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World-Class Art Auction Will Raise Funds for School of Art

Posted Aug, 30, 2010

Kent State University's School of Art, along with art professor Michael Loderstedt, are thrilled to announce that prints by many notable artists will be auctioned by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 1338 West Lake Street in Chicago beginning at 1 p.m. EST (12 p.m. CST). The prints in this holding include works by Chuck Close, Alex Katz, James Siena, Helen Frankenthaler, Dorothea Rockburne, Loderstedt and several others as well. Anyone interested in bidding must register at www.lesliehindman.com or call 312-280-1212 prior to Sept. 12. The live auction is open to the public, and no advance reservations are required to attend. Proceeds will go toward the Thomas D. Little (TDL) Prize for Excellence in Printmaking Scholarship, offered every spring in the School of Art at Kent State.

Here in Northeast Ohio, anyone interested in bidding on a print in the Kent State lot is invited to a special Bidding Party on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 12 p.m. EST in 203 Taylor Hall at Kent State University. Guests will enjoy some expert information and background on the works to be auctioned, some tips on bidding for the relative novice, and other activities. There will be guest phones for placing bids and live feed visuals so guests can feel the excitement of a live auction setting. Guests will have the ability to bid right from the party, although bidders must pre-register with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on its website before Sept. 12 or by calling 312-280-1212 for bidding privileges at the party. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free, although responses are required.

Kent State alumni and friends of the School of Art are encouraged to attend, although anyone from the public is invited. Reservations are required by Thursday, Sept. 9, by calling 330-672-2760 or e-mail phutson1@kent.edu.

Peter Brill, exhibitions curator of the Smithsonian's Museum of the Native American in New York and a fellow classmate of Little’s at Kent State, has assembled a significant collection of donated print masterworks to add to this effort. The prints can be viewed at www.lesliehindman.com.

Proceeds from the auction will go toward the Thomas D. Little Prize for Excellence in Printmaking. The annual prize awards a significant cash sum to outstanding undergraduate and graduate printmaking students, allowing them to travel, attend a conference, create new, ambitious works or provide further development as an artist. The merit-based award is based entirely on a portfolio of original works.

"We have held the works during the economic recession, and now the members of the TDL Prize Committee have decided to release these works for auction," Loderstedt said. "We hope to raise at least $40,000 so each year we can extend the prize to a graduate student as well as an undergraduate student." Members of the TDL Prize committee include Loderstedt, Kevin Hogan, Barbara Breedon van Blarcum, Anderson Turner and Christine Havice.

Thomas D. Little (Tom) was an art student in Kent State's School of Art in the late 1970s before moving to New York City and establishing himself as an artist and internationally renowned master printer at Brand X Editions. In the aftermath of Little's sudden and unexplained death in the summer of 2006, a group of his friends and family began the development of a prize within the School of Art at Kent State to honor his memory and achievements. A successful auction and gala held at the Downtown Gallery in April 2008 featured 35 works from artists nationwide who knew Little, and the auction raised the necessary funds to endow the prize. The award is announced in a public ceremony held each spring to honor Little's memory and is attended by many of his friends and family as well as fellow artists, students and faculty of the College of the Arts.

For more information about the Thomas D. Little Prize, contact Michael Loderstedt at mloderst@kent.edu or 330-672-1362.

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Media Contacts:
Michael Loderstedt, mloderst@kent.edu, 330-672-1362
Effie Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398