Woman Made Gallery is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization founded in 1992. Its goal is to cultivate, promote and support the work of female-identified artists by providing exhibition opportunities, professional development, and public programs that invite discussion about what feminism means today. More than 8,250 women artists have exhibited their work 425 exhibitions since WMG was established. WMG welcomes the participation of people of all gender expressions and orientations as artists and program participants, members and supporters.

Our Vision

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

Mission Statement

Woman Made Gallery (WMG) supports, cultivates and promotes the diverse contributions of women in the arts through exhibitions and other programs that serve, educate and enrich the community.



From Then to Now

Woman Made Gallery (WMG) was established by founding directors Kelly Hensen and Beate Minkovski who presented their inaugural exhibition, Man Made Women in May 1992 in a rented storefront in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. Read about the beginning here.

Grantors

Woman Made Gallery’s past and current support includes grants from  The Arts Work Fund; The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation;  The Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund; The Illinois Arts Council AgencyThe MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; The Joyce Foundation; a major support from an anonymous donor; and from its members and contributors.

Individual Donors

$1,000 – $5,000
Anonymous Donor
Marty Bash
Robert M. and Terry L. Cohn Family Foundation
Tammi Franke
Marcia Grubb
Margo Jeanchild
Pamela Markman
Suzannne Massey
Sandra Perlow
Usha Raj
Amy Stoeffler
Elena Aguirre Sznajder
Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk
Susan Pritzker
Laura Roebuck
Shirley and David B. Sykes Family Foundation

$500 – $999
Kathy Bergold
Fran Bull
Corinne Butler
Patricia Davis
Cecily + David Dvorak
Kathie Foley-Meyer
Michelle Geoga
Linda Gleitz
Lynn Golberstein
Laurie Hall
Nancy Jackson
Brenda Oelbaum
Louise Pappageorge
Sara Peak Convery
Allison Svoboda
Ginny Sykes

$250 – $499
Ann Berg
Patricia Callahan
Vicki Curtis + Bill Siavelis
SP Estes
Yolanda Fernandez-Shebeko
Jesy Grose
Kelly Hensen
Gail Holmberg
Anita Jenke
Jamie Kost
Sevil Kutay
Suzanne Keith Loechl
Meskill Wozencroft Family Foundation
Joan McLane
Beate Minkovski
Nina Moyer
Carol Neiger
Yoonshin Park
Mary Penn
Cynthia Staples
Wilma Stevens
Linda Erf Swift

$100 – $249
Roberta Reb Allen
Steve Bild
Janet Bloch
Jan Brown Checco
Laurie Cohen
Nina Corwin
Ruth Eckstein
Ann Farley Gaines
Heather Gallegos-Rex
Janet Gerske
Andrea Ginsburg
Wilhelmina Grant
Kathy Greenholdt
Sharon Harper
Carolyn Haley
Julie Herwitt
Julia Huang
Fujiko Isomura
Roberta Jameson
Indira Freitas Johnson
Stacy Kammert
Beverly Keys
Mary King

$100 – $249
Haeley Kyong
Mary Madison
Mary McAuley
Bobbi Meier
Barbara Melnik Carson
Chris Motley
Nina Moyer
Pamela Penney
Cherry Rahn
Karen Rechtschaffen
Ann Regan
Carol Rizzolo
Elizabeth Rhoads Read
Liese Ricketts
Jonathan Sladek
Anne Stamats
Erin Waser
Kathleen Waterloo
Kathy Weaver
Carol Weber
Mike Wilson
Alison Zehr

Board of Directors

WMG Board and Staff – Annual Retreat 2019

Mary Penn
President
Artist + Nonprofit Professional, Chicago Commons

Marcia Grubb
Co-Vice President
Artist + President, Grubb Property Mngmt Inc.

Kelly Hensen
Co-Vice President
Artists + WMG’s Co-Founder

Paige Morgano
Treasurer
Auditor, RSM US LLP

Yolanda Fernandez-Shebeko
Secretary
Artist + Business Owner

Anoush Bargamian
Artist + Educator

Jesy Grose
Artist + Curator + Business Owner

Shilin Hora
Artist + Business Owner

Beate Minkovski
Artist + WMG’s Founding Director

Yoonshin Park
Artist + Curator + Educator

Sandra Perlow
Artist + Former Board Member at Hyde Park Art Center

Angela Smith
Former Vice-Chair of CPS Local School Board

Honorary Board

Woman Made Gallery gratefully honors all women who have served on its Board of Directors since 1994. Thank you for your contribution to the growth of this organization.

Roberta Reb Allen
Marty Bash
June Felicia Bennett
Cali Bergold
Colby Beutel
Marianne Biagi
Michele Cannata
Mo Cahill
Pamella Capitanini
Liz Cochran
Mary Ruth Coffey
Laurie A. Cohen
Lauren Levato Coyne
Margaret Crary
Julia Cuba
Michele Dorvil
Shannon Downey
Jennifer Eicher
Yolanda Fernandez-Shebeko
Sabrina Fesko
Deb Flagel
Tammi Franke
Pamela Frederick
Jyotsana Garg
Nicole Gotthelf

Kathy Greenholdt
Candice Hickman
Linda Hillman
Carol Vihon Hirsch
Helene Hoffman
Gail Holmberg
Susan House
Susan Ifergan
Linda Jacoby
Margo Jeanchild
Anita Jenke
Marian Jones
Mary Keefe
Diana Kindzred
Nancy Koprowski
Donna Kore
Jennifer La Civita
Bonnie Lopez
Sheila Malloy
Robin Malpass
Kendra Miller
Cathleen Nagle
Kali Nikitas
Carmen M. Perez-Stoppert
Aimée Picard

 

Usha Raj
Ann Regan
Prem Sharma
Rebecca Sive
Cassandra Fay Smith
Janet Snow-Godfrey
Monica Staco
Wilma Stevens
Amy Stoeffler
Mary C. Strickland
Andrea Sumlin
Ginny Sykes
Elena Aguirre Sznajder
Elena Tabachnick
Ellie Thompson
Cheryl Toles
Anne Vanker
Janneke Waal-Fowers
Erin Waser
Lari Washburn
Kathleen Waterloo
Cassandra West
Rhonda Wheatley
Emily Williams
Audrey Winner

Gallery Staff

Marta Kowalska-Porcz
Gallery Coordinator
marta@womanmade.org

Keyana Scott
Gallery Assistant
keyana@womanmade.org

Volunteer Staff

Pamela Callahan
Advisor

Mary King
Exhibition Curator

Melanie Deal
Copy Editor

Oaklee Thiele
Disabilities Advocate

Nina Corwin
Literary Curator

Jennifer Steele
Literary Outreach Coordinator

Kurt Eric Heintz
Literary Audio Recordist

Volunteers

Macus Alonso
Laura Ballou
Pamela Barnet
Cara Boldarini
Pamela Callahan
Whitney Cole

Hollie Davis
Sheila A. Donovan
Monica Fox
Kimberly Gust
Zoe Johnson
Yulia Kuznetsova

Mari Lopez
Nancy Martinez
Eben Mazzeri
Susan Mazzeri
Natalie Median
Laura Orth

Ann Quinn
Mary Rauer
Lisa Whiting
Mike Wilson

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

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