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Feminist Art Project

20 Neighborhoods

Outreach Program

Gallery Tours

Viva Frida! T-Shirt

Her Mark 2010

Poetry Readings

Feminist Art Project

The Feminist Art Project is a collaborative national initiative celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of women on the visual arts, art history, and art practice, past and present. The project is a strategic intervention against the ongoing erasure of women from the cultural record. It promotes diverse feminist art events, education and publications through its website and online calendar and facilitates networking and regional program development throughout the U.S.

Please Support 20 Neighborhoods III

20 Neighborhoods, developed in 2012 by Ruby Thorkelson and led in its third year by Elaine Luther, is a celebratory community arts project that engages women from diverse communities across Chicago where access to the arts is limited.

Because of your support, over 100 project participants----including partner organizations, teaching artists, project interns, and participating artists----have come together for two consecutive years to create and exhibit their art, both in their respective locations and at Woman Made Gallery. Please make a generous contribution, in honor of Ruby Thorkelson, as 20 Neighborhoods enters its third year.

Your gift of 50 dollars or more will go a long way in making Year 3 of 20 Neighborhoods a success. And 20 Neighborhoods is a great investment:

$50 will buy all art supplies needed to host one tour and accompanying art workshop event at Woman Made Gallery.

$100 pays the stipend for one talented teaching artist to design and lead one of seven total art events at WMG.

$150 provides two women from low-income communities with transportation for one whole year, making it possible for them to attend all seven art events at WMG.

$250 sponsors one woman's participation in 20 Neighborhoods for the whole year.

Outreach Program

Goethe Elementary School

Woman Made Gallery has throughout its history offered a variety of art programs at various Chicago schools. In 2005 and 2006 fourth and fifth graders at Burr Elementary and Goethe Elementary benefited from art programs offered by WMG. These art projects were developed by Carmen M. Perez who taught the classes at the schools with the help of a WMG staff member and volunteers.

The children truly enjoyed the projects and created unique and very personal artworks which were exhibited at WMG and also at Goethe Elementary School for teachers and parents to admire.

Since 2006 Woman Made Gallery has concentrated its outreach efforts to benefit the clients of The Women's Treatment Center located in Chicago. The art projects resulted from a gallery visit in August 2006 by women from TWTC. This was the first time that most of them had visited an art gallery or a museum. They were very impressed with the art on exhibit at the Gallery and the fact that the women artists included statements about their work.

The sessions involved the creation of mixed media works, such as "Tribute Boxes" and "Collage Portraits" in honor of a person or concept important to the women. Participants explored and discussed the concepts of tribute, honor, and the Latin American tradition of recuerdos: Day of the Dead (altars, ex-votos, etc.) Carmen M. Perez gave a Powerpoint presentation showing samples of art by women artists including: Ana Mendieta, Alicia Penalba, Ana Mercedes Hoyos, Elba Damast, Mari Mater O'Neil and Leonora Carrington. The presentation culminated with works by Betye Saar, which gave examples of Tribute Boxes and Altars by this important contemporary artist.

The women were very creative and made some outstanding artworks. Art creations and statements made by the women from The Women's Treatment Center were on display at WMG during Women's History Month in March 2007.

Woman Made Gallery has continued these valuable art projects and has added jewelry-making workshops to the program. These classes were designed by Carmen M. Perez to teach beginners the basic principles of making jewelry. Students are learning about the elements of design: color, balance and the role the design elements play in assisting them to express themselves. They are learning how their selection of materials, shapes, and jewelry findings all contribute to a satisfying and aesthetic product.

Woman Made Gallery gratefully acknowledges support from the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation to make these programs possible. Thanks to Chicago Communities in Schools for the help they provided working with our neighborhood schools. We thank Carmen M. Perez for her wonderful job designing, teaching and documenting WMG's art projects. Thanks to Mary Stoppert for her help with the themes and to all those who donated materials for this worthy project. Our gratitude goes to all volunteers: Sadie Gerbic, Anne Kelly, Marilyn Mack (pictured above with two Goethe Elementary School students), Sandra Garber, Karen Rechtschaffen and her friend Dorothy and Marlene Skolnik.

Gallery Tours

Breakers Retirement Home

The Gallery is always open to tours and has received numerous visits from university and high-school students and clients from a variety of service organizations. There is no charge if the group visits happen during regular gallery hours and a WMG staff member will guide the group, explain about the organization's mission, the exhibition on display and answer all questions.

On November 8th, 2006 Pam Grout, Coordinator at the Council for Jewish Elderly, Adult Day Service @ Breakers Retirement Home @ Edgewater Beach All For One Club arranged a group visit to WMG's "Signatures of Age" exhibit. Attended by 5 seniors and 3 staff members, Gallery Assistant, Amy Galpin presented information about Woman Made Gallery, its mission and the various artworks in the 'Signatures of Age' exhibition to interested visitors.

We have received appreciation from Pam Grout and the seniors who had enjoyed their visit to Woman Made Gallery. Plans to schedule another field trip are in the works. We are including a photo of the group with their permission: (left to right) Jeanne Walker, John Wallace, Mary Jenkins, Pam Grout (Coordinator-standing,) Mollie West, Mary Ann Lindem, Lane Simon and Nevin Carman.

The All For One Club is a unique daytime program offered by the Council for Jewish Elderly to the residents of the Breakers Retirement Home that have memory loss or feel isolated. The program offers a more active and structured environment and opportunities for more active socialization. The program also offers educational, therapeutic, recreational, spiritual and creative activities with experienced staff who understand participant's needs and welcome their contributions.

Viva Frida! T-Shirt

Viva Frida! T-Shirt

Viva Frida! T-shirt designed by artist Janet Bloch. $30 (includes shipping and handling per shirt). Very soft 100% cotton; the t-shirts run small and are available in small, medium, large, and extra large.

To order please select your size and click on the 'Buy Now' Paypal button below.


Her Mark

Woman Made Gallery's Her Mark 2010, with art and poetry by 48 women was the final publication of the Her Mark datebook series that began in 2003. Included were full-color reproductions of artwork, poetry on separate pages, and weekly calendar pages. The publication was designed by Karin Kuzniar - www.kk-studios.com.

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Poetry Readings

Woman Made holds poetry readings in tandem with select exhibitions. The spoken word adds another dimension to the themes explored visually in the Gallery's group and solo shows.

For details on upcoming Readings and Calls for Poetry, and to read excerpts from past poetry events, please visit our Poetry Page.

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July 30, 2014
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