Day of the Dead display
On November 6, art lovers gathered in Marwen’s newly renovated space for the organization’s 10th Annual Art Fair. Marwen, located in the city’s River North neighborhood, provides free art classes, as well as career and college counseling, for under-served 6th to 12th graders who live in 55 zip codes across the city (67 percent of the program's students are female). While enjoying small bites and drinks, guests were able to view and purchase pieces created by the program’s young students as well as Marwen teachers and alumni. Fifty percent of proceeds from the sale of each piece benefited Marwen and its mission to provide visual art education to children who would not otherwise have access to the arts community. A highlight of the event was a piece by Marwen Executive Director Antonia Contro priced at $3,000. An acclaimed artist in her own right, Contro will be featured in an upcoming exhibit on Surrealism at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) that opens on November 21.
Marwen board member Bob Buchsbaum
Marwen Executive Director Antonia Contro (L) and attendee
Notable guests at the event included Madeleine Grynszstein, director of MCA; Alisa Wolfson, executive vice president and head of design at Leo Burnett Chicago; and Bob Buchsbaum, Marwen board member and CEO of Blick Art Materials. The Art Fair is one of Marwen’s biggest events and will help the program reach its goal of serving 30 percent more youth by 2018. Learn more about Marwen here.
Photo credit: Timmy Samuel of Starbelly Studios Photography