The "Out of the Box" series was started about 6 years ago when I first saw the photos accumulated by W.E.B. DuBois to fight racism and stereotyping. He showed more than 300 during the 1900 Paris Exposition. Racism, obviously continues, which I why I was compelled to revisit the images as paintings on found wood boxes. I consider the fact that middle class African Americans lived in America as early as 1900 escapes history. So, I remind people, and hope racism will finally end in the land of the free..
Owens has work in the Arts In Embassies Program in Stockholm, Sweden, and Mbabane, Swaziland. She is part of a traveling exhibition called "Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare: As They Like It" presented at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago, Carthage College in Wisconsin and Bowling Green University in Ohio. She has had numerous solo exhibitions, recently at the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, IL. Her group exhibitions include "Visions of Our 44th President" at the Wright museum in Detroit with Carrie Mae Weems, Barkley Hendricks and other artists. Commissioned to produce award for Lois Weisberg, Chicago Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for 22 years that was presented at the School of the Art Institute in...
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