Friday, March 2, 2018 / 7:00 p.m.

Mana Contemporary / 2233 South Throop Street / Chicago

Join us for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) first alumni and faculty art auction and benefit event supporting student scholarships as part of Beautiful/Work: The Campaign for SAIC.

The event will include:

  • 30+ pieces auctioned, including works by Nick Cave, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Orly Genger (Post-Bac 2002), Angel Otero (BFA 2007, MFA 2009), and Sterling Ruby (BFA 2002)
  • Cocktail party and food stations
  • Artist activations and interactive ambiance by SAIC alumni and faculty
  • Limited-edition pins and bow ties for sale by SAIC alumni and faculty
  • Dancing with DJ Matt Roan

Cocktail attire

Proceeds from Beautiful/Night benefit the Beautiful/Work Scholarship Fund. The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc. (Mary Jaharis, BA 1958) will generously match philanthropic contributions made in support of the Beautiful/Night Endowed Scholarship Fund up to $100,000 (excluding ticket sales and auction proceeds).


SAIC has teamed up with online auction partner Paddle8 to facilitate Beautiful/Night art sales.

The auction is now live on Paddle8’s website, and will close at 10:00 p.m. on March 2, 2018 during the event. Absentee bidding will be available.

To create a Paddle8 account in advance of the event, please sign up here.


To purchase tickets please call 312.499.4190 or email



  • Admission for one
  • Open bar and food stations throughout the evening



  • Admission for one SAIC alum, faculty, or staff member
  • Open bar and food stations throughout the evening


$5,000 Level

  • 10 tickets
  • Access to a reserved lounge area

$10,000 Level

  • 10 tickets
  • Access to a reserved lounge area
  • One-day early access preview to the Paddle8 auction

$25,000 Level

  • 10 tickets
  • Access to a reserved lounge area
  • One-day early access preview to the Paddle8 auction
  • Logo or name displayed at the event
  • Recognition in verbal remarks


I am unable to attend Beautiful/Night on March 2, 2018, but wish to make a contribution in the following amount in support of SAIC endowed student scholarships. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


  • Carla Arocha (BFA 1991) and Stéphane Schraenen
  • Sanford Biggers (MFA 1999)
  • Tania Bruguera (MFA 2001, HON 2016)
  • Nick Cave
  • Paul Chan (BFA 1996), in memory of his friend and SAIC alum, Andrew Natale (BFA 1994)
  • William Cordova (BFA 1996)
  • LaToya Ruby Frazier
  • Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann
  • Orly Genger (Post-Bac 2002)
  • John Gerrard (MFA 2000)
  • Michelle Grabner
  • Claudia Hart
  • Jacob Hashimoto (BFA 1996)
  • Andrew Holmquist (BFA 2008, MFA 2014)
  • Rashid Johnson (SAIC 2003-04)
  • Estate of Ellen Lanyon (BFA 1948, HON 2007)
  • José Rodriguez Lerma
  • Estate of Elizabeth Murray (BFA 1962)
  • Kori Newkirk (BFA 1993)
  • William J. O’Brien (MFA 2005)
  • Angel Otero (BFA 2007, MFA 2009)
  • Jaume Plensa (HON 2005)
  • Zak Prekop (MFA 2008)
  • Richard Rezac
  • Amanda Ross-Ho (BFA 1998)
  • Sterling Ruby (BFA 2002)
  • Jason Salavon (MFA 1997)
  • Carrie Schneider (MFA 2007)
  • Claire Sherman (MFA 2005)
  • Jan Tichy (MFA 2009)
  • Anne Wilson
  • Joe Zucker (BFA 1964, MFA 1966, HON 2013)


Claire Ashley

Claire Ashley received her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland. Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Ashley is now based in Chicago. Currently, she teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Contemporary Practices, and the Department of Painting and Drawing. She is represented by Galleri Urbane in Marfa and Dallas, Texas.

Abraham Avnisan

Abraham Avnisan is an experimental writer and new media artist whose work is situated at the intersection of image, text, and code. From mobile apps to new media installations to mixed reality performances, Avnisan’s works seek to subvert dominant narratives through embodied encounters with language. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Brooklyn College.

Elise Cowin

Elise Cowin is an independent choreographer and performer based in Chicago. Cowin has shown work at the Studebaker Theatre, Links Hall, Mana Contemporary, Defibrillator Gallery, Sullivan Galleries, and High Concept Labs in Chicago; Palazzo Albrizzi in Venice; and Load of Fun Gallery in Baltimore. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Dance from Goucher College in Baltimore and a Master of Fine Arts from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she now teaches in the Early College Program. She is also part-time faculty of dance at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

Amber Ginsburg

Amber Ginsburg creates site-generated projects and social sculpture that insert historical scenarios into present day situations. Her background in craft orients her projects toward the continuities and ruptures in material, social, and utopic histories. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute in 2009 with a Master of Fine Arts and teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.


Luftwerk is an artistic duo founded by Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. Their interest lies in the power of light as a crucial element to sight, exploring its dynamic relationship with the perception of color. Using various modalities—projecting videos, casting shadows, creating custom sculpture—they integrate light into every project to explore its ephemeral and shifting nature. Luftwerk has amassed a significant portfolio of work interacting with iconic architecture by architects including Renzo Piano, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe. Bachmaier and Gallero received their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Aram Han Sifuentes

Aram Han Sifuentes uses needle and thread as tools to examine immigration, citizenship, race and craft; drawing on both personal experiences and shared cultural identity. Han was a 2014 BOLT Resident and 2015 BOLT Mentor at the Chicago Artists Coalition. She is a 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow and a 2016 3Arts awardee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Departments of Liberal Arts and Fiber and Material Studies.


A special thanks to the Beautiful/Night Committee:

Heather Becker (BFA 1989)
Melissa V. Behm
Daniel S. Berger
Daniel R. Bryant
Holly Hunt
Silvia Krehbiel
Monique Meloche (SAIC 1991–94)
Maria Pinto (BFA 1990, HON 2017)
Beth K. Rosen
Donna Stone


Please call 312.499.4190 or email For more information.

Any press inquiries can be directed to Bree Witt at or 312.499.4211.

To discuss corporate sponsorship, please contact Cheryl Russell at 312.499.4187 or

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About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers​,​ and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries​,​ and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate​,​ and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, Jeff Koons, and LeRoy Neiman.