CHICAGO — Woman Made Gallery presents a self-published art exhibition featuring the work of women, transgender, and gender-queer artists from all over the United States. The show includes both a pop-up library of zines, comics, and other self-published works by over fifty artists and writers organized in collaboration with Chicago Underground Library, as well as a show of installed artworks in all media by twelve self-publishing artists.
On view are two and three-dimensional works featuring real and imagined characters and environments, as well as other fantastical images that elude definition. Edie Fake and Robin Hustle present original drawings from their recent publications. Artists Alexandra Blom and Lee Relvas work with fine fabrics to create textural messages and visions. Anne Elizabeth Moore and Esther Pearl Watson educate with their collaborative Gender and Comics Potluck, a graphic survey of where women and trans people are – and aren’t – in the comics industry.
Exhibiting Artists: Liz Born, Alexandra Blom, Anya Davidson, Megan Diddie, Meredith Eastburn, Edie Fake, Sanya Glisic, Robin Hustle, Lee Relvas, Laura Szumowski, Anne Elizabeth Moore, and Esther Pearl Watson. A selection of artists and writers represented in the pop-up library are Kristy Bowen, Sabrina Chap, Carrie Colpitts, Sarah Drake, Betty Heredia, Marie Hunt, Angee Lennard, Kira Mardikes, Liz Mason, Kara Sievewright, Simon Strikeback, Sy Wagon.
Juror/Curator: Ruby Thorkelson is WMG’s former Gallery Coordinator. She is a visual artist working in drawing, comics, mixed-media, and collaborative projects. For more information visit http://www.rubyt.net/.
(Image: Artwork by Robin Hustle)
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 Agency; The 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.