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Jan 5, 2012
Interview: Joyce Owens in CSU Presidenty's Gallery Comments


Interview about Bobby Sengstacke exhibition. Andre Guichard conducts interview.

 

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Apr 22, 2012
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My art practice is literally figurative. I paint portraits on wood, wood boxes, paper and canvas. I produce mixed media constructions from found and other objects and collage on canvas. The various methods, materials and mediums sometimes determine what I will express. The range of ideas that I am attracted to, mostly around race and gender issues, can take many forms.


The figures and faces that I paint are often portraits from history that I want to publish in accessible forms for people who are not historians and may not know about African American history beyond slavery, poverty and the Civil Rights struggle. I also work with multiple, overlapping faces and bodies that form their own patterns, an idea around the interconnectedness of humanity that is clearer and clearer as we experience similar crises on a global scale. Some portraits are hidden in plain sight, either as masks or people-populated landscapes on canvas. Always, these faces express my interest in the underexposed images in American history.


Embracing my ancient ancestry, I have been making my own version of masks that at once give a nod to the traditional culture of the motherland, Africa, while revealing the modern universality of African traditional art that invigorated the art practice of my European ancestors. As we know they were greatly affected by the African indigenous art and artifacts they saw in museums after colonialism. I mostly use wood and metals along with acrylic paints in my 3-D. Improvisation influences my painting method, moving me to approach my canvas not absolutely certain where I am going, until arriving, having the goal of producing a portrait or figure that I don’t fully “see” it until I finish.


My art practice continues to be an adventurous exploration, in truth it is a search for me in many ways and a conversation with the viewers. I hope those who see my work will find a bit more of undiscovered humanity.




 

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Jan 5, 2012
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Joyce Owens will exhibit paintings at the Koehnline Museum at Oakton College in Illinois with Preston Jackson, Bernard Williams, and Rhonda Wheatley starting in January. The opening reception is Feb. 2. The Shakespeare invitational exhibition opens at the Beverly Art Center, Chicago in 2012. Owens will also have shows in Detroit at the Wright Museum and in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the solo exhibitions at Waubonsee College and the Catholic Theological Union, a 2-person exhibition at the Museum of Greater Lafayette in Indiana, a lecture at the Art Institute, a lecture at Purdue University and more have kept Joyce Owens active. She also is the curator of multiple successful exhibitions at Chicago State University and exhibits with Sapphire and Crystals artists; two were held at the end of 2010 at the historic South Side Community Art Center. Ragdale Fellow, Owens, continues to push her work into the third dimension. Her work continues to be selected by collectors across the country.


In Jan. 2009 I had a successful exhibition in D.C. at the Parish Gallery in Georgetown: "From Slavery to Freedom: A Tribute to Obama" featuring my "Out of the Box" and "Survivor Spirits" series. Chicago-based photographer Bobby Sengstacke was featured as well, and showed his Civil Rights and personality images.


I also just completed at exhibition that I as the curator for in Evanston, IL. at the Noyes Cultural Arts. That exhibition included over 100 art works by 22 African American women artists called "Sapphire and Crystals: BEyONd Race and Gender". We presented a silent auction of self portraits by the artists and an altar installation that included mementos and small art works by the participants.


Looking forward to the catalogs produced by the amazing curators of the current international exhibitions I have been selected for in Brussels, Belgium at NATO, Monrovia, Liberia and Georgetown, Guyana at the U.S. Embassies.


 

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Aug 22, 2011
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Solo exhibitions at Waubonsee College and the Catholic Theological Union, a 2-person exhibition at the Museum of Greater Lafayette in Indiana, a lecture at the Art Institute, a lecture at Purdue University and more have kept Joyce Owens active in 2011. She also is the curator of multiple successful exhibitions at Chicago State University and exhibits with Sapphire and Crystals artists; two were held at the end of 2010 at the historic South Side Community Art Center. Ragdale Fellow, Owens, continues to push her work into the third dimension. Her work continues to be selected by collectors across the country.


In Jan. 2009 I had a successful exhibition in D.C. at the Parish Gallery in Georgetown: "From Slavery to Freedom: A Tribute to Obama" featuring my "Out of the Box" and "Survivor Spirits" series. Chicago-based photographer Bobby Sengstacke was featured as well, and showed his Civil Rights and personality images.


I also just completed at exhibition that I as the curator for in Evanston, IL. at the Noyes Cultural Arts. That exhibition included over 100 art works by 22 African American women artists called "Sapphire and Crystals: BEyONd Race and Gender". We presented a silent auction of self portraits by the artists and an altar installation that included mementos and small art works by the participants.


