Unsung Chicago: Woman Made Gallery

  

Woman Made Gallery in Chicago’s River West neighborhood opened its “Bare Essentials: Minimalism in the 21st Century” exhibit this month, featuring women artists working within the minimalism framework.

Beate Minkovski and Kelly Hensen, two Northeastern Illinois University art students, founded Woman Made Gallery (WMG), in 1992.

In the early sixties Minkovski studied sculpting and ceramics at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Germany. Then in 1984 she went on to study painting and Illustration at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, followed by earning her Bachelors Degree in Art from Northeastern Illinois University.

This was a piece of art from the Bare Essential: Minimalism in the 21st Century exhibit at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago By: Laura Jo Clanton

At the end of her senior year, the graduates “had to mount an exhibit and do all the things that are related to that,” said Minkovski.

She and Kelly Hensen “decided on artwork that shows how woman are portrayed throughout history: from the Virgin Mary to a sex blow-up doll man made in Hong-Kong. The exhibition addressed women’s position in patriarchal societies, including imagery on body/beauty, sexuality/reproduction, inequality and violence against women.”

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Chinatown’s Pui Tak Center Serves As A Gateway for New Immigrants in Chicago

View Slideshow on the Pui Tak Center in Chicago Chinatown.

By Laura Jo Clanton, Rhonda Alexander and Tiffany Boncan

“They come here to learn, and they come here to make friends.”

The Pui Tak Center, located in Chicago’s historic Chinatown neighborhood, answers this call, according to Transition Services Coordinator Sandy Louie.

The Chinese Christian Union Church founded this community center, and it is located one block south of Pui Tak, on Wentworth Avenue.

Nearly 800 students from 16-80 years old, attend classes to their assimilation process, free of charge. State and federal grants fund these classes.

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