Artist Talk: Judy Bowman, "This Stillness"

Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 1 – 2 pm

756 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642

Free via Eventbrite: RSVP HERE Required

Judy Bowman was born on the east side of Detroit, Michigan in 1952. Her family lived in the community that was commonly known as Black Bottom. She attended Detroit Public Schools.

It was during her time at the Atlanta University Center that her love for art really began to grow. A highlight of her time in Atlanta was when she was commissioned by Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mother, Alberta King to create art for the newly-formed Martin Luther King Library at the International Theological Center. She could not believe she was collaborating with these two remarkable women.

However, life happened. She rebooted her art career after a 35-year hiatus, during which she raised 10 children and worked in education. Her mixed media collage work is described as vibrant, bold, edgy and moving. Her work reflects and records human relationships, love, faith, and moments in time and place.

Bowman’s work has been exhibited at the Detroit Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, in Windsor, Canada, Art Prize in Grand Rapids, the Essence Festival in New Orleans, and the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Bombay Sapphire competition. She is the 2018 national second place winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan series. Her work was also exhibited at the Versace Mansion and the 2018 Miami Scope Art Basel. Her work is in the homes of many private collectors across the nation, including the Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Salvador Pons and his wife Alex May. As she rises, she brings along other artists and encourages them to grow and rise.


Image: Judy Bowman, The Lovers, 2018