African American History Month art exhibit by artist Sandra Bridges, is on display in February and March at Harold Washington Library Center on the 3rd floor.Southern Roots, an
The exhibit provides "a visual history walk through the lives of rural folk, many of whom were underserved and overlooked by artists. … I go back to give them a voice," Bridges says of this soulful and touching series.
Sandra Bridges was born and raised in Chicago. Creative since early childhood, she realized her destiny as a painter after winning awards for painting in high school. She went on to graduate from Southern Illinois University in 1974 with a bachelor's in art education and Roosevelt University in 1977) with a master's in education. However, Sandra would not proceed on her artistic path but instead gave back to her community by teaching in an inner-city school. In 2011, she decided to pursue a full-time career as a fine artist. Many shows have followed in the past five years. She still feels like a neophyte with so much to learn and to give. Her paintings are in the homes of many collectors, among them some very prestigious collections, and have been featured in a major movie as well as smaller-budget films.