Owens explains, "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." Owens' investigative approach to the art of portraiture yields breathtaking results.
Owens received her B.F.A. from Howard University and her M.F.A. from Yale University. Currently she is Professor of Drawing and Painting at Chicago State University and Curator of the galleries program.
Joyce Owens won this solo exhibition as First Prize for her work in the 9th International Open, juried by art critic, Margaret Hawkins. This is Owens' second time winning the honor at WMG. Faith Ringgold, renowned artist and writer, awarded Owens First Prize in the 5th International Open competition in 2002.
The picture shows 'Woman in Draped High Neckline' Out of the Box Series, by Joyce Owens.
The exhibition is on view through March 29, 2007. -- www.womanmade.org