Maywood Artist Has Role In Film Spotlighting Chicago’s Black Arts Scene

Thursday, August 23, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Jesse Howard during an unveiling of his work at the Oak Park Public Library earlier this year. | File 

“Nothing is ever completely finished,” riffs artist Jesse Howard in one scene from the acclaimed documentary, “The Color of Art,” which made its Chicago premier at the Black Harvest Film Festival last weekend.

“I can always just keep working. It’s like jazz, man. Do they ever finish?” adds Howard, who works from his home studio in Maywood. “It’s just that time runs out and they stop, but they can keep on creating, right? I find I can do the same thing.”

Howard’s wisdom caught the attention of Chicago Sun-Times film critic Richard Roeper, who wrote in his review of the film that Howard “sounds like he’s delivering a master class in arts education (without even trying) every time he talks about the nature of art and the goal of the artist and the relationship between the artist and the collector.”

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Howard at the premier of the documentary film, “The Color of Art.” | Jesse Howard/Facebook 

David Weathersby directed the film, which examines Chicago’s African American arts community, particularly the “the ecosystem of artists, gallery owners, curators, and collectors that sustains the movement,” according to a synopsis of the film on the website of the Gene Siskel Film Center, where the Black Harvest Film Festival took place.

Howard’s appearance in the film is just the latest triumph in what has been a year of them for the Maywood resident.

Earlier this year, one of Howard’s newer paintings, “Rennie in Rhapsody,” was included in the Oak Park Public Library’s permanent collection, which is valued at an estimated $770,000.

And in February, Howard’s work exhibited in the Oak Park Area Arts Council’s gallery at Oak Park’s Village Hall. VFP 

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2 thoughts on “Maywood Artist Has Role In Film Spotlighting Chicago’s Black Arts Scene”

  1. Wow! My man, Jessie Howard! I am forever humble of what you’re doing with your career as an artist, and how it’s really inspiring so many talented artists of color in your community. You also inspired me in so much ways as an artist myself. I am so glad that you went to Proviso East High School, and inspired up and coming artists of the youth. Keep going!

  2. I have witnessed over 10 years in the shadow of his strokes…such artistry, vision and uncompromising bold work. It has been fascinating honor to be up close, as Jesse becomes acknowledged as one of the greatest artist in the world!

    Vanessa King
    Skin Euro

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