Details about ArtFutura and tickets are available here.
This is it! Summer is here, and the opening of ArtFutura is this Thursday evening from 5:30-9:30pm. In the past, there has been a closing reception at the end of the exhibition run, but this year, things are being shaken up, since no one loves an opening more than art fans! This is an evening to come out and support a great cause (not so secret: the tickets are really inexpensive, and they include your drinks, so you have plenty of extra cash to spend on art!) ArtFutura has had a terrific turn-out from a large cast of artists submitting a ton or art work that was then ultimately selected by the Art Institute's James Rondeau. Opening night is when the final group of chosen work will be unveiled, and you can mingle over a Thursday night cocktail (to take the edge off of coming back from the Memorial Day weekend break!) Things take place over at Northwestern, in the Ryan Family Atrium (303 E. Superior) - a big, airy space great for putting up walls to show off art. When the party winds down, if you're not full from all the drinks and appetizers, you can hit up some of the fun Michigan Ave. spots for more drinks and dinner - a local rooftop like Affinia, or outdoor favorite, Coco Pazzo Cafe.
ArtFutura is run by a dynamic group of young Chicagoans who are social, professional, and fun. The opening party is a chance for the public, the artists, and RIC patients to mingle in the name of a good cause - art therapy. The show supports RIC's program, allowing many patients to learn and create. Three artist prizes will be awarded, ranging from $1,000 to $500. All chosen finalists' work will be on display in the Ryan Family Atrium at 675 N. Saint Clair, in the Northwestern University Lurie Research Center.
The 9th annual ArtFutura: June 2-9
Opening Night Awards Party, Thursday, June 2
303 East Superior (60611)
Ryan Family Atrium of Northwestern University Lurie Center
A juried art exhibition of more than 150 emerging and established artists benefitting the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Art Therapy program. All artwork is available for sale. Proceeds from this event allow the hospital to maintain an Art Therapist at the hospital to work with patients. Art Therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in the creation of art is healing and life-enhancing - making a difference in the lives of people with physical disabilities.