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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: Since 1992 Woman Made has exhibited the work by more than 8500 women artists in 435 group and solo shows.

Target demographics: Women Artists

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 600 artists benefit directly each year 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, gallery talks, workshops, membership program, website exhibitions.

Community Stories

176 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Nigel Tufnel Scralfie V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been lucky enough to participate in several exhibits at Woman Made gallery. We are so lucky to have a space that gives voice to women artists and allows and encourages them to tell their stories. Their exhibit themes are always smart and thought-provoking, and their promotion and organization always thorough and professional. I hope to continue collaborating well into the future and always look forward to seeing what they have up their sleeve next!

1 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!

1 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.

1 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.

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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."

1 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.

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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.

1

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.

1

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.

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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.

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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!

1 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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

1 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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional artist, Woman Made Gallery has provided several juried exhibitions to which I can submit work. Having been accepted into shows at this prestigious location means that I have an out-of-state line on my resume and that lots of people have been exposed to my work who otherwise wouldn't have been.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over my years of association with Woman Made Gallery, I have been continually impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication to their mission. I have seen the results of their hard work in the quality of their exhibits and support of artists. And I have also seen the appreciation and excitement of the those artists they have helped.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WMG is providing an open stage to women artist that is very unique in Chicago. The staff is very welcoming, warm and supportive. As an artist, it was the first gallery I approached and I was very encouraged by their passion and commitment to art.
I agree with the other posting that WMG is a social-service "community" with a mission to serve artists and the general public. They do it very well and we hope to keep them around for many years to come.

1 Kathy G.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very impressed with this gallery, It serves a much needed purpose in our community by highlighting the work of female artists. Too often we have seen that art of females is not given its equal exposure to the public. We especially find that the management of this gallery works hard to carry out the goals of a gallery - variety of art shown (all classifications shown iincluding crafts) , fairness by giving opportunities to artists to show their work, and the art is beautifully shown in a modern attractive space. The gallery management also tries hard within its limited budget to communcate its existence to the public and works hard to bring the public into its facility.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery (WMG) has been a superb support organization to women artist. WMG helps promote quality artist, poetry performances and assist in advancing the knowledge base of women. I am proud to be associated with WMG women, who understands my concerns and goes the extra mile to promote our work as professionals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Woman Made Gallery, since its inception, has provided exceptional services to its members. It has provided me the opportunity to have a presence on the Internet that I would otherwise not have.

The Executive Director initially sat down with me to select the images that were place on my website. She has also encouraged me to update my files.

The Woman Made Gallery has also alerted its membership to any scams directed to artists that have come through email communications.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery has played an important role in my growth as an artist and I have witnessed its encouraging effects on scores of women artists who had otherwise found few outlets for their art. It provides a supportive and throughly professional venue for challenging, provocative and interesting exhibits as well as opportunities in fine crafts and poetry. Its workshops further underpin its mission.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have participated in two group shows at WomanMade Gallery. Both times, the staff were very welcoming and supportive, and made my experience very enriching. It is very difficult to find galleries in major cities like Chicago who will accept work from unknown artists. I have appreciated WomanMade because not only do they accept work by artists like me, they seem interested in advancing the careers of women in the arts in general. I even received an unsolicited phone call one from the gallery's director, to inform me about an upcoming show that my work would fit well with. In these days of high competition, I very much appreciate this kind of personal interest and support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dear Judges,

I am an artist and supporter of the Woman Made Gallery. Recently I showed a few pieces of my work there and the experience was magical.

So many woman are brought together and empowered through this space.

It is one of the strongest artistic pillars in the country for woman .

I highly recommend WMG for $5,000 prize. They deserve it and so much more.

Warmest Regards,

Jenny Priego

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Woman Made Gallery (Chicago) continues to impress me with its dedication to women and the arts. WMG not only sustains and fosters this relationship, but endorses the distinct and creative contributions of women in the arts not only through exhibitions, both domestically and internationally based, but with programs that serve, educate and enrich our community as a whole. As a L.A. artist, WMG has been an amazing addition to my art and personal membership in the art world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Woman Made Gallery makes it possible for artists from many different backgrounds eligible to submit their work to their gallery. The gallery goes out of their way to support women and themes presented for shows, celebrating diversity. The hands of the Woman Made gallery traveled even to MN where they made a special visit to the WARM, the Women's Art Registry of MN, where Beate Minkovski gave a talk and greeted reviewed work in our show. I will continue to visit the gallery despite no longer living in the Chicago area, I do travel to visit a few times a year to visit relatives. I have also heard many good things about their outreach program, being a teacher in the arts I know how important inspiring young children can change their perspective on life. I beleive the gallery will continue to grow and move forward.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an emerging artist and I had the wonderful opportunity to show at the not-for-profit Woman Made art gallery. The chance to exhibit my art work is of importance because it ads value to my artwork. As well, it helps me build my cv.

