About the Exhibition

This exhibiton is open to the public at MOWA on the Lake, located inside the retirement campus of Saint John’s On The Lake in downtown Milwaukee. Learn more


August 25–November 6, 2022

MOWA on the Lake

Chrystal Denise Gillon’s Black memorabilia and Americana-infused assemblages and collages highlight themes of race, religion, womanhood, and their brimming intersections.

Gillon is known for employing a variety of found objects and nontraditional materials to develop the layered surfaces and meanings of her colorful compositions. Her early works, from her BFA at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design are primarily drawings. It was her friend and fellow artist Della Wells who in 2005 challenged Gillon to make her first collage on an old VHS tape case. Since then, Gillon has used found objects and mixed media to recount stories from her childhood, paying homage to the diversity of women from the African Diaspora, and calling for solidarity among women of all cultures.


Exhibition Opening Party

Thursday, August 25 | 5:30–7:30
Location: Saint John’s on the Lake, 1840 Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee


Image: Chrystal Denise Gillon, God Ordained/Boo Babies Wanna Be’s, 2008. (Detail)