May 22nd 2022

Indira Freitas Johnson
A Gathering of Energies, Labor and Love
Solo Exhibition – Cultivator at Bray Grove Farm

Sunday, May 22, 2022, 2-5pm

Cultivator is pleased to present Indira Freitas Johnson’s outdoor exhibition, A Gathering of Energies, Labor and Love during Bray Grove Farm’s Spring Farm Day.

Please rsvp to and join us on Sunday, May 22nd from 2-5pm for art, conversation, light refreshments, and a tour of the farm. Bray Grove Farm is located 70 miles southwest of Chicago in Grundy County. To confirm your attendance and receive directions and parking information, kindly email

A Gathering of Energies, Labor and Love is a participatory art installation, bringing the rituals of Southeast Asian Rangoli art to Bray Grove Farm. Indira Freitas Johnson will create an installation of materials and objects, including natural elements such as flower petals and pinecones as well as Johnson’s handmade ceramic pieces of open handforms and colorful bowls. Visitors are welcome to place the items with the artist into a colorful pattern of symbolism and meaningful community ritual.


Indira Freitas Johnson is part sculptor, cultural worker, peace activist and educator. She grew up in Mumbai, India, influenced by an artist father, an ardent follower of Gandhi’s teachings and a social activist mother. Her public art and community-engaged projects have addressed a broad spectrum of peace and social justice issues including those of ethnicity, gender, domestic violence, literacy, health, and the environment.

Johnson received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago after undergraduate degrees from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art and the University of Bombay. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Illinois Arts Council, Virginia Groot Foundation, Arts International Traveling Fellowship, Kohler Company, Arts and Industry Grant, PEW Charitable Trust, the Illinois Governor’s Award for the Arts, and Chicago Magazine named her the 2013 Chicagoan of the Year. Her art has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL, University of Illinois, Champaign, Chicago Veteran’s Home, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI. City of Evanston, and the Chicago Transit Authority.

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