Jan 20th 2023

Joanne Aono: Prairie Passage

@ Geneva Center for the Arts

321 Stevens St, Suite Q, Geneva, IL 60134

Opening Friday, January 20th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Thursday, February 9th

Joanne Aono: Prairie Passage
Geneva Center for the Arts
321 Stevens Street, Suite Q, Geneva, Illinois
On View: January 3 – February 9, 2023
Reception: Friday, January 20, 2023
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 2PM
Curated by Rita Grendze

Prairie Passage is a solo exhibition consisting of drawings and an installation referencing the wild and cultivated plants that have grown on the prairie, providing food for the area’s inhabitants throughout history. The installation will create a passageway alluding to time, food sources, and nature along the Fox River and former Potawatomi trail.

Joanne Aono is a visual artist, curator, and holistic farmer. Her research-based drawings, paintings, and installations address identity, immigration, and the environment. Her solo exhibitions include Boundary (Chicago), Mosnart (Chicago), Lee Dulgar Gallery (South Holland), and Geneva Center for the Arts (upcoming in 2023). She has been included in two-person and group exhibitions at Firecat Projects (Chicago), the Illinois State Museum (Chicago, Springfield, and Lockport), Terrain Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, and O’Connor Art Gallery, Dominican University. She has received several Chicago DCASE grants, an Illinois Arts Council, and an Artist Run Chicago HPAC grant. Her art has been reviewed in publications such as Hyperallergic, Visual Art Source, Chicago Magazine, and the Huffington Post.

Aono directs the alternative art project, Cultivator – Chicago Art Exhibitions & Farm Art Projects and serves as gallery director for the Riverside Arts Center. She maintains a studio at Bray Grove Farmin north central Illinois.


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