There won’t be any hungry guests in the house when Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC)’s Starving Artist benefit returns Thursday, April 14, 2016. More than 500 supporters will be treated to decadent bites while immersed in a uniquely designed space at Venue One (1034 W. Randolph). This year’s silent auction, hosted online by Paddle 8, allows guests the chance to own work from more than 20 noted Chicago artists. All proceeds from the event support CAC, providing educational resources, exhibitions, opportunities and networks for Chicago artists of all disciplines. Tickets (starting at $50) are on sale now at

"We are thrilled to welcome the return of one of the most anticipated events in Chicago’s art community,” said the organization’s executive director, Caroline Older. “Starving Artist highlights the talents of Chicago’s emerging artists, showcases the work of its notable chefs and brings together artists, art lovers and food enthusiasts for an outstanding party—all while celebrating CAC’s commitment to building Chicago’s creative marketplace."

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a special