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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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

woman made has made and contributed to the world the best humans and art and babies and celebrations that I cherish and love eternally .
thank you woman made.

Vecelina M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Womanmade Gallery is a dream come true for
thousands of women and men globally.
Supporting the awesome vision of multicultural
female artists in new, accessible and innovative
ways has increased visibility manifold for women
artists of all kinds in a male dominated art world.
Since 1992 Womanmade Gallery has opened countless
doors for raising the equality bar back to where it
belongs. In doing this great humanitarian work that
celebrates everthing that is female and therefore male,
Womanmade Gallery is enriching the lives of future
generations to come.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.