Radiance + Aesthetics of Wellness


July 10 – august 20, 2015

“With long historical significance, light has been the subject of artwork throughout a variety of cultures for centuries. Contemporary artists such as Maria Nordman, Uta Barth, and Jennifer Steinkamp have created space for a mode of investigation that explores the physical traits and properties of light as medium, rendering an intersection between medium and meaning, intellectual and emotional engagement. With the traditional use of light as allegorical subject matter in mediums ranging from painting and drawing to photography, light is often employed to construct visual metaphor and imbue meaning in a given work. This exhibition will focus on contemporary approaches and investigations into light in the broadest sense.”

Click on the images below to see works and artists’ statements by individual artists in the exhibition.

bailey  beck  bingham  blomquist  bradshaw  carter

claiborne  dahl  Fernandes  fu  hunt1  hunt2

kelly  kunz_replace  mayfield  meier  nudelman  peltz

ries  rozman  stadnicki  stone-daignault  sudbrink  walsh1

walsh2  weber  wolfe

Artists Represented: Madeleine Bailey, Emily Beck, Jessica Bingham, Kate Blomquist, Whitney Bradshaw, Maika Carter, Katie Claiborne, Elena Dahl, Jean Fernandes, Jessica Fu, Gina Hunt, Caitlyn Margaret Kelly, Anna Kunz, Lily Mayfield, Bobbi Meier, Mike Nudelman, Lorraine Peltz, Carly Ries, Julie Rozman, Cassandra Stadnicki, Allie Stone & Kristina Daignaut, Lauren Sudbrink, Eileen Rae Walsh, Julie Weber, Connie Wolfe

Juror: Karen Azarnia is an artist, curator and educator. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited widely, with solo exhibitions at Terrain, Oak Park, IL; the Union League Club of Chicago, IL; as well as recent group exhibitions at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE; Morehead State University, Morehead, KY and Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL. She is a grant recipient from the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and has been included in Hyperallergic, Art in America, the Huffington Post and Newcity. She currently serves as Director of Exhibitions at the Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery. For more information visit: www.karenazarnia.com.


“Aesthetics of wellness”

july 10 – august 20, 2015

Woman Made Gallery presents Aesthetics of Wellness, a group exhibition that challenges stereotypes of what “good health” looks like by exploring a variety of holistic healing practices taking place in Chicago’s diverse, multi-ethnic communities. Importantly, the show will explore the roles that racial bias, income disparity, and social inequality play in America’s health and wellness industry as a whole. Mass-media images used to market women’s health and wellness services, for example, typically present young, slim, able-bodied white women as the sole model of what a “healthy female” should look like.

Click on the images below to see works and artists’ statements by individual artists in the exhibition.


davidanthonygeary  NMasaniLandfair

shelbystone  rhondawheatley

Artists Represented: Zakkiyyah Dumas, Alexandria Eregbu, David Anthony Geary, Masani Landfair, Shelby Stone, Rhonda Wheatley

Curator: Sydney Stoudmire is an independent curator and the Executive Director of Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL. She is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History, with a concentration in Photography and Contemporary Art. An advocate to the underrepresented, she is committed to creating exhibition opportunities for emerging artists of color, showcasing work that challenges gendered and racial stereotypes, and providing low-income populations with contemporary arts exposure.