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THANK YOU FOR AN ARTFUL YEAR! 

LOOKING BACK AT 2021

This year we had the great joy of experiencing 7 exhibitions at Woman Made Gallery and supporting over 600 artists -- all because of supporters like you. Your year-end contribution supports our work that keeps making space for women and non-binary artists and offering you meaningful exhibitions such as these.

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IMAGE: Piecing Together by Monika Meler, Nutshells by Jennifer Kling, Purple Plastic Majesty by Alexis Doerr
 

4th Midwest Open juried by Brenda Oelbaum

One year ago, we welcomed the 4th Midwest Open featuring the work of 44 women artists from seven Midwest states. Oelbaum's observation through the jurying process: "...We are colorful, unique and speak in a powerful feminist voice. ..."
IMAGE: Wireless Fidelity 2 by Maia Eriko and Wireless Fidelity 1 by Juna Hume Clark as an artist pair
 

Reciprocity juried by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman

This exhibition featured 21 women and non-binary artist paris working in photography.  In their joint jurors statement, Ciurej and Lochman wrote: "...In photography, reciprocity refers to the relationship between the aperture (f-stop) and shutter speed, which work dependently and inversely to capture light. It is the key to the perfect exposure. In reciprocal relationships, like in any collaborative act, ideas and conversations are exchanged, enriching participants intellectually and emotionally. Whether through aesthetic bond, mentor/mentee relationships, friendship, photographer/subject or teacher to student, our pursuits are sustained by these relationships. To celebrate the reciprocal bonds that enrich our photographic practices, Woman Made Gallery invited women and non-binary artists from the local, national, and international community to pair their photograph or image-based work with that of another practicing artist with whom they are in conversation. ..."
IMAGE: doll face, smile for me, how are your jugs by Morgan Bukovec
 

Boundaries juried by Whitney LaMora


This exhibition considered the magnitude of the particular moment where we had experienced one full year of pandemic conditions and as particularly experienced by women and non-binary individuals. In her juror’s statement, Whitney LaMora shared: “The opportunity to jury a show under the theme of ‘Boundaries’ in a space dedicated to women and non-binary individuals at the precipice of emerging from a global pandemic is really exceptional. As the reality of what each individual’s new normal would look like set in over the past year, boundaries had to be discovered, set, and considered within our new modalities. While the world was devastated by the pandemic, women became a particular target. Women took the hit when it came to job loss, the massive uptick in at-home responsibility, and the additional pressure of being an emotional centerpoint of so many lives and families. Trans women and non-binary individuals continued to experience disrespect, violence, and instability while watching governments continue to entertain laws that removed their already thin protections.

These experiences rang loud and clear in the submissions for this exhibition. Artists spoke of gender identity, motherhood, the healthcare system, the body, physical space, mental health and an incredible amount of nuances in between. I hope the juried exhibition is a sufficient representation of all the rage, heartbreak, frustration, and work that women and non-binary people face every day. Boundaries may feel impossible to set, but as we can see by these powerful works, they are imperative to daily survival.”
IMAGE: 2 AM by Haylie Jimenez
 

Water Becomes Blood juried by Aliya Parashar and 
Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O’Neal 


This juried group exhibition explored the importance of non-familial relationships that foster a sense of nurturing, community, and acceptance within LGBTQ+ communities. We were so proud of our Exhibitions Intern Lish Atchison Roeder who directed this important exhibition and wrote: "When safety is not always promised in blood relations, chosen families can create a space that centers around the security of their individuals. These families host love, joy, and acceptance at their core via unquestioned support. This allows members to explore and self-actualize in the form of true liberation. They also provide room for members to question themselves and the greater community during the process of their journey."
IMAGE: Gathered In by Helen Geglio, Gather by Emily Eldred
 

