It is no secret that 2009 was a difficult year for arts programming in Chicago. We witnessed exhibition spaces close, admission prices sky rocket, and charitable donations evaporate. Many were lucky and persevered into 2010, but not unscathed. While institutions suffered, so did artists and their patrons. Though many artists do not live solely off their commissions, losing benefactors and exhibition opportunities can be devastating. On the opposite end of the spectrum, collectors saw their budgets for art buying dry up. Ultimately, this situation has trickled down to affect the public, who are losing the arts in their communities.
Johalla Projects and their curators aspire to offer you thought-provoking exhibitions and provide support for emerging and mid-career artists. Because of the economic state of affairs, we decided to try something different. We have organized our first Art Auction Fundraiser. Proceeds from the auction will go towards improving our exhibition space and continuing to support artists in Chicago. This is an event fit for the collector on a budget. Whether you are a seasoned art investor fixing your eyes on a steal or a budding enthusiast looking for that first piece of art to kick start your collection, our auction has something for everyone. Over 50 artists have donated original work. Participating artists are Nathan Baker, Bridgette Buckley, Elijah Burgher, Philip Dembinski, Anni Holm, Aron Gent, Jon Gitelson, Chad Kouri, Daniel Shea, Montgomery Perry Smith, Myles Smutney-Hyde, and many, many others.