DAWC hosts exhibit honoring Gwendolyn Brooks

The DeKalb Area Women’s Center is hosting the exhibit, “Pictures to be Read, Poetry to be Seen: Inspired by the Poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks,” through Feb. 27.

This exhibit is the third installment in a series of art exhibitions honoring the 100th birthday celebration of the renowned poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

Brooks was one of the most influential poets of the 20th century. Among her many achievements, she was the first African-American author to win the Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American woman to hold the position of poetry consultant to the Library of Congress. She was a poet who created beautiful and powerful work with political and socially conscious messages.

Students from Northern Illinois University created artwork inspired by the meaningful messages in Brooks’ poems. The exhibition features photographs, metals and jewelry work, and digital fabrication pieces created by students enrolled in Jessica Labatte’s Intermediate Digital Photography and Jamie Obermeier’s Advanced Jewelry, Metals and Digital Fabrication courses during fall 2017.

Participating artists include Tony Abrego, Kathleen Albano, Michael Allen, Alec Bourke, Lynn Corr, Justin Eddings, Sarah Hollenberger, Andrew Jaeger, Sarah O’Heron, Angy Ocasio, Brieana Myrick, Dedrie Rudolph, Auraila Schmit, Kinga Wojciaczyk, Paul Zollinger and Tom Zmuda.

The gallery is open from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays. An artist reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23. The DeKalb Area Women’s Center is at 1021 State St. in DeKalb.

For information, contact Anna Marie Coveny at or Jessica Labatte, assistant professor, NIU School of Art and Design, at

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