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Human interaction expressed by artist Jesse Howard at Concordia-Chicago’s Ferguson Art Gallery exhibit


Jan. 9, 2012 -- Inspired by the daily interaction of people, Chicago artist Jesse Howard creates charcoal mixed-media works on paper attempt to capture the rhythm and dynamic of an urban environment and its people.

Howard’s “Urban Abyss Series” is on display Jan. 15 through Feb. 19 at the Ferguson Gallery on Concordia University Chicago’s campus, 7400 Augusta Street River Forest, Ill.

Admission to all art exhibits is free. An artist’s reception will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. Jan. 29 in the gallery. Howard will also give a special artist’s talk at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 as part of the gallery’s celebration of Black History Month. The talk will be held in McCormick Hall, next to the gallery.

“I’m interested in the interaction of people in an urban setting and capturing their experiences,” said Jesse Howard, “the effect they have on one another, as well as on the environment they are in at a particular point in time.”

“What I have observed is that at some point people give the impression they are interested only in their private spaces, only their conversation is important, but that is just a pretense. There is something innately in our souls that we need that connection with other people.“

Howard has exhibited his work nationally and throughout the Chicagoland area, and has earned   him an award in Rutgers’s National Drawing Competition. His work is on permanent collection at several places including, Chicago Union League, Rutgers University and Chicago State University.


About Concordia University Chicago

Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, Concordia offers more than 100 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success.

Concordia University Chicago was named as the second fastest growing campus among private nonprofit master’s institutions nationally by The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2011 Almanac Edition. For the third consecutive year, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded more than 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more at


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