Gallery 901

Gallery 901 exhibits strive to increase awareness around pressing social issues to a diverse audience. We present exhibits of community artists and groups which celebrate the affirmative impact of the creative process, and which encourage positive social change. The artists, groups, and organizations highlight healing or transformational components to their artwork. Gallery 901 is an inclusive gallery that welcomes all audiences including those who may not frequent art spaces.

Currently Showing: 


1. the state of forming a complete and harmonious whole; unity.
“the work lacked a sense of wholeness and meaning”

2. the state of being unbroken or undamaged.
“the wholeness of the buildings is exceedingly well preserved”

Artists in every form, whether they be writers, musicians, dramatists, actors, or visual
artists of any medium have access to the Creative Source. It doesn’t take any special training or
gifts to be able to channel it; it’s there and it’s accessible if we take the time to approach it.
When we engage with the Creative Source, we love ourselves into wholeness. It takes bravery
and courage to do this, but there’s a freedom that comes with it, too. We don’t feel bound by the
Earthly experience.
Annette realized that she’d been accessing it in the creation of her art all along, but
training with the Open Studio Project on their process, as well as studying the female spiritist
artists aided her to put language to what she was already experiencing. Her hope is that every
human on this Earth connects to the Creative Source during their lives. Through this
experience, they will become whole.
The works in this show were created by this process: Annette meditated, set intentions,
created art while listening to music, witnessed the images, and now is sharing it with you. Love
yourself into wholeness.

About the Artist:
Annette M. O’Donnell is a Chicago artist and Open Studio Facilitator. She is a mixed
media artist who is interested in expressing intuited forms through her abstract expressionist
paintings. Annette is a member artist with Evanston Made and Womanmade Gallery. She is
currently working on her Modern Kosmology Series in which she connects to the creative
energy field to intuit the lines and colors for her pieces. Working with the Creative Source also
comes into play in her role as an Open Studio Facilitator where she guides participants through
a process of intention setting, art making, and witness writing to make art for personal growth,
social emotional intelligence, and community well-being.

Woven Stories

Woven Stories are weavings from the workshops of The We Were Never Alone Project. The We Were Never Alone Project are a weaving workshops for domestic violence victims and survivors led by survivor and textile artist, Bryana Bibbs. These workshops have taken place throughout Illinois at galleries and local community art spaces.

During these free limited-participant workshops, participants weave on a cardboard loom with traditional and non-traditional materials, but most importantly they share their stories amongst a group of people who understand their stories. The mission of the project is to eliminate the stigma of being a victim and survivor of domestic violence. So often there is a significant amount of victim shaming and blaming once victims and survivors come forward with their stories. Therefore, the goal of this project is to create a safe, supportive, judgement-free community while creating woven art.

Woven Stories showcases each participants personality and story through the use of color, texture, and found objects/materials.

REYS of Sunshine

In collaboration with Resilient Evanston Youth Showcase


Books, Prints, and Houses by Beth Herman Adler

“My Covid Year” at Gallery 901, featuring work created by Beth Herman Adler during the pandemic.

Everything That Helps Us Fly: Art that Uplifts During Challenging Times

Group Exhibition by Artists:
Ausrine Kerr, Sonata Kazimieraitiene Rita Shimelfarb, and Izida Valatka

View this dynamic group show featuring art that depicts angels, wings, and love.  The artwork was selected to help inspire us to protect ourselves from negativity and feeling lost.  It has a spiritual, uplifting nature and is welcoming to all.  Pieces include stained glass, painting, ceramics, and porcelain angels.  Artists are from Evanston & Chicago

Pandemic Diaries: Participatory Art

by Ellen Gradman

Over the course of the pandemic, through the lock down, and continuing to the present, Ellen Gradman has rediscovered pieces of her artist soul that have been missing for a while. Her pieces, Pandemic Diaries, are a record of this resurgence. The boxes holding the work together and providing the background are from orders of new art supplies or food delivers, both types of deliveries being essential.

Life Journey Labyrinth:

Installation by Corinne Peterson

View a labyrinth made from hundreds of clay objects—artifacts of the interior of people’s fists, which we call clenches. Individuals forcefully squeezed soft clay to express frustration, determination, grief, or even joy in these chaotic times.


by Connie Gillock

Art of Recovery

View this series of round canvases created by Veterans from the Edward Hines Jr VA Hospital. Each image represents what recovery means to them. Recovery is both a personal journey and a community process. The exhibit allows you to ponder the meaning of recovery, what you do for others, and how others contribute to your recovery.

The recovery journey is documented through this series; some examples are physical recovery from an illness or injury, mental health recovery from depression, PTSD, addiction or recovery in relation to the current pandemic.

This art exhibit will be on display at Gallery 901 in Evanston, IL – it will also be displayed virtually for the OSP and Hines communities. Exhibit organized by Erin Mooney-Simkus, Art Therapist at Hines VA Hospital.

Dolls4Peace Memorial & Art Action

Chicago, June 2020: Gun violence still plagues our neighborhoods. On June 21, 2020, 104 people were shot and 14 died on this Father’s day weekend. Among the deaths were two teenagers and a three year old boy. This past weekend another 63 people were shot including a 1-year-old and 10-year old who were killed.

As an act of creative resistance and in the spirit of grassroots memorials, The heART Project aims to bring awareness, raise consciousness and support peaceful communities through community arts and therapeutic art making. The heART Project will host healing spaces and exhibit the Dolls4Peace Memorial across Chicago in remembrance and as an art action and creative resistance to violence and trauma.

Over 55 Chicago Public Schools and social service organizations have participated.

Facilitated by Rochele Royster.

Facilitator Showcase

Displaying the works of some of Open Studio Project’s incredible facilitators.

Pen & Ink Drawings – Kate Berry Brown

I am an artist, and I am a mother. I have three young children who squeeze, squish, hug, tap and bump my body all the time. I am surrounded by love. I am lucky. I am blessed. I am tired. I am crowded.

My drawings depict abstract piles of undulating shapes, like body parts and bellies and blubber. These forms mold to one another and become a solid biological mass. Using only a fountain pen and a bottle of ink I use cross hatching on paper as a meditative process. Life is chaotic and full – especially these days as we collectively navigate homeschooling, floods of varying emotion and both loss and disappointment. Because of this chaos I like the simplicity of my materials and the repetitive nature of making thousands of thoughtful marks. I cut into my paper which gives the finished pieces a sort of scalloped edge. By doing this I am both fighting and embracing the confines of the basic rectangle. Kate Berry Brown

Instagram: @kateberrybrownart

School Pictures – Melissa Ann Pinney

“My photographs bear witness to inner city public schools, providing a vision of the students’ fierce & fragile world when they are most free to be together and to be themselves, informed by moments of spontaneous play, self-presentation and gesture.  I never know what the children will do next; their beauty, their conflicts, their compassion are unrehearsed. This project focuses on students during unstructured time in several culturally and economically diverse public schools. Bell Elementary School serves neighborhood, deaf and gifted children. I’ve also chronicled the historic and hopeful merger of Jenner Academy, a predominately black school, and Ogden Elementary, a school with a large white population.The students become active participants in the art-making, not by posing but by inviting me into their world. I am after the mystery and surprise of each moment. Sometimes a student looks directly into the camera as if to ask: Do you see me? Do you really see me?”  Melissa Ann Pinney


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