Joyce Owens (b. 1947)
Ragdale Fellow Joyce Owens earned degrees from Howard (B.F.A.), and Yale (M.F.A.) universities. Curator and associate professor at Chicago State University teaches drawing and painting. Owens’ exhibitions include: Times Square, N.Y.; NATO headquarters, Brussels, Belgium; U.S. Embassy, Stockholm, Sweden, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mbabane, Swaziland; the University of Pennsylvania Museum; Philadelphia Museum of Art; DuSable Museum of African American History and Spertus Museum, Chicago; Koehnline Museum, IL; and Museum of Greater Lafayette, Indiana; The Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, The Butridge Gallery, Austin Texas, The Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL; Parish Gallery, D.C.; Just Lookin’ Gallery, MD and more Chicago, national and international venues. Owens has addressed audiences at The Art Institute of Chicago, College Art Association, Purdue University, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, The Pittsburgh Arts Center, Columbia College Chicago and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and others. Owens won prizes awarded by Faith Ringgold, Jon Pounds, CPAG; Madeline Rabb, Artnews critic Margaret Hawkins, Chicago Sun-Times; Chicago Gallery News art critic, Kevin Nance and Martin Puryear. A member of Sapphire and Crystals and often the curator, Owens has curated for The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago and the Logan Center at the University of Chicago, among others. Her art is published in catalogs, books, newspapers, and online reviews and features, and included in public and private, national and local collections.
My art practice is literally figurative. I engage critical issues tied to African American life and politics fed by experience in broadcast production, knowledge of fine art techniques and history. All converge in my paintings, assemblages and sculpture. Intertwined with cultural and social change, through portraiture I assault ideas around race and gender. An imperfect world provides unending subjects for an artist like me. My art practice continues to be an adventurous exploration and a search for me, in many ways, with the potential for a conversation with others.