20 YEARS STRONG
685 N MILWAUKEE AVE
CHICAGO IL 60642
TEL: 312 738 0400
1992 - Present
Woman Made Gallery (WMG) was founded in 1992 to provide women artists with the opportunity to exhibit, perform, publish and sell their work and to offer a place for support and community. According to an NEA 1992 statistic, only 17% of works in U.S. galleries are by women, although 48% of the artists in the U.S are women (Bureau of Labor, 1993). The prevalence of discrimination is not so amazing when we consider that just 40 years ago there was virtually no mention of women artists in university art history courses or in texts on art. Because discrimination does exist, WMG is here to provide women with opportunities to exhibit, curate, perform, read, teach and develop leadership.
WMG is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established to work for the equal placement of women's art in the world. To effectively achieve this goal, art produced by women would be exhibited, collected and written about as abundantly as art produced by men. WMG focuses energy in these three areas by exhibiting art made by and about women, educating the public about women's art, and advocating for the equal treatment of women's accomplishments.
WMG was located on Chicago's northside in Ravenswood Manor until August 1997. In its first five years, WMG held ten juried group exhibits annually after which we reduced the exhibitions to eight per year, to allow for additional viewing time for each exhibition. We have exhibited the art of over 6500 women artists from every area of the United States, as well as from Canada, Central America, and overseas. Exhibits have ranged in theme from topics such as domestic violence and prejudice issues to stylistic themes such as the still life and surrealism. Some shows have been exclusive to artists who are lesbians, women over 50, women under 30, and women of color. Representatives of the groups juried these exhibits. At Woman Made Gallery, women themselves decide what art is culturally significant. Varied perspectives are featured because we select women from different cultural and professional backgrounds to act in leadership roles such as jurors and curators.
In September 1997, WMG moved its facilities from the storefront in the Ravenswood community to Prairie Avenue, south of downtown Chicago. The move was motivated by a desire to be more centrally located to downtown and closer to the more diverse populations that reside in Chicago's Southside and Pilsen neighborhoods. This location also accommodated more exhibition space and allowed us to exhibit various works from our Permanent Collection.
Woman Made Gallery left the Prairie Avenue District early in 2003 to continue its programs in a new neighborhood in Humboldt Park, bordering Wicker Park. There the Gallery was housed until November 2005 in a 2,300-square foot space in the Acme Artist Community Building at 2418 W. Bloomingdale, among artists' studios and other not-for-profit organizations.
Since November 15, 2005, Woman Made Gallery has been located at 685 N. Milwaukee Avenue, just two blocks southeast of Intuit and close to ARC Gallery. In a 3000-square foot space distributed on two levels, WMG is hosting six exhibition cycles per year with at least eight group and eight solo exhibitions, plus four thematic group shows in its Artisan Gallery, per year.
The gallery has increasingly attracted journalists and critics, resulting in complimentary articles and reviews. Persistence, professionalism, and confidence in our mission have led to a heightened public interest in gallery events that continues to grow. We have also been successful in getting many women artists reviewed and featured on television and radio shows. In addition our website, online registry, and efforts through public media provide valuable exposure for an ever-growing number of women artists and their work.
Woman Made Gallery Timeline
together with neighboring arts organizations ARC and Intuit, providing excellence in the arts through exhibitions, education and community programming
WMG opened its doors with "Man-Made Women" by Beate Minkovski and Kelly Hensen
WMG incorporated in July
First group show, titled "Women Do Women" on display
First Holiday Bazaar
Janet Bloch joined WMG and became Gallery Director
First Fundraiser, "Starving Artists' Sale"
Unveiling of the "Great Wall of Women" mural
All-male show, "Men Define the Feminine," brought first newspaper review
Pamela Callahan joined WM.
WMG received its not-for-profit status
First International Women's Day Celebration. Speakers: Artist Hollis Sigler + Dr. Rita Simo, Founder of The People's Music School
"Home Is Where The Hell Is," exhibit about domestic violence
Second Art Auction Fundraiser, at Luther Memorial Church
First Exhibiting Professionalism Workshop
"Mary Mary Quite Contrary," group show about the Virgin Mary made WMG infamous
Poetry Reading with Angela Jackson
Gala Event: Hall of Shame Veggie Pig Roast, a festive, humorous evening with mock awards for our favorite misogynists
WMG moved from Chicago's north-side to Prairie Avenue in the south loop
Judy Chicago agreed to be WMG's Executive Advisor
Collaboration with "Awareness Alert: Breast Cancer" and the "Coalition Against Domestic Violence"
Traveling exhibition, "Silent Victims," mounted at the capitol building in Springfield, Illinois
Woman Made received an anonymous donation of $10,000 from a woman artist
For the first time, WMG received grants from both the Sara Lee and Puffin Foundations
Galganov & Associates created WMG website, www.womanmade.org.
Advised by Judy Chicago, WMG started to host solo shows alongside group exhibitions
Slide and lecture series started, titled "An Artist You Should Know"
Received $5000 grant from the Kaplan Family Foundation and $5000 from an anonymous donor
Raised close to $50,000 at the November Art Auction
Woman Made's First Annual Art Gallery Bus Tour
Debut of the Online Artists' Registry, offering artists their own websites
WMG Calendar 2000 sparked the Gallery's annual calendar project, which evolved into the HER MARK project, an annual publication with art and poetry by women
First Career Day Workshop with Janet Bloch, as a follow-up to Exhibiting Professionalism
Antje Gehrken created "Big Fish, Little Fish, Volume I: Emerging Women in Chicago Music"
Women, men and local area school children exhibited work in the "Prejudice" show
Mary King initiated free monthly women's art groups on the 4th Sunday of every month at WMG
Janet Bloch became WMG's Senior Advisor
Started the custom of having a panel of WMG members jury the Members' Show each year
WMG received CityArts Program II Grant from the City of Chicago for three consecutive years
Largest pool of art entries ever (over 500), with Faith Ringgold as juror, for the 5th International Open
New workshop, "You the Juror," a great success
WMG worked with Chicago Communities in School to bring art projects to Chicago Public Schools.
