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Union League Club of Chicago Honors Phyllis Bramson & Anne Wilson

Two internationally recognized Chicago artists, Phyllis Bramson and Anne Wilson,  inducted into the Union League Club of Chicago’s Distinguished Artists program at the Club’s biennial Beaux-Arts Celebration Friday, January 20, 2012.

Phyllis Bramson

Phyllis Bramson, a painter, printmaker and Professor Emerita of Studio Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is critically acclaimed for her prolific and lively figurative paintings and works on paper.

Anne Wilson, a Professor in the Department of Fiber and Materials at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is an innovator in fiber arts who reinvents and reinterprets the medium with her sculptural installations, performances, video animations, and collaborative community projects.

These two newest members of the Club’s Distinguished Artist program are being recognized for their contributions to furthering Chicago’s reputation as a world-class center of the arts.

Work by Phyllis Bramson

Bramson began her career as a window designer for Marshall Field & Co. after earning a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana and a Master of Arts degree in painting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Later, she earned a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
She is a recipient of three awards from National Endowment for the Arts, a Senior Fulbright Scholar, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant, and a 2004 Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue Jury Award and a 2009 “Anonymous Was a Woman” Award.
Bramson has had more than thirty one-person exhibitions, including those at: The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Cultural Center of Chicago; Boulder Art Museum; and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (a mid-career survey).

Her work has been Included in numerous group exhibitions at: Seattle Art Museum; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Smart Museum; Renwick Gallery, The Smithsonian Institution; and the Corcoran Museum’s 43rd Painting Biennial.
Bramson lives and paints in Chicago and has been a visiting artist in the Graduate Program in Drawing and Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 2007.

A Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Wilson earned Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield, Michigan and California College of Arts, Oakland, California respectively.

Wilson’s art is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Museum of Glass, Tacoma; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, among others.

She is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, and the Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council and others.
Wilson’s 2011 solo exhibitions included: “Rewinds” at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery and “Local Industry” at the Knoxville Museum of Art.  In 2010, her work was part of “Hand+Made” at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston and her solo exhibition “Wind/Rewind/Weave” was presented at the Knoxville Museum.

Anne Wilson

In 2007-08, she participated in “Out of the Ordinary” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Her work was part of “Alternative Paradise” at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan in 2005-06.

Other major exhibitions include: The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston hosted a major solo exhibition of Wilson’s art in 2004, and “Anne Wilson: Unfoldings” was presented at MassArt, Boston in 2002, and at the University Art Gallery at San Diego State University in 2003. She was included in the “2002 Biennial” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and her solo exhibition entitled “Anne Wilson: Anatomy of Wear” was presented in 2000 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Previous inductees in the Union League Club of Chicago’s Distinguished Artists program are:  Dawoud Bey, William Conger, Barbara Crane, Richard Hunt, Michiko Itatani, Vera Klement, Robert Lostutter, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Kerry James Marshall, John David Mooney, and James Valerio. The late Don Baum, Ruth Duckworth and Ed Paschke were also distinguished artist privilege holders.

Union League Club of Chicago Distinguished Artists Privilege Holder Program

In 1997, the Union League Club of Chicago established its Distinguished Artist Program to honor select Chicago-area artists for their contributions to the visual arts and the community. They are feted at the biennial Beaux-Arts Celebration. In 2002, the program was expanded to include authors and musicians who are honored at separate dedicated events.

Work by Anne Wilson

Union League Club of Chicago’s Art Collection Distinguished as America’s #1 City Club, the Union League Club began collecting art in 1886 and has built one of the most important private collections of American art in the Midwest. Comprised of over 800 works, highlights include art by Claude Monet, George Inness, Leon Golub, Ed Paschke, Kerry James Marshall, and more. With a focus on artists of Midwest, the Club’s collection is a vital part of Chicago’s art history and present.

Earlier this year, a major Chicago Tribune feature article marking the Club’s 125th anniversary of its collection, termed the Union League Club as the other art institute in Chicago.”

In 1997, the Club established an on-site conservation laboratory and added a paintings conservator to the staff, making it the only club in the city with a full-time curator and an in-house paintings conservator.

“The history of its collecting efforts parallels that of a number of museums, yet its collecting philosophy diverged from major institutions,” Neil Harris wrote in the introduction to the Union League Club of Chicago Art Collection.

Ongoing Club activities to promote appreciation of art include recognizing the contributions of distinguished Chicago artists, organizing exhibitions with other Chicago arts institutions and producing monthly exhibitions of contemporary art.

About the Union League Club of Chicago

Founded in 1879 by some of the city’s principal business and thought leaders, the non-partisan Union League Club of Chicago www.ulcc.org has served as a significant force within the community, focusing attention on critical public affairs issues of the day and stimulating action on important social, civic and cultural issues.

Club Leader Forum recently ranked the Union League Club as the best city club in the United States in a survey of 7,000 club managers and presidents.