Award + Auction Party | October 20, 2011 | Chicago

20th Anniversary Auction

With auctioneer Wayne Lawson

Thursday, October 20, 2011 | 6 - 9 pm
School of the Art Institute Ballroom | 112 South Michigan Avenue

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS

A Week on the French Riviera
The Book of Mormon + Weekend in NYC
Exclusive Weekend at The MacDowell Colony
Private Tour of the Whitney Biennial + Lunch in NYC

ALL AUCTION ITEMS

experiences | theater | glass | music | works on paper | jewelry

Experiences

MacDowell
La Napoule

La Napoule

La Napoule

A Week on the French Riviera

LIVE AUCTION ITEM
Enjoy a five-night, six-day stay for two at the historic Chateau de La Napoule on the Mediterranean in the French Riviera, just a few miles west of Cannes.

The Chateau was once the beloved home of the noted early 20th century American sculptor Henry Clews, Jr. It is now both a museum and the site of an international artists’ residency program. You’ll have five romantic nights in this private compound, which is located in the beautiful seaside town of Mandelieu-la-Napoule, and features acres of beautiful formal gardens and breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. The estate includes the Italianate Villa Marguerite, set amidst orange and lemon trees and boasting a music room and conservatory.  The villa also has a kitchen, dining room, laundry facilities, and a computer with Internet access. 

Rising just behind the Chateau is Mt. San Peyre with its Roman ruins and spectacular view of the Iles de Lerins, where the Man with the Iron Mask was imprisoned. A boat docked next to the Chateau will take you to these fascinating islands. Make plans to soak up the art, architecture, and scenery of the French Riviera next year.  Shop the boutiques of Nice and visit the area’s many museums and historic sites, then end the day with a relaxing swim and a glass of wine on your own private seaside balcony.

Includes airfare from the continental U.S. to Paris/Nice and 5-night/6-day stay at Chateau de La Napoule.

Location: Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France
The Chateau is located in the historic village of La Napoule, four miles west of Cannes, home of the famed Film Festival. Nice International Airport is only 30 minutes from the Chateau. The La Napoule train station is a block away from the Chateau entrance.

Estimated value: $6000
Minimum bid: $1000

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MacDowell

MacDowell Colony

MacDowell Colony

Mount Monadnock

MacDowell Colony
Peterborough Players

Exclusive Weekend at The MacDowell Colony

LIVE AUCTION ITEM
The MacDowell Colony is offering, for the first time in its 100+ year history, an exclusive weekend stay and dinner at MacDowell. Enjoy dinner for 4-6 at the MacDowell Colony, a private tour of the property, and two nights’ accommodations at Hillcrest (Edward & Marian MacDowell’s historic home). Dinner hosted by David Macy, MacDowell’s Resident Director, and prepared by MacDowell’s chef will include the company of one or more artists-in-residence. Also included is tickets to Peterborough Players' 2012 summer season. The only professional producing theatre in the region and one of the oldest summer stock companies in the country, the Peterborough Players has earned a reputation as a prime destination in New England.

In 1896, Edward MacDowell, a composer, and Marian MacDowell, a pianist, bought a farm in Peterborough, New Hampshire, where they spent summers working in peaceful surroundings. It was in Peterborough that Edward, arguably America’s first great composer, said he produced more and better music. At its founding, the Colony was an experiment with no precedent. It stands now having provided crucial time and space to more than 6,000 artists, including such notable names as Leonard Bernstein, Thornton Wilder, Aaron Copland, Milton Avery, James Baldwin, Spalding Gray, and more recently Alice Walker, Alice Sebold, Jonathan Franzen, Michael Chabon, Suzan-Lori Parks, Meredith Monk, and many more.

Visit the Colony, which is not open to the public, and get to know one of the country's most celebrated cultural institutions.

Includes 2 nights' accommodations, dinner for 4-6 guests, and a private tour of the Colony; to be redeemed within one year.

Location: Peterborough, NH
Peterborough is 2 hours from Boston and 45 minutes from the Manchester, NH airport. The MacDowell Colony is located in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, where a striking natural environment and robust cultural scene combine to provide a wealth of options for residents and visitors alike. Stage companies, museums, fine dining, and world-class music are among the community’s many offerings.

Estimated value: priceless!
Minimum bid: $500

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Jay Sanders

Private Tour of the 2012 Whitney Biennial

LIVE AUCTION ITEM
Experience the Whitney Biennial with co-curator Jay Sanders, and enjoy lunch in New York for up to 4 people. The Whitney Museum of American Art's 2012 Biennial is co-curated by the Whitney’s Elisabeth Sussman and independent curator Jay Sanders. This will be the 76th in the Museum’s series of Annual and Biennial exhibitions inaugurated in 1932 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.
 