New website section, "Women Artists," highlighting artistic achievements of local women artists
10-Year Anniversary Party
WMG moved to the the Acme Artists Community Building at 2418 West Bloomingdale
WMG hosted "Traditions: The Blessing & The Curse," a partly juried and partly invitational show exhibiting work by artists from the US and overseas whose work addresses the social, cultural, political, and psychological aspects of contemporary femininity, its possibilities and its perils
Pamela Callahan named WMG Associate for Life
WBEZ put the spotlight on WMG and the 7th International Open on its program "Eight Forty-Eight"
Whitney Eskew interviewed Marisol for the WMG Newsletter
"War Forum," a group exhibition of work by 24 artists and 8 poets, both male and female, displayed works which dealt with the destruction and trauma of WWII and the treatment of Jews, the Vietnam War, the war in Iraq and the horrors of 9/11
Woman Made honored Janet Bloch and Pamela Callahan for their services to the organization
Under the direction of Mary Stoppert and Carmen Perez, WMG started the Artisan Gallery, in honor of the many fine women working in traditional and untraditional craft disciplines
"Sapphire and Crystals: Black, White and Blues" at Woman Made Gallery was part of Chicago Artists' Month
WMG moved to Chicago's Riverwest neighborhood, 685 N. Milwaukee Avenue
WMG successfully completed art programs at Burr and Goethe Elementary Schools in Chicago and exhibited the work of 80 children
Woman Made Gallery formed part of the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Corridor (MAAC)
WMG doubled the number of solo exhibitions to 12 per year
The Chicago Women's Caucus for Art honored Beate Minkovski, co-founder and Executive Director of Woman Made Gallery, for her achievements in support of women in the arts
WMG opened the new year with "From Sham to Shame," with responses by women about the war in Iraq
As part of our Outreach Initiative, WMG conducted art programs at The Women's Treatment Center
Galganov & Associates, WMG's website developers, created an Automation Program which allows artists to submit their work online
Past jurors showed their work in the 15th Anniversary Exhibition in August
Alison Zehr guided WMG in the development of a Strategic Plan
WMG received a $10,000 grant from the Arts Work Fund to help create an Organizational Systematization project under the guidance of consultant Alison Zehr
Creator of comic strip "Sylvia," Nicole Hollander read from her book, Tales of Graceful Aging from the Planet Denial during the Jewish Women's exhibition in June 2008
WMG was invited to curate a large exhibition at Robert Morris College, "Women Imaging Women: A Study of Female Portraiture" in 2009
WMG awarded solo shows to both Mary Stoppert and Carmen M. Perez for their services to the organization
WMG's Sylvia Goes Green fundraising event on January 30 was a success, with sponsors Nicole Hollander, Pam Capitanini's restaurant Vivere, Shannon Downey's company Pivotal Events, the Chicago Tribune, and Robin Malpass' company TDSM
Amy Galpin attended the annual College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles. She represented Woman Made at the Feminist Art Project meetings and gave a brief report on the activities of Woman Made to artists and art historians from all over the country
WMG received a grant of $11,530 from the Illinois Arts Council, and The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation awarded WMG $7,000 in general operating support
With the support of many individuals, WMG had its most successful Gala event ever, raising more than $56,000
WMG has become a partner with Chicago Amplified, a program by Chicago Public Radio. Recorded versions of WMG's readings can be accessed online
WMG published its final Her Mark with art and poetry by 44 women
The Women's Caucus for Art had their national show, juried by Lucy Lippard, at Woman Made Gallery in January and February of 2010
As part of a citywide celebration entitled the "Year of Mexico" Woman Made Gallery hosts the exhibition, "After Adelita" curated by Amy Galpin and generously funded by 3Arts
Beate Minkovski and Amy Galpin represented WMG at the CAA conference at a panel sponsored by the WCA titled, "Investigating the Need for Women's Art Galleries, Exhibitions, and Organizations"
Staff member Kristen Carter leaves to study in Vancouver, Canada, and Ruby Thorkelson joins WMG as its Gallery Coordinator.
In February, Gigi Rosenberg, author of The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist presented a successful workshop at WMG
WMG honored Indira Freitas Johnson at the WMG Gala on Gala on March 25th
The Gender and Women's Studies Programs at UIC has co-sponsored three artist presentations throughout 2011. Presenters include Catherine Schwalbe-Bouzide, Mary King, and Joyce Owens.
WMG started the new year with a new logo. Created by the team at Firebelly University, the new logo is inspired by the symmetry and beauty found in how the 'W' and 'M' of WMG fit together. The resulting form is symbolic of how women in the arts support each other and their communities
WMG's Anniversary Gala on April 20th was a great success
In July and August WMG exhibits 20 Jurors Invitational and its 20 year Archives and Permanent Collection
Participants from the 20 Neighborhood Project, initiated by Ruby Thorkelson, exhibit their assemblages in October
(top left) WMG's Group Exhibition: Click Art (photo credit: Karen Hanmer)
(center right) 'Xin on a class visit from Haines Elementary School, viewing art by Rose Ann Chasman in the Prejudice Show
(right) WMG's "Tribute" exhibition, with artwork by students from Burr and Goethe Elementary Schools.