Celebrate Women's History Month: 'Women of Courage' Exhibit Opens Feb. 9 at Concordia University Chicago

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Chicago expressionist artist Andrea Harris brings her ongoing project celebrating heroic women nominated by their family and friends to the Ferguson Gallery at Concordia University Chicago during Women's History Month.

Expressionist artist Andrea Harris brings her ongoing project celebrating heroic women nominated by their family and friends to the Ferguson Gallery at Concordia University Chicago during Women's History Month. Harris' "Beyond Boundaries: Women of Courage," a collection of oil and wax paintings, will be exhibited Feb. 9 through March 15 at the Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago. An artist's reception will be held Feb. 14 from 2-4 p.m. Harris will also give a special artist's talk on March 11 at 4 p.m. in the gallery as part of its Women's History Month celebration. The "Beyond Boundaries: Women of Courage" collection, an ongoing project that celebrates inspirational women, is a traveling exhibit previously on display at the Daley Civic Center in 2006. "This series of portraits celebrates women who have pushed beyond boundaries, dared to imagine and live their dreams," Harris says. "Each painting depicts a woman that has embodied courage and nurtured those qualities in others." In addition to portraying historic icons, portraits include women nominated as "Women of Courage" by their relatives or friends for their extraordinary acts of bravery. The project embraces multi-cultural challenges with an attempt to erase geographic boundaries, Harris says. Harris' paintings have been exhibited in public venues, museums and galleries, and represented in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Educated at the Art Institute of Chicago, she has developed work considered influential in humanitarian and environmental arenas. Harris' participation in the "Cool Globes" exhibit along the Chicago lakefront and Field Museum campus in 2007 led to her work being chosen for the National Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. A replica of her globe was selected for display at the United Nations during World Environment Day. For more about Harris and her work, visit http://www.andreaharris.com About Ferguson Art Gallery Bringing the region's rich diversity of visual art to the Oak Park/River Forest and University communities, Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago showcases the works of established and upcoming Chicago-area artists in five to six exhibits each year, including special events celebrating African-American perspective, Hispanic heritage, women's history and Chicago history. The gallery is directed by BettyAnn Mocek, Concordia professor of art and a prominent Chicago artist, educator and arts advocate through her work with the Chicago Coalition of Artists, the Chicago Society of Artists and others.

The Ferguson Art Gallery is located in Kretzmann Hall at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.cuchicago.edu/the_arts/visual_art/ferguson_gallery or call 708-209-3013.

About Concordia University Chicago
Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based university in the Lutheran tradition. Concordia equips men and women to serve and lead with integrity, creativity, competence and compassion in a diverse, interconnected and increasingly urbanized church and world. For more information, visit http://www.cuchicago.edu.

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Kim McCullough, Director of Community & Media Relations
708-209-3122

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