Artwork available by Andrew Falkowski at the Autumn Space benefit auction
By Jason Foumberg
Spring is benefit auction season. These fundraising events should be on your radar because they’re good opportunities to score some art by coveted emerging and established artists and a good way to support alternative exhibition venues. (Digression: a successful commercial artist once told me that donating artwork to such auctions can decrease the value of the artwork if collectors know to shop for steep discounts at auction rather than at a gallery.)
The Autumn Space benefit auction is Sunday, March 10, from 6-9pm, at 1700 West Irving Park, Suite #207. Works by over fifty artists are available, many starting at $30, including pieces by Candida Alvarez, Michelle Grabner, Dan Devening, John Phillips, Frank Piatek, Richard Rezac, Adam Scott and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung. $10 at the door and online bidding and preview at autumnspace.com/secondary.html.
April 14 is the benefit auction for Queer Thoughts, and will include work by William J. O’Brien, Alex da Corte, Mindy Schwartz, and others. May 4 is the benefit for Roots & Culture.
100 Paintings and 101 Sculptures
It’s good to have goals. Brandon Alvendia has created 100 paintings for his solo exhibition at Sofa King, opening March 9. They can be previewed at sofa-king-chicago.tumblr.com. Jennifer Mills has created 101 “one-liner” sculptures, for her solo show at Chicago Artists’ Coalition, opening March 15.
Prizes and Grants
ArtFutura is an annual open call for artworks, to be displayed and sold as a benefit to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Art Therapy program. There is a $30 entry fee and prizes ranging from $500-$2,500. Same as last year, the exhibition juror is James Rondeau and the theme is, once again, “motion.” Deadline is April 2 at www.ric.org/about/people/boards/associate/activities-events/artfutura.
The Chicago Artists’ Coalition and OtherPeoplesPixels, a website service for artists, have partnered to offer a $3,000 Maker Grant for artists. The deadline to apply is March 31, and the entry fee is $15, at chicagoartistscoalition.org/maker-grant. Read the rest of this entry »