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With interactive art installations, food by outstanding Chicago estaurants, quirky entertainment, a silent auction with work by some of Chicago's most dynamic artists, and a dance-off, WORK IN PROGRESS 2017 was anything but your ordinary affair.

Raising over $100,000, the Work In Progress 2017 annual benefit was 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 announced the recipients of the 2017 MAKER Grants. Grants are sponsored by the Coney Family Fund and Other Peoples Pixels.



  • DJ Michael Slaboch and DJ Elliot Bergman (Wild Belle / Metal Tongues)
  • VIP Reception performance by Steve Marquette & The LowDown Brass Band


Starving Artist 2016

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In keeping with CAC's commitment to supporting the local arts economy, we offered 30% of the sale price of each auction item back to the artist or gallery which made the donation.

2017 WIP Host Committee
Co-Chairs: Suzette Bross and Jay Owen

  • Randy Alexander
  • Lisa and Curt Bailey
  • Naomi Beckwith
  • Marc Brooks
  • Julie and Shane Campbell
  • Lisa Cavanaugh
  • Macol and Jose Cerda
  • Les Coney
  • Karen and Tuey Connell
  • Robert Creamer
  • Erin Fowler
  • Carol Fox
  • Rhona Hoffman
  • Pia Johnson
  • Karen Jones
  • Kelly Kaiser
  • Tony Karman
  • Edward Maier
  • Faheem Majeed
  • Michael T. Noonan
  • Sabina Ott
  • Patrice Perkins
  • Andrew Rafacz
  • Eve Rogers
  • Trisha Rooney
  • Aram Han Sifuentes
  • Edra Soto
  • Lori and Ted Souder
  • Margaret and Mike Unetich
  • Ginny Van Alyea
  • Ron Weiss

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