Sandra Bridges

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  • Sandra
  • Louise
  • Bridges
  • Bridges
  • October 14, 1951
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • African-American
  • 17801 Pebblewood Lane, Hazel Crest, Illinois
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Painter
  • 1974: BA in art education, Southern Illinois University
    1977: MA in Administration/Supervision in Education, Roosevelt University
  • Array
  • April 1-May 1, 2014: Jazz Musicians/Singers, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    March 4-April 26, 2015: Four of a Kind, South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

    June 17, 2016-July 9, 2016: LEXICON, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

    July 7-August 8, 2016: Musicians-Southern Roots, Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    January 5-March 8, 2018: Made in America: The Art and Heart of Three African American Women, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois

    February 1-March 16, 2018: Sandra Bridges: Southern Roots – Revisited, Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton, Illinois

    February 1-26, 2019: Honoring HER-story, Decatur Area Arts Council, Decatur, Illinois

    December 14, 2018-March 3, 2019: Southern Roots-Revisited: Paintings by Sandra Bridges, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, Indiana

    February 10-March 4, 2020: Reflecting Dignity, Christopher Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

    Black Ensemble Theatre

    Harold Washinton Library

    Old Town Leslie Wolfe Gallery
  • 2015: Excellence Award for Visual Art, African American Alliance of Artists, Chicago, Illinois
  • kindergarten teacher in inner-city schools for 35 years
  • artist's website

  • Sandra Louise Bridges was born and raised in Chicago Illinois.   Artistic at an early age and an admirer of the master painters  she always envisioned  herself to be a fine art painter.  She is a  graduate from Southern Illinois University (74) with a BA in Art Education and Roosevelt University (77) with a MA in Education Supervision.  Sandra would not proceed on her artistic path however for 35 yrs., but give back to her community by teaching in the inner city schools.  The thought of devoting herself entirely to being a fine artist would not be realized until 2012.

    Many shows have followed.   However when asked, she still feels like a neophyte with so much to learn and to give.  Lets read her short resume of accomplishments:

    In 2015 she was awarded the Black Excellence Award for Visual Art from the African American Alliance of Artists in Chicago.  In early 2016 she had a two month one woman show at the downtown Chicago Cultural Center Renaissance Court called Southern Roots featuring 32 pieces.   Later that year she soloed at the Union League Club of Chicago showcasing 15 paintings of jazz artists.. And she topped that year off with two of her paintings featured in the film South Side With You  showing a close up scene of "Strange Fruit" a painting of Billie Holiday and "Miles Ahead" of Miles Davis.

    Exhibiting in 2017, she was selected by the African American History Committee of Chicago Librarians to present  a solo showing at the Harold Washington Library downtown Chicago to celebrate Black History month.  That showing titled Southern Roots- Reflections were her renderings strictly in black and white of her paintings and drawings.   In July, she had a  21 piece solo show at the Old Town Art Center, Leslie Wolfe Gallery titled Southern Roots - Revisited of fine oil paintings.

    In 2018 Sandra Louise curated the show "Made In America" at the Renaissance Court, Chicago Cultural Center for January through March 8, 2018.  She also had her  solo showing in February 2018 of Southern Roots - Revisited at the Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton College in DesPlaines, Illinois til March 16th.  She completed the fieldwork residency program through the Chicago Artist Coalition.  December until March 2019 she is exhibiting her solo showing of Southern Roots Re-visited at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, in Lafayette Indiana.

    Retirement  for Sandra has not been retirement at all.  It has been the time to share out her God given gift.

    Since embarking upon her full time career  as a painter she has found her paintings in the homes of many collectors, among some very prestigious collections, and featured in a major movie as well as smaller budgeted films.