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Legends and Legacy Award Honoring Eldzier Cortor

February 20, 2015
6:00PM9:00PM
Fullerton Hall and Woman's Board Grand Staircase
$50 members, $75 nonmembers, $250 patrons

Please join the Leadership Advisory Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago in honoring renowned artist and printmaker Eldzier Cortor with the 2015 Legends and Legacy Award. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cortor spent his professional life as a painter and printmaker in Chicago and New York. A tireless innovator, he devoted much of his seven-decade career to the depiction of African Americans, specifically the portrayal of the African American woman, and also helped found the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago in 1941.

The Legends and Legacy Award is an honor bestowed to living African American artists who, through their lifelong accomplishments and exceptional career in the visual arts, have influenced the next generation of artists. Douglas Druick, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, will present this distinguished award to the 99-year-old artist.

Distinguished guests include Jonathan Green, artist; David C. Driskell, artist and scholar; Richard J. Powell, Dean, Department of Humanities, Duke University; Masequa Myers, Executive Director of the South Side Community Art Center; and Najee Dorsey, Founder and CEO of Black Art in America. Following the program will be a cocktail reception and an exclusive first look at Eldzier Cortor Coming Home: Recent Gifts to the Art Institute, and a cocktail reception.

Buy tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased at the door with check or credit card.

Tickets are nonrefundable. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.