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Abstract art exhibit "Zumbandi Baani" opens Nov. 19 at Concordia-Chicago


The Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago presents “Zumbandi Baani,” an exhibit of contemporary abstract paintings, drawings, collage and mixed-media works by Gretchen Beck. The free, public exhibition will be on display from Nov. 19 to Dec. 15.

Beck lived in Niger for three years, where she conducted research for the images she creates as an artist. “My art involves an exploration of the Nigerien landscape, the Djarma and Fulani cultures and the art forms they create,” Beck said. “This abstract work portrays ritual and tradition in Nigerien culture.” In the Djarma language, “Zumbandi Baani” means “where goodness descends from above.”

For 11 years, Beck served on the faculty of Concordia University-Irvine as professor of art, chair of the art department and curator. She is currently a professional artist living in the Chicago area who exhibits her art on national and international levels.

A reception with the artist will be held in the gallery on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2-4 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

The Ferguson Art Gallery is located in Kretzmann Hall at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL. The gallery is directed by BettyAnn Mocek, professor of art at CUC and prominent Chicago artist, educator and arts advocate. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 708-209-3013.