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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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What energy! The moment you walk into the space you are transformed by the creative energy. I have been a member since, well, Praire Ave, & can't keep track of time. Walking into that extraordinary building was like comeing home. So welcoming. So encouraging, We in the Chicago-land area are blessed somehow to have this opportunity to share in our lives. The moves the gallery has made are bringing new enlightment to every community and engage those lucky enough to have stumbled into the doors,

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I truly enjoy viewing the variety of artistic works displayed during the shows given by Woman's Made Gallery. Whether one enjoys scuptures, paintings or photography, the artists use unique materials to graphically display the emotions they are attempting to tell. I look forward to each show, and can not wait to see everything in 2012.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have viewed several of the exhibits at Woman Made Gallery. It is difficult for me to pick which one I like the most. It is wonderful that there is a place and organization that gives the opportunity for individual artists to display their artwork. From needlework and painting to mixed media it is great to see the detail the artist produces. I think one of the best was a representation of something I also experienced, the decline of a loved ones health. The artwork, a series of pictures, tactfully and artfully expressed the feelings I felt. They do a great job, and with them being a not for profit organization, I personally help them by assisting in a monitary donation, to keep them open for us all.

Cat D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery is a rare organization that provides an opportunity for women artists to show their works in a gorgeous gallery space in Chicago. In a male dominated art world, this is invaluable. I will always submit to and support Woman Made Gallery.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a female artist, I have found Woman Made Gallery to be one of the best places to submit and show works. They offer so many opportunities with their juried calls and I have been able to show my works here more than anywhere else. I don't know what I would do without Woman Made!

Maria D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I participated in a group show "Abstractions" at Woman Made Gallery. It was a good experience, there was a good variety of work by artists from all over the country. The reception went well with a lot of people attending. Dropping off my artwork for the show was easy.

Ginny S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with Woman Made Gallery since their inception. I began visiting the gallery and partaking in drawing and other professional workshops, have exhibited in group and solo shows, have juried exhibits and been part of the advisory board. My experience has been personally and professionally enriching and positive in every way. Some of my favorite events are the poetry readings and artist presentations of their own and other artists' works. Thus WMG has created a history within a history of women's art, and passed it on to new generations through their community outreach.. The relationships formed there have been both challenging and nurturing. I have observed WMG's growth, tireless commitment and laser focus on women in the arts. Their outreach and programming has been stellar. The gallery continues to stay contemporary and even occasionally visionary.
As it has been for me, WMG has provided countless opportunities for networking, showcasing, presenting work and gaining professionalism to many artists and supporters.

Client Served

Rating: 5

“I've always thought of Woman Made as the ideal not-for-profit art gallery. I have utmost faith in your vision, intentions, projects, staff, presentation, online presence, handling, outreach, and integrity. This has been borne out in my 14 years experience with Woman Made! It's very important to have some galleries and venues that go beyond the 'bottom line' with what they do."

Barb S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is a joy to work with other women artists and art professionals in this supportive and welcoming environment. The exhibitions are top-rate and showcase the unique viewpoint that we bring to the art community. I would encourage all women artists to visit and support this wonderful venue.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I enjoy the show of this no profit organization. It is great that it is space open to the emerging artist and the community of Chicago.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Woman Made does more than just show challenging and interesting art. The director, board and staff are positive, encouraging and supportive of artists. Such kindness is not common in the art world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been impressed with Woman Made gallery for years. The staff and founding organizers have and are creating a special place for innovative thinking and artistic skill. It has and continues to fill the void in our social structure that discourages women to make artistic contributions. Thank you Woman Made for being there and being a venue that has given my voice an opportunity. I have exhibited in four or five exhibits and have been encouraged and connected to others through this organization. It is first rate in my opinion due to its people and purpose.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery is a wonderful place. It promote thought provoking artwork. As a professional artist I am always happy to show my work there. I live on the west coast yet I am aware of the exhibits at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. One of the things I like best is that if offers opportunities to international artists as well as artists from all over the US to exhibit there.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women Made Gallery has created a a unique space where the art lovers and artists can come together and exchange ideas. The shows are thought provoking and forward thinking while still maintaining aesthetic concerns. This is a special organization that has a local and national presence. I have had the honor of showing my work at the gallery and it was a wonderful experience!

