Art Business News Top Emerging Artist
“I consider one’s art an extension of one’s life. My work, whether painting, drawing, writing, gardening, or performing is a visual or written translation of my life, my feelings, people I have encountered, places I have been, and things I have seen.”
Louise Cutler’s latest paintings combine her love of gardening and fashion design. She studied fashion design at the International Academy of Merchandise and Design in Chicago and studied tailoring during her junior and senior year at Dunbar Vocational High School. Drawing has always come naturally for her; as a child, she drew continually. In grade school, her desks were filled with pencil and crayon drawings of homes, cars, playgrounds, and people. She loved making images using clay and would often create an entire world. Her imagination was her way of escaping some of the harsh realities of life while growing up in the early sixties in urban America. “Even as a child, I knew art would forever be a part of my life.”
Ms. Cutler was in studio arts her first two years of high school and did extraordinarily well; she was chosen to participate in a summer arts program for exceptional high school art students. The program paid students to study at a college and produce art over the summer. She loved it and would have continued if not for an abrupt transfer to a new school. Gardening came a little later in her life; it wasn’t until after she had married her wonderful husband and mate. They lived in a lovely home in Evanston, IL. There she discovered her love for gardening and her green thumb.
Ms. Cutler’s work is often figurative with a semi-realistic approach. She loves people, faces and the clothed human form. Two of her favorite activities when out of town are people watching and taking pictures of people. She often creates collections of 15 to 20 paintings at a time. “Feelings come in so many different waves that to capture them you must be able to adjust. I like to ride the wave until it ends.” Over the years she has experimented with several different mediums and styles. Her skills as an artist range from working in pastel, oil, acrylic, clay, gliding, and mixed media art to writing plays, music, and drama. She considers herself multimedia, multicultural artist. Her workshops and classes hit on a range of artistic subject matters such as tie-dye, theater arts, pointillism, and stippling.
“I believe a true Artist experiments because he/she is in search of his/her voice”.
Her desire for peace and harmony is echoed throughout her work, something that was hard to achieve growing up in a family of nine. “I believe the purpose of my paintings is to bring peace and serenity into a world where chaos has become the norm." Her paintings are figurative with nature as the backdrop. Each figure is draped in lovely garments, which are transformed into divinely beautiful works of art through the use of acrylics and gilding. Ms. Cutler chose the art of gilding because of its illusional effect of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Gilding is the process of affixing tissue-thin sheets of precious or common metals to a carefully-prepared surface using a special adhesive size to create a lustrous metallic finish. Gilding is an ancient craft that dates back to Egyptian and Biblical times. Gilding was very popular in Italy during the middle ages, until the late Renaissance. It was used to highlight religious paintings and carvings.
Ms. Cutler uses the metal leaf to enhance and highlight the illusion of simplistic grandeur. She uses several different types of metal leaf in her work: 21 and 23 kt. gold, white gold, copper and variegated metal leaf. The variegated leaf is one of her favorite metals. It is a heat-treated composition that creates colorful patterns on the surface of the metal. You will see this metal in quite a few of Ms. Cutler’s paintings. She discontinued the use of sterling silver metal in her painting because it tarnished, and exchanged it with white gold.
Ms. Cutler likes to design her gowns and robed forms with a sense of delicate elegance, glamour, and sophistication that is reminiscent of times past when women wore gloves and didn’t go out without a hat. “I fear that someday this type of beauty and elegance will no longer exist even in our minds if we do not embrace and preserve it. I believe we can combine the past and present in a way that will create harmony and paintings that are visually pleasing to the viewer.”
Ms. Cutler uses two forms of acrylic mediums: a liquid acrylic, which is a more fluid version of acrylic having the consistency of ink that produces some amazing iridescent colors, and a more concentrated condensed acrylic. She also uses ink instead of water along with her acrylic to eliminate water’s diluting effects on the colors. She chose watercolor paper for its texture, surface, and durability. Unlike canvas, watercolor paper creates the illusion of delicacy that works well with her painting style. She did, however, experience some degree of difficulty when applying metal leaf to the surface of the watercolor paper because of its absorbency. Through trial and error, she finally came up with a solution that worked.
She purposely leaves out the face. “I find faces irrelevant to this work. They would only add complications for the viewer. My paintings are meant to be enjoyed in their entirety, from the form out not just for the sake of a face.” Ms. Cutler ideas and style references are often from her own imagination: old photos that she has purchased at estate sales or flea markets, late European masters and the Asian culture. “I find this eclectic blend of cultures and form fascinatingly refreshing”. She leaves the negative space in my painting to their own devises to form as they please. “I find when left alone they create a nice sense of balance giving the viewer a place to find calm and rest. It’s like having a place to lay one's head.”
