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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

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery has served women artists all over the world for over 30 years. The gallery has a very strong and important mission statement to further women in the visual arts and it does just that. Because of it's non-profit status and the generous donations and funding it receives it doesn't need to concern itself solely with sales to keep the doors open and can accept works with controversial and politically charges messages and exhibit them. So wonderful when artists are not censored just because their message isn't saleable. The staff and volunteers are gracious and warm to everyone who enters the gallery.

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!

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.