South Side Community Art Center’s 48th Annual Art Auction
Diane Dinkins Carr to be honored for long service to organization and the arts community.
The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) will host its 48th Annual Art Auction & Fundraiser on Saturday, June 8, at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 3211 S. Federal Street, from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. As throughout its history, the Auction will feature art from established and emerging artists, including such nationally recognized artists as Elizabeth Catlett, Eldzier Cortor, Romare Beardon, Margaret Burroughs, William Carter, David Driskell, Irene Clark and Allen Stringfellow.
The SSCAC Art Auction serves as the organization’s primary fundraiser. Funds raised will support the organization’s mission: to preserve, conserve and promote the legacy and future of African American art and artists, while educating the community on the value of art and culture. The SSCAC Annual Art Auction also gives emerging artists the opportunity to have their works viewed and purchased along side nationally and internationally established artists.
Honorary Chairs for the event are Commissioner Michelle Boone, City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and 3rd Ward Alderman
Pat Dowell. NBC 5 Chicago’s LeeAnn Trotter will be the evening’s emcee.
SSCAC Board member Diane Dinkins Carr will be honored for her long-term service to the SSCAC, including serving as President of the Board of Directors (1998 to 2011).
Since 1940, SSCAC has been teaching the visual arts and providing art education and programming to Chicago’s metropolitan area youth, adults and seniors. SSCAC helps to fill the void resulting from the reduction of art education programs within the public school system and increased museum and class fees. For the first time, this year’s auction will include art submitted by city high school students and college students.
Tickets for the event are $65 in advance and at the door. Contact SSCAC at 773-373-1026 for further information or visit www.sscac.us .
Situated in the heart of Bronzeville for over seventy-one years, The South Side Community Art Center grew out of the Work Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Arts Project. Of 110 Federal Art Project’s centers, the SSCAC is the only survivor and the oldest African American Art Center in the country.
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