Current Exhibit

Healing Embodied

Childhood Fractured: A Narrative

“Childhood Fractured: A Narrative” is a special collaborative project featuring Pilsen-based visual artist Allen Vandever, writer Derek Hopkins, and documented by filmmaker Cheryl Manaligod. Their team was awarded a $5,000 grant by The Awakenings Foundation, and together the teams produced a 6-part live painting series at the Ravenswood gallery. With the series complete, Awakenings is pleased to present an exhibit of completed work.

The live painting series provided a chance to witness healing unfold through the visual and narrative acts. The paintings aim to normalize the male voice that is often silent in discussions of sexual abuse. The Childhood Fractured team aims to end childhood sexual abuse through contemporary art, and Awakenings aims to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. Together, the two teams are thrilled to have completed this series, the first of its kind for both organizations.


The exhibition will be on display during gallery hours through the end of the year. Admission is free and open to the public.