Sinag – Ray Of Light

Evanston Art Center

Apr. 26, 2024 - May. 25, 2024

1717 Central Street
Evanston, 60201
T: 847.475.5300

Sinag – Ray Of Light

EXHIBITION DATES: April 26 – May 25, 2024
OPENING RECEPTION: April 26, 2024, 5-8 pm
GALLERY HOURS: Monday–Thursday, 9 am – 6 pm; Friday, 9 am – 5 pm;
Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm

*Registration is required. Visit for more information.


The Evanston Art Center (EAC) is excited to welcome the public to Sinag – Ray Of Light.

“Sinag – Ray Of Light” is a show featuring works of the Sinag Art Group, an art collective of 40 Filipino-American artists based in greater Chicago. The art exhibit celebrates Filipino heritage and honors Filipino healthcare workers, especially against the backdrop of the pandemic and rise in Asian Hate Crimes. The exhibit participants are an exciting mix of established and emerging Filipino-American visual artists and writers showcasing traditional and modern art styles, using various media from acrylic on canvas to photographs on tarpaulin.

“Sinag, meaning a ray of light, was born out of curiosity and a need to connect. During the pandemic, I saw a couple of calls for an art exhibit for Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) to push for diversity. Filipinos back in the Philippines mostly grew up living with limited resources, which is why it is inculcated in us to grab opportunities.

Filipino visual artists are a conundrum. Being an artist, visual or otherwise, was never encouraged. Most Filipinos, including some of our artists, are bi-vocational. They work in the medical fields and other professional jobs. It wasn’t too surprising to me that when I searched for Filipino artist groups in Chicago three years ago, I couldn’t find any.”- Geraldine Martinez-Benz Founder, Sinag Art Collective – Chicago

Sinag – Ray Of Light will be exhibited in the first-floor gallery of the Art Center. The opening reception is free and open to the public. This exhibition is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the EAC’s general membership.

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.

For more information, please visit us online at or contact Emma Rose Gudewicz, Director of Development & Exhibition Manager, at (847) 475-5300 or [email protected].

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