In celebration of its 30th Anniversary, Woman Made Gallery is hosting the exhibition “Generations”, on view at its gallery location from June 11 to July 16, 2022.
Generations is an exhibition celebrating the past and envisioning the future of WMG and its values. Through this exhibition, WMG asked alumnae artists to reflect back upon the importance of feminist art space in their art practices, careers and relationships. Art in this exhibition speaks of motherhood and the right to choice, the nuances of intersectional thought and ways in which women hold hands to build each other up. A deep dive into the gallery’s past arrived up to moments of witness into activism, rebellion, the need for rest and the abundance of wealth when it comes to community and connections.
Forty-one alumni artists have come together in this exhibition to build a narrative of support, evolution, courage and solidarity.
Two of our WMG’s Programming Committee members, board member Jae Green and programming intern Marisa Miles curated the Generations exhibition.
“This is a time to consider-what we find and bring with us from our history and what we provide for our future-for the next thirty years of art and artists at WMG.” -Jae Green, Vice President of the Board, WMG Gallery
“Generations insists on a cumulative lineage where pieces of one’s ancestral connection informs its present being. Woman Made is a gallery built on generations of woman and non-binary artists visualizing the progression of feminism through a lens informed by one’s collective experience.” -Marisa Miles, Gallery Intern, Programming
Robin Adsit, Helena Baka, Jenny E. Balisle, Jamie Bernstein, Monica J. Brown, Pamela Callahan, Yvette L. Cummings, Frederica Diane, Helen Geglio, Felicia Grant Preston, Payton Harris-Woodard, Deborah Hirshfield, Leslie A. Hirshfield, Ellen Holtzblatt, Candace Hunter, Natalie Jackson, Ashley January, Linda R. James, Indira Freitas Johnson, Millicent Kennedy, Cynthia Kerby, Laura Kina and Shelly Jyoti, Jamie Kost, Emily Lang, Kim Laurel, Susan Lenz,Verneda Lights, Tai Lipan, Christy Lo Lok Lam, Elaine Luther, Cristina Marquez, Gillian Marwood, Penny Mateer, Terri Messinides, Christyn Overstake, Cherry Rahn, Dolores Slowinski, Tricia Lynn Townes, Shoshanna Weinberger, Jade Williams, and Jessica Witte.
About the Committee
Jae Green is a poet, second-generation artist, mother and cancer survivor originally from the South side of Chicago. Her poetry can be found in anthologies such as “Residual Believers”, “Smithsonian Magazine” and “Voices from the Heartland”. She has performed at The Green Mill, Randolph Street Gallery, The Chicago Cultural Center, Woman Made Gallery, The Chicago Poetry Fest, Metro, The Martin, Side Street Studios, and Catherine Edelman Gallery.
Marisa Miles is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago studying Urban Studies and Museum Studies. Marisa has been interning with Woman Made Gallery since January 2021 and has supported new programs at the gallery including Instagram Lives artist interviews. With her deep knowledge of archives and Urban planning, Marisa has received numerous grants to further her work in Chicago History.
(Image: Verneda Lights, Portrait of My Mother, Last Smile (2016) – digital photography, photocollage, digital painting; 16.6 x 14.5 in.)