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Artisan Gallery Mission and Policies

Artisan Gallery Curators

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Past Artisan Gallery Exhibitions

Artisan Gallery Mission and Policy

The Artisan Gallery was established in Spring 2005 through the efforts of Mary Stoppert and Carmen M. Perez, who served as co-curators through July 2008. The current curator is Margaret Denny.

Artwork by Nancy Otto

The mission of the Artisan Gallery is to honor women working in traditional and untraditional craft disciplines which is consistent with WMGs mission by offering expanded exhibiting, marketing and selling opportunities to women artists and artisans. Our regular gallery format is to sponsor several juried theme exhibitions per year. This format is very successful and has provided thousands of women artists opportunities to exhibit. The policy of thematic exhibits however, can be restrictive to those artists and artisans whose body of work is primarily functional and/or decorative, or is unconcerned with pursuing content or a narrative. Therefore we carry a variety of functional craft works in a variety of media, including jewelry and pottery, throughout the year.

All craft items should be originals that are well designed and fabricated by the artist. We are always looking for new work, and we encourage the submission of traditional, as well as non-traditional materials, techniques and processes. We do not exhibit drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media or photography at the Artisan Gallery, unless they have been incorporated or used within the craft disciplines.

The policy requires that all art and craft items must first be submitted to the Artisan Gallery curator. Accepted artists will then be contacted and asked to bring or send in their work. Membership is not necessary, but there is an entry fee of $24.00 for submission to our theme calls for arts and crafts. There are no entry fees for general craft submissions, but participating artisans should support Woman Made Gallery with their membership. All craft items should be for sale and are kept on consignment for the duration of three months cycles or for the specific theme cycles. Artisans are paid 60% commission within 30 days of a sale. WMG members do receive a discount of 10% on any arts and crafts purchases.

The theme exhibitions are exploring material, as well as conceptual themes in an effort to provoke both artists and viewers into thinking differently about the notions of function, decoration and narrative as they pertain to the craft disciplines. From the results of a call for art for a given exhibition, we may select a Featured Artist who will exhibit several pieces.

Artisan Gallery Curators

Mary Stoppert and Carmen M. Perez initated the Artisan Gallery in 2005 and were instrumental in the design and layout of the space. They co-curated all Artisan Gallery exhibitions through July 2008. We thank them for their great vision and wonderful work for Woman Made.

Margaret Denny joined Woman Made as its new Artisan Gallery curator in July 2008. Denny is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation, From Commerce to Art: American Women Photographers, 1850-1900, investigates womens experience as fine art photographers and professional studio photographers in the early days of the medium.

Denny teaches at both Columbia College and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her recent publications include essays in the anthology, The Spaces and Places of Fashion 1800-2007 and the Journal of Illinois History. She is a former Terra Foundation fellow and has worked at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. For the Terra, she curated En Plein Air, American Artists in Giverny in 2003.

Artwork from Mosaic Exhibition

Artisan Gallery Call for Art

How to Submit for Juried Artisan Gallery Competitions

Artisans may submit their entry with either slides or jpgs on a CD by mail or with jpgs on this website. If you wish to submit by mail, please print out and complete the entry form to mail with your slides or CD.

To print out the entry form, please click on the title of the exhibition you are interested in to download the entry form in pdf Adobe Acrobat format. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for FREE from their web site. Click here if you want to download Adobe Acrobat Reader now.

If you are unable to download the guidelines in pdf format, you may use our generic Entry Form for any of the listed exhibitions. Make sure you read the tips & submission Guidelines.

You may submit work for Artisan Gallery exhibitions with jpgs on our website. Visit the Online Art Entries to submit for any of our exhibitions listed on this page.

Important: While we tried to make our online art entry system as easy as possible, we'll assist you if you have problems because of your computer and/or technical limitations, please email your entry with jpgs with image information and related statement to gallery@womanmade.org and we do the work for you. We'll invoice you for the regular $24.00 entry fee after we have completed the entry for you.

Please note: By submitting their work to Woman Made Gallery exhibitions, all artists agree to allow reproduction of their slides, digital files and/or photographs taken of their art for educational, publicity and archival purposes.

With a desire to showcase multitude of materials from which craft objects are made, the Artisan Gallery seeks entries from women artisans whose material takes precedence in the design. Open to all craft production decorative, functional, or conceptual.

Please email jpg images of up to three artworks plus one detail image per artwork if needed. Include titles, media, size, and sales price of the works. WMG takes a 50% commission which should be reflected in your final sales price. We would also like a short statement about yourself and your work. Membership upon acceptance is required

Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
Email: gallery@womanmade.org
Juror: Margaret Denny
Entry Deadline: Ongoing

Past Exhibitions

Materiality / July 31 - October 10, 2009

Physicality / May 1 - July 23, 2009

Whimsicality / January 23 - April 16, 2009

Invitational / November 21 December 18, 2008

Object of Desire / September 5 - November 13, 2008

The Secret / June 27 - August 28, 2008

All Manner of Glass / April 4 - June 19, 2008

Speaking to My Ancestors / January 18 - March 27, 2008

Naked Clay / September 7 - November 8, 2007

All Manner of Humor / June 29 - August 30, 2007

Contents Include: Metal Clay / April 6 - June 21, 2007

All Manner of Mosaics / January 19 - March 29, 2007

By Invitation Only / September 1 - November 9, 2006

All Things Woven / June 23 - August 26, 2006

Contents Include: Glass / April 7 - June 15, 2006

All Manner of Masks / January 20 - March 30, 2006

Contents Include: Wood / October 7 - November 10, 2005

Contents Include: Paper / September 2 - 29, 2005

Members' Showcase / July 29 - August 25, 2005

Featured Artist: Judy B. Freeman / June 24 - July 21, 2005

Works in Clay / May 20 - June 16, 2005

Inauguration / April 8 - May 12, 2005

(top right) partial view of Artisan Gallery (photo credit: Karen Hanmer)
(top left) 'Glow from the Subterranean Series' - glass by Nancy Otto
(center right) partial view of Artisan Gallery

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