Chicago Artists Coalition’s 40th Anniversary

Leslie Prizant Goodman, Joe Gasbarro & Olga Markoff

Celebrating 40 years and going strong, Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) raised over $83,000 at its annual fundraiser, Starving Artists. The CAC supports the arts by building a sustainable marketplace for local artists by providing them with educational resources, exhibition opportunities and entrepreneurial networks.

Co-chairs Olga Markoff and Lesley Prizant Goodman welcomed over 300 guests at CAC’s West Loop gallery space (217 North Carpenter Street). it was an eclectic scene, pairing culinary and visual arts to produce an unforgettable evening supported by visual artists Diana Gabriel, Luftwerk, Alexandra Noe and Edyta Stepien with chefs Matthias Merges (Yusho), Chris Pandel (Bristol/Balena), Kyle Peterson (Fulton Market Kitchen) and Jared Van Camp (Element Collective).

“We are thrilled by the continued enthusiasm and support for the fourth annual Starving Artist,” said CAC Interim Executive Director Sara Slawnik. “This annual fundraiser has proven itself as a unique art party, combining creatives working in very different disciplines to reflect CAC’s cross-disciplinary mission.”

Seen on the scene: CAC Board Chairman and EXPO CHICAGO President/Director Tony Karman, United States Artists CEO Carolina Garcia Jayaram, photographer Susan Aurinko, Christie’s Senior Vice President/Midwest Managing Director Lisa Cavanaugh, Gensler Design Director Todd Heiser, Music Box Theatre owner William Schopf, consultant Joel Straus, Karim Ahamed, Nancy Herring, Carmelita Tiu, Steven Collens, Katharine Schutta and Jeffrey Shapack. 2014 Maker Grant awardee John Preus, Natural Resources Defense Council Resident Artist Jenny Kendler and THE MISSION’s Rebecca Eaton and Sebastian Campos were also on hand for the event.

Claire Demos & Carolina Rodriguez Photographs


About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.