I've been part of the Woman Made Gallery community for the last decade. It is a well run, passionate, serious organization that supports women in the arts. The gallery space is beautiful and airy; the exhibitions they mount are handsome and current. The board under the leadership of Tammi Franke is really a fabulous entity. Visit this gallery!
Linda HIllman, Past board member
Woman Made Gallery is a very special arts organization in Chicago. The shows and openings are always welcoming and inspiring. The artists and members you meet are always friendly with a unique story to share about what brought them to WMG. Each time I come to the gallery I know that I will leave having learned or seen something new. It is inspiring to know that there is a place in Chicago that brings together so many unique individuals. If you have not stopped in or checked WMG out on the web I highly recommend that you do!
Woman Made Gallery promotes Art by, for and about women. Located just north of the Chicago Loop, it exhibits juried art in thematic shows throughout the year. It sponsors other art events such as poetry readings, workshops and discussion groups. WMG gives exposure to many emerging and established artists and gives the community the opportunity to explore important issues. WMG has been serving the community since 1992, with an efficient and dedicated staff. The Gallery holds fabulous Friday night openings for each of its shows that showcase the artists and their art. These are wonderful events. I highly recommend WMG!
Woman Made Gallery is an exceptionally well-run organization that keeps overhead to a minimum and maximizes benefits to the arts community. The gallery puts up cutting edge, high quality exhibits featuring talented woman artists from around the world who might otherwise have difficulty finding a quality place to show their work.
Woman Made Gallery helped to jump start my art career. I was accepted into a few of their juried art exhibitions soon after receiving my BFA frm the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Woman Made was one of the early pioneers of establishing a strong presence on the internet in the late 1990's when the art community still had not embraced this technology. Through this resource by having my work on their site, i was discovered my Chicago gallery of over 10 years. In addition, i was invited to be in several international exhibitions.
Woman Made has fostered women artists since its inception. They are an extremely important venue for artists in all stages of their careers. In addition, friendly and professional networking is a natural result of one's relationship with this gallery. Their outreach extends to other organizations in the community that assists women in other areas as well.
The director, Beate Minkovski, leads with her tireless passion to help women achieve their goals, become better and more professional artists, and discover their own voice.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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!