Her desire to continually develop and explore her craft through travel, classes, books and people keeps her work fresh. But it’s her love and interest in humanity that gives her work the ability to connect with people on a more spiritual and emotional level. “One of my greatest desires as an artist is someday to see all of the great masters works I have ever read about or have seen in classes throughout my life. This coupled with my studies would mean everything to me.”
In pursuit of her desire to visit the great works of the early masters, Ms. Cutler traveled to London with her husband where she visited the National Gallery twice. She would have gone a third and fourth time, but it was her first time in London and there were more things to see and do (one being a visit to the Tate Gallery) as well as a few other historical places. In London her life was changed; she came back a more determined and deliberate artist. Before going she could paint, draw and could capture her subject, but she discovered something new, she learned the early artists not only mastered their art and captured their subject they also governed themselves in their craft and in the process discovered their artistic voices beyond their craft and their medium. This artistic voice was now something she was in search of.
Her next travels took her to Paris where she visited the Louvre five times on three separate trips to the great city, first in “1998”, then in “2002” and finally 2011. Her first trip to Paris was only for three days during a layover from spending two weeks in Africa with her husband on a mission trip. There she taught art to the local village children. She drew many of portraits while in Africa of the children. She learned much about their culture. After returning home she created a series of pastel paintings depicting her trip there. The trip to Paris was a treat; she spent all three days in the Louvre. Her favorite piece was the Winged Victory that sits towering over the top of a stairway. Her favorite galley contained religious art from the Italian Renaissances period. This is where she first discovered her love of gilding. These two areas of Louvre are still her favorite even now after her third visit. Her second trip to Paris was longer. This time she was there two weeks and was able to see much more but still visited Louvre. She fell in love with the cafés but her favorite place was Montmartre. On her recent visit to Paris, it felt like visiting an old friend, exploring with her children and viewing Paris from their eyes. It was magnificent and yes, they visited the Louvre. However, this time with even more intent Ms. Cutler uncovered something new in her favorite gallery. She discovered with closer examination within the gilding of the halos of the Italian Renaissance religious painting there were etched patterns — etched patterns. “Wow!” Even with this third visit under her belt she still feels she has only scratched the surface of seeing and understanding the magnitude of greatness these artists possessed.
Her next trip was to Rome. “I love Paris, but I adore Rome”. During her time there she visited the Vatican and saw her favorite of all paintings, “The School of Athens” by Raphael and stood in the presence of the Sistine Chapel. It was magnificent. She traveled through the many monuments and churches that housed some of the most amazing paintings and sculptures of the early masters. It was a treasure hunt. Her favorite place in Rome was the Galleria Borghese. It was coming face to face with Bernini himself. “To know who you are and what your life’s work is at such a young age. Wow!” She discovered one of his most famous sculptures “The Ecstasy of Teresa” in a small church chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, As well as two of her favorite paintings, “The Crucifixion of Saint Peter”, and “The Conversion of Saint Paul” by Caravaggio located in Santa Maria del Popolo the morning just before leaving Rome. This was the most incredible thing about Rome, the fact this amazing work was all around you not just in a museum. “I will forever live in the wonderful land of “Ah!” Even if I were to visit these great works a million times, I would not lose my passion for them.”
After high school, Ms. Cutler left her artistic talents behind and started college. She attended Malcolm X Jr. College where her mother persuaded her to pursue a career in nursing. This didn’t go over well as she hated hospitals. Ms. Cutler never made it to the nursing program and with no other major insight she took the advice of her older brother. He was an artist in his own right and knowing her talents, suggested she take some art courses while there figure out what she wanted to become. She took his advice and ended up staying at the two-year Junior College three years taking everything they had to offer in the field of art. By the time she graduated with her Associate degree, she had become the first student in Malcolm X Junior College’s history to graduate with an Associates degree in Fine Art. After Malcolm X she studied at the University of Illinois Chicago with a major in early childhood education, but this was not what she truly wanted. While in high school she discovered her love for designing and making clothing, especially gowns so she entered the International Academy of Merchandise and Design, but the lack of finances ended her quest so she entered the stimulating world of employment.
