Hollywood Celebrities Join the South Side Community Art Center 52nd Annual Art Auction Fundraiser "Party Gras"

Marking Co-Founder Dr. Margaret Burroughs' Centennial Birth Year


The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) presents its 52nd Annual Art Auction Fundraiser “Commemorating the Pioneering Spirit of Dr. Margaret Burroughs”.  The “Party Gras” themed event will initiate the SSCAC year-long celebration in remembrance of SSCAC Co-founder, Dr. Margaret Burroughs’ centennial birth year.  This year’s auction fundraiser will be held Sunday, September 24, 2017, at the iconic South Shore Cultural Center located at 7059 S. South Shore Drive in Chicago from 5-9p.m. There will be live entertainment, lite fare buffet, cash bar, silent and live auctions. Stage/Film Actor Harry Lennix is the SSCAC Celebrity Honorary Chair, and Producer/Actor-Sculptor/Author Tim Reid, who is donating a sculpture to be auctioned, the Featured Guest Celebrity. The event will also include Celebrity “Closet Artists”--public figures and celebrities whose artistic abilities are commonly unknown.

“Through the innovative vision of SSCAC founders and the tenacious dedication of the young Margaret Burroughs, who co-founded SSCAC 20 years prior to co-founding DuSable Museum, we have been entrusted with the legacy and stewardship of the South Side Community Art Center,” stated Executive Director Masequa Myers. The silent art auction has been expanded this year to include artifacts, arts, and cultural experiences.  The highly anticipated live auction will offer a select number of high profile pieces of art.  Bidders will be able to see a live auction art online prior to the event. “We want to ensure everyone has an advance opportunity to see the exciting offerings of the auction so they may come prepared to place winning bids. The SSCAC welcomes Celebrity Artists to ‘come out’ and/or offer a piece of art to be auctioned.”  said Anita Muhammad, SSCAC Development Director. The public is encouraged to support this extraordinary Chicago Landmark’s fundraiser.

Make donations to the SSCAC or purchase event tickets online: www.sscartcenter.org, via phone (773) 373-1026 and in-person at the South Side Community Art Center 3831 S. Michigan. VIP Tickets are $150. General Admissions Tickets are $75 until August 24th and $100 thereafter. Event sponsorship and advertising opportunities are still available. For rates and details e-mail: anita@sscartcenter.org.

The SSCAC 52nd Annual Art Auction Artists Call is underway. Art submissions from emerging and established artists are being accepted on-line:  http://www.sscartcenter.org/auction-52-artists-call.html.

​Visit the current SSCAC Exhibition “Farewell 44”, an artistic tribute to former President Obama. Attend the free “Farewell 44” Artists Talk Thursday, July 20th at 6:30 p.m. at the SSCAC.

About the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC)

The SSCAC is the oldest known African American Art Center in North America opened under the WPA Era.  It has been an official 501 (c)(3) since 1974 and became a Chicago Landmark June 16, 1994.  Currently, there are over 400 works of art in its’ permanent collection, several dating back to the early 1940’s.

Numerous world-renowned artists, including present and past luminaries Kerry James Marshall, Joyce Owens, Gerald Griffin, Richard Hunt, Dr. Margaret Burroughs, Eldzier Cortor, Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, Gordon Parks, Jr., Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, Nat King Cole and Harry Belafonte have been closely affiliated with the SSCAC.

SSCAC Mission

The SSCAC preserves, conserves, and promotes the legacy and future of African American Art and Artists while educating the community on the value of art and culture. 


Source: South Side Community Art Center

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Anita Muhammad
Anita Muhammad
PR Contact/Development Director SSCAC , South Side Community Art Center