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VIP Reception: 5:30 - 7 pm at CAC // Main Event: 7 - 11 pm at Venue One

Chicago Artists Coalition's Annual Benefit

WORK IN PROGRESSMay 18, 7-11pm at VENUE ONEVIP Reception 5:30-7:00pm at CAC


With interactive art installations, food by outstanding Chicago restaurants, quirky entertainment, a silent auction with work by some of Chicago's most dynamic artists, and a possible dance-off, WORK IN PROGRESS is anything but your ordinary affair.

Raising over $100,000, the benefit is Chicago Artist Coalition's largest fundraising event of the year. All of the proceeds directly support CAC's artist and curatorial residencies, education and professional development workshops, ground-breaking exhibitions, and the online platform CAR (Chicago Artists Resource). At WORK IN PROGRESS we will announce the recipients of the 2017 MAKER Grants. Grants are sponsored by the Coney Family Fund and Other Peoples Pixels.

Scone City // Revolution Brewing & brewpub // Do-Rite Donuts // Garrett Popcorn // Cruz blanca // Koval // Venue One // Fabio Viviani Wines // Limitless // Cream Wine Co. // Chop ShopInstalltions by artists --- Ginger Krebs --- Snow Yunxue Fu --- Jon Chambers --- Lavender Menace Occupation / Angela Davis Fegan & Brett Swinney

Featuring DJ Michael Slaboch and DJ Elliot Bergman (Wild Belle / Metal Tongues)

VIP Reception performance by Steve Marquette & The LowDown Brass Band


*For the easiest bidding experience, create an account/download the Paddle8 app in advance.In keeping with CAC's commitment to supporting the local arts economy, we are pleased to offer 30% of the sale price of each auction item back to the artist or gallery which made the donation.

VIP Tickets $250General Admission $175Artist & Arts Administrator $50

Online ticket sales are now closed. On-site purchase will be available at Venue One starting at 7pm!

2017 WIP Host CommitteeCo-Chairs: Suzette Bross and Jay Owen

Randy AlexanderLisa and Curt BaileyNaomi BeckwithMarc BrooksJulie and Shane CampbellLisa CavanaughMacol and Jose CerdaLes ConeyKaren and Tuey ConnellRobert CreamerErin FowlerCarol FoxRhona HoffmanPia JohnsonKaren JonesKelly KaiserTony KarmanEdward MaierFaheem MajeedMichael T. NoonanSabina OttPatrice PerkinsAndrew RafaczEve RogersTrisha RooneyAram Han SifuentesEdra SotoLori and Ted SouderMargaret and Mike UnetichGinny Van AlyeaRon Weiss

Karim Ahamed // Lisa Cavanaugh // Nancy Herring // Karen Jones // Tony Karman // Carmelita Tiu // Ron Weiss // Robert Creamer // Ed Maier

Past Starving Artist​​

Check out CAC's past benefits

WORK IN PROGRESS 2017Starving Artist 2016Starving Artist 2015Starving Artist 2014Starving Artist 2013Starving Artist 2012

Contact: Mary DeYoe, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Special Projects:; 312-491-8888x102

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