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Artist's work challenges viewers to "Dream Big"

Upcoming Winter gallery exhibit features the work of artist Joyce Owens

December 14, 2010

Join us for a reception on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 to celebrate the opening of “Dream Big,” the Winter exhibition at Catholic Theological Union’s Mary-Frances and Bill Veeck Gallery.  The reception, which will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will feature a talk by the artist at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, guests are invited to join us before the reception for prayer and a film as part of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program’s Martin Luther King Remembrance, 4 p.m., Room 210C.

Joyce Owens earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Yale University and a BFA from Howard University. Currently an art professor specializing in drawing and painting, she is the curator of the galleries at Chicago State University.  Owens’ two-person exhibition, ‘Parallel Narratives”, opens January 21, 2011 with Preston Jackson,  at the Museum of Greater Lafayette in Indiana and includes a museum workshop and lecture  at Purdue University. In March 2011 Owens will present at the Art Institute of Chicago in their Art Connects program.

Recognition for Ragdale Fellow Joyce Owens’ artistic abilities has come from Faith Ringgold, Martin Puryear, Madeline Rabb, art critic Margaret Hawkins, Artnews correspondent, curator John Pitman Weber, and gallerist Juumane N’Namdi, awarding her prizes including Best of Show in national and international juried exhibitions.  Owens’ recent awards include 3Arts, Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art and the African American Arts Alliance for her achievements in the visual arts.  

Public and private collections that feature her art include: the Paul R. Jones, Dan Parker, Patric McCoy, Lisa McDonald, Dr. Robert Derden, Ed Gordon and Les Payne, Mt. Sinai Hospital clinic and Oakton Community College. Her work is in numerous publications, including books, catalogs, and newspapers, and as illustrations.

Nationally and internationally exhibited, Owens’ artwork has been shown on four continents, Including Monrovia, Liberia and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at U.S. embassies, featured on two catalog cover pages accompanying the exhibitions and a calendar.  Her work was exhibited in Georgetown, Guyana and at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

The Mary-Frances and Bill Veeck Gallery is located at Catholic Theological Union Academic and Conference Center, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., 4th Floor, Chicago, 60615.  Complimentary parking is available.  The exhibit will be open from January 12 through April 6, 2011.  For more information, please call (773) 371.5416.