Black Artists Matter: The Struggle to be Recognized

Tuesday, June 25, 4:30–6:00 PM. DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton. Members & guests–free. To register, please click here or call the Village office at 773.248.8700.

We’re excited to present a singular chance to learn about a broad field, completely unfamiliar to many. The African American artists included are widely representative both historically and stylistically. After Cleo Wilson’s presentation, attendees are invited to a private exploration of the exhibits at the handsome new DePaul Art Museum. Cleo Wilson is a founder of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, and served as its president from 2000-2002, and executive director from 2005-2012. She has served on a variety of state and municipal grant-review panels, including the Illinois Arts Council and Arts Midwest, and in 2018 served as a juror for the Black Harvest Film Festival. A frequent lecturer, Wilson speaks on philanthropy, civil liberties, race and other topics to high school youth. She has made presentations on “What is Self-Taught Art?” to varied audiences including at DePaul University, Columbia College, the Museum of Nebraska Art, and Mather Lifeways at its More Than a Café in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago.

Lucia Blinn: Poet

Sunday, July 7, 3:00—5:00 PM. Hosts: Jan & Joe Womack (N Damen Ave & W Churchill St). Members & guests—free. To register, please click here or call the Village office at 773.248.8700.

Lucia Blinn, former Village member and author of seven books of poetry, will be reading from her varied body of work. Books will be available for purchase, and Lucia will generously be donating a percentage of the proceeds to The Village Chicago. Wine and light appetizers to be served.

Click here to read an interview with Lucia about her career as a writer.