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The Colored Pencil Show

Colored pencils are a wonderfully dynamic medium that are highly beloved by many of our Project Onward artists. They are capable of rendering art styles that art expressive and abstract, or detailed and photo realistic. While they're slow to use compared to wet media like paint (in terms of laying down color), they’re almost unparalleled when it comes to control and detail. Colored pencils are famous for their translucent quality, which can give artwork a striking luminant appeareance, especially on textured paper. 


For this exhibition, we have invited international award winning colored pencil artist and Project Onward Volunteer, Tracy Frein, to guest curate and work with our artists on their techniques. The Colored Pencil Show is a culmination of these efforts and our artists' love letter to the medium.

Art from the show is available for purchase! Shop below:

"Octopus" by Coral Kappel
"Rapture" by Michael Smith
"People of the Sun" by Blake Lenoir
"Blue Girl" by Dana Baker
"Koi" by Louis DeMarco
"Sing on High" by David Holt
"In the God Mind Eyes" by Bobby Tirelli
"Eruption" by Franklin Armstrong
"Cat Nap" by Jack Moore
"Princess Accessories" by Safiya Hameed
"Puppies" by Molly McGrath
"Carnivale" by Blake Lenoir
"Alphabet Soup Brain" by Bill Douglas
"White Sox Stadium" by Janno Juguilon
"Fashion Show" by George Zuniga
"Wildflower Garden Fantasy" by Jacqueline Cousins Oliva
"Bad Bunny" by Bill Douglas
"Batty" by Alfred Banks
"Brawl" by David Hence
"Warrior Woman" by Fernando Ramirez
"Pink Girl" by Dana Baker
"River of the Soul" by Allen McNair
"RiRi" by Sereno Wilson
"Picnic Cat" by Ruby Bradford
"Jewel" by Michael Smith
"Paradise City" by Adam Hines
"Walk in the Park" by George Zuniga
"Waterfall" by Jason Harris
"Love Is, Daily" by Michael Bryant
"Recilining Nude" by Paul Kowalewski
"Shadows" by Ken Bortman
"Woman and Stars" by David Blaisdell
"Aaliyah" by Sereno Wilson
"Seated Goddess" by Michael Smith
"The Black Tulips" by Molly McGrath
"BFF's" by Jacqueline Cousins Oliva
"Kagora's Throne" by Shandrewick Key
"The Bean" by David Holt
"River City Apartment Complex" by Ricky Willis
"Brisk Walk" by George Zuniga
"Chicago Back Porch" by Fernando Ramirez
"Cranes in Flight" by Jen Chertow
"Illinois Waterfall" by Dijon Barrett
"Rock n' Roll McDonald's" by Ricky Willis
"Crown Fountain" by Adam Hines
"Vaperwave" by Michael Smith
"Muse" by Paul Kowalewski
"Birth of Venus" by Paul Kowalewski
"Project Onward Black People" by Adam Hines
"Kingston Mines" by Michael Bryant
"Field Museum Sue" by Franklin Armstrong
"Wrigley Field" by R.J. Juguilon
"Old Man Bus in Green" by Ricky Willis

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Project Onward believes we can inspire change by using art to promote empathy and reduce the stigma of mental illness and developmental disabilities. We seek to improve the self-image of artists by emphasizing the social and economic value of their work.


You can directly contribute to this belief and help improve the lives of each Project Onward artist by purchasing their work. Our online shop is open 24/7, and half of the sale for each original piece goes directly to the artist.

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