Jacqueline Moses: Southern Towns USA

Evanston Art Center

Jul. 29, 2024 - Sep. 10, 2023

1717 Central Street
Evanston, 60201
PHONE 847.475.5300


June 2023
Evanston Art Center 2023 Exhibition


EXHIBITION DATES: July 29–September 10, 2023
OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, August 6, 1–4 pm
GALLERY HOURS: Monday–Thursday, 9 am–6 pm; Friday, 9 am–5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am–4 pm


The Evanston Art Center (EAC) is excited to present a new exhibition, “Southern Towns USA”, featuring works by Jacqueline Moses.

“Jacqueline Moses employed road trip research for her new series Southern Towns USA, and uses photography and painting to explore the environs, history and energy that makes southern towns a home, of leaves a home behind in history. Murals found in the towns are effectively collaged into the oil paintings using photo transfer to express her interpretation of the current state of each location.

For example, in the painting “Nashville TN”, the poignantly contemporary “I am a Man” mural highlights previous and current race conflicts in smoothly rendered high-rises alongside comfortable middle-class homes. “Cairo III” depicts the formerly prosperous port town at the southern end of the state, now nearly a ghost town experienced in haunting decay.

Moses depicts her interpretation of southern towns devoid of actual humans but resounding in humanity – apparent through its environment and artifacts. Please enjoy this preview of her work.”

– Margaret Lanterman, Artist and Adjunct Professor at DePaul University


“For many years I have been traveling visiting cities, parks and villages throughout the United States, Europe and South America. I started noticing the sharp increase in street art. I became more aware of differences in style and content that was mirroring the area in which they were created. I began to question if the art is reflecting the neighborhood or if the neighborhood is reflecting the art or if are they are interactive developing scenes that are reflective of both. I looked back at photo images taken of art works in public places I viewed in Finland, Denmark, Spain, Portugal and the Islands. I was struck by the strong colors and blending of nature and man-made constructions.

Now I have started taking more notice of the many colorful works I see on structures around this area; Chicago and suburbs. I decided to visit Southern towns in the USA documenting the local street art in different cities. I was surprised to discover that many did not allow public art.

I started my trip south from Chicago toward the Mississippi Delta region. I went through many towns, though I was unable to visit some because of flooding. I took street art images when available and made documenting their present existence in 2020 my goal. Uppermost in my mind was their adaptability to our current environmental problems. increased racial unrest and technological developments.

The imagery presented in my paintings is reflective of our times as is the technique used. All paintings in this series are a combination of photographic transfers and oil on canvas. All images are derived from my photography and are juxtaposed to create the desired image.”

– Jacqueline Moses, Artist

“Southern Towns USA” will be on display in the Evanston Art Center’s Main Second Floor Gallery from July 29–September 10, 2023, with an opening reception on August 6, from 1-–4 pm. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Evanston Art Center, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community outreach initiatives.

Evanston Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. Evanston Art Center Gallery Hours: Monday– Thursday, 9 am–6 pm; Friday, 9 am–5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am–4 pm. First and second-floor gallery spaces are accessible. Limited free parking is available. Masks are optional but strongly recommended for students, visitors and staff.

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