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 often welcomes audiences who may not frequent art spaces.


Currently Showing:

The 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


Sarah Series – Connie Gillock

Connie Gillock’s recent work – the Sarah Series – is an emphatic treatise to love, family and the continuity of life, bound in a fundamental conception of dignity.

Afro-Instrumentality – Allen Moore

Afro instrumentality DIY Visual and Auditory experience, highlighting social justice, symbols and signifiers of urban “black” culture through the perspective of Afro-futurism and Allen’s cathartic process. He wants to create an experience; a conversation about the consumption/integration of black culture in current popular culture and address issues of social justice.

Allen works as an educator, teaching Artist, experimental Sound Artist, curator and Mentor. Recently he has worked in Evanston as a youth worker/mentor for 2 and a half years and made a deep connections with 4th through 12th grade students.