The 2012 Whitney Biennial, the Museum’s signature survey of contemporary American art, goes on view in March 2012. The Whitney Biennial is regarded as one of the leading shows in the art world, setting and leading trends in contemporary art.

Jay Sanders is a curator and writer based in New York. Previously, he was a Gallery Director at Greene Naftali. He has programmed performance, music, and film programs at such venues as the former Whitney branch at Altria, Issue Project Room, Anthology Film Archives, Sculpture Center, EAI, The Stone, Tonic, and for Performa. Sanders' writing has appeared in Artforum, Parkett, Texte zur Kunst, BOMB, and other publications.

Includes a private tour with Biennial co-curator Jay Sanders and lunch for up to 4 people in New York City.

Location: New York City

Estimated value: priceless!
Minimum bid: $500

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Ox-Bow
Ox-Bow lagoon

A Weekend at Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow has been in operation for over 100 years and continues to provide an immersive environment for artists to explore traditional and contemporary modes of art-making. The campus encompasses 115-acres of pristine natural forests, dunes, a lagoon, and historic buildings. One or two couples will enjoy a fantastic weekend at the Metternich Lodge Guest House on Ox-Bow's campus. The house features views of the campus and meadow, artwork by Ox-Bow faculty and alumni, and a library filled with the collection and original furnishings of famed LaBarge design director and decorator Dale Metternich. Enjoy relaxing in the living room, hiking the 115 acres of dunes, exploring the historic campus, and canoeing around the lagoon. For your stay, the Guest House kitchen will be stocked with an array of treats and libations.

Includes weekend accommodations at Ox-Bow for up to 2 couples

Location: Saugatuck, MI
150 miles from Chicago, 200 miles from Toledo, OH, and 40 miles from Grand Rapids, MI; near the Lake Michigan shore

Estimated value: $500
Minimum bid: $250

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Ragdale
MacDowell Colony

Dinner with the Artists at Ragdale

Dinner is considered the high point of any day at Ragdale - a chance for artists to gather, socialize, and exchange ideas. The conversation among the residents is always wonderfully eclectic and interesting, and dinners by Chef Linda are legendary. The winner of this bid, plus a guest, will be joining the artists-in-residence and a member of the Ragdale staff. A selection of signed books from Ragdale authors is also included.

Includes dinner for 2 at Ragdale, a selection of signed books, and a tour of Ragdale; to be redeemed within one year.

Location: Lake Forest, IL
30 miles North of Chicago

Estimated value: $250
Minimum bid: $100

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Board Select Wine Basket

The Alliance of Artists Communities' Board of Trustees has curated a selection of wines and spirits from around the world, representing favorite places, fond memories, and artful adventures. Each bottle includes a note from the trustee who seleted it, telling a personal story connected to the selection.

Estimated value: $125
Minimum bid: $25

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Theater

Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon

 

The Book of Mormon + Weekend in NYC

LIVE AUCTION ITEM
The New York Times calls The Book of Mormon "The best musical of this century. So impeccably produced on every level. Heaven on Broadway.The Book of Mormon achieves something like a miracle." The Associated Press says "The Book of Mormon manages to offend, provoke laughter, trigger eye-rolling, satirize conventions and warm hearts, all at the same time. Inventive and subversive. A tight, visually popping, roof-raising show. Amen to that."

Playing to sold-out audiences, The Book of Mormon takes the stage at The Eugene O'Neill Theatre on 49th Street in New York City. Enjoy a weekend in Manhattan and catch this amazing show before it leaves New York!

Includes 2 tickets to The Book of Mormon plus dinner and 2 nights stay in New York City.

Location: New York City

Estimated value: $1600
Minimum bid: $500

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Steppenwolf Theatre

Kelly Kleiman

Steppenwolf Theatre Package

What's better than dinner and a show? How about dinner with one of Chicago's preeminent theater critics and a show! Meet Kelly Kleiman, reporter and critic whose work appears regularly in The Chicago Reader, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. Then catch a performance at Steppenwolf Theatre!

Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company has become the nation’s premier ensemble theater, redefining the landscape of acting and performance. The company was formed in 1976 by a collective of actors and is dedicated to an ethic of mutual respect and the development of artists through ongoing group work. The ensemble has grown to 43 members who represent a remarkable generation of actors, directors and playwrights. Thrilling, powerful, groundbreaking productions from Balm in Gilead and The Grapes of Wrath to August: Osage County - and accolades that include the National Medal of Arts and nine Tony® Awards - have made the theatre legendary. Steppenwolf’s artistic force remains rooted in the original vision of its founders: an artist-driven theatre, whose vitality is defined by its sharp appetite for groundbreaking, innovative work.

Includes 2 tickets to Steppenwolf, souvenir merchandise, and $100 gift certificate at Trattoria Gianni.