Art allows one to express what can not be said with words. The Woman Made gallery does a great job at enhancing women's work. And they provide a great service to the artistic community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The actual existence of Woman Made gallery has contributed to my sense of pride as an artist and more importantly, to my sense of belonging in the art world. My relationship with this gallery began 8 years ago with my participation in a group exhibition "Tradition: The Blessing and the Curse". I am preparing to take part in their upcoming "14th INTERNATIONAL Open" group exhibition. I am a Haitian born artist with a focus on women and Vodoo imageries. Because of my style, I don't fit neatly into the commercial mainstream gallery exhibitions. Nevertheless, over the past 40 years I have participated in many shows, both solo and with groups. Compared to many other galleries I've experienced, Woman Made's phylosophy and vision make it an excellent place for women artists like me. This gallery avoids the usual intimidation and snobery often encountered in the art world; it manages to maintain a high level of professionalism, while being accessible and supportive . Their welcoming attitude shows respect for the great diversity of women artists. As far as I know, many artists from the US and other countries dream of showing their work in large cities like New York and Chicago. Sadly these places are nearly impossible to access and they continue to cater primarily to a white male dominated demographics. Other sad fact is that non profit galleries can be quite incompetent which can make the artists feel devalued. Woman Made makes a much needed contribution to the female half of the art world and should be supported.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery is exemplary among galleries, and mainly because it serves the critical role of supporting women artists. I had the opportunity to both exhibit at WMG and jury an exhibition. The positive exposure I received as both artist and juror has enabled me to continue on an upward trajectory in my career. I am grateful to Woman Made gallery for giving 'up and coming' women artists the important opportunity to professionally exhibit their work in Chicago.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The building that houses Woman Made Gallery in Chicago has large windows that face west and let in a lot of beautiful sunlight. In a city like Chicago with its long gray winter that is especially important. In fact, the light that flows into the space gives it a warm and welcome appearance. In actuality, Woman Made Gallery is a warm and welcoming place for women to involve themselves in the arts whether as an artist, patron of the arts or just a casual gallery visitor.

It is a friendly, inclusive gallery which puts on a number of creative and often topical group exhibitions per year. They also offer solo shows for women artists. And there is an area called the Artisan Gallery which features craft works such as ceramics, jewelry, blown glass, and fiber art forms. The gallery draws from a national and international pool of women artists. They encourage women who are still in art school or recent graduates to become involved through their call for art at reason entry fees or through their internship programs. This is a hidden gem of opportunity for women artists in America and abroad.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

WMG is an wonderful gallery, it has been putting together great shows, working always with professionalism and creativity. I was fortunate to exhibit my work there in 2009 and am sure that this experience added more credibility to my resume. I also had the opportunity to participate in other shows that had Ms. Minkovsky as guest curator and listen to her talking about her vision of art and the WM Gallery history and philosophy. She is definitely an inspiration to all of us!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Woman Made did a great job of encouraging me to submit artwork for a show. This was important because I'm not an experienced exhibitor. The work of women artists needs to be taken seriously, places need to be provided for their work to be shown, and role models need to be provided. Woman Made is a class operation in doing these things.

Stephanie W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of visiting Woman Made Gallery for the first time for a networking event hosted by a local production company. Intrigued by the mission and history of Woman Made, I was eager to check out the gallery space and works of art. As expected, the gallery was a unique venue representing quality artists who find it difficult to find a place to stand in a male dominated field. I was impressed with the diversity of artwork displayed; from print, painting and 3-D work, the gallery space was engaging and well thought out. Woman Made offers a rare but important opportunity for women to grow as artists.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Woman Made Gallery since their inception. I have seen them grow and mature into an excellent gallery/exhibition space/support for both emerging and established artist.

Most importantly the quality of the work they show is excellent. Both Beate and the different Boards have worked very hard over the years to maintain the quality of this artspace.

I cannot imagine a more worthy institution

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery is an incredible organization. Their goal is to support women in the arts by providing opportunities, awareness and advocacy and they specifically accomplish this through exhibitions which raise public awareness and recognition of women's cultural contributions.