After several sessions of retail sales jobs (in every sort of venue one could possibly imagine), a few tailoring jobs here and there, on-stage acting and runway modeling Ms. Cutler finally, with the help of a friend, began working at one of the most exciting places of her retail career, an art store in downtown Chicago. This opened up a whole new avenue for her. Her knowledge of art materials and supplies increased dramatically and artist and art people on a daily basis surrounded her. She was learning more about art than she had ever thought possible. Ms. Cutler loved downtown Chicago, it had a life of its own. There was such an amazing subculture among the tall building and business- as -usual people, the street performers, the homeless, the shoe shiners, the street artist, and Bohemians of Chicago. She couldn’t help but be drawn to it.
After working at the art store for a few weeks, she was persuaded by one of the street artists to come and join them to draw people. Ms. Cutler had never drawn on the streets before and the only models she had ever used were in a studio setting. Plus the fact that she hadn’t been involved in any art-related activity for a long time made this offer a little intimidating. But she took him up on it and became a regular fixture in the portrait art scene on the streets of Chicago. Her steady start-up model was her son Anthony without whom her life would have been incomplete. Her life as a street artist taught her a lot about people and their struggles and the extra money helped out with her bills. Ms. Cutler was only a part-time employee then and didn’t believe in giving a job much of her life unless it was what she felt was her life’s calling. Retail was definitely not it. As a street artist, she traveled with a team of other artists to all the local fair and festivals, sometimes drawing between seventy to a hundred people a day. Her skills in portrait quick sketch had improved to the point where she could sketch out a person within ten minutes. She learned that there was an art to quick sketching on the street. “People were not interested in us capturing the absolute truth, but just enough of it to make it appear as reality.” This was totally different from what she had learned in school.
After a few months of working in the art store, Ms. Cutler’s sister convinced her she should volunteer some of her free time at a local Chicago Park District, knowledge she had gained from working in the art store. She entered the wonderful world of teaching, (and what a wonderful world it was). After a while, Ms. Cutler became so involved with the Park District she only drew with the street artists on the weekends and during the summer. Her volunteer work was noticed by one of the heads of the Park District and a full-time position was created for her as an Art-Craft /Drama Instructor. She had found her life’s work and it was art. But this was only the beginning.
Since then, In 2014 she was chosen by Art Business News magazine as one of America’s Top Emerging Artist. With a combined readership of 65,000 that includes art industry professionals, artists, galleries, collectors and art aficionados from around the world. She also took home the coveted SOLO Artist of The Year award in 2013 at the world’s largest fine art trade show, “The Artexpo, New York.” She was chosen from among hundreds of participating artist. Ms. Cutler has worked for the Evanston Fine Art Center and has conducted workshops for the Noyes Cultural Art Center, and more recently at the Colorado Springs Bemis School of Arts. Ms. Cutler has also helped to develop art programs for the City of Chicago, has appeared on UPN’s, (United Paramount Network) Channel 50 Kids Talk program on behalf of the Chicago Park District, and on cable Channel 6 in Evanston on behalf of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. She has received two grants from the Evanston Arts Council in 1998 and 2000 to develop art-related youth programming. She created and developed Gallery 1401 (now known as the Peace Gallery) at The Douglas Park Cultural and Community Center in Chicago. While at Douglas Park she was the coordinator for the after school and summer day camp programs for children, preschool through eighth grade. Ms. Cutler sat on several planning and development committees for the Chicago Park District and First Night Evanston (a large New Year's Eve celebration in Evanston, IL). She served as a juror for the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, 2002. She has written and produced several plays and performance art pieces for the Drama Department at Douglas Park Cultural and Community Center, and The Crusader's Church youth department, both in Chicago. She was instrumental in the transformation of Douglas Park field house into the Douglas Park Cultural and Community Center as it is today.
In 1997 Ms. Cutler decided to pursue her visual arts career full time. Since then her paintings have been shown in the DuSable Museum of African American Art, The Museum of Science and Industry and throughout Illinois, New York, Atlanta, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and several venues throughout Colorado. Her paintings have also graced the covers of business brochures, calendars, and directories. She has won numerous competitions, awards, and grants and has been featured in several newspapers throughout the Chicago-land area and Colorado Springs. Ms. Cutler was the founder and creator of Art In The Rail Garden, an outdoor gallery along the Metra railroad tracks in an alley near her home while in Evanston. Several out-door painting and sculptures were created for the gallery. In 2001 she added a children's gallery and a large mural, “Natural Harmony" along the underpass leading into the alley for which she received a grant for from the Evanston Cultural Arts Fund. The Gallery garden has been featured in the Chicago Reader, as well as the Evanston Review.
