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. Throughout the present WMG has continued exhibiting and selling hand-made crafts.
The mission of the Artisan Gallery is to honor women working in traditional and untraditional craft disciplines which is consistent with WMG's mission by offering expanded exhibiting, marketing and selling opportunities to women artists and artisans. Our regular gallery format is to sponsor a variety of 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 current policy requires that all art and craft items must first be submitted to WMG Staff. Accepted artists will then be contacted and asked to bring or send in their work. Membership is desired, but not required and there are no entry fees for general craft submissions. 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 Call for Crafts
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 ten artworks plus one detail image per artwork if needed. Include titles, media, size, and sales price of the works. WMG takes a 40% commission which should be reflected in your final sales price. Please include a short statement about yourself and your work.
Please note: By submitting their work to WMG's Artisan Gallery, all artists agree to allow reproduction of their digital files and/or photographs taken of their art for educational, publicity and archival purposes.
Woman Made Gallery
685 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
Sydney Stoudmire, Gallery Coordinator
Entry Deadline: Ongoing
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
(center right) 'Pendant Necklace' by Camen M. Perez
(bottom right) 'Sculpture' by Roberta Malkin