Sacramento Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. focused on “Education and the Arts.”

2021 Sacramento  Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Honoring Shonna McDaniel's

The annual Scholarship & Awards Event (or Brunch) presented by the Alpha Phi Alpha-ZBL chapter in Sacramento, CA, was a virtual affair in late spring 2021.   The chapter provided local entertainment artists and a presentation of their annual college-bound high school scholars and community leadership honorees.  The scholars were winners of a vetted scholarship competition process, and the community honorees produced notable contributions to the Sacramento community through their businesses and/or individual efforts.

This year's theme focused on “education and the arts,” enhanced by their special guest speaker, Ms. Tatyana Ali (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air).  Ms. Ali is a polished actor, singer, producer, and social advocate who shared her perspective on learning through the arts.  

The Alpha-ZBL members are excited to share this year’s event with you with the hope of your enjoyment of the show.

Congratulations on your achievement/s, and we sincerely thank you for being a major part of our effort! 

Bro. Art McElvy
Event Chairman
ZBL Foundation

In Memory of Joyce Owens R.I.P.

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Classic Chicago Magazine   Joyce Owens transitioned on Saturday, February 10th, 2024.

Artist Joyce Owens, 76, showed the ‘positive’ Black experience in her work.
Owens was primarily a painter and dabbled in 3-D art forms and jewelry-making. In an exhibition, the Chicago State University professor wrote: “I decided not to do angry Black men and angry Black women. I painted what I saw.  by Mariah Rush on Feb 13, 2024, 3:11pm CST.

Chicago-based artist, teacher, and curator Joyce Owens Anderson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Philadelphia. Owens’s mother, Eloise Owens, was a trained opera singer who encouraged her daughter to become an art teacher. Nevertheless, Owens attended Howard University, earning her B.F.A. degree in art. Owens then attended Yale University, earning her M.F.A. degree in painting. After working various jobs, including arts and crafts director, art teacher, and producer for Philadelphia’s CBS television station, Owens moved to Chicago, Illinois. She then spent eight years working for WBBM-TV, CBS Channel 2 in Chicago, as the graphic arts coordinator for news. Owens did additional work for the company as a graphic artist, researcher, and news assistant, always painting and exhibiting her art.

@ Tony Smith photo credit

After Owens's solo exhibition at Chicago State University, she was invited to join the faculty. She has taught there since 1996, specializing in studio painting and drawing. Joyce Owens is known for addressing racism, skin color, and black self-determination through her paintings, masks, and installations. Her art materials are primarily acrylic paints on canvas, wood, and paper. Found objects are often incorporated into her two- and three-dimensional works. Owens’s artwork has been shown nationally in juried, invitational, solo, and group exhibitions in galleries and museums. Two of her curatorial efforts were singled out by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs as featured programs during Chicago Artists Month. Some other highlights of her career include being selected as the featured artist for Columbia College’s fifteenth annual DanceAfrica Chicago Festival, inclusion in Daniel T. Parker’s book African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond, “The Art of Culture” exhibition and catalog that also featured artist/art historian, Samella Lewis; and Howard University’s “A Proud Continuum: Eight Decades of Art at Howard University,” a juried exhibition of former Howard art students including Elizabeth Catlett.

@ Fletcher Hayes
We often traveled in the same circles, running into each other at art openings and conversing about our work. I remember coming onto the scene in Chicago and being a featured artist with us when we first met during Chicago Artists Month. We've also been in various exhibitions over the years.  I am so glad to have known her; her energy, smile, and laughter were infectious. 


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What Women Are Thinking About

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What Women Are Thinking About 

Feb. 10 - Mar. 23,  2024  (1-4)
Liz Long Gallery at Urban Art Retreat
1957 S. Spaulding Ave. Chicago, Il. 60623
  (773) 542-9126  messages only

Group show of women artists from around the world! Art Show about what women are thinking about, what we think is important. 

This is an opportunity to put our thoughts and opinions out there.

Ms. Dianna C. Long

Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center & Women's Residence
1957 S. Spaulding Ave. Chicago, Il. 60623
(corner of 21st, just 2 short blocks west of Kedzie pink line stop)
Gallery Hours: 1-4  Saturdays  or make appt. to visit RSVP

Art, Culture, Social Justice Issues, A Vehicle for Volunteerism            
CUARC Orientation: Noon-1:00 on Saturdays year-round. Email RSVP only          
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"The Art of Soul" YoloArts Gallery 625 Black History Month Exhibition

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Shonna McDaniel, the Executive Director of the Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum, has been invited to co-curate the YoloArts Gallery 625 Black History Month Exhibition. The exhibition, titled "The Art of Soul," will showcase the works of Black artists and legendary artists from the region. 

This exhibit will illuminate the American experience through an African American lens. Viewers will enjoy abstract & realistic paintings, works on paper, mixed media, and digital media.  The Art of Soul artists in the collection include several legendary artists throughout the region. This exhibit will illuminate the American experience through an African American lens. Viewers will enjoy abstract and realistic paintings, works on paper, mixed media, and digital media.

YoLoArts Has listed the following participating artists:
Milton Bowens (Museum Collection) 
Shonna McDaniels 
Unity Lewis 
Daphne Burgess (Museum Collection) 
Alpha Bruton (Museum Collection) 
Mia Davis 
Aliyah Sidqe
Karen Seneferu
Malik Seneferu
Lee McCormick
Urban Sunshine (Museum Collection)
Cedric Orange 
Joha Harrison
Gerry Simpson
Valerie Brown-Troutt
Elizabeth Catlett (Museum Collection) 
Dr. Samella Lewis (Museum Collection) 
Addis Ababa (Museum Collection) 
TAFA      (Museum Collection )