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Recap: Chicago Artists Coalition’s Starving Artist 2015 Event

Installation by Tori Terzakis at Starving Artist 2015. (Photo credit: Greg Rothstein)

Installation by Tori Terzakis at Starving Artist 2015. (Photo credit: Greg Rothstein)

Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC)’s Starving Artist annual benefit  was held on June 25, 2015 at Venue One in the West Loop. The unique event paired the city’s most inspiring visual artists with its most innovative culinary talent and created installations for guests to interactively enjoy using all of their senses. Musical entertainment was provided by DJ Swaguerrilla with surprise performances by Power of Cheer and Erin Kilmurray/The Salts, video art by Lilli Carré, Theodore Darst, Kayla Anderson and Snow Yunxue Fu,

In a sleek, modern setting, 450 guests enjoyed dishes by Tony Quartaro (Formento’s), Pat Sheerin (Trencherman), Sean Pharr (The Bristol), Shawn Doolin (Venue One), burgers by Shake Shack, and delicious treats and specialty coffee drinks and cocktails by Lavazza. Artists Marissa Lee Benedict & Amber Ginsburg, Andrew Rosinski, Maurene Cooper, Tori Terzakis, and Stacia Yeapanis worked with chefs to create collaborative installations.

During the event chairman of the board Tony Karman, and artist Eric Pearson spoke briefly to the crowd. Pearson gave a testimonial as an artist and how the CAC has been a catalyst for support, opportunities, and connections with the artist community. To that point, Karman stated that the organization propels artists into the next step in their careers. “It’s why we’re here,” said Karman.

Chefs  Sean Pharr of The Bristol, Tony Quartaro of Formento's and at Pat Sheerin of Trencherman at Starving Artist 2015. (Photo credit: Greg Rothstein)

Chefs Sean Pharr of The Bristol, Tony Quartaro of Formento’s and at Pat Sheerin of Trencherman at Starving Artist 2015. (Photo credit: Greg Rothstein)

Proceeds from the event, totaling at over $105,000, will support  CAC, a 41 year-old nonprofit organization that provides educational resources, exhibitions, opportunities and networks for Chicago artists of all disciplines. Also, for the third year, a portion of ticket sales will go to fund CAC’s annual MAKER Grant; unrestricted $3000 and $1000 funds that recognize two exceptional artists and support the advancement of their artistic careers. Proceeds raised at Starving Artist for the grant will also be matched by artist-run design collaborative OtherPeoplesPixels. This year’s MAKER Grant honorees are Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford and Samantha Hill.

Hulsebos-Spofford, a visual artist and educator based in Chicago, was granted the $3,000 award. Currently he is a DCASE and Joyce Foundation studio artist in residence producing a collaborative public project with Faheem Majeed and Andrew Schachman called Floating Museum in partnership with the DuSable Museum of African American History slated to launch in summer 2016.

Hill, also an artist and educator and granted the $1,000 award, focuses on archives, oral story collecting and art facilitations. Hill’s latest endeavor, the Kinship Project, is an African American ethnographic record of family photography and ephemera from 1839 to 2010. She utilizes this archive as source material for her installation projects. Hill will be the fall artist-in-residence at the at the Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Foundation.

To learn more visit www.chicagoartistscoalition.org.

Chicago Artist Coaltion’s Special Projects Manager Mary DeYoe and Executive Director Caroline Older at Starving Artist 2015. (Photo credit: Greg Rothstein)

Chicago Artist Coaltion’s Special Projects Manager Mary DeYoe and Executive Director Caroline Older at Starving Artist 2015. (Photo credit: Greg Rothstein)

Installation by Stacia Yeapanis at Starving Artist 2015. (Photo credit: Greg Rothstein)

Installation by Stacia Yeapanis at Starving Artist 2015. (Photo credit: Greg Rothstein)

United States Artists Executive Director Carolina Jayaram with Emanuel Aguilar and Vivek Jayaram (Photo credit: Greg Rothstein)

United States Artists Executive Director Carolina Jayaram with Emanuel Aguilar and Vivek Jayaram (Photo credit: Greg Rothstein)

Curator Tricia Van Eck with artists Josue Pellot and Robin Dluzen at Starving Artist 2015. (Photo credit: Greg Rothstein)

Curator Tricia Van Eck with artists Josue Pellot and Robin Dluzen at Starving Artist 2015. (Photo credit: Greg Rothstein)

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