Looking forward to the catalogs produced by the amazing curators of the current international exhibitions I have been selected for in Brussels, Belgium at NATO, Monrovia, Liberia and Georgetown, Guyana at the U.S. Embassies.


I have shows coming up in Chicago, and planning for a solo show next year.

 

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Jul 9, 2009
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The Ragdale Fellowship that I won went well. Look for work from that period later in a show at Nicole gallery Fall 2009.


In Jan. 2009 I had a successful exhibition in D.C. at the Parish Gallery in Georgetown: "From Slavery to Freedom: A Tribute to Obama" featuring my "Out of the Box" and "Survivor Spirits" series. Chicago-based photographer Bobby Sengstacke was featured as well, and showed his Civil Rights and personality images.


I also just completed at exhibition that I as the curator for in Evanston, IL. at the Noyes Cultural Arts. That exhibition included over 100 art works by 22 African American women artists called "Sapphire and Crystals: BEyONd Race and Gender". We presented a silent auction of self portraits by the artists and an altar installation that included mementos and small art works by the participants.


Looking forward to the catalogs produced by the amazing curators of the current international exhibitions I have been selected for in Brussels, Belgium at NATO, Monrovia, Liberia and Georgetown, Guyana at the U.S. Embassies.


I have shows coming up in Chicago, and planning for a solo show next year.

 

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Mar 25, 2009
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In Jan. 2009 I had a successful exhibition in D.C. at the Parish Gallery in Georgetown: "From Slavery to Freedom: A Tribute to Obama" featuring my "Out of the Box" and "Survivor Spirits" series. Chicago-based photographer Bobby Sengstacke was featured as well, and showed his Civil Rights and personality images.


I also just completed at exhibition that I as the curator for in Evanston, IL. at the Noyes Cultural Arts. That exhibition included over 100 art works by 22 African American women artists called "Sapphire and Crystals: BEyONd Race and Gender". We presented a silent auction of self portraits by the artists and an altar installation that included mementos and small art works by the participants.


Looking forward to the catalogs produced by the amazing curators of the current international exhibitions I have been selected for in Brussels, Belgium at NATO, Monrovia, Liberia and Georgetown, Guyana at the U.S. Embassies.


I have shows coming up in Chicago, and planning for a solo show next year. Also planning for my Ragdale Fellowship this summer.

 

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Jul 10, 2008
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Coming up you can see my work at Gallery Guichard in Chicago starting August 8 (see below for details). I have been in many exhibitions since the beginning of 2008, so many (about 12) I did not have a chance to update you.


Many people in Chicago saw me at these events that included two solos exhibitions. One solo exhibition was in Wisconsin at Carthage College. The annual Gallery D'Estee show that the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority puts on was for a couple of days only. (They do a fabulous job and present a lot of great artists). I also exhibited in Indiana at the South Shore Art Center in the Daniel T. Parker Collection exhibition. In St. Louis, MO I was selected for the 10th annual Venus Envy exhibition, I was an invited national artist along with Mary Dritschel, also from Chicago and Jewel Castro, from San Diego, Calif. Another component was the juried show of local St. Louis artists.


I completed a show at the new Griffin Gallery in Chicago, that featured four women and Gerald Griffin, the owner. This gallery, at 223 West Ontario in Chicago, is just gorgeous thanks to the owner's wife, who is an interior designer.


Upcoming exhibitions include Gallery Guichard, Woman Made Gallery's members show, and an invitational exhibition at sculptor Preston Jackson's Gallery.

 

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Jun 13, 2008
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I have been in many exhibitions since the beginning of 2008, so many (about 12) I did not have a chance to update you.


Many people in Chicago saw me at these events that included two solos exhibitions. One solo exhibition was in Wisconsin at Carthage College. The annual Gallery D'Estee show that the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority puts on was for a couple of days only. (They do a fabulous job and present a lot of great artists). I also exhibited in Indiana at the South Shore Art Center in the Daniel T. Parker Collection exhibition. In St. Louis, MO I was selected for the 10th annual Venus Envy exhibition, I was an invited national artist along with Mary Dritschel, also from Chicago and Jewel Castro, from San Diego, Calif. Another component was the juried show of local St. Louis artists.


I completed a show at the new Griffin Gallery in Chicago, that featured four women and Gerald Griffin, the owner. This gallery, at 223 West Ontario in Chicago, is just gorgeous thanks to the owner's wife, who is an interior designer.


Upcoming exhibitions include Gallery Guichard, Woman Made Gallery's members show, and an invitational exhibition at sculptor Preston Jackson's Gallery.

