Past Exhibit

“My Mother” by Marilyn Zimmerwoman


September 21, 2012 – January 8, 2013

Honor and commune with the ancestors and explore the many meanings of heritage, lineage, and identity at Ancestors, an art exhibit running September 21, 2012 – January 8, 2013, at Life Force Arts Center gallery, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago IL 60657. Opening Reception is Friday, September 21, 2012, from 6 – 10 PM. Closing Ceremony is Tuesday, January 8, 2013, from 7 – 9 PM. Gallery hours are Mondays and Thursdays 1:30 – 6:30 PM, and by appointment. Admission to the exhibit and Opening Reception is free. Workshops, performances, and other events related to the theme of ancestors will also be held as part of the show. For more information, please contact Joan Forest Mage, Executive Director, (773) 327-7224,

The exhibit celebrates ancestry of various kinds: biological, spiritual, geographical, cultural, ethnic. Contemplating one’s ancestors is about belonging, acknowledging or discovering who you are and how you express yourself, and understanding the primal instincts of your beginnings.  Cultural expressions including art, music, architecture, and fashion are connected to ancestors and their creativity over the generations. There is also the aboriginal concept that all of nature is “the ancestors”. However diluted our conscious knowledge or awareness of them may be, ancestors influence us. 

The mission of Life Force Arts Foundation (LFA) is to advance the field of spiritual art through artistically excellent exhibits, events, and publications that explore the connection of art and spirituality. We define spiritual art as visual, literary, or performing art that flows from spiritual practice, strives to connect the audience with Spirit, and creates spiritual awakening, healing, or evolution. We focus on the arts as a common ground of human expression, where artists and audiences of diverse spiritual traditions can honor each other, and share their personal and collective experiences of the spiritual aspect of life. LFA’s goals are to develop spiritual artists, the spiritual arts audience, and the spiritual arts community. The Foundation operates Life Force Arts Center (LFAC), Chicago’s spiritual art gallery and performance space, which presents visual art exhibits, dance, theater, and music performances, author book signings, and workshops with artists who are experts in spiritual artmaking.

Exhibiting Artists for Ancestors

Steven Blaine Adams
Sharon Bechtold
J. Penney Burton
Fred Casselman
Judy Demchuk
Kurt Fondriest

Ladan Ghajar
Phyllis Gordon
Dorothy Graden
Susan Joseph
Lauren Macklin
Jon Pickell

Joan Riise
Paul Rucker
Donita Simpson
Sujata Tibrewala
Marilyn Zimmerwoman