22. April 2013 14:32
• From our May-August 2013 print edition of Chicago Gallery News:
Members and leaders of the art world may be generous, but art itself can often be the most benevolent force for change and healing.
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) runs a renowned patient Art Therapy program, one of the only ones of its kind in the country. When pediatric and adult patients access art therapy during their hospital stay, it further enhances the healing process. Currently RIC’s Art Therapy program employs an Art Therapist on site, and delivers more than 700 hours of art therapy services to individuals and groups of patients.
The annual benefit to support this unique program, ArtFutura: Art in Motion, is hosted by the RIC Associate Board. The opening night party on May 30 will showcase work for sale by artists from around the country, juried by Art Institute of Chicago curator James Rondeau. ArtFutura features unique, personal works by RIC patients well. Also highlighted are emerging artists and entertainers from action artists to modern dancers.
Opening Party Thurs, May 30, 2013, 5-9pm
Exhibition on view May 30-June 6
303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611
A party-goer admires 2012 First Prize Winner by CJ Hungerman
An RIC patient and artist
9. August 2012 16:34
More than 60 works of art will be featured in this year's Renaissance Society gala and art auction, during which, Director Susanne Ghez's 40 years of leadership will be honored. The auction will be held Saturday, September 8 in the Atlantic Ballroom of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (221 N. Columbus Drive); online preview opens August 15, and advance bids will be accepted.
"Driven by curiosity, intelligence, and a profound respect for the artist, Ghez’s work has had a lasting impact on Chicago and the larger arts community," the Renaissance Society's website states. The Renaissance Society was founded in 1915 and many herald it as one of the top museums leading edge contemporary art in the U.S.
The auction will include works by several international artists, such as Nina Beier (Denmark), Matthew Cerletty (New York), Edith Dekyndt (Belgium), Tomoo Gokita (Japan), Kaspar Müller (Switzerland), Henrik Olesen (Germany), among many more. Here's a sneak peek.
For more information on The Renaissance Society and the annual benefit auction, click here.