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Joyce Owens - Fine Artist

Joyce Owens

Chicago, IL - United States








Joyce Owens

Chicago, IL - United States

Joyce Owens - Fine Artist

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About Joyce Owens

Joyce Owens
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 Chicago, Oct. 20.
'Element Flux': Jackson Junge Gallery until Nov. 13
Waubonsee Community College Art Department:
'Joyce Owens: Found'
August 18 - September 21, 2011
Artists' Lecture: Wednesday, September 21, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Arrowhead Room
free and open to the general public
Arrowhead Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday: Closed
The Arrowhead Room gallery, located at the Sugar Grove Campus on the first floor of Dickson Center, houses art exhibits of student, faculty and visiting artists. The Exhibition Committee, composed of Art Department faculty and staff, selects the shows for the Arrowhead Room.

Owens' 4-person exhibition at the Koehline Museum at Oakton College with artists: Preston Jackson, Bernard Williams, and Rhonda Wheatley will open January 2012.

Joyce Owens participated in a group show curated by Kim Laurel and Fletcher Hayes at the H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art at Carthage College in Wisconsin. 'Ethereal Fauna: The Artist's Muse' through May 19, 2011.
The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette in Indiana exhibited her work with sculptor Preston Jackson in 'Parallel Narratives', January 21 until March 29, 2011 to critical acclaim. Her solo exhibition at the Veeck Gallery opened January 12 at Chicago's Hyde Park (Catholic Theological Union) curated by Janis Pozzi-Johnson) ran until April 6. Her constructions were well-received and many acquired positions in prominent area collections.

Owens lectured students at Purdue University in relationship to 'Parallel Narratives' that was supported the the Black Cultural Center, presented a workshop at the museum and later a lecture at the museum on February 17.

On March 5, 2011 Owens lectured on her connection with Marc Chagall at the Art Institute of Chicago.

'Not Just Another Pretty Face' an exhibition of art work commissioned by various art patrons and collectors was held at the Hyde Park Art Center. Owens' patron, L. G. McDonald commissioned a portrait of her grandfather.

Among the many awards Owens has recently won, she is honored to include a Ragdale fellowship, a 'competitive fellowship awarded to individuals through a nomination process' in July 2008, a Chicago Women's Caucus for the Arts Award in 2009 and an African American Arts Alliance Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts in 2010. Owens has also been selected to exhibit her work in the American Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium and in Guyana, South America and in the African Union office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Joyce Owens earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree from Howard University in Washington D.C. and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in painting from Yale University. Ms. Owens has held many arts related positions from arts and crafts director and art teacher to a producer for the CBS television station in Philadelphia and Graphic Arts Coordinator at CBS Chicago.

Professor Joyce Owens (Anderson) teaches studio painting and drawing at Chicago State University. She was appointed the curator of the university galleries starting in January, 2006.

Other exhibitions include a two-person exhibition to honor Pres. Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. at the Parish Gallery, located in Georgetown (, that opened January 19, 2009. An active artist, Owens has had a solo exhibition at Carthage College in Wisconsin, curated and participated in three faculty exhibitions at her university since 2006, was an invited artist for Venus Envy at the Mad Art Gallery in St. Louis, MO, was selected for the Museum of Science and Industry's annual national juried Black Creativity exhibition in Jan-Mar 2008 where she was one of 7 top prize winners.

In a solo exhibition in Jan. to Feb,, 2008 Owens exhibited in the Frick Center at Elmhurst College. She returned to Frick to curate a group exhibition of Sapphire and Crystals artists that ran from Jan. 24 to February 19, 2010. She organized an exhibition of the same group of women at Nicole Gallery Oct. 17 to Dec. 12 2009 as part of Chicago Artists Month, an one more earlier in the year, Owens put together 23 artists to show on two floors of the Noyes Cultural center in Evanston, IL.

