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Chicago Artists Coalition's Annual Benefit
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
VIP Reception: 5:30 - 7 pm at CAC // Main Event: 7 - 11 pm at Venue One
May 18, 7-11pm at VENUE ONE
VIP 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 the 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 Shop
Installtions by artists --- Ginger Krebs --- Snow Yunxue Fu --- Jon Chambers --- Lavender Menace Occupation / Angela Davis Fegan & Brett Swinney

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

VIP Reception performance by Steve Marquette & The LowDown Brass Band

Starving Artist 2016

*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 $250
General Admission $175
Artist & Arts Administrator $50

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

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

Starving Artist 2016

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 (formerly "Starving Artist")
Starving Artist 2016
Starving Artist 2015
Starving Artist 2014
Starving Artist 2013
Starving Artist 2012

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