Beate Minkovski

 West Dundee, Illinois 60118



Beate Minkovski is an artist who has studied in Bremen, Germany and in Chicago, Illinois. After raising five children she returned to finish her education at Northeastern Illinois University. She co-founded Woman Made Gallery in 1992 and retired as its Executive Director in December 2014.


"My version of the artist's life is to create continuously, even if it is only in one's mind. For as long as I was working for Woman Made I have not been able to produce consistently, but I am constantly thinking art. I am surrounded and inspired by it, and I have been most satisfied with many of my imaginary productions. I even work in series and solve many artistic challenges just by thinking them through. I hope that I will be able to put on paper what has been cooking for so long, after my retirement in 2014. The ideal artist's life would include time, space, inspiration, support, respect, and freedom." -Beate



Work experience


Woman Made Gallery

Co-Founder and Executive Director

1992 - 2014

2010 - present



Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois

1988 - 1992

Bachelor of Arts Major Art, Sculpture with Professor Mary Stoppert

Hochschule fuer Gestaltung
Bremen, Germany

1962 - 1965

Sculpture with Professor Gerhart Schreiter (1909-1974)
Ceramics with Professor Dorothee Kolberg-Tjadens (1922-2004)



Select Exhibitions




     Hall of Shame, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois



     Contract on America, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinois The Egg Show, Gallery E.G.G., Chicago, Illinois



     CWCA Members Show, Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Hinsdale, Illinois

     International Art Exposition 1994, Chicago, Illinois

     Sacred Cows, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

     Family Classics, The Contemporary Art Center, Arlington Heights, Illinois

     Ancient Earth, Gallery E.G.G., Chicago, Illinois



     Spirituality and Inner Meaning, North Lakeside Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois

     Personal Journeys,Carlson Tower Gallery, North Park College, Chicago, Illinois



Awards + Acknowledgments



     K Waterloo Art Project:
Beate Minkovski: Woman's Best Friend


     Interview on the NEA Blog, Art Talk with Beate Minkovski


     Featured in July Today's Chicago Woman, 100 Women Making a Difference


     Chicago Women's Caucus for Art Award for Achievements in the Arts


     Frank Fritzmann Memorial Award


     Northern Illinois University Art Talent Scholarship


     Lincoln Academy Laureate Award



Juror + Judge




     WCA Presents: Equilibrium: Art for a Changing World, co-juried with Mary Stoppert, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois



     Women's Art Registry of Minnesota, (WARM), St. Paul, Minnesota



     CWCA Midwest Regional, ARC Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

     Women's Works, Woodstock, Illinois



     Small Works Exhibition, The Art Center, Highland Park, Illinois



     Here Comes the Bride, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois



     Her Mark, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois



     Annual Member's Show, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois



     Women's Works, Woodstock, Illinois



2010 - present