Joyce Owens

Out of the Box series: Woman in Shirtdress
acrylic on wood box
12 1/2 x 20 1/4 x 4 in.

“I am attracted to human faces. The organic forms, unexpected bits of color, the light and shadow, and of course, the facial expressions fascinate and intrigue me. I see every face as a mask that I want to remove or peek through. Painting portraits is my attempt to know and understand my real or imagined subjects, express my personal hopes and dreams for the world and help end racism by filling gaps in American history and showing the images and stories that have been left out of most history books.”

Joyce Owens is a professional artist who earned degrees from Howard University (B.F.A.) and Yale University (M.F.A.). She is the curator of the Galleries Programs at Chicago State University and has exhibited her work in museums and galleries across the United States including the Spertus Museum, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Art and the Athenaeum Museum in Schaumburg, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pa., The Butridge Gallery in Austin Texas and The Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago.

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