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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 8250 women artists in 425 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

143 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 C. Schwalbe

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WomanMade Gallery has been a pillar in the community of exhibiting works by women, for everyone, through the lens of feminism, intersectionality, and contemporary conversations the overlap being female in our world. I have had the fortune of exhibiting with WMG on many occasions, have periodically been a paying a member of their roster of artists, and have been a guest speaker. Most recently my participation in TRUTH as a Contested Concept was yet another highly curated and well received event that was most prescient as our nation undergoes the hearings to impeach our POTUS. Support this organization. Support WMG through your cash donation, through your attendance at their exhibits, through buying art from their exhibitions. and furthering your education, through art, about being female and being creative, in the 21st century. You will be glad you did.

Ruth S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The finest venue in Chicago, possibly in the country, for women artists. They nurture, encourage and have gained a fantastic reputation for their excellent shows.

Julie P.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I learned facts about how poorly women's art is represented in galleries, museums, textbooks and the media, I was shocked. Not only are we underpaid for work and rarely promoted to the top jobs, but even our art is not fully available for all people to see and appreciate.
Woman Made is trying to rectify that, and presents a warm and nurturing environment which encourages women to explore their artistic talents. How many times have we heard, "Well, I'm not really an artist . . ." Beate immediately embraces women and helps them find their strengths.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woman Made is one of the best, perhaps the best, non-profit gallery in Chicago. Their exhibitions are of a consistent, that is consistent very high caliber. The gallery takes also ample risks, featuring complex installations and art that may be challenging to at least some members of the public. I have been quite fortunate to see some of my works included in their exhibitions (yes, some of their shows are open to the "other gender"), and in my case this led even to an article in a prominent Chicago paper (The Chicago Reader). Also, the gallery does not hesitate to pay tribute to some important Chicago artists that had or have been ignored in the past, a most prominent example of this the wonderful Beatrice Fisher exhibition about a year ago.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was curious why anyone would want a gallery that specifically shows women's art the first time I entered Woman Made Gallery. I was amazed to see a depth of emotion in the art exhibited. Women wear their feelings on the sleeves and art is just one more way to express these feelings.
Plus, Beate Minkowsky Gallery founder had a great way of asking, "Are you an artist?, Will you call yourself an artist?" Too many years I danced around the Artist title until pressed by Beate to identify myself. It was a PUT UP or SHUT UP moment. Yes, I am. And I see a great need for a gallery to display and promote women artists and women's art.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I was very impressed with the quality of art shown at the gallery and the beautiful layout and lighting. I also found the people who work at the gallery very accommodating and friendly.

I would encourage anyone who comes to Chicago to take the time to stop by Woman Made Gallery and check out the fine art work and meet the lovely people who run the gallery.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have had an opportunity to show my work at WomanMade gallery in Chicago several times. It is a non-profit gallery and art collective run by and for women. Traditionally women have not had the opportunities in the visual arts and WomanMade is a fantastic venue for women. It is a beautiful space and it is run by very dedicated people. I am honored to have participated in several shows and to be a member of the organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Womanmade Gallery is an 18 year old non profit gallery that was the vision of one woman while she was attending college getting a degree in Fine Arts after raising a family. The 1st gallery was in a small storefront in an out of the way location in Chicago along side the commuter railroad tracks. Beate, the creator of the Gallery sold coffee and doughnuts to commuters and construction workers the first couple of years which paid the rent on the store. She went for many years without any kind of a salary.

The word of the gallery spread and the gallery grew in popularity and they were able to move to a larger loft located in a more hip, artsy community after about 10 years.

From there, they moved about 5 years ago into their current location which is a beautiful space to have a show or just show one piece of work. The gallery is close to downtown Chicago and in an art area close to other galleries.

There is also a gift shop with jewelry and pottery made by women crafts artisans.

Woman artists are still under displayed as artists in galleries and museums, even though the inequality issue was brought up in the early 1970's at a college art convention in San Francisco. There is still a critical need for woman artists to have a space they can call their own and display their work.

