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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Civil Rights, Visual Arts, Women, Womens Rights, Womens Service Clubs

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.

Community Stories

133 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

FemArt

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of women artists. The director is knowledgeable and so inspiring. I highly recommend everyone contribute to Woman Made and feel good about making an impact on the lives of women in the visual arts!

Kimberly Miller
Jacksonville, FL

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a fan of WMG for 20 years. My home is filled with art I bought at their shows and auctions. I feel incredibly blessed in getting to know many of the artists who have been served by the mission and to have worked closely with Beate over the years. I always get a huge boost when I step through the door, knowing what a difference WMG has made to so many artists and art lovers over the years. Three cheers for Woman Made! Three more for Beate!!!

2 Ann Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 3


I couldn't say anything but wonderful things about Woman Made Gallery!
They are Important to me !

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I owe my art career to Woman Made Gallery. I took a workshop about resume writing at WMG way back when they were located in the Prairie District. I found Beate and everyone there to be so nurturing and supportive that it gave me the confidence I needed to start entering shows. Many years later, I'm still devoted to the gallery and its mission. May it go on forever!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery in Chicago supports, cultivates, and promotes the artistic endeavors of women. The gallery provides a voice and a showcase for those who have traditionally been underrepresented in the gallery scene. I first took a workshop at Woman Made many years ago and immediately thereafter became a member. The art I make today wouldn't be possible without the support of Beate and everyone else at Woman Made. You know how they say you "never forget your first time"? Well, I had my first solo show at Woman Made, and it made all the difference!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Woman Made changed my life! It was a pivotal moment in my life when I found Beate and the gallery and I was so affected by the positive energy and respect she and the gallery shows for women artists. My involvement with the gallery generated professional accolades for me and I, in turn, was inspired to give back. The little storefront on the Northside that turned into a big storefront in the West Loop in Chicago is a vortex for women who need a boost of power. Really, the power is contagious and makes you be a better artist and challenges and refines your thinking. And it's full of great art and lots of fun.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Woman Made continues to work tirelessly to secure women's place in art, society and history through the vision and efforts of its executive director, Beate Minkovski. Though the organization has grown enormously over the last 18 years, it retains its original inviting, non-elitist and personal atmosphere. This is Beate's touch and I hope it will alwasy keep this flavor. The art selections are, for the most part, excellent and challenging and the gallery stays true to its mission to bring women artists to the public forefront and to actively educate the public about art. The website is excellent and I often "visit" the exhibitions on line before going to the gallery.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been part of the Woman Made Gallery community for the last decade. It is a well run, passionate, serious organization that supports women in the arts. The gallery space is beautiful and airy; the exhibitions they mount are handsome and current. The board under the leadership of Tammi Franke is really a fabulous entity. Visit this gallery!
Linda HIllman, Past board member

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery has served women artists all over the world for over 30 years. The gallery has a very strong and important mission statement to further women in the visual arts and it does just that. Because of it's non-profit status and the generous donations and funding it receives it doesn't need to concern itself solely with sales to keep the doors open and can accept works with controversial and politically charges messages and exhibit them. So wonderful when artists are not censored just because their message isn't saleable. The staff and volunteers are gracious and warm to everyone who enters the gallery.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For over 20 years, WomanMade Gallery has been an advocate for women artists, especially for women just entering the art world. WMG nurtures and supports their dreams and ambitions, through exhibitions, mentoring, advice and connections. Truly one of a kind, and much needed still.

1 Mary K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery exhibits strong work, including work that deals with difficult topics.

The staff and volunteers are friendly, and one feels at home there.

I am an artist who has exhibited at Woman Made and a volunteer . I donate and have included Woman Made in my will.

MARY KING

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery goes beyond just exhibiting good work. It provides tips and encouragement for artists. It feels like an Art Home.

1 Marsha Coupe

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the first gallery to get my attention as an artist. I'm in London, not Chicago, not America. I appreciate everything Woman Made Gallery stands for: The diversity; the audacity; the openness to new ideas. The unapologetic womanliness of this most marvelous place deserves our support. Viva WMG!

Andrea110

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Anyone I've ever met who knows Woman Made thinks of the gallery as one of the purest forms of communicating ideas through art. The founder truly understood how to take the most important concepts of society and create events that showcased art that connected to viewers, helping them to formulate their own ideas about important issues. Thankfully this vision has continued. Woman Made is an important component of today's art world.

Gina63

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery is such a special gem in the Chicago arts community. The gallery's exhibitions and community and youth programming do much to amplify the artistic voices of women, but also highlights some of the most exciting voices from a myriad of vantage points that are often vulnerable or muted. The work is always innovative and of high quality--WMG has a direct hold on the pulse of emerging contemporary art, and consistently delivers it to the surrounding community. Keep up the fabulous work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

This seems like a wonderful much needed group. I would like to join and volunteer. My life has had some testing struggles. With the help from awesome women that volunteer their time and knowledge.
I am getting back on track and my passion is in arts. Writing, drawing and painting mostly. My heart would love to be involved and donate my time in any way. Thank you. B. Hartman

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WMG is a wonderful organization that supports women in their creativity. Their shows push the envelope with innovative quality work. They're open-minded about new concepts and their gallery is a great place to pick up a little gift that the recipient won't find anywhere else. The fact that they have been around as long as they have, especially in our economy and put-art-on-a-back burner culture, is a tribute to the quality of their shows and staff.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great space for women to thrive. Nice to see the art. Shame they do not have more room.

1 flyaway1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello Beate, I sold my first painting in a gallery when you were on Prairie Avenue. I took a friend to the gallery, and she said "You have a red dot on your painting, what does that mean?" I asked. It was sold. Who Knew. I heard (true or not) that the woman who bought it, sent her chauffer to pick it up. I love the gallery, have donated money, and only wish I didn't live so far away, so I could go to the openings; also the neighborhood is a parking challenge. Best Wishes. ( I was also in a show about four,five years ago.) Margaret Newman PS: When you were on Ravenswood, a Tribune reporter took a photo of my painting "Girlfriends" and an interview , and the painting was in the art page. Your gallery has been good to me.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am an artist and have showed my work many times at Woman Made Gallery. It is one of the few galleries that supports all level of work for women. They have juried shows which attract artists and the public alike. It is a beautiful gallery, that shows the art to advantage. The director cares for the artists with nurturing and advice. I have sold my work there, because the opening of new shows attracts a great many people. The best!

1 Paula V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am an artist and am 67 years old. I am involved with WomanMade Gallery because their mission is to support womyn and their art. This matches my life-long intimate beliefs that our art has been under-appreciated, discounted, discouraged, and swept under the proverbial rug for eons in this (sorry to be cliché and obvious at the same time!) male-dominated society. And that our art is pertinent and needs to be in the forefront -- in public spaces, with public faces! This is what WomanMade strives to do. And I appreciate it so much. It's not "a man's world" at WomanMade -- it's a shared world and it's thriving.

1 Gail.C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WomanMade is a gutsy gallery for women mostly and it is full of gutsy classy art. They have filled a need in me to show my work in a place where woman and creativity count. I have been in several shows there. I have also been in shows elsewhere in Chicago. I think they are in the mainstream in the art world.

Carla W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped with the organization and planning of the WMG Gala fundraising dinner event. I was impressed by the camaraderie, high morale, and supportive atmosphere of the group.