 

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Jun 12, 2008
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I have been in many exhibitions since the beginning of 2008, so many (about 12) I did not have a chance to update you.


Many people in Chicago saw me at these events that included two solos exhibitions. One solo exhibition was 9n Wisconsin at Carthage College. The annual Gallery D'Estee show that the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority puts on was for a couple of days only. (They do a fabulous job and present a lot of great artists). I also exhibited in Indiana at the South Shore Cultural Center and St. Louis at the 10th annual Venus Envy exhibition, I was an invited national artist along with Mary Dritschel, also from Chicago and Jewel Castro, from San Diego, Calif. Another component was the juried show of local St. Louis artists.


I completed a show at the new Griffin Gallery in Chicago, that featured four women and Gerald Griffin, the owner. This gallery at 223 West Ontario in Chicago is just gorgeous thanks to the owner's wife, who is an interior designer.

 

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Jan 13, 2008
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"Re-ASSIGNMENTS"was a show I was the curator for at ARC Gallery. The artists were phenomenal!!!


I have had four solo exhibitions since October 2006, three of them since January 2007, has left me with little time for other things, except teaching my painting students and curating for the galleries at my university and presenting at a few panels in the city of Chicago. I even held two panel discussions about the art exhibitions at my school!


Ceramic artist, Marva Pitchford Jolly and I presented our work at Gallery 203, thanks to Mary Anne Cataldi and the other artists, for two months, I sent work to the Porter Colloquium art auction in Washington, D.C., to the South Side Community Art auction and Gilda's Club auction, both in Chicago.


I am planning for a show in September with Preston Jackson, sculptor, Thomas Lucas, master printmaker, and painter, Michael Barlow, at Nicole Gallery during Chicago Artists Month.


Scheduled for the future is a show with pre-eminent Chicago artists Tony Fitzpatrick and Rhonda Wheatley at Architrouve Gallery in Chicago.


Please come back for more news and more art!


 

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Aug 7, 2007
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"Re-ASSIGNMENTS"was a show I was the cuartor for at ARC Gallery. The artists were phenomenal!!!


I have had four solo exhibitions since October 2006, three of them since January 2007, has left me with little time for other things, except teaching my painting students and curating for the galleries at my university and presenting at a few panels in the city of Chicago. I even held two panel discussions about the art exhibitions at my school!


Ceramic artist, Marva Pitchford Jolly and I presented our work at Gallery 203, thanks to Mary Anne Cataldi and the other artists, for two months, I sent work to the Porter Colloquium art auction in Washington, D.C., to the South Side Community Art auction and Gilda's Club auction, both in Chicago.


I am planning for a show in September with Preston Jackson, sculptor, Thomas Lucas, master printmaker, and painter, Michael Barlow, at Nicole Gallery during Chicago Artists Month.


Scheduled for the future is a show with pre-eminent Chicago artists Tony Fitzpatrick and Rhonda Wheatley at Architrouve Gallery in Chicago.


Please come back for more news and more art!


 

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Jun 2, 2007
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Four solo exhibitions since October 2006, three of them since January 2007, has left me with little time for other things, except teaching my painting students and curating for the galleries at my university and presenting at a few panels in the city of Chicago. I even held two panel discussions about the art exhibitions at my school!


Ceramic artist, Marva Pitchford Jolly and I presented our work at Gallery 203, thanks to Mary Anne Cataldi and the other artists, for two months, I sent work to the Porter Colloquium art auction in Washington, D.C., to the South Side Community Art auction and Gilda's Club auction, both in Chicago.


This June, my show "Re-Assignments" opens at the new ARC Gallery in Chicago featuring 8 artists who use re-cycled materials as part of their art! I am the curator and will participate.


I am planning for a show in September with Preston Jackson, sculptor, Thomas Lucas, master printmaker, and painter, Michael Barlow, at Nicole Gallery during Chicago Artists Month.


Scheduled for the future is a show with pre-eminent Chicago artists Tony Fitzpatrick and Rhonda Wheatley at Architrouve Gallery in Chicago.


Please come back for more news and more art!


 

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Jan 1, 2007
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Solo exhibition at ARC Gallery,734 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago Oct. 4, 2006 until Oct.28. Featured wood masks, using acrylic paint, metals, beads and found objects. I won Best of Show in the gallery in February and the prize was this show during Chicago Artists Month.

 

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Sep 27, 2006
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SOON!

Solo exhibition at ARC Gallery,734 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago starting Oct. 4, 2006 until Oct.28. I will show wood masks, using acrylic paint, metals, beads and found objects. I won Best of Show in the gallery in February and the prize was this show during Chicago Artists Month.

 

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