Ashley January Exhibition Jan. 17-Feb 24 at WIU Art Gallery

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MACOMB, IL – Chicago artist Ashley January will have a solo exhibition, “Human | Mother | Black”, on display Tuesday, January 17th through Friday, February 24th at the Western Illinois University Art Gallery.

A reception for the artist will be held from Tuesday, January 31st from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  The artist will speak about their work beginning at 5 p.m.

January creates contemporary paintings informed by her maternal experience. Due to pregnancy complications that led to her son’s premature birth, her body of work addresses the crisis of the Black maternal mortality and morbidity rate in America.

Recently, January became the first recipient of the Women’s Caucus for Art, 2022 Emerging Artist Award. Additionally, she was selected as a finalist for the 2022 Artadia Chicago Award. In August 2022, January had her first solo exhibition at the Beverly Arts Center.

In recent years, her works have been exhibited in numerous venues including, The Young Masters Autumn Exhibition in London, UK; the South Side Community Art Center, Chicago; Mana Contemporary, Chicago; SoLA Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; Viridian Artists Inc, New York, NY; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Pacific Art Foundation, Newport Beach, CA; and the Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA.

Recently, her paintings have been seen in the new television series, “Kings of Napa,” on OWN. In 2018, she was selected as a first-place award winner at the Woman Made Gallery’s Midwest Open in Chicago. In 2017, January won the Beverly Bank Best of Show Award at the Beverly Arts Center’s juried competition.

January earned her MFA in Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA in 2017, and her BS in Communication with an Advertising concentration and Minor in Studio Art from Bradley University, in Peoria, IL in 2009. She lives in Chicago with her family while working from home and her studio at Mana Contemporary.

Admission is open free to the public.

For more information about the Gallery, visit wiu.edu/artgallery.

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