Location: Chicago

Estimated value: priceless!
Minimum bid: $250

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Steep Theatre Company

Explore Chicago's Alternative Theater Scene

Explore Chicago's vibrant "storefront theater" scene. Chicago has become famous for small theater companies located in storefronts and other alternative venues around the city. From the traditional to the experimental, Chicago's small theater scene is one of the most vibrant, eclectic, and diverse in the world!

Includes 2 tickets each to the following:

Redtwist Theater: white hot drama, in a tiny black box, with a little red twist

The House Theater of Chicago: uniting Chicago in the spirit of Community through amazing feats of Storytelling

Steep Theatre: ensemble-based "Everyman" theatre

Bohemian Theatre Ensemble: challenging convention through literary originality and eclectic expression

Location: Chicago

Estimated value: $160
Minimum bid: $75

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Glass

Brennan Kasperzak
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"Cascades" by Brennan Kasperzak

Brennan Kasperzak began his education at Maumee Valley in Toledo, Ohio, and later at Proctor Academy in New Hampshire, where he pursued Jewelry, Photography, and Forestry. In 2002 he began blowing glass at the Glass Axis in Columbus, Ohio, and studied glass at Ohio State University and internationally in Australia, Sweden, and Turkey.Since 2009, he has lived in Seattle and works as an independent glass artist.

This one-of-a-kind piece, created specially for the Alliance of Artists Communities, draws inspiration from the Cascades Mountains.

hand-blown glass
size: 10" x 10" x 4.5"
2011

Estimated value: $400
Minimum bid: $150

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Chuck Vannatta
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Pilchuck Centerpiece by Chuck Vannatta

In May 2010, master glass artist Chuck Vannatta worked with a team of 34 artists at the Pilchuck Glass School campus near Seattle, Washington to produce a collection of unique centerpieces with imagery imprinted on the vessel that is drawn from his memory of the natural landscape around the school. Since 1990, Vannatta has worked out of his own glass studio in the Bay Area near Oakland, California.

Estimated value: $1000
Minimum bid: $250

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Music

International Contemporary Ensemble

ICE | John Adams

A Season of ICE in Chicago

Adventurous, innovative, and artist-driven, International Contemporary Ensemble is reshaping the way music is created and experienced. Since its founding in 2001, ICE has premiered over 500 compositions, the bulk of them by emerging composers, in venues ranging from New York’s Lincoln Center and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art to galleries, bars, clubs, and schools around the world.

"It's the kind of group that people start to trust no matter what they do, [regardless of] whether they've heard of the composers," says New Yorker critic Alex Ross. With unconventional performances, ambitious premieres, and impeccable musicianship, ICE has emerged in its 10 years as a force in the contemporary music world, working with established composers like John Adams as well as an impressive range of up-and-coming artists.

Experience ICE through 3 performances at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art and 3 recordings. (see list of performances at iceorg.org/events)

Includes 6 concert tickets (2 tickets to each of 3 shows at Chicago's MCA) and 3 CDs signed by the artists

Estimated value: $225
Minimum bid: $75

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International Contemporary Ensemble

ICE | John Adams

Contemporary CD Collection

For more than 30 years, the Kronos Quartet has combed a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. Kronos is one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 45 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world's most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning more than 650 works and arrangements for string quartet. Take home three of Kronos Quartet's critically acclaimed recordings – Uniko, Floodplain, and Steve Reich's WTC 9/11.

Also included is Good News Falls Gently, the brand-new release from Chicago composer Patricia Morehead. The recording features “Disquieted Souls”, inspired by pre-Christian Celtic legends of goddesses and the supernatural; “The Handmaid’s Tale”, motivated by the chilling, futuristic writing of Canadian writer Margaret Atwood; “It is Dangerous to Read Newspapers”, a reflection on modern times and the proclivity towards bad news; “Ladders of Anxiety”, an abstract work inspired by colorful medical charts that taps into our inner anxieties; and “Good News Falls Gently”, a setting of the poetry of Chicago-based writer Regina Harris Baiocchi that portrays an intense spiritual faith from a feminist perspective.

Includes 4 CDs: Kronos Quartet's Uniko, Floodplain, and WTC 9/11; and Patricia Morehead's Good News Falls Gently

Estimated value: $60
Minimum bid: $20

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Works on Paper

Terry Allen

"All Artists Try To be God and Will Burn in Hell" by Terry Allen

Terry Allen is a visual artist and songwriter, living in Santa Fe. His artwork is represented in major private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and L.A. County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (MCASD), and Houston & Dallas Museums of Fine Art. He explains his print "All Artists Try to Be God and Will Burn in Hell": If you make that choice [to become an artist] there’s an element of stepping into the jaws of hell. At the same time, it’s the opposite, too. It’s a choice of how you’re going to live our life. Whatever fate brings or you bring yourself is what happens. You have to learn to love the agony of living feast or famine. You have to enjoy being insecure. You find yourself in the situation where you never wanted to do anything else and you never could conceive of how to do anything else.

