Dorothy Graden Images

Join us for a hybrid in-person and virtual lecture featuring EAC exhibiting artist, Dorothy Graden!

The artwork Dorothy Graden presents in Liminal Spaces at the Evanston Art Center integrates prehistoric images with modern visuals. Each painting represents her perceptions of the ancient places she has visited. Her hand pulled and pigmented cotton rag mixed media pieces reference place, purpose, context, ritual and culture. Pulled from the energy that transverses time, Graden’s work invites you to experience life across hundreds of years and through “Liminal Spaces.” 

Her artist talk includes a slide presentation of rock art panels that she has photographed spanning 25 years of hiking hundreds of miles in remote deserts and canyons in the American west. These photographs are the inspiration for her artwork.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please register online via Eventbrite.


Dorothy Graden is a contemporary artist whose art is inspired by Ancient Visions, prehistoric art of the Americas. Her mission is to bring awareness of these amazing places and to promote preservation and protection of ancestral sites on this continent, most of which are considered sacred to Native Americans. For over 30 years she has been traveling through the American west to photograph and draw prehistoric rock art. These rock art images were incised, pecked, abraded and painted on cave and canyon walls and boulders. Rock Art has been found on every continent except Antarctica. Some sites are 30,000 years old.

As all artists, Dorothy is inspired by personal experiences. She has explored the world of the seas scuba diving with her family. And a recent trip to the Masai Mara in Kenya influences her palette with colors of the savannah. Ms Graden pulls and pigments cotton rag in the paper studio and then applies mixed media to create her art. Often, images emerge from the paper as she works and her technique is a truly creative process. Ms Graden has presented her field work on rock art at the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow at University College Cork, Ireland and at the University of Innsbruck in Austria (2014). Her photographs have been published in the Theosophical Society's journal, Quest. She also presents, lectures and exhibits her drawings and ceramic sculptures at various venues throughout the Midwest and the Chicago area.

She draws with great admiration, respect and humility for the ancients who inspire her work. She is also available for presentations.

Dorothy's art has been inspired by extensive research, hiking and traveling to deserts in Utah, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Colorado. Underwater art inspiration has come from scuba diving in global locations such as Fiji Islands,  Hawaii, the southern Caribbean and Mexico.

​Ms. Graden was represented by the ANN NATHAN GALLERY IN CHICAGO until Ann's retirement in 2016. Thank you Ann for your years of dedication to the Art World.

​For more information about the preservation and protection of ancestral sites visit ARARA (American Rock Art Research Association) and Bear Ears National Monument websites.


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please register online via Eventbrite.

When registering, please indicate if you would like to attend IN-PERSON (at Evanston Art Center) or VIRTUALLY(via Zoom).

  • For in-person attendees, a limited number of visitors will be allowed in the gallery space at the same time. Masks are required.
  • For virtual attendees, the talk will be available via Zoom. After registering on Eventbrite, a day before the event, we will email you more information on how to log into the event via Zoom with the Meeting ID and password.


ALL visitors are required to wear masks and take their temperature upon entry using provided gloves, and share results with an EAC staff member. Please adhere to 6' social distancing requirements when in the gallery space.

This event is free and open to the public.