Erin W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery is a very special arts organization in Chicago. The shows and openings are always welcoming and inspiring. The artists and members you meet are always friendly with a unique story to share about what brought them to WMG. Each time I come to the gallery I know that I will leave having learned or seen something new. It is inspiring to know that there is a place in Chicago that brings together so many unique individuals. If you have not stopped in or checked WMG out on the web I highly recommend that you do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Great gallery, promoting women in the arts. Immaculate presentation and professional conduct in all aspects of the art market.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been participating in events at Woman Made Gallery as an artist and volunteer for at least 15 years. Beate is a wonderful mentor and supporter of women artists and the programming offered at WMG is exceptionally helpful in advancing careers and helping artists make connections. I have personally participated in many group shows and was offered the opportunity for a solo show at the gallery after Beate suggested that I was ready. She has been an important advocate of my work and has provided support to advance my career.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery promotes Art by, for and about women. Located just north of the Chicago Loop, it exhibits juried art in thematic shows throughout the year. It sponsors other art events such as poetry readings, workshops and discussion groups. WMG gives exposure to many emerging and established artists and gives the community the opportunity to explore important issues. WMG has been serving the community since 1992, with an efficient and dedicated staff. The Gallery holds fabulous Friday night openings for each of its shows that showcase the artists and their art. These are wonderful events. I highly recommend WMG!

Tammi F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery is an exceptionally well-run organization that keeps overhead to a minimum and maximizes benefits to the arts community. The gallery puts up cutting edge, high quality exhibits featuring talented woman artists from around the world who might otherwise have difficulty finding a quality place to show their work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had my art work accepted for three shows at the Woman Made Gallery. The staff there is so supportive of artists! WMG provides an artist many opportunities: from showing work to specialized seminars providing knowledge on many subjects from how to get your work shown to critiquing work. When I was first looking for a gallery to enter my work, I was immediately drawn to WMG as a welcoming and grounded organization. WMG has been a guide for me in the past and I will continue to support them in the years ahead!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an artist whose work was in the group exhibition "The American Dream: A Juxtaposition" which ran from Jan. 21 to Feb. 24, 2001. This was my first show with Woman Made Gallery, and they were professional and helpful from the beginning of the process all the way through the return of the art work. For instance, when my original piece of art was lost during shipping, they worked patiently and kindly with me to ensure that a second shipment was received and available for the show as planned. I am a big fan of their work and mission, and my own work is being taken more seriously now that I have exhibited with this quality, well-respected arts institution. Woman Made Gallery is great for the artists who exhibit there, and also great for the public which (in my opinion) doesn't have enough venues to see quality work by women artists.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Woman Made Made Gallery is very unique.

Each show is a group show which provides lots of opportunity for women artists from around the world to show artwork in a professional space that many younger and / or unrecognized artists might not ordinarily have. While progress has been made, It is still true today that woman artists remain largely unrepresented in galleries. The group show model also makes the shows more interesting and exposes people to more artists at one time than the typical gallery.

Woman Made also provides that same opportunity for curators -- each show is curated by a different curator which gives the Gallery a rich diversity in the type of work that is shown. This means that Woman Made impacts a very large group of people, this diversity is also wonderful for people who visit the gallery.

Woman made hosts workshops that give artists skills, information, and the opportunity to connect with other artists and professionals in the field which helps artists to develop their careers. Poetry readings are also a part of every show which helps to bring new audiences into the Gallery and serve to inspire all those who attend.

I have shown at Woman Made 3 times and it has been a great experience, I am grateful for this organization!

Rachel Perrine
Evanston, IL