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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

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

FemArt

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of women artists. The director is knowledgeable and so inspiring. I highly recommend everyone contribute to Woman Made and feel good about making an impact on the lives of women in the visual arts!

Kimberly Miller
Jacksonville, FL

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For over 20 years, WomanMade Gallery has been an advocate for women artists, especially for women just entering the art world. WMG nurtures and supports their dreams and ambitions, through exhibitions, mentoring, advice and connections. Truly one of a kind, and much needed still.

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.

Andrea110

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Anyone I've ever met who knows Woman Made thinks of the gallery as one of the purest forms of communicating ideas through art. The founder truly understood how to take the most important concepts of society and create events that showcased art that connected to viewers, helping them to formulate their own ideas about important issues. Thankfully this vision has continued. Woman Made is an important component of today's art world.

Gina63

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Woman Made Gallery is such a special gem in the Chicago arts community. The gallery's exhibitions and community and youth programming do much to amplify the artistic voices of women, but also highlights some of the most exciting voices from a myriad of vantage points that are often vulnerable or muted. The work is always innovative and of high quality--WMG has a direct hold on the pulse of emerging contemporary art, and consistently delivers it to the surrounding community. Keep up the fabulous work!

1 Paula V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am an artist and am 67 years old. I am involved with WomanMade Gallery because their mission is to support womyn and their art. This matches my life-long intimate beliefs that our art has been under-appreciated, discounted, discouraged, and swept under the proverbial rug for eons in this (sorry to be cliché and obvious at the same time!) male-dominated society. And that our art is pertinent and needs to be in the forefront -- in public spaces, with public faces! This is what WomanMade strives to do. And I appreciate it so much. It's not "a man's world" at WomanMade -- it's a shared world and it's thriving.

1 Gail.C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WomanMade is a gutsy gallery for women mostly and it is full of gutsy classy art. They have filled a need in me to show my work in a place where woman and creativity count. I have been in several shows there. I have also been in shows elsewhere in Chicago. I think they are in the mainstream in the art world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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)!

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.

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.