Felicia Grant Preston (b. 1953)
Felicia Grant Preston is a visual artist and retired art educator. Preston received a BA in art from Southern Illinois University, an MSED from Northern Illinois University and an MA from Chicago State University. In addition, she has studied at the University of Illinois, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Governors State University and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work is included in the Paul R. Jones collection at the University of Delaware, the largest collection of African American art, and she is represented in numerous private collections. Recent publications include the University of Delaware’s 2005 date book, Abstract and All That, a University of Delaware exhibition catalogue, and African Art: the Diaspora and Beyond by Daniel T. Parker. Preston’s work has been exhibited in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity exhibition, A.R.C. Gallery, Woman Made Gallery, R.H. Love Contemporary Gallery, Artemisia Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, South Side Community Art Center, Beacon Street Gallery, Nicole Gallery, the South Shore Cultural Center, Neleh Artistic Expressions and Gallery Guichard, among others. She has also exhibited at Fort Wayne (Indiana) Museum of Art Alliance, Vaughn Cultural Center in St. Louis, the Art Exchange Gallery in Detroit, the Savannah College of Art and Design, Florida Community College in Jacksonville, and Art Jazz Gallery in Philadelphia.
Color captures and captivates; it arouses the senses and communicates feelings. Yellow makes me think of sunshine. It lifts my spirits and enriches my soul. I am a self-proclaimed colorist, and my palette comes alive with the colors of nature. My work is sometimes representational, abstract or nonrepresentational. It is the reflections on water, the sunlight on a prism, the sunrise on the ocean, the sunset on the prairie, the bloom of a flower, a ballroom dance, a glimpse through a telescope, a reflection of spiritual majesty and my ultimate joy.