At this year’s Expo Chicago fair, running September 19-22 at Navy Pier, one of the museum curators on hand will be the Art Institute of Chicago‘s (AIC) prints and drawings curator Mark Pascale, who will be selecting one artwork from the pieces on view to be donated to the Institute’s permanent collection by Northern Trust, the fair’s presenting sponsor. Pascale’s pick will be formally given to the AIC on September 21.
“It will be a pleasure and a challenge to select a work of art on behalf of Northern Trust and the Art Institute of Chicago, that reflects enduringly on the legacy of visual art for Chicago,” Pascale said in a statement. “The Art Institute is grateful for Northern Trust’s dedication to the arts and is privileged to have such a fine institution contributing a piece of art and in turn history to the museum’s collection.”
The artist whose work is selected will be in good company, joining a prints and drawings collection that numbers more than 70,000 objects spanning the 15th century to the present, including pieces by Raphael, Dürer, Pollock, Rembrandt, Munch, and Kollwitz.
The Northern Trust-AIC donation joins the Artadia/EXPO CHICAGO Award and the Andree Stone Emerging Artist Prize — the latter of which includes a work being donated to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago — as major prizes for participating artists at the foremost Midwestern fair.
— Benjamin Sutton
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