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Owens, Joyce (Like My Sister)




Owens, Joyce (Like My Sister)
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"Like My Sister" by Joyce Owens
22 in x 13 in. acrylic on wood



Joyce Owens is a painter. She also creates sculptural works and masks. Owens earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Her main influences there were Lester Johnson and Bernard Chaet. Others who guided her at Yale were Willie Ruff, musician, William Bailey, artist and Al Held. Her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), was conferred by Howard University in our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C., where she studied with preeminent African American artists and scholars including David Driskell, the historian and curator of the Bill and Camille Cosby Collection, the late Lois Mailou Jones, internationally known painter, Ed Love, sculptor and Owens’ mentor until his premature death, historian and painter Dr. James Porter and printmaker and painter, James L. Wells. California artist Leo Robinson was an important guide during undergraduate years as was Lloyd McNeill

A professor of painting and drawing at Chicago State University, she also curates for the two on-campus galleries. Owens has been sought out to jury fine art exhibitions and art fairs at the Museum of Science and Industry, The DuSable Museum, Woman made Gallery, Women's Caucus for Art and The New East Side Art Fair to name a few. She has been a curator for many successful shows and an arts facilitator/consultant putting together artists with events. Owens is a knowledgeable arts panelist who has also 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 and more. Owens has taught studio painting and drawing classes at Chicago State University since 1996 while also maintaining an active exhibition career. She has been sitting on the Advisory Committee for the Department of Cultural Affair’s Chicago Artists Month since 2002. She consults with the Chicago Artists Coalition, and is on the Advisory Board of Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. Owens is an associate editor for The Journal of African American History.

In college Owens was the art editor for Howard’s literary magazine for several years. She won the Student Council Award in Painting and The Special Talent Grant for three years, paying her tuition. She was also on the Dean’s list. While still an undergraduate McGraw-Hill hired Ms. Owens to illustrate two childrens’ books.

Joyce Owens is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Germantown High school where she excelled in art and was selected to be the editor of her high school year book among her other varied activities. She attended art classes at Philadelphia High School for Girls and Tyler School of Art on Saturdays. During her summers off, Ms. Owens worked as a camp counselor, becoming the Arts and Crafts Director for William Penn Camp when she graduated from Howard. During a summer after graduation she worked in a city of Philadelphia arts program with, now presidential...

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