Chicago Photographer Rose Blouin Exhibits Photos from Cuba
Chicago photographer, Rose Blouin has been capturing the essence of Black culture in and around Chicago and everywhere for years telling the Black story through her images. She has worked in the medium of photography since 1980. Rose’s work seems focused and intentional with particular interest in fine art recording musicians, vocalists, artists, dancers, theater as well as the fine art of life as it occurs. Further, her interest have taken her to lean towards documentary work. Such is the case of her upcoming exhibition at The New Studio Gallery.
On Friday September 9, her work featuring “A Taste of Havana,” images that document Cuban culture. The New Studio, is located at 2948 Central Evanston , opens with the artist reception at 7 pm – 9 pm.
Blouin’s work has been exhibited in a number of museums and galleries including Isobel Neal Gallery, Woman Made Gallery, Nicole Gallery, The South Side Community Art Center, Artemesia Gallery, The North Suburban Fine Arts Center, Evanston Arts Center, and the State of Illinois Art Gallery.
Her work has received awards in juried exhibitions including Black Creativity at the Museum of Science and Industry, the DuSable Museum Annual Art Fair, and the Milwaukee Inner City Art Fair. Her work was selected for inclusion in an artists’ juried billboard project coordinated by The Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago.
Blouin’s photographs have been published on the covers of South Side Stories, City Stoop Press; Columbia Poetry Review, Columbia College Chicago; Killing Memory, Seeking Ancestors by Haki Madhubuti, Lotus Press; The Chicago Musicale, and Menagerie, Chicago State University Literary Magazine. A photo of Gwendolyn Brooks was included in Say That the River Turns: The Impact of Gwendolyn Brooks, Third World Press, Chicago.
Blouin as one-woman exhibitions have been showcased at the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) and at the Ferguson Gallery of Concordia University featuring photographs from South Africa. She is also a founding member of Sapphire & Crystals, a collective of African-American women artists whose workds have also been featured at the SSCAC
As an photography artist she is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Special Artist’s Assistance Grant and a Community Arts Assistance Grant from the Chicago Council on Fine Arts, and has served the Council as Chair of the Photography Panel. In addition, she was invited by the Chicago Historical Society to present docent training on viewing photographs and a photography workshop for children.
Most recently, her work has been exhibited at Tall Grass Arts Arts (“From Earth” and “Getting There” exhibitions, 2016); Bridgeport Art Center (Fourth Annual Art Competition), 2016; UChicago Logan Center for the Arts (“Chicago Jazz: A Photographer’s View,” 2015 and the 39th Annual Beverly Arts Center Competition, 2015.