Opening Reception

Saturday, October 9, 4 - 7 PM CST 

On View: October 9 – November 6, 2021
Artists Walkthrough: Saturday, November 6, 3:30 PM CST

No appointments necessary.
Face masks required.

Right: Erin K. Schmidt, Dumped For a Stripper (2010), transfer printed pigeon feathers, braided silk, thread. 
Left: Lisa Alberts, Acute Onset no.9 (Quiet House), (2020), linen, light sensitive dye, polyfil, thread.
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CHICAGO — Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is pleased to present “5th Midwest Open,” a group exhibition juried by Alison Wong featuring the work of 33 women and non-binary artists located in the 12 Midwestern states. As a demonstration of the artistic excellence from the Midwest, this exhibition puts forth the vibrancy, diversity, and strong feminist voice right here in the Heartland. The exhibition is on view at the gallery.
Juror's Statement

In her jurors’ statement, Alison Wong writes: “Born in Chicago and based in Detroit, I am embedded with a deep affinity for the Midwest and was honored to be invited by Woman Made Gallery to jury their 5th Midwest Open. From the initial review of over 300 submitted artworks, I was impressed by the wide-ranging mix of mediums, styles, and perspectives presented by the women in our region.

Making the selections for the exhibition was a daunting task but I relied on the work to inform the curatorial vision. As a practicing artist and curator, I think of the artworks and artists behind them as the material to craft a larger work in and of itself. I’m searching for deeper connections to reveal themselves, narratives to become interwoven, and new interpretations to emerge.  

I wish to acknowledge all the tremendous works that were not included as the final selections were dependent on all the other works and with consideration to Woman Made Gallery’s space. The placement and way in which the viewer navigates and absorbs the work is equally critical. As such, my curatorial selections are not a reflection solely on the merit of each individual artwork but the role they play in the exhibition as well as our cultural and creative community.”


Exhibiting Artists:

Lisa Alberts
Eleanor Anderson
Nikki Anderson
Zoe Beaudry
Marcelyn Bennett Carpenter
Riley Brady
Bridgette Bramlage
Julia Callis
Mary Climes
Candace Compton Pappas
Shahrbanoo Hamzeh
Sharon Harper
Trisha Holt
Margaret Hull
Jessica Jokhi
Kira Keck
JoAnn Kennedy
Violet Luczak
Miriam Martincic
Meredith Morrison
Ahavani Mullen
Sara Nishikawa
Megan Roethler
Leslie Rogers
Erin Schmidt
Ashley Allen Short
Kaitlin Shulman
Dolores Slowinski
Nalani Stolz
Michele Thrane
Katie Vota
Zhaozhao Wang
Hannah Zimmerman

About the Juror: Alison Wong is first-generation Chinese American artist, curator, and educator born in Illinois and based in Detroit, MI since 2004. Wong received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Primarily working in the field of painting and drawing, Wong takes inspiration from her personal histories and her professional practice as Director and Curator of Wasserman Projects, founder of Butter Projects, and Adjunct Faculty at College for Creative Studies.


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Visit the Gallery -- Thursday 12-7 PM; Friday and Saturday  12 - 4 PM 


COVID-10 Update: As of August 13, 2021, Woman Made Gallery is following City of Chicago and CDC guidelines as relevant to retail businesses and social events. Per Phase 5, WMG will no longer limit the number of visitors to the gallery. No appointments necessary. Face masks are required for opening receptions, and optional to those fully vaccinated for open gallery hours.  We will continue to keep tabs on public health guidance updates and continue to follow recommendations.

If you need accommodations to fully participate in this program, contact
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Woman Made Gallery | 2150 S. Canalport Ave., 4th floor | Chicago, IL 60608

Left: Katie Vota, Past Life #1 (En Peru) (2020), weaving, 19 x 19 in.
Right: Violet Luczak, Drink Milk Or Your Arms Will Fall Off (2020), acrylic on wooden panel, 48 x 48 in.


It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be a Woman Made Gallery member!  The biggest perk to WMG membership is this guaranteed annual exhibition opportunity of small works.

Woman Made Gallery is a space for women and nonbinary artists, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer artists. WMG membership is open to artists who identify.

WMG defines small work as under 16 in. in any direction and with a list price of under $300. All works in this exhibition are required to be listed for sale. 

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