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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.