Her art programs focus on personal development, strengthening family ties, and commitment to the local community through art. Ms. Cutler took 2007-2009 off from painting to focus her attention on a musical stage production "Think About It” that she had written and produced. “Think About It” deals with the HIV/AIDS crisis here in the US, with a large focus on the African American Community. Her show premiered in Colorado Springs, CO. in October of 2007 and in Chicago in June of 2008 through the Chicago Park District, with great feedback from the audience. Her hope was to take the musical throughout the US and beyond in a desire to help promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention through the arts and to save a few lives on the way.
Ms. Cutler likes doing whatever fits her at the moment:
“I believe in using every medium at my disposal as a form of creative expression so I am in a continual state of creativeness”.
Ms. Cutler currently has an art studio at the Museum Of Arts in Fort Collins Colorado.
She is a native of Chicago now living in Fort Collins Co.
Artist Statements by Louise Cutler
My Artist Statement
My work almost always starts with a figurative form, then everything else grows around it. It's as if the figure gives birth to the rest; without the figure, the painting cannot exist. I am a Mix-media, multi-cultural artist and sculptor with a focus on nature and the clothed human form. Simplicity, peace, harmony, calm, reality is my mantra. This is echo throughout my work. I try to continually live in the now, forgetting those things that are behind and awaiting what lies ahead. Every day is a new day with no mistakes in it. My paintings are gilded works on paper, I sculpt in clay, which is then cast in bronze. Gilding is the process of affixing tissue-thin sheets of precious or common metals that dates back to Egyptian and Biblical times.
I am not poor nor starving. I absolutely love what I do. If I could, I would choose to lock myself in my studio and paint for the rest of my life, and never come out and be at peace. However, I believe to whom much is given, much is required. Every painting or sculpture I sell to someone gives me the opportunity to leave a portion of myself and my beliefs in the world and gives them the chance to be a part of my history in the making. Art and creativity were meant to be shared.
The Fine Art of Gilding is the process of affixing tissue-thin sheets of precious or common metals to a carefully-prepared surface using a special adhesive size to create a lustrous metallic finish. Gilding is an ancient craft that dates back to Egyptian and Biblical times. Gilding was very popular in Italy during the middle ages, until the late Renaissance. It was used to highlight religious paintings and carvings. In the world of art today, crafters use gilding typically as a decorative adornment for furnishings and craft related items.
Ms. Cutler chose to use gilding in her painting after a visit to the Louvre in Paris. Her favorite galley contained the religious art of the Italian Renaissances period. She was fascinated with the use of metal leaf in their work. They used it not only as a form of showing the divine, but it was also used on garments in the paintings. This is where she first discovered her love for this art form. She marveled at its illusional effect of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. After returning home she began to learn all she could about gilding and the materials needed. She decided to use metal leaf in her paintings to enhance and highlight the illusion of simplistic grandeur. Ms. Cutler works with several different types of metal leaf: 21 and 23 kt. gold, white gold, copper and variegated metal leaf. The variegated leaf is one of her favorite metals. It is a heat-treated composition that creates colorful patterns on the surface of the metal. You will see this metal in quite a few of Ms. Cutler’s paintings. She discontinued the use of sterling silver metal in her painting because it tarnished, and exchanged it with white gold.
Ms. Cutler designs her gowns and robed with a sense of delicate elegance, glamor, and sophistication that is reminiscent of times past when women enjoyed being graceful. “I fear that someday this type of beauty and elegance will no longer exist even in our minds if we do not embrace and preserve it. I believe we can combine the past and present in a way that will create harmony and paintings that are visually pleasing to the viewer.”
In her paintings, Ms. Cutler uses two forms of acrylic mediums: a liquid acrylic, which is a fluid version of acrylic having the consistency of ink that produces some amazing iridescent colors, and a more concentrated condensed acrylic. She also uses ink instead of water along with her acrylic to eliminate water’s diluting effects on the colors. She chose watercolor paper for its texture, surface, and durability. Unlike canvas, watercolor paper creates the illusion of delicacy that works well with her painting style. She did, however, experience some degree of difficulty when applying metal leaf to the surface of the watercolor paper because of its absorbency. Through trial and error, she finally came up with a solution that worked.
