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Gerald Griffin

Owner, Painter, Sculptor and Poet

Phone:

O: 312-379-0940      M: 312-451-1055

Email:

Address:

8237 S. Princeton Ave.

Chicago, IL 60620

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A Bit About Me

A product of the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I have exhibited at several major venues around the country, such as, The Studio Museum in New York, The SOHO Gallery District, The National Black Fine Arts Show in New York, The Columbus Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Du Sable Museum of African American History, Governors State University Gallery, and The Columbus Ohio school of Art and Design, Spectrum Art Fair for Art Basel Week in Miami, FL. and The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, IN.

 

My work has been featured in several media and publications including, Art News, Art Forum International, Décor Magazine, Valentine New York, Images Magazine, Homes of Color, Indigo Magazine, The New York Times/Arts Section, The Chicago Tribune / Feature Story and The Chicago Sun Times/Arts section, ABC- Someone You Should Know and WGN – feature story, “Broken Chains”, Back Story with Larry Potash. List of awards includes: 1st place at Black Creativity ʼ98, the national juried art competition of the Museum of Science and Industry, Award of Commendation for Outstanding leadership as principal art instructor for the Black Education, Black Opportunity program, Official artist of the 20th Anniversary Chicago Jazz Festival and 2004 Artist of the Y ear from Valentine New York magazine. Amonst my corporate and museum collectors are: Argo Financial Bank, Alliance Relocation Corporation, Gardner, UCAN Foundation, Gardner Rich and Co., LaSalle Bank and Signature Management Group, The Du Sable Museum of African American History in Chicago and The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, IN.

 

Individual collectors include: Former United States President, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Gardner, Steve Harvey, Wesely Snipes and Adele Givens. 

EDUCATION

1986

BFA, SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE, CHICAGO, IL

EXPERIENCE

PRESENT
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -
ARTIST LIFE, NFP
CHICAGO, IL

2005 to PRESENT
OWNER, PAINTER, SCLUPTOR
GRIFFIN GRIFFIN GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL

1997 to 2005 
OWNER
GRIFFIN GRAPHICS, INC., CHICAGO, IL

1990 to 1997 
CURATOR/PRODUCTION ADMINISTRATOR -
ART WERKS GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL

Artist Life, NFP (ALNFP) is a world-class museum and art education organization located in the heart of  Chatham on Chicago's south side. ALNFP is open to the public and presents four to nine temporary exhibitions per year with a permanent collection of fine art objects with strengths in international modern and contemporary art.

Our mission is to connect economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the art and design fields. 

Participants will learn the techniques and tools of professional artists and designers while engaging in education, employment and artistic exploration.

Originally located in the famed River North Gallery District in Chicago, GERALD GRIFFIN GALLERY promotes and showcases the work of a select group of artists. Now located in the Bourdeau Griffin Design Center, GGG occupies 3000 SqFt. of museum gallery space, as well as, featured art spaces throughout the 46,000 SqFt. Griffin Design Center facility. 

Our work involves showcasing new and emerging artists alongside classic, well-established pieces.

The first of many art gallery locations for the work of artist Gerald Griffin. Located in the center court of iconic Evergreen Plaza shopping center. Griffin Garaphics, Inc. featured original art and custom framing services. In early 2003 the business moved to a new location in the famed River North Arts District of Chicago.

Artwerks Gallery, an African American owned art gallery in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago. Resposibilities included, Art instruction for the Black Education, Black Opportunity program, Art Curation and Custom Framing. 

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS / INSTALLATIONS

2019

PARADIGM SHIFT - A BLACK NARRATIVE PERSPECTIVE

SOLO-EXHIBIT / THE ART MUSEUM OF GREATER LAFAYETTE, IN.

2016

AMBIGUOUS REFLECTIONS  - A QUESTION OF COLOR

SOLO-EXHIBIT / THE ART MUSEUM OF GREATER LAFAYETTE, IN.

2012

THE BLACK BOX

SOLO-EXHIBIT / THE DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY, CHICAGO, IL

2006

ANCESTRAL LEGACIES

GROUP- EXHIBIT / THE COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART, COLUMBUS, OH

2003

BLACK ROMANTICISM

GROUP- EXHIBIT / THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM, HARLEM, NY

2002

TO CONSERVE A LEGACY

GROUP-EXHIBIT / THE DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY, CHICAGO, IL

2000

THE JAZZ MYSTIQUE

SOLO-EXHIBIT / THE DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY, CHICAGO, IL

1998

BLACK CREATIVITY

GROUP-EXHIBIT / THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, CHICAGO, IL

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS / INSTALLATIONS

2017

AMERICAN JUSTICE - SHE AIN'T BLIND

GROPU-EXHIBIT / STEELE LIFE GALLERY - SOUTH LOOP, CHICAGO, IL

2016

PARADIGM SHIFT

SOLO-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GALLERY AND INTERIORS, CHICAGO, IL

