Changing of the Guard at WMG

Woman Made Gallery has gone through a variety of staff changes since 1992, and it’s always traumatic, exciting, sad, and happy.

This month we had to say good-bye to Kristen Carter, our Gallery Assistant for more than two years, who is beginning a new life in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Who could blame her for not saying ‘no’ to the offer of a full scholarship, plus payment for relocation expenses, to be a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of British Columbia. Kristen began her association with WMG as an Intern from DePaul. She had her hands and brain into everything, from administrative tasks, to installing exhibitions, writing press releases, and social media activities. We thank her for the valuable contributions she made to this organization. They have furthered WMG and made us stronger. Kristen will stay connected and involved in a variety of ways, including as a co-curator with Emanuel Aguilar for the group exhibition, “Girl: Please!” from November 5 to December 23, 2010. Maybe she will be able to attend the opening reception remotely on Skype! Good luck Kristen, and the best from all of us here at WMG. We know that we’ll all miss your magnetic presence. 

As melancholic as we are to say farewell to Kristen, we happily welcome Ruby Thorkelson, our new Gallery Assistant. Ruby has only finished her second week at WMG, and we already know how very special she is, and how very lucky we are to have her.Every visitor we have had since Ruby started has felt her genuine warmth and gentle personality. Ruby earned her Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Study: “Arts-Based Community Development” at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She brings to WMG her passion for the encouragement of women in the arts and the promotion of feminist art, a strong Community Arts background with an established focus on education and administration, and experience in art handling and gallery installation at both SOFA Chicago and the Renaissance Society. Ruby is a perfect fit for WMG and we are looking forward to a great work relationship!

-Beate Minkovski, Executive Director

One thought on “Changing of the Guard at WMG

  1. Darlene Wesenberg Rzezotarski says:

    Good luck to Kristen! She’s been a friendly, reassuring force at WomanMade for weary travelers from Milwaukee!

    Also, Beata, I am (finally) taking the leap of faith and having a ceramic studio constructed on the back of my house! I’m calling it Turtle Woman Ceramic Studio. I am blogging the experience at http// My blog so far contains some pictures of “before” and “during” and I am thinking it might be helpful to others who are contemplating a studio but know more about the construction of art than the construction of buildings. I hope you can take a look at my blog and also let me know how I can link up with the WomanMade blog if you think it would be okay. Thanks! DWRZ

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