Over 6000 woman artists have shown their work at Womanmade and the networking, workshops, and support have been a life preserver as well as a stepping stone for many woman artists who have propelled their Art careers and now show at multiple places.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to WomanMade for all the help & encouragement to show my work & develop professionally. Twenty five years ago as a student, it meant so much to be inspired & learn from everyone connected with the gallery. I appreciate all the work done to enable others to further their careers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I moved to Chicago from New York, I found it difficult to find a community of artists like I had in NY. While curating an exhibit, I found a small store front gallery, Womanmade, where I found several artists in the slide registry. I briefly met Beate, the director and we corresponded every few years. Finally, I made an appointment to see her and show her my work. Two hours of intense connection, and I knew I had a found a place where I would aspire to show my work. For several years, I volunteered on weekends and have participated in shows, especially the 2009 International. What Womanmade does, is inspiring and meaningful. It gives me hope that the arts are still about communicating the personal, social and spiritual aspects of life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Woman Made is a fantastic gallery and resource centre. I have participated in there juried shows and monthly check out there online exhibitions for encouragement and inspiration as a professional artist. There work is important in supporting women and the arts community and general. Woman Made deserves many accolades and funds to continue their great work.

Priya B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with the Woman Made Gallery for a summer and continue to attend events and gatherings hosted by the gallery. I was originally interested in the gallery purely because of their social mission - to promote women in the arts. I have been constantly surprised at the incredible breadth of work that gallery displays and promotes, including intriguing themes, and use of different technologies and media.

In addition, the gallery owner, Beate, is incredible, and every single volunteer, intern, staff member etc I've worked with is warm and contributes to a very positive environment.

Lastly, they know how to throw a great party! Their Gala in April 2010 was fun and had a great crowd. Their occasional receptions are always enjoyable as well.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery has been a beacon in my life since the early nineties when I first noticed its striking mural of women while I was riding home on the Ravenswood El and thought: What's that all about? I stopped in shortly after, met the beloved Beate Minkovski, soaked in the art, and began my relationship with one of the most generous, provocative, savvy, and delightfully diverse art organizations I've ever had the pleasure to belong to! And here it is in 2011--still all about the incredible art that incredible women make. And although the gallery has long since moved from its original location on Rockwell, and I've been down in South Florida for a while now, it remains a light for me. A treasure. An unmeasurable gift.

Eileen Downes

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional collage painter who has shown at Woman Made Gallery in the past in juried exhibitions, and I am included in their stable on-line artist directory. Woman Made Gallery is a supportive, encouraging, and neccessary part of the arts community in the US and abroad. I appreciate what they have done for me and other women artists in furthering our art careers.

Alex L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had just started making art again after a long hiatus from art school when I first exhibited with WMG in 2003. The support and guidance I found at WMG and from its staff were more than incredible. The gallery is very professionally run by knowledgeable and wonderful people. It is contantly growing and evolving. It gives the necessary voice to women artists everywhere.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been in exhibitions at Woman Made Gallery
several times. Though I live in Michigan, I have visited
the gallery when it was in its former space.
The people are friendly and the quality of the art has
been excellent.
I have seen the photos of work in the gallery via
email and website, and it is consistently of high
quality, and I look forward to entering and being in
shows in the near future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery is a marvelous part of the Chicago arts and poetry world. Beate Minkovski is brilliant, hardworking, outgoing and not afraid of a challenge. She has run the gallery since she and another woman started it (about 15 years ago?) She has helped women from Chicago and all over the world display their creations. All styles are represented, from oils, watercolor, sculptures, collage, glasswork, media, jewelry, and pottery. Poetry is well represented. There are readings every six weeks, in conjunction with each new exhibit. Woman Made also offers an Outreach program at various inner city schools. It also has programs for The Women's Treatment Center, which assists addicts. Simply said, Woman Made Gallery has welcomed into its arms all those who love the arts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Years ago I made a long and deliberate online search for an arts group supportive of women in the arts that I could afford to join and through which I could exhibit my paintings. Woman Made Gallery was the best, in my opinion. I have been exhibiting and sometimes selling my work via the website they provided. Besides that, they have introduced me to vibrant, imaginative women's art worldwide. The exhibitions are always of a high quality and sensitive to aesthetic and social issues. As a proud member I have distributed postcards to innumerable interested artists and art lovers that feature their website

Board Member

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery in Chicago is one of those rare cultural oases in the sea of impersonal gallery experiences that visual artists come to know all too well. This organization is not only perfectly professional in their manner to handle and exhibit art, but also understands well the legions of creative professionals who need an organizing point for their ideas and energies. The programs and exhibitions are inspiring, provocative and informative. As a studio artist living and working in Cincinnati, Ohio, Woman Made has been a wonderful outpost for my intentions and artwork, and the staff has always been responsive and helpful in every interaction which began with my participation in their delightful "Holy Baloney" show in 1995. Wouldn't it be great if every city had the equivalent of Woman Made Gallery?!