Searah D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel really honored to have been included in two shows at this gallery. I appreciated so much the support that I received as an artist and the opportunity I had to show work that isn't usually considered for mainstream gallery shows (body-centered fiber work). The work that Woman Made is doing to support women in the arts and showcase unique artwork is invaluable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having shown my paintings at many galleries in Chicago, Woman Made is by far my favorite. They women who work there are kind, helpful and the least pretentious you'll find in such a great location.The shows themselves are beautifully put together and thought provoking.

I have also attended several of their openings I have not had work in. From this perspective, again, Woman Made is a Chicago gem. They give women that can not afford the entree fee the opportunity to enter free and so get a great variety of works truly representational of women from all walks of life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I discovered Woman Made Gallery in the early '90's when it was on Ravenswood (many moves ago) and was thrilled to become a member. In my association with the gallery I have been accepted into numerous juried shows as well as showing and selling smaller works in their gift shop.
I also had the opportunity to jury a show called "Cats and Dogs". That experience has made it much easier for me as an artist, to receive my own non-acceptance notifications in the mail. Jurors choice.
Woman Made Gallery has been nothing but a boon to woman artists nationally and internationally. The gallery has always provided numerous opportunities to participate in workshops and events.
LONG LIVE WOMAN MADE GALLERY!

AllGoodThings

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am submitting work for juried competitions and also am aware of this organization through Pivotal and the website. Excellent gallery, excellent website, fantastic all around with talent, education, and more. This organization is very responsive to the artist's needs and the viewing public too.

Topper H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great place with a great mission! I learn something new on every visit.

Rosemary L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Woman Made has a history of being sensitive to the needs of artists and then working to address those needs. I discovered this in a personal way when WomanMade came to the rescue for me as I was dealing with the maddening experience of having work censored without explanation in a nearby venue.

When the people at Woman Made heard my story of being accepted by a museum curator, only to be censored by building personnel, they guessed that others artists may be experiencing censorship as well. Rising to the challenge, they put out a nationwide call for censored work for me to jury and mounted the resulting submissions. The works chosen were so intriguing that I wrote an exhibition paper on the subject of censorship in the visual arts. It was subsequently published by a Midwestern art magazine.

Woman Made Gallery gallantly agreed to tackle a thorny issue and through that experience provided a much needed venue for myself and all the artists in the exhibit. Also benefiting were those who gave serious thought to the issue of censorship and free speech after reading the censorship article. I Woman Made for their courage and generosity on behalf of women artists and for the invaluable service of showing women's visual expressions.

Rosemary Luckett
12379 Hunters Grove Rd.
Manassas, VA 20112
rosemary.luckett@comcast.net

Sarah H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with WomanMade Gallery for many years. I have had a solo exhibition there, participated in numerous group exhibitions, and have also donated my work to their fund-raising events. I also have a website through their gallery, which is very clean, easy to navigate and professional-looking. I often get compliments on the layout and design of it. The people who work at WomanMade Gallery are always a pleasure to deal with. They are very kind as well as very professional, and I have always been very pleased to have my work shown in their gallery. Any questions or concerns I have had regarding the exhibitions or website have been addressed promptly and in a friendly manner. They were SO helpful particularly when I had my solo exhibition there. They are wonderful, and if I lived in Chicago I wouild go to all their openings (I live in NYC)!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a woman artist from Chicago. I have shown with Womanmade 3 times in the past 5 years. They always have a great show with such interesting work. I especially love that they have a variety of curators to keep the shows fresh. They have been an integral part of my growth as an artist.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Years ago when I first started showing my jewelry in galleries, Woman Made was one of the first places I went. Above all others, they, especially Beate Minkovski helped guide and shape me to become a professional. Her warmth, support and mentorship will never be forgotten. Since those early years, I've met a number of members from the team each has been as open and welcoming as she. Their workshops and shows are a wonderful resource for all, for artists and patrons alike. You'd have to go a long way to find an organization that is as artist and woman friendly as Woman Made

