Woman Made Gallery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Woman Made Gallery is a space for women and non-binary artists, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer.  We welcome artists from our local community, regionally based, and around the world. 

Since our founding in 1992, WMG has shown the artistic work of over 9,000 women and non-binary artists in 445 exhibitions. Nine exhibitions are hosted annually at WMG in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. WMG boasts a membership base of over 300 artists annually. To date, WMG has provided professional development workshops and connected members to over 15,000 supporters via networking events and online promotion. WMG hosts conversations on the issues that matter most to women and that makes sense of the world through a feminist lens. Artist talks, panel discussions, poetry readings, among other public programs inspire community dialogue.

 

Our Vision

Woman Made Gallery’s vision is to ensure the equal placement of women’s art in the world.

 

Our Mission

Woman Made Gallery (WMG) supports, cultivates and promotes the diverse contributions of women and non-binary artists through exhibitions, membership and community dialogue programs.

 

 

CONTACT

If you have general questions about Woman Made Gallery, feel free to send them over to our team at info@womanmade.org. If you have a press or marketing/communications inquiry, contact Darshita Jain at darshita@womanmade.org.

 

 

Image: WMG board and staff at WMG Fall Fundraiser 2021.

Staff

Jamie Leigh Pitts
Managing Director
jamie@womanmade.org

Darshita Jain
Programming Lead

darshita@womanmade.org

 

Marisa Miles
Gallery Intern 
marisa@womanmade.org

Board of Directors

OFFICERS

Mary Penn
President
Artist and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Chicago Commons

Jeanette Green
Vice President
Artist, Writer, Poet

Paige Morgano
Treasurer
Auditor at RSM US LLP

Yolanda Fernandez-Shebeko
Secretary
Artist and Business Owner

MEMBERS

Breannah Alexander Oppenhuizen
Director of LEAD Programs at Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
Founder and Co-Executive Director of Women Revamped

Emily Breidenbach
Director of Enrollment Management for Continuing Studies at School of the Art Institute Chicago (SAIC)

Lisa Caldeira
Program Manager at Rush University Medical Center

Pritika Chowdry
Senior Curator at South Asia Institute

Megan Foy
Communications Liaison at Monique Meloche Gallery

Olivia Glod
Account Executive at Inkhouse

Janet Gomez
Product Designer at The National Restaurant Association

Jennifer Montojo
Director of Development at Borderless Magazine

Dawn Raftery
Principal of Communications at Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Asia Denise Shelton
Photographer and Filmmaker

Laura Wetter
Artist
Director of Development and Communications at Garfield Park Community Council

Annual Reports

WMG Financial Statement for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2019

WMG Financial Statement for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2018

WMG Financial Statement for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2017
WMG Annual Report for 2017

WMG Annual Report Summary for Fiscal Years ending June 30, 2015 to June 30, 2017

 

Woman Made Gallery began in 1992 as the final project for two art students who visioned a dedicated space for women artists. Today, we are building Chicago’s nonprofit center for feminist art and culture.

We are committed to building a community to support women and non-binary artists and driving the careers for artists historically marginalized. Our Annual Fund* provides a platform for Woman Made Gallery to acknowledge the individuals and funding organizations whose incredible support enables our work.

 

Individual Donors

PRESENTING DONORS $3,000+  

Anonymous Donor  •  John Gillilan  •  Margo Jeanchild  •  Suzannne Massey  •  Pete O’Connell

ART ANGEL DONORS $1,250+ 

Marty Bash  •  Jocarno Fund  •  Marcia Grubb  •  Pamela Markman  •  Ann Reagan  •  Amy Stoeffler  •  Susan Pritzker

Patricia Callahan  •  Ginny Sykes

ART PATRON $500+

Jeff Brown  •  Patricia Davis  •  Robert M. and Terry L. Cohn Family Foundation  •   Kathie Foley-Meyer  •  Tammi Franke  •  Michelle Geoga

Gail Holmberg  •  Bobbi Meier  •  Usha Raj  •  Wilma Stevens

Programming and general operating costs are partially funded by The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation;  and The Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

*Annual Fund reflects contributions received from July 2020 to present day.

History

2017 September

20th International Open First show in our new space at Lacuna Artist Lofts

2017 September

We’ve moved to Pilsen’s Lacuna Artist Lofts

2017 February

Bridging the past and the future by Pamela Callahan:physical space = virtual space, foundation = future, purpose = possibility

Bridging the past and the future by Pamela Callahan: physical space = virtual space, foundation = future, purpose = possibility

