connecting women, ideas and art globally.

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

It has supported me as an artist, to exhibit my work and to speak about my art experiences abroad.

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

I would give more money so they could have a permanent space!

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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