framed intaglio print
size: 26" x 19.75"
limited edition, #20 of 22
2004

Estimated value: $1000
Minimum bid: $350

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"Pandora's Box" Collection of 50 Prints

In 2003, 50 artists were invited by the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago to consider the theme of Pandora's box in a thoughtful and inventive way. Each artist created 150 prints or multiples, which were assembled into wooden lacquered poplar boxes, made by Arizona Wood Craft Specialty. Each box is finished in black stain and clear lacquer with a recessed hinged lid and includes 50 prints numbered by the artists. Anita Leverence, Audrey Niffenegger, Shawn Sheehy and Stacey Stern developed the concept and design.

box size: 17" x 7.5" x 5.25"
print sizes: 6" x 16"
limited edition of 150
2003

Estimated value: $1000
Minimum bid: $250

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Isa Catto
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"Foreboding" by Isa Catto Shaw

"Foreboding" is based on a collage from the artist's most recent showat Harvey Meadows Gallery, exploring Isa's perspective on mourning her mother's death. This limited edition print was produced at Singer Editions, a fine art digital printmaking atelier specializing in the production of high-quality artists' prints. Isa Catto's work has been widely exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has spent the last 12 years working in watercolor and mixed media, as well as teaching workshops at arts centers worldwide, including Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, San Antonio Center for Arts and Crafts, and the Austin Museum of Art.

edition of 3
paper size: 28.75" x 36"
image size: 22.75" x 29.5"
Museo paper

Estimated value: $300
Minimum bid: $125

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Heavenly Blue | Carolyn Brady
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"Heavenly Blue" by Carolyn Brady

Carolyn Brady has long been a force in American watercolor circles. Her luminous still lifes are in numerous museum collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri to name just a few. Her delicate color intaglio print, produced at the Patton Print Shop/Anderson Ranch, continues her exploration of form and light. Carolyn lives in Baltimore, MD and exhibits her art across the U.S. and Europe; it is also featured in major collection including Chase Manhattan Bank, The Mint Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Carolyn worked with master printer Maurice Payne on a 4-plate copper aquatint based on the brilliant morning glory flower. This work is extremely difficult because several of the hand-wiped plates used more than one color, a technique that allows a larger range of colors on a print.

Color aquatint
image size: 15' x 18"
paper size: 22" x 24"
100% rag paper
limited edition, signed, #8 of 20
1995

Estimated value: $1500
Minimum bid: $500

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Tom Swanston
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"Les Bans" by Tom Swanston

Southern painter Tom Swanston celebrates the splendor of nature by mixing organic imagery with opulent color. This series of 24 prints are hand gilded, archival pigment on Hahnemuhle paper.

Hand gilded print
image size: 20" x 20"
paper size: 24" x 24"
Hahnemuhle paper
limited edition, signed, #23 of 24
2010

Estimated value: $1500
Minimum bid: $500

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Don Colley, Sense
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"Sense" by Don Colley

Chicago artist Don Colley created "Sense" at Anchor Graphics in 2010. Colley's work has been featured in museums and galleries throughout the U.S., including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, George Adams Gallery in New York, the Austin Museum of Art, and Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery.

lithograph
print size: 19.75" x 14.75"
limited edition
2010

Estimated value: $250
Minimum bid: $100

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Jewelry

Donna D'Aquino
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Necklace by Donna D'Aquino

Bid on a beautiful sterling silver necklace, by Hudson River Valley-based artist Donna D'Aquino. Donna's designs are inspired by architectural iron work, and her jewelry has been featured in Vogue Italia and in museums and galleries across the country.

Estimated value: $500
Minimum bid: $125

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Karen Gilbert
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Necklace by Karen Gilbert

Karen Gilbert is a nationally exhibited, published and award-winning artist who lives and works in sonoma county. Karen’s jewelry explores ideas of beauty and comfort by merging materials of contrasting nature and challenging conceptions of form and function. working with materials such as oxidized sterling silver, stainless steel, glass, precious stones, fabrics and textiles, the sculptural nature of her jewelry finds inspiration in the microcosm of our everyday world, exposing "the smallest as a visual representation of the larger complexity."

Estimated value: $460
Minimum bid: $125

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Jasmin Tabesch
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Jewelry by Jasmin Tabesch

A painter by trade, Jasmin learned the art of jewelry making from her mother while living in Morocco. The beauty of tribal art is reflected in the orginality and informal aesthetic of her work. The natural beauty of materials, texture, and color composition are the essence of her jewelry. Jasmin is based in Berlin, Germany.

Estimated value: $65
Minimum bid: $30

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