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

They provide a unique outlet for woman made art and expressions of todays culture. A dear artist friend of mine has showna piece there and was treated like a world class artist, which I believe she is! A must see on any gallery tour.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an Associate Professor of Fine Art at Black Hills State University. I have had the honor of exhibiting at Woman Made Gallery twice--once while I was in graduate school and once this past year.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an artist and I had my work included in an exhibition at Woman Made Gallery a few years ago. It was one of the first shows I ever sent my work to and being included in it gave me confidence to continue applying to shows and making my work. For an emerging artist like myself, Woman Made Gallery provided a much needed opportunity to get my artwork in the public eye and viewed by people who would not otherwise see it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a working artist and teacher who has shown at the Woman Made Gallery on two separate occasions. Because their web site is continually updated, it is a great source of inspiration for both myself and my students. The women artists represented are current broadly represented. Thematic shows, one person and group exhibitions are rotated throughout the year. The work represented is more often than not, a very sophisticated and accomplished venue. The space is clean, well lit and non restricted in terms of size or installations of work. The jurors for the exhibitions have international and national reputations making the exhibitions highly competitive. I look forward to working with them in the future for they are a committed and professionally run organization, by and for the promotion of women artists.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to Woman Made Gallery a number of times for various openings and events and I'm ALWAYS so impressed by them. The variety of artists and types of work is fantastic. They have been around Chicago for many years are still serve to my knowledge as the only all women focused gallery. Impressive.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery has been mentoring artists for decades, and has been an important asset, not only in Chicago, but as far reaching as the international arts community. As galleries close, WMG stands strong in its commitment to maintain the high standards it has always valued and to help artists in so many ways: exhibitions, workshops, and more. I want to acknowledge and thank the Director, Beate Minkovski, for decades of service to the artists that WMG has helped and continues to help. Organizations like Woman Made Gallery are few and deserves as much support as it can get.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women made provides a much needed opportunity for women to exhibit their art as well as continue a dialog that women artist are and have always been a valuable resource in the arts. They always have relevant exhibits that support women and their values. When we, as a society, empower women we in turn create a stronger social connection to each other. Love, compassion and empathy start at home.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery helped to jump start my art career. I was accepted into a few of their juried art exhibitions soon after receiving my BFA frm the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Woman Made was one of the early pioneers of establishing a strong presence on the internet in the late 1990's when the art community still had not embraced this technology. Through this resource by having my work on their site, i was discovered my Chicago gallery of over 10 years. In addition, i was invited to be in several international exhibitions.

Woman Made has fostered women artists since its inception. They are an extremely important venue for artists in all stages of their careers. In addition, friendly and professional networking is a natural result of one's relationship with this gallery. Their outreach extends to other organizations in the community that assists women in other areas as well.

The director, Beate Minkovski, leads with her tireless passion to help women achieve their goals, become better and more professional artists, and discover their own voice.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Woman Made Gallery is a great Chicago gallery that features art by women artists. They support women's art and so I support them.

Martin G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Years ago I would visit Woman Made as an artists and it had always been about women first and art second. After a few years of going to shows off and on I decided my time was better spent at other spaces where the art had a more prominent role in the development of the community surrounding the gallery. Recently, I decided to revisit Women Made and was surprised to see a change in, not only the people who visit and run the space, but the art had spanned a wider range as well as being of higher quality.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Visiting Woman Made is nothing less than inspirational. My first visit to the space left me awed by the quality of work and their mission to support women artists.
The clean lines of the multi-dimensional space was the perfect backdrop for the striking jewelry, elegant paintings and intriguing sculptural pieces that they have assembled.
Woman Made has quickly become one of my favorite galleries in Chicago.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Its a great space I attended during a Pivotal networking event. I like its mission to support women artists.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I stumbled upon Woman Made Gallery and I'm so glad I did. As someone who supports women in the arts, it's a great showcase of the talents and contributions of women. I highly recommend it to friends and family, both within the city of Chicago and those visiting. It's a gem for our city and there is always new and fresh exhibits on display whenever I visit.

Richard M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Woman Made is an incredible resource for female artisans in our community. The showcasing of woman-conceived art projects from minor installations (small pieces of hand-crafted jewelry) to major, multidimensional, interactive pieces is not replicated anywhere in the Chicago metro area. The placement of this remarkable resource in an urban setting where it can be appreciated, experienced, and where people have access to purchasing such diversity is an award-worthy concept.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2003, I entered a juried exhibit entitled Spatially Inspired at Woman Made Gallery. Not only did they offer me a subsidized entry fee due to the fact that I was a newly single mother without a steady income, they did a lovely job of installing my work and sharing it with the community. I do not live in Chicago, nor was I able to attend the show or its opening, but two trusted friends did so in my stead, and sent rave reviews.