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Val Warner to emcee South Side art event

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Val Warner, co-host of ABC 7’s ‘Windy City Live’ will host the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) 49th Annual Art Auction and Fundraiser.

The event will be held on Saturday June 7th on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Hermann Hall from 5pm.

The Art Auction is SSCAC’s chief fundraiser. Monies raised will support educational and after school programs, artists services and art’s education in the south side community.

Included in the auction are works by over 40 ‘master artists’, among them Romare Bearden, SSCAC Founder Dr. Margaret Burroughs, Elizabeth Catlett, Eldzier Cortor and Richard Hunt. Honorary Chair for the auction is Dr. Carol Adams, CEO of the DuSable Museum, a sister organization to SSCAC that was also founded by Dr. Burroughs.

Local Chicago Artist Candace Hunter is scheduled as auctioneer.

“The SSCAC is proud to showcase some of the premier African American artist in the world during our auction,” said Sammie Dortch, board chair of the SSCAC. “The talent represented in this auction runs the gambit from established Black masters to current contemporary artists, many of whom will be in attendance at the auction.”

Situated in the heart of Bronzeville for over 70 years, The South Side Community Art Center grew out of the Work Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Arts Project of the 1930s. Since then, it has established itself to promote and continue the legacy of African American artists.

Tickets are $65. This includes a buffet dinner. A silent auction will be held prior to the live auction.
Art for the auction can be viewed at

Additional information can be found at



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