When classes are in session, artists celebrate their time at Ox-Bow on Friday nights–for over 100 years–with uniquely themed dance parties. For this year’s Winter Benefit, we invite you to come to an Ox-Bow style dance party, dressed as a famous artist or artwork. Eric May, head chef at Ox-Bow and director of Roots and Culture Contemporary Arts Center, will DJ the fete.
The Ox-Bow Winter Benefit Art Auction and Dance Party on February 18th, 2011 will take place from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago. Tickets are $100 ($25 after 9 PM for Dance Party) and can be purchased online at oxbowbenefit.eventbrite.com. (Costumes are encouraged, but not required.)
The evening will begin with a silent auction featuring many prominent local and national artists, followed by a live auction. There are over 50 works of art up for auction, including work by Karl Wirsum, Ellen Lanyon, Thomas Lawson, Kevin Appel, Jessica Labatte, Peter Mars, Seymour Rosofsky, Kaylee Wyant, Mike Andrews, Martin Basher, Marion Kryczka, Alex Chitty, Israel Davis, Ryan Fenchel, Michelle Grabner, Rachel Niffenegger, E.W. Ross, Oli Watt and Carl Baratta. Following the live auction, there will be a works on paper raffle, and the dance party begins at 9 p.m. Affordable art pieces will be available for purchase throughout the evening: everything from buttons to screenprinted posters by up-and-coming artists.
The event will feature an open bar, hors d’ouevres by Blue Plate, and beer from local brewery, Half Acre. Glitterguts will provide a mobile photo booth, and props and costumes will be available. All funds raised at the event will be used to support scholarships and programming.
Ox-Bow was founded in 1910 in Saugatuck, Michigan by Chicago artists, Frederick Fursman and Walter Marshall Clute. Originally a school for painting, Ox-Bow has expanded course offerings in more than 6 studio areas, including Glassblowing, Ceramics, Metals, Printmaking, and Papermaking. Ox-Bow offers one- and two- week courses for adult artists of all levels of experience throughout the summer as well as artist residencies in the summer and fall. Ox-Bow also provides community programs and workshops for children, teens, and adults, and is proudly affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The 115-acre site, nestled between Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River, offers a richly varied landscape of lagoon, meadow, dune, and woods. Ox-Bow has a distinguished roster of alumni and faculty and Visiting Artists that includes Joan Mitchell, Claes Oldenburg, LeRoy Neiman, Chris Ware, Mark Dion, and Judy Ledgerwood.