WORKS BY NICK CAVE, KARL WIRSUM, RICHARD HUNT, AND MICHELLE GRABNER, GO ON THE AUCTION BLOCK STARTING TODAY TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS TO SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO STUDENTS
Contemporary Artwork from Notable Alums and Faculty Available for Purchase on
Artsy.net from November 1 through 14
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, is bringing the joy of collecting fine art to the public by inviting all art collectors and enthusiasts to participate in their online auction taking place November 1 through 14 on Artsy.net, where a diverse group of SAIC alums and faculty have donated their work to raise crucial funds for student scholarships.
This unique collection of work, created by artists ranging in age, discipline, style and process, presents a rare opportunity for the public to have access to notable pieces that wouldn’t otherwise be available.
“Art and design have a significant place in our society, and these practices have the power to help us see our world in unexpected ways and offer solutions to the challenges we face,” said SAIC President Elissa Tenny. “It is our responsibility as a world-class art and design college to break down barriers so any student who has the talent and desire can pursue this education and supporting student scholarships is critical to this effort.”
Some of the impressive works up for bid include:
- Nick Cave–Chaplet, vintage tole, metal and bronze
- Michelle Grabner- Untitled, bronze statue
- Sanford Biggers– Crowded House, assorted textiles and mixed media on paper
- Richard Hunt–Maquette: Ida B Wells National Monument, Cast bronze statue model
- Richard Rezac– Untitled, Cast bronze and painted maple wood
- Karl Wirsum– Mr. Fancy Pants, drawing on heavy paper
- Roger Brown– Hank Williams, Honky Tonk Man, color silkscreen
- Brian Calvin– Little Line Up, acrylic on linen
- william cordova– moving structures (pa marielle franco), charcoal, graphite, oil stick, ink, gold leaf on arches paper
- Mari Eastman– BLACK-EYED SUSANS IN THE BACKYARD, oil on panel
- Celeste Rapone– Whitener, oil on canva
In addition to the online auction, on Friday, November 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m., SAIC will host A Happening Auction Party at its flagship public gallery, located at 33 E. Washington St. The event at SAIC Galleries celebrates artists and designers that have generously donated their works. Inspired by the boisterous “Happenings” of Allan Kaprow during 1950-60s where he and his contemporaries would perform small tasks that encompassed art, performance and spontaneity, the evening’s attendees will be witness to performances that engage them both consciously and subconsciously, will be able to bid on works from late artists, Betsy Rupprecht, Ellen Lanyon, Karl Wirsum, Roger Brown and Suellen Rocca.
“For more than 150 years, some of the most renowned artists have attended or taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and we’re thrilled to bring together such a prestigious selection of work from faculty and alums who have shaped the world of contemporary art today,” said SAIC Professor and former Dean of Faculty Lisa Wainwright, who curated the collection. “The SAIC Art Auction and A Happening Auction Party offer a rare opportunity for art buyers to add to their collections while supporting the next generation of great artists.”
For More Event Information
Details can be found at saic.edu/artauction.
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For more than 155 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world, and adults, teens, and kids in our Continuing Studies classes have the opportunity to explore their creative sides, build portfolios, and advance their skills. Notable alums and faculty include Georgia O’Keeffe, Nick Cave, David Sedaris, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Cynthia Rowley, Michelle Grabner, Richard Hunt, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Jeff Koons.
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