She purposely leaves out the face. “I find faces irrelevant to this work. They would only add complications to the viewer. As with my paintings, my sculptures are meant to be enjoyed in their entirety, from the form out not just for the sake of a face.” Ms. Cutler ideas and style references are often from her own imagination: old photos that she has purchased at estate sales or flea markets, late European masters and the Asian culture. “I find this eclectic blend of cultures and form fascinatingly refreshing.” She leaves the negative space in her painting to their own devices to form as they please. “I find when left alone they create a nice sense of balance giving the viewer a place to find calm and rest. It’s like having a place to lay one's head.”
Mrs. Cutler uses two sculpting techniques: Relief and Sculpture in the Round. The term relief is from the Latin verb relevo, to raise. To create a relief one must give the appearance that the sculpted materials have been raised above the background plane. There are different degrees of relief, however, Mrs. Cutler prefers to use the High Relief technique (Alto-rilievo). High Relief is created when more than fifty percent of the depth is shown. The other technique she uses is the Sculpture in the Round or freestanding sculpture. The Sculpture in the round is not attached to any other surface (except for possibly a base). Reliefs are at least partly attached to a background surface whereas freestanding sculptures are not.
Mrs. Cutler sculptures are unique because they did not start out as sculptures, they began their journey as paintings. Ms Cutler started transforming her paintings into sculptures in 2012. However, the idea came to her 9 years before when she began creating a series of paintings entitled the “Awakening of the Spirit”. While working on the painting entitled “Mother’s Love” she noticed a free-forming sculpture-like feel to the image. As she stood back to observe her work it became clear that this piece would one day be transformed into a sculpture.
“Awakening the Spirit” is about freedom and the peace, harmony, and serenity that comes with it: a time of inner awakening, the releasing of non-essentials and refocusing on what is important. Ms Cutler's paintings and sculptures were created for those, like herself that are on a journey of discovering something new about themselves and the world around them. They combine her love of figures (people we meet), gardening (the world around us), and beautifully flowing fabrics (the things we hold dear). Each figure is draped in lovely garments that are then transformed into divinely beautiful works of art through the addition of liquid acrylics and gilding with nature as the backdrop.
This series came during a time in her life when she was studying fashion design in Chicago. During this period she believed in eliminating any unnecessary elements and only focusing on the main concept of her drawings. This led to many of her illustrations of models to be devoid of face, hands, and feet. She focused only on the clothed form. She uses this same concept when creating her sculptures.
As with her paintings, Mrs. Cutler purposely leaves out the face. She states “I find faces irrelevant to this work. They would only add complications to the viewer. As with my paintings, my sculptures are meant to be enjoyed in their entirety, from the form out not just for the sake of a face.” Ms. Cutler ideas and style references are often from her own imagination: old photos that she has purchased at estate sales or flea markets, late European masters and the Asian culture. “I find this eclectic blend of cultures and form fascinatingly refreshing.” She leaves the negative spaces in her paintings to their own devices to form as they please. “I find when left alone they create a nice sense of balance giving the viewer a place to find calm and rest. It’s like having a place to lay one's head.”
The Fine Art of Gilding is the process of affixing tissue-thin sheets of precious or common metals to a carefully-prepared surface using a special adhesive size to create a lustrous metallic finish. Gilding is an ancient craft that dates back to Egyptian and Biblical times. Gilding was very popular in Italy during the middle ages, until the late Renaissance. It was used to highlight religious paintings and carvings.
Art Work Featured
- The Cover of the Fifteenth Annual,
DuSable Business Conference Brochures, April 2000
- WGCI-AM/FM & Kraft Foods,
Calendar Of African-American Art, 1999
- Female Artist of the Year
African American Voice 2008
Colorado Springs Co.