2015

JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE

GROUP-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GALLERY AND INTERIORS, CHICAGO, IL

2014

APLOMB GRAND OPENING

GROUP-EXHIBIT / APLOMB GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL

2013

COMPLEX SIMPLICITY

GROUP-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GALLERY AND INTERIORS, CHICAGO, IL

2012

TRANSFIGURATION

GROUP-EXHIBIT / JOYCE GORDON GALLERY, OAKLAND, CA

2012

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE ARTISAN EXHIBIT

GROUP-EXHIBIT / GALLERY GUICHARD, CHICAGO, IL

2012

COGNITIVE DISSONANCE

GROUP-EXHIBIT GRIFFIN GALLERY AND INTERIORS, CHICAGO, IL

2011

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE ARTISAN EXHIBIT

GROUP-EXHIBIT / GALLERY GUICHARD, CHICAGO, IL

2011

THE BIG PICTURE

GROUP-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GALLERY AND INTERIORS, CHICAGO, IL

2010

THE ARTIST WITHIN

GROUP-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GALLERY - RIVER NORTH, CHICAGO, IL

2011

VISIONS DE PARIS

SOLO-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GALLERY - RIVER NORTH, CHICAGO, IL

2008

INNER VISIONS - 3

SOLO-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GALLERY - RIVER NORTH, CHICAGO, IL

2006

INNER VISIONS - 2

SOLO-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GALLERY - RIVER NORTH, CHICAGO, IL

2005

INNER VISIONS

SOLO-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GALLERY - RIVER NORTH, CHICAGO, IL

2005

BEHIND THE MASK

SOLO-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GALLERY - RIVER NORTH, CHICAGO, IL

2004

FUTURE SHOCK

SOLO-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GALLERY - RIVER NORTH, CHICAGO, IL

2004

DISTANT MEMORIES

OLO-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GRAPHICS INC. GALLERY, EVERGREEN PARK, IL

2003

DIMENSIONS SCULPTURE SERIES

OLO-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GRAPHICS INC. GALLERY, EVERGREEN PARK, IL

2002

CONSCIOUSNESS

OLO-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GRAPHICS INC. GALLERY, EVERGREEN PARK, IL

2002

SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

OLO-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GRAPHICS INC. GALLERY, EVERGREEN PARK, IL

2001

THE JAZZ MYSTIQUE

SOLO-EXHIBIT / ART WERKS GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL

1998

URBAN LANDSCAPES

SOLO-EXHIBIT / FILI GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL

1986

THE FAMILY SERIES

SOLO-EXHIBIT / GRIFFIN GALLERY - RIVER NORTH, CHICAGO, IL

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS

2021

SPECTRUM MIAMI ART FAIR

GROUP-EXHIBIT / ART BASIL INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR WEEK, MIAMI, FL

2017

PIGMENT REVEAL MIAMI ART FAIR

GROUP-EXHIBIT / ART BASIL INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR WEEK, MIAMI, FL

2015

SPECTRUM MIAMI ART FAIR

GROUP-EXHIBIT / ART BASIL INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR WEEK, MIAMI, FL

2015

HARLEM FINE ARTS SHOW

GROUP-EXHIBIT / SUN TRUST BANK BUILDING, WASHINGTON, DC

2014

HARLEM FINE ARTS SHOW

GROUP-EXHIBIT / MERCHANDISE MART, CHICAGO, IL

2013

SCOPE ART FAIR

GROUP-EXHIBIT / ART BASIL INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR WEEK, MIAMI, FL

2011

SCOPE ART FAIR

GROUP-EXHIBIT / ART BASIL INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR WEEK, MIAMI, FL

2010

VERGE ART FAIR

GROUP-EXHIBIT / ART BASIL INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR WEEK, MIAMI, FL

2004

NATIONAL BLACK FINE ARTS SHOW

GROUP-EXHIBIT / SOHO GALLERY DISTRICT, NEW YORK, NY

2003

NATIONAL BLACK FINE ARTS SHOW

GROUP-EXHIBIT / SOHO GALLERY DISTRICT, NEW YORK, NY

2002

NATIONAL BLACK FINE ARTS SHOW

GROUP-EXHIBIT / SOHO GALLERY DISTRICT, NEW YORK, NY

UNIVERSITY EXHIBITIONS / INSTALLATIONS

2018

GERALD GRIFFIN - PAINTING AS METAPHOR

SOLO-EXHIBIT / CHICAGO  STATE UNIVERSITY GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL

2016

THE OCTOBER GALLERY ART FAIR

GROUP-EXHIBIT / TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, PHILADELPHIA, PA.

2006

THE BLACK AESTHETIC

SOLO-EXHIBIT / SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE GALLERY, CHICAGO, IL

2004

REAL ART WORKS - RAW - ART FAIR

GROUP-EXHIBIT / GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY GALLERY, UNIVERSITY PARK, IL

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