Moments Like This juried by Jessica Bingham


This group exhibition explored the need to pause and process what we have collectively gone through under pandemic conditions, and move at the speed of humanity rather than the speed of production. This exhibition was so special to us as it was the first time we hosted an artists walkthrough closing event for exhibitions.
IMAGE: Dining Room by Megan Roethler, It by Zhaozhao Wang, Dumped For a Stripper by Erin K. Schmidt, Acute Onset no.9 (Quiet House) by Lisa Alberts
 

5th Midwest Open juried by Alison Wong


As a demonstration of the artistic excellence from the Midwest, this exhibition put forth the vibrancy, diversity, and strong feminist voice right here in the Heartland.  We were particularly proud to announce three juror awards for artistic excellence to Zhaozhao Wang, Ahavani Mullen, and Candace Compton Pappas and bring together these artists for a virtual artist talk.
IMAGE: Small works by member artist Payton Harris-Woodard and Dail Kirkpatrick.
 

Small Works Members Exhibition 2022


Woman Made was pleased to support 97 current WMG member artists with this annual guaranteed exhibition opportunity. The Small Works Members Exhibition displayed a wide variety of talent across mediums  including painting, mixed media, collage, prints, sculpture, ceramic, and photography. All works are available for sale on the WMG webstore.

In total, Woman Made Gallery’s members play an important role in our arts ecosystem — they are our artists, collectors, appreciators, donors  — by becoming a member of WMG, you commit to help our nonprofit ensure the equal placement of women and non-binary artists place in the world. Explore membership options HERE.

 

In a time of continued distancing and uncertainty, these artists and more have guided us to cultivate connection and manifest meaning by creating intimate work in our galleries and bravely pushing us towards  the equal representation of women in the arts. We hope that you will join us in support of these creative practices and pursuits for social justice. Our work is possible because of you!

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LOOKING FORWARD TO 2022

EXHIBITION

juried by Rosalyn D'Mello


ON VIEW: January 15 - February 12, 2022
OPENING RECEPTION
: Saturday, January 15th, 4 - 7 PM CST*
@ Woman Made Gallery, 2150 S. Canalport Ave., Flr 4, Chicago, IL 60608

Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is excited to announce Word of Mouth, juried by Rosalyn D’Mello (feminist writer, editor and international art critic). Word of Mouth is a group exhibition featuring the artwork of 30 women and non-binary artists exploring food through an intersectional feminist lens. The exhibiting artists have subverted socially conditioned, gendered conceptions of an ingredient, a kitchen, a worm, or even a plate.  As an exhibition, Word of Mouth asks us questions of what nourishes our collective soul and how gut relates to emotion. What makes an orifice a mouth and if there is a difference between hunger and satiation, gluttony and greed, miracles and grief. 

*WMG is closely monitoring the evolving conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic and following the City of Chicago guidelines for social gatherings.  As of 1.3.22, we will require proof of vaccination upon arrival to gallery events. Please be sure to review the WMG website prior to arrival: https://womanmade.org/contact/

EXHIBIT WITH US IN 2022

Call for Art

First Deadline ($30): Sunday, January 30, 2022 @ 11:59 PM CST

Extended Deadline ($35): Sunday, February 6, 2022 @ 11:59 PM CST

Woman Made Gallery is seeking submissions for our April – May 2022 group exhibition The Deeply Rooted juried by Sundus Abdul Hadi.

This curatorial concept is taken from Sundus Abdul Hadi’s book “Take Care of Your Self: The Art and Cultures of Care and Liberation” and seeks artwork in any medium that align with Abdul Hadi's definition of Deeply Rooted: 

"Deeply-rooted is an empowered word to describe any person or community rooted in an ancient culture steeped in traditional and Indigenous knowledge that colonization attempted to erase. It is a word that attempts to describe the multiplicity of ethnicities and experiences related to the international Indigenous, Black, Pan-African, Afro-descendent, Arab, Brown, Latinx, South American, and Asian communities." - Sundus Abdul Hadi
 
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