Shannon D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is the single most amazing group of women I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

The quality and diversity of the art exhibited at the gallery is unparalleled in Chicago.

Their workshops and outreach change lives.

I am honored to be a board member.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Womanmade as an exhibiting artist and as a juror. I had a solo show at Womanmade in 2008 and also juried a group exhibition which went up at the same time. They are a thoroughly professional organization. It was a pleasure to work with them and helped me develop further as a professional.

11

Board Member

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery is much more than a well-run exhibit space! It's an inspirational community of generous people who give freely of their time and expertise. It's a gathering defined by those who make art and those who enjoy art. It's a place of strength where the female perspective is shown and valued. I have found Woman Made Gallery to be an incredibly supportive organization. They are always willing to answer an artist's question and provide needed information. The gallery's physical space houses high quality and thought provoking art. Their online presence is strong and growing. They are open in thought and directed in mission. Woman Made Gallery is a community asset.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Knowledge, commitment, and compassion are the first 3 words that come to mind when I think of Beate and Woman Made Gallery. Always reaching for higher standards and scholarship in art, entering an exhibition and getting accepted pretty much ensures that your work will be shown with other strong work. They have attracted dynamic jurors for their exhibitions through the years. And the gallery and board are always in a growth mode, changing when change is needed, with always the artist as the number one focus.

10

Board Member

Rating: 5

After I retired six years ago, a friend suggested I volunteer at Woman Made. I love art, and am good at office skills and organizing, so I dedicated seven hours a week to helping out. I loved it! Everyone is so friendly, and Beate is marvelous. Then I read a list of facts about how poorly represented women's art is in galleries, museums, textbooks and the media. I was shocked! How totally unfair! I have since joined WMG's board and am working as hard as I can to help find ways to improve this situation. I am proud to be supporting the gallery's mission!

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was my good fortune to have made the acquaintance of the director and assistant director of WMG about 2 years ago. The professional exhibitions and auxiliary activities that are offered to artists make WMG a rare resource for emerging, as well as established women artists. In a time of economic struggle they have been able to sustain a level of quality and professionalism that is amazing. Having also juried an exhibition at WMG, I was able to see first-hand their use of technology to streamline tasks, making better use of the resources they have. Most importantly, WMG has through their warmth and welcoming atmosphere, created a loyal and growing group of patrons and admirers. WMG is one of the true arts gems of Chicago!

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

WomanMade Gallery is a gallery/ exhibition space dedicated to furthering the work of women artists, often those who are invisible in the art world. The quality of exhibitions is generally outstanding, and are installed with great sensitivity to the placement of art work for maximum impact. I have participated in a number of juried exhibitions there, as well as a solo show, and found the staff extremely professional, warm, respectful, supportive, and helpful. This is not the usual treatment of artists in the "art world," where artists are often treated with a lack of respect. Also, I believe that their work is so important, giving voice to many women who do terrific work, but are not necessarily seen in the commercial gallery system.

7 karenfood

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I stumbled upon the Woman Made Gallery about 10 years ago when, recently retired, I had more time to visit interesting exhibits. Coincidentally I had started painting, but was quite timid about subjecting my work to a critical eye or forum. Woman Made Gallery not only had a very interesting exhibit, but the whole ambiance of the organization was appealing from its adherence to high artistic standards to its friendliness to its willingness to mentor. I began volunteering there and found a dedicated mentor not just in Beate Minkovski, the founding director, but from all members. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Woman Made has been my artistic home during all these years. I have worked on many aspects as a volunteer, and find that Woman Made does more with their funding than seems humanly possible. And, I have continued to grow as an artist because of the existence of Woman Made. High marks for this organization.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Woman Made is run by a great group of both seasoned and emerging artists & curators. They have group and solo exhibitions of work by women artists. I have had many positive experiences working with them as an artist, and as a viewer of art. I love that the gallery has recently hired some new young staff members with fresh ideas. I have noticed a lot innovations in the use of Woman Made's gallery space.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery has offered me the opportunity to see interesting juried exhibits; the opportunity to show my work in members' shows; small group discussions among artists sharing their thoughts on art. It is a welcoming, stimulating, and inviting environment.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

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.