Owens has had four solo exhibitions between then and October, 2006: Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, in January, 2007, Nicole Gallery, in Chicago, from March 16 until April 28, 2007. Margaret Hawkins, critic for Artnews Magazine and The Chicago Sun-Times awarded Owens First Prize and a solo exhibition in March, 2006 out of nearly 1200 international entries for her Survivor Spirits Installation in the 9th Annual Art Open at Woman Made Gallery (WMG) in Chicago. The solo show at WMG was mounted during March, 2007. Owens won Best of Show at ARC Gallery in Chicago in February 2006 from juror John Pittman Weber resulting in another solo show. Owens' participation in a group show at Nicole Gallery during Sept. 2007 continuing through Chicago Artists Month, October 2007, resulted in a September 21, 2007 review by Kevin Nance, The Chicago Sun-Times praising her work, as well as the December 23 article singling her exhibition with Preston Jackson as one of ten of the year's memorable exhibitions.
In April 2007 Owens was a guest artist at Gallery 203 in the Flat Iron Fine Arts Building, with ceramic artist Marva Pitchford Jolly. Owens presented her work in both juried and invitational exhibitions during 2006, including showing in Pennsylvania at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and speaking on the select panel discussion and more.

In 2005 Ms. Owens was the featured artist for the 15th annual DanceAfrica Chicago at Columbia College, her work gracing the poster announcing the events of the annual festival, and also was used for publicity materials for the Humanities Festival coinciding with the dance activities.

Also in 2005, Owens was singled out to be the signature artist for Real Art Work (R.A.W.) an annual art exposition which originated at Chicago State University and now held at the Parkway Ballroom in Bronzeville, Chicago, Il. Owens was chosen for a two-person exhibition with Marva Pitchford Jolly at the Homewood Studios in Minneapolis, MN in June of 2005, and was also invited to participate in the three inaugural exhibitions at the Gallery Guichard. She, again this year, has been included in the national juried exhibition, Black Creativity at the Museum of Science and Industry, where she has won numerous prizes over the years including Best of Show. Artist Faith Ringgold awarded Owens 1st Prize in the 5th International Open at Woman Made Gallery.

A partial list of her juried and invitational exhibition history includes:
The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, in Pa., The Butridge Gallery in Austin, Texas, Howard University, most recently in a prestigious alumnae exhibition including Elizabeth Catlett, Alma Thomas, David Driskell and other notable artists, Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Connecticut College, the Martin Luther King Complex in Columbus, Ohio, The Philadelphia Convention Center and The Schaumberg Athenaeum Museum in Illinois, The Museum of Science and Industry where she won Best of Show among other prizes over the years, the Spertus Museum, The Chicago Cultural Center, O’Hare Airport, The Daley Center, The Gallery of the School of the Art Institute on Jackson, 'Expressions toward the End of the Millennium' exhibition at The Koehline Museum at Oakton Community College, and Wood Street Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Chicago.

In 2001 Owens was selected to be a featured artist during Chicago Artists Month and was asked to sit on the Advisory Committee. She developed the theme 'Artists at Work”, for 2002. In 2001 she participated in Suite Home Chicago public arts event sponsored by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

She has been the curator of a series of successful exhibitions in galleries in the Chicago area, including at Woman Made Gallery, an exhibition called Sapphire and Crystals: Black White and Blues was selected as a featured program for Chicago Artists Month, 2005. In 2005 Owens curated three back-to-back exhibitions at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago on North Michigan Avenue. She has been the curator for exhibitions at The Art Center in Highland Park, Illinois, ARC Gallery, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago State University, South Shore Cultural Center and Concordia University.

Artist statement:

I am interested in multiple images, multiplicity as it pertains to living our lives and who we are.
The idea of multiple images means at least a couple of things for me. First, more than one kind of object interests me as subject matter for my work. Mainly I use the human form, but trees, clouds, and other forms found in nature are of great interest to me as well. Secondly, layered images evoke feelings of complexity which reflect reality for me.
Multiplicity as it pertains to how we live our lives means several things. One, that we literally do many different jobs and activities during our lifetimes....sometimes we do several jobs at once, sometimes in succession. Our lives include activities which are not considered work, but which are integral parts of our lives, like maintaining friendships and participating in any number of non-work past-times.
Multiplicity in terms of who we are is the most interesting part for me that addresses the psychological aspect of humans. I always want to know who you really are? What you really mean? How you really feel? What is your real passion? For me, there is the added multiplicity issue which is race and ethnicity.
Many of us are an amalgam of cultures and elasticities by virtue of birth. In the U.S.A. the Euro-centric culture struggles to remain dominant. That is slowly eroding. And history tells us that there were other highly developed cultures about which we are not routinely taught. I ask in my work, 'What if the cultures of Africa (Benin, for example) were promoted here the way the Renaissance in Europe has been? How would I (and others like me) be perceived differently in my present culture?'
My work addresses these issues through portraiture, mask making and pictorial story telling.

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