Juarez Hawkins (b. 1962)
Juarez Hawkins, a native Chicagoan, is a second-generation artist. Her mother, Florence Hawkins, is one of the painters of Chicago’s famous Wall of Respect. Juarez received her BA from Northwestern University and her MA from Columbia College. A member of the Sapphire and Crystals artist collective, Juarez is a two-time recipient of both the Community Arts Assistance Program Grant and the Oppenheimer Teacher Incentive Grant. She has exhibited in solo exhibitions at Concordia University, the 33 Collective Gallery and the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago, along with numerous group exhibitions throughout the Midwest. Her work has been featured in the WGCI Calendar of African American Art and has been showcased in such literary works as The Bull-Jean Stories, Tales of a Woojiehead, and Out and Proud in Chicago. Juarez has taught art at a variety of venues, including Gallery 37, Little Black Pearl Workshop and Chicago State University, where she is currently a Lecturer.
My works are inspired by totems, ritual objects and masks from various cultures. They embrace both the feminine vessel and the masculine obelisk. They stand guard, watching over those who are hungry for, yet increasingly removed from, the culture of their ancestors.