- Dusable Museum
Chicago, July, 2000
Award of Distinction
- City of Evanston /
Evanston Arts Council, Cultural Fund Grant, 2000
- Manhattan Arts International l9th Annual Cover Art Competition
New York, NY
Artist Showcase Award
July-August 2000 Issue
- Manhattan Arts International
New York, NY
- City of Evanston /
Evanston Arts Council, Cultural Fund Grant, 1998
- Art Work Featured In WGCI-AM/FM & Kraft Foods
1999, Calendar of African-American Art
- Ellen Pritsker “Cutler Makes Art Garden Grow”, Pioneer Press, Diversions Section August, 2001
- Ted Kleine “Gallery Tripping: Field and Street”, Chicago Reader, June 2001
- Victoria Scott “Louise’s Garden: Serenity and Serendipity Along the Tracks” Evanston Round Table, June 2000
- Weekend With The Masters
Colorado Springs, CO 2009
- Malcolm X. Jr. College: Chicago IL. Sept. 1983- May 1986
Major: Fine Art with a minor in Child Development
Received an Associate in Fine Art
- University Of Illinois At Chicago, Sept.. 1986- June 1987
Major: Early Childhood Education, and Art Education
- Academy of Merchandise An Design, Sept. 1987- June 1988
Major: Fashion Design
- ISACCN Illinois School Age Child Care Network March 1996
School Age Child Care Staff Conference
- Artworks, 1997 and Potshop, 1997
Pottery Work: Wheel Throwing
Teaching Positions and Work Shop Invitations
- Traut Core Knowledge
- Colorado Spring Fine Art Center:
Bemis School of Arts 08 -10
- Colorado Springs Colorado
Colorado Springs Christian Academy
Artist Day 2009, Colorado Springs Co.
- Noyes Cultural Arts Center, February, 2001, Evanston IL
- Chicago Park District, Chicago IL. 1993-1997
Head of the Cultural Arts Department
Special Recreational Activity Instructor, Specializing in Art, Craft and Drama
After school and summer day camp program coordinator
- Evanston Art Center, Evanston IL. 1997-1999
Part time After School and Summer camp Art Instructor
- Noyes Cultural Art Center, Evanston IL. 2001
Creator of Youth and parent Art Worksh
Art Related Television Appearances
- UPN’s channel 50 “Kids Talk” program on behalf of the Chicago Park District 1997
- Cable Channel 6 in Evanston on behalf of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. February 2001
- Colorado Showcase 2018
Nov. 2- Dec. 24
Sculpture In The Park 2018
36th Annual Show
August 9th, 10th and 11th, 2019
- Shapes Fort Collins
Museum of Arts 2012
- New York Art Expo 2012
New York NY
- Studio Tour Exhibition 2011
Fort Collins Co.
- Colorado Technical College, June 2007, Colorado Springs Co.
- Barnes & Noble Book Sellers
April 2004, Colorado Springs Co.
- Nicole Gallery, Consciousness and Condition III March -May 2004, Downtown Chicago
Nicole Gallery, Downtown Chicago, January, 1999,2002, 2003
- New York Art Expo
- Cafe Express Gallery
The World As I See It
August, 2001, Evanston IL
- ARC Gallery, July, 2002, Chicago
- Dusable Museum, And The Winners Are, 2000 award winners
July, 2001, Chicago, IL
- Noyes Cultural Arts Center, February, 2001, Evanston IL
Anatomically Correct, Art in Public Spaces, Northlight Theatre, February, 2001 Skokie IL
- Tall Grass Art Association, Visions of Africa, February, 2001, Park Forest IL
- D-Gallery, December, 2000, Evanston IL
- Havre De Grace Arts Commission
10th International art Exhibition
July, 2000, Havre de Grace, MD
- Blue Moon Gallery
June, 2000, Skokie IL
- Art Association of Harrisburg
72nd Annual Juried Exhibition
May, 2000, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- Tall Grass Art Association
April, 2000, Park Forest, IL
- 13th Annual Women’s Works Fine Art Exhibit Woodstock, IL.,March thru April, 2000
- Uptown Public Library,
Chicago, IL, February, 2000
- Museum of Science and Industry
Black Creativity, Chicago, IL., January, 2000
- Art in the Rail Garden,
Evanston, IL. July, 1999
- Evanston Art Center,
Evanston, IL., July, 1999
- Las Manos Gallery,
Chicago, IL., March, 1999
- Chicago Art Open,
Chicago Artists’ Coalition,
- Boulevard Art Center,
“Strength”, Chicago, March, 1997
- Douglas Park Cultural and Community Center, Gallery 1401
“The Strength of Womanhood,
“Black History Exhibit, February, 1997
“Art Across Chicago”, November,1996
- Fairs and Festivals
Edwards Fine Arts Festival
Edwards Co 2011
- Windsor Fine Arts Festival
Windsor Co 2011
- Creative Garden Fine Arts Festival,
Fort Collins Co 2011
- Merchandise Mart
One of A Kind, Fine Art Exhibition
December, 2001, Chicago
Fairs of Fine and Functional Art
North Hampton, Ma and Philadelphia
- Thunderbird Artist Fine Art and Wine Festival
- Brekinridge Fine Arts Festival