Dreaming Bigger in Strange Times

November 11, 2017 to December 16, 2017  • Opening Reception Saturday, November 11, 2-4 p.m.


CHICAGO —Woman Made Gallery (WMG) is proud to present ‘Dreaming Bigger in Strange Times,’ opening on Saturday, November 11th through December 16. The final exhibition during WMG’s 25th Anniversary year, it is the second exhibition at WMG’s new location in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Juried by Chicago artist and curator, Joyce Owens, the exhibition includes works by 17 artists from diverse backgrounds and working in a variety of styles and media.

Featuring women artists currently residing in the Midwest, this invitational exhibition intentionally strives to reflect the independent thoughts, hopes, dreams and fears around the strangely volatile world we find ourselves inhabiting since the last election. The women, working in a wide range of art mediums, represent diverse ethnic and ancestral backgrounds. Many express their political, social, religious and ethnic beliefs through their work. After all, America has welcomed immigrants promising them freedoms they were denied at home from the first meal at Plymouth Rock. Others were not welcomed under equal circumstances, to put it mildly, and others who were here first got the worst surprise as payment for their original kindness. The focal point that speaks to each artist shows up in their work in subtle and/or overt ways that you will see if you look. Their artist statements will provide more insight. Neighborhoods in Chicago (and other cities around the world) are generally homogeneous, despite desegregation. This powerful group of artists will demonstrate that diversity makes us stronger!

Exhibiting artists: Joanne Aono; Rose Blouin; Arlene Turner Crawford; Anne Farley Gaines; Abi Gonzales; Patricia Larkin Green; Indira Freitas Johnson; Felicia Grant Preston; Kim Laurel; Nora Moore Lloyd; Joyce Owens; Jane Stevens; Lynn Tsan; Kathy Weaver; Shahar Caren Weaver; Rhonda Wheatley; and Trish Williams.

Curator: Joyce Owens

Joyce Owens is a painter and sculptor with an MFA degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and a BFA from Howard University in Washington, D.C.  She served as curator and associate professor of painting and drawing at Chicago State University, and has curated exhibitions at various art institutions, including at DuSable Museum of African American History, Woman Made Gallery, Black Creativity at the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Women’s Caucus for Art. As Arts Panelist she has developed discussion topics for galleries at Columbia College in Chicago, The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, The School of the Art Institute, The Carver Museum in Austin, Texas, Nicole Gallery in Chicago and the South Side Community Art Center. Owens is associate editor for The Journal of African American History and has had her art and writing published in books and journals. For more information visit: http://www.joyceowens.com


The opening reception for ‘Dreaming Bigger in Strange Times’ is on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. Works are on display through December 16, 2017. In conjunction with the opening reception celebration there will be a silent art auction with small-scale works by exhibiting artists. All WMG events are free and open to the public.

Woman Made Gallery
2150 S Canalport #4A-3
Chicago, IL 60608

(Banner Image: artwork by Rhonda Wheatley)