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Arlene Turner Crawford

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Throughout the history of the African American people in this country Black Women have been a dynamic force in forwarding our struggles for freedom, human & civil rights and personal dignity. Beyond that, woman the world over, have taken up the mission to struggle for equality and justice.  Perhaps it is part of the feminine nature which drives women to nurture, to protect and to defend.  My commitment as an artist has been to examine, elevate, and speak to what is beautiful, whole and authentic within my community.  I do this in my own attempt to be about my people and our highest aspirations. 

Arlene Turner-Crawford is an image-maker who works in the media of painting, assemblage/college, drawing, graphic design and illustration. Influences in her work have come from her family; AfriCOBRA artists; Black Classical Music (jazz); research and meditation.


M.S.Ed Indiana University, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN.  1977

University of Massachusetts, MFA candidate in studio painting & printmaking, Amherst, MA.  1972

B.S.Ed. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.  1971


  • Women’s History Month Exhibition, Elmhurst College, 2010
  • Black Creativity Fine Art Exhibition Museum of Science & Industry, 2010
  • In the Company of Others”, Group Exhibition, Southside Community Art Center, Chicago, IL, Dec. 2009
  • Sapphire and Crystals: Route to Roots, Nicole Gallery, Chicago, IL,  October 2009
  • “BEyONd Race and Gender” Sapphire & Crystals Group Exhibition, Evanston Cultural Art Center, Evanston Ill, Black History Month, 2009
  • “Sankofa the Female Urge”, Little Black Pearl Gallery, Chicago, Il, Women’s History Month, 2008
  • “Sapphire & Crystals in Black, White & Blue”, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 2007
  • “21st Century Stele: A Modern Interpretation of an Ancient Form”, Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. 2006
  • “Hoo Doo Too:  the art of A. Turner-Crawford”, solo exhibition, UIC African-American Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. 2006
  • “Sapphire & Crystals in Black & White” Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2005
  •  “Soul of a Woman”, South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.  2005
Recent Exhibits

Arlene Turner Crawford participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2010 Sapphire & Crystals
South Side Community Art Center
Oct, 2009 Sapphire and Crystals: Route to Roots
Nicole Gallery
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