Woman Made has been an important advocate and incubator for women artists around the country and indeed the world. It provides a supportive environment in fostering professionalism and creativity. It was one of the first venues to show my work and I remember the excitement and pride I felt on seeing my work in exhibits there. I have subsequently seen the same excitement and pride on the faces of other women artists showing, often for the first time, at the gallery. I remember in particular one young woman who drove from New York and slept in her car to be there.
I have been a member of Woman Made Gallery for over a decade and served as a client, donor, volunteer, and board member at various stages of my involvement. This is one of the only visual arts organizations that provides a safe, supportive place for women to improve their art skills and to display highly professional artwork. The gallery promotes women's issues through the thematic art exhibits. In addition, the environment is so warm and friendly that all who enter feel welcome and supported -- whether you are a woman, a man, an artist, or someone who has simply dropped in to view an exhibit. This is such a special place, and I have watched (and helped) it grow dramatically over the years.
Woman Made is a beacon among art galleries. My work has been included in several of their exhibits over the years and each time I am impressed by their integrity, respect and support of women artists, and the quality and current theme of each show. Years ago Hillary Clinton and Maggie Daley came to the opening of an exhibit I was in. I feel they were as impressed with Woman Made Gallery, their focus on women in the arts and their outreach programs for the art community as I. I strongly recommend Woman Made receive this grant to further their work.
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.
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.