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Joyce Owens

About Me:

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 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.

Owens' work was selected for exhibitions in Georgetown, Guyana and Brussels, Belgium at NATO headquarters and was featured in a 2009 two-person exhibition with photographer Bobby Sengstacke at the renowned Parish Gallery in Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown area.

Recently awarded a Ragdale fellowship, Owens has been selected to show her work in the American Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia. In 2008 Owens' works were included in two solo exhibitions, at Elmhurst College's Frick Center from January through February, at the H.F. Johnson Gallery at Carthage College in Wisconsin, at the South Shore Arts in Indiana, where Owens was a featured artist from the Daniel T. Parker Collection. The Museum of Science and Industry's annual juried Black Creativity exhibition in Jan-Mar 2008 proved another award winning occasion for Owens, who has previously been a First Prize winner at the exhibition. She was one of 7 top prize winners.

Owens' other recent solo exhibitions include: 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. 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. Owens has exhibited her work in Austin, Texas, at the University of Pennsylvania, at the Phila. Museum of Art at The Spertus Museum in Chicago and at the Koehnline Museum at Oakton Community College among other venues.

Owens has curated many exhibitions outside of her university.

Exhibit change by:

My own work and curatorial efforts address issues around race and gender and the environment. I currently have a show p at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center titled "Sapphire and Crystals: BEyONd Race and Gender". I curated an environmental show called "Re-Assignments" asking artists to recycle materials.

I'm passionate about:

Race, gender and environment