Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present the 3rd Annual Portrait Exhibition, curated by the gallery’s co-owner, Kimberly Leja Atwood. The portrait exhibition was exhibited in 2016 and 2017 in a large warehouse gallery in Bridgeport, featuring around 20 Chicago-based artists doing portraiture. This year’s exhibition is unique in that it includes solely women artists exhibiting their portraits in the intimate South Loop gallery. Artwork includes painting, photography, mixed media and digital work by a diverse group of talented artists.
Exhibiting artists include Cydney M. Lewis, Delisha McKinney, Ellen Hanson, Kayla Mahaffey, Laura Collins, Martha A. Wade, Reisha Williams, Rine Boyer and Tyesha M. Moores. A few of these artists have exhibited with the gallery in years past and others will be fresh faces to some. All of the artists are Chicago-based contemporary artists who are actively making work based on their personal experiences and passions, introducing us to unique perspectives and calling on us to think about art as not only visual stimulation, but as a reflection of what is happening in society today. “I am very excited to exhibit each of these artists as they are women I respect for various reasons but for the purposes of this group show, the strength of their work shown together will speak volumes to the amazing talent they each possess. I think visitors will be blown away.” – K.L.A.
The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, November 3rd from 5 to 9pm and will be on view through December 8th. Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago and hours are by appointment only. The gallery plans to host various other events connected to the exhibition, which will be updated on the gallery’s website (www.elephantroomgallery.com) and social media channels.