2015 September

WMG Board, Staff, Volunteers

WMG Board, Staff, Volunteers

2015 June

Gallery Tally Poster Project

Gallery Tally Poster Project

2014 May/June

Mutations of Otherness Solo Show by Shoshanna Weinberger

Potbelly Pin-ups: Solo Show by Shoshanna Weinberger

2014 January/February

WCA Presents: Equilibrium for a Changing World

2013 February

WMG Curates Northern Trust Exhibition

WMG Curates Northern Trust Exhibition

2012 July/August

20 Anniversary Archives + Permanent Collection

20 Anniversary Archives + Permanent Collection

2012 July/August

20th Anniversary Exhibition: 20 Jurors

20th Anniversary Exhibition: 20 Jurors

2012 January

New WMG Logo created by Firebelly University

New WMG Logo created by Firebelly University

2011 November

Minimalism in the 21st Century with Curator Ingrid Fassbender

Minimalism in the 21st Century with Curator Ingrid Fassbender

2011 March

Honoring Artist Indira Freitas Johnson at WMG Gala

Honoring Artist Indira Freitas Johnson at WMG Gala

2010 September/October

After Adelita: Exhibition and Publication - Curator: Amy Galpin

After Adelita: Exhibition and Publication – Curator: Amy Galpin

2010 January/February

While in Class ... Students Exhibition and Reading

While in Class … Students Exhibition and Reading

2009 October/November

Mirando Al Sur: Looking South

Mirando Al Sur: Looking South

2008 May/June

Tradition and Tarnsformation: Art by Jewish Women

Tradition and Transformation: Art by Jewish Women

2008 January-March

Artisan Gallery: Speaking to My Ancestors

Artisan Gallery: Speaking to My Ancestors

2007 January/February

From Sham to Shame: responses by women about the war in Iraq

From Sham to Shame: responses by women about the war in Iraq

2007

WMG offers programs at The Women's Treatment Center

WMG offers programs at The Women’s Treatment Center

2006 October/November

Signatures of Age Visitors

Signatures of Age Visitors

2006 January/February

Click Art | Juror: Whitney Bradshaw

Click Art | Juror: Whitney Bradshaw

2005 December

WMG moves to Chicago's Riverwest neighborhood on 685 N Milwaukee Avenue

WMG moves to Chicago’s Riverwest neighborhood on 685 N Milwaukee Avenue

2005 October/November

Sapphire and Cyrstals: Black White & Blues

Sapphire and Crystals: Black White & Blues

2005 April

Under the direction of Mary Stoppert and Carmen Perez, WMG opens the Artisan Gallery

Under the direction of Mary Stoppert and Carmen Perez, WMG opens the Artisan Gallery

2004

WBEZ spotlights WMG and the 7th International Open on its program

WBEZ spotlights WMG and the 7th International Open on its program “Eight Forty-Eight”

2003 January/February

Normal/Abnormal: Bodies and Minds | Juror: Ann Starr

Normal/Abnormal: Bodies and Minds | Juror: Ann Starr

2003 January

WMG Starts the New Year at Bloomingdale Ave., Chicago

WMG Starts the New Year at Bloomingdale Ave., Chicago

2002 September

Herstory T-Shirt by Janet Bloch

Herstory T-Shirt by Janet Bloch

2002 August

WMG 10 Year Anniversary

WMG 10 Year Anniversary

2002 January

Her Mark Datebook

Her Mark Datebook with Art and Poetry by 40 Women

2001 October/November

Honoring the Crone | Juror: Dayna Block

Honoring the Crone | Juror: Dayna Block

2001 June/July

Cats & Dogs at WMG

Cats & Dogs at WMG

2000 May

WMG Art Gallery Tour

WMG Art Gallery Tour

2000 March

Third International Open | Juror: Mary Ross Taylor

Third International Open | Juror: Mary Ross Taylor

1999 September

Reflections Review

Reflections Review

1999 April

Reflections Review

Reflections Review

1999 April

First Solo Show with Work by Elizabeth Harms (Neubauer)

First Solo Show with Work by Elizabeth Harms (Neubauer)

1998 September

WMG Curates 'Silent Victims' Exhibition in Springfield

WMG Curates ‘Silent Victims’ Exhibition in Springfield

1998 July

Website (womanmade.org) Created by Galganov & Associates as a Gift to WMG

Website (womanmade.org) Created by Galganov & Associates as a GIft to WMG

1997 October

Hillary Clinton is Visiting the Women's Park next to WMG

Hillary Clinton is Visiting the Women’s Park next to WMG on Prairie Ave.

1997 August

WMG moves from Chicago's North Side to Prairie Ave. in South Loop

WMG moves from Chicago’s North Side to Prairie Ave. in South Loop

1996 February

WMG First Permanent Collection Purchase: Work by Mary Ellen Croteau

WMG First Permanent Collection Purchase: Work by Mary Ellen Croteau

1996 January

WMG Gets in Trouble with the Virgin Mary

WMG Gets in Trouble with the Virgin Mary

1995 September

Menarche, Menses, Menopause and Blood

Menarche, Menses, Menopause and Blood

1995 March

Hollis Sigler and Dr. Rita Simo at WMG

Hollis Sigler and Dr. Rita Simo at WMG

1994 March

Sister Serpents Let Loose at WMG

Sister Serpents Let Loose at WMG

1994 January

Angela Jackson Reads at WMG

Angela Jackson Reads at WMG

1993 August

First All Male Exhibition

First All Male Exhibition

1993 July

WMG Forms First Board of Directors

WMG Forms First Board of Directors

1993 June

First Lesbian Group Show

First Lesbian Group Show

1992 July

WMG Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of Illinois

WMG Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of Illinois

1992 June

First Call for Art: Women Do Women

First Call for Art: Women Do Women

1992 May

WMG opens its doors with ‘Man-Made Women’ by Kelly Hensen and Beate Minkovski

WMG opens its doors with ‘Man-Made Women’ by Kelly Hensen and Beate Minkovski

1992 January-May

Kelly Hensen and Beate Minkovski hatching Woman Made Gallery

Kelly Hensen and Beate Minkovski hatching Woman Made Gallery