Black Desire in Practice Opens during Artist Month at South Side Community Art Center

"Black Desire in Practice" an exhibition by Artist Joyce Owens opened at the South Side Community Art Center on October 11, heralding Artist Month in Bronzeville.  Black Desire in Practice is a collection of visual works that pushes critical and theoretical issues tied to being African American.  Owens' Artist Talk drew over 150 people to the historic center where she discussed her storied art career, motivation for the exhibit and how ongoing struggles with race and class in the US. influence her art.  According to Owens, “improvisation influences my painting method, having the goal of producing a portrait or figure that I don’t fully ‘see’ until I finish. My practice continues to be an adventurous exploration, a search for me in many ways, and a conversation with the viewers.”

Owens is an award-winning painter whose works have been exhibited in the Unites States, Europe, Africa and South America. Owens draws her inspiration from American history, current culture and those she sees in her imagination.

The artist earned her M.FA. in Painting from Yale University and B.F.A. from Howard University. She has been juror, panelist and curator for several prestigious organizations including the Illinois Arts Council, The Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, and several other area institutions. She is currently an associate professor in art at Chicago State University.

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