30 Years of Woman Made Gallery

ON VIEW: June 11 – July 16 2022

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday June 11, 2022 4 – 7 PM CST

VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION : Thursday June 16, 2022 4:30 PM CST

ARTISTS WALKTHROUGH: Saturday, July 16, 3:30 PM CST

Woman Made Gallery is turning 30! WMG was founded in 1992, marking 2022 the 30th Anniversary of Chicago’s longest operating feminist art gallery. We are thrilled to announce the exhibition titled Generations will be on view from June 11 – 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.

41 alumni artists of 30 years of the gallery have come together in this exhibition to build a narrative of support, evolution, courage and solidarity. 

Juried by committee, WMG decided to bring two of our programming committee members Vice President Jae Green and Programming Intern Marisa Miles to understand and direct this 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  

Exhibiting Artists:

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

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 The 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.

Banner Image: Monica J. Brown, Remember when we thought the sky was blue? (2020), acrylic, mixed-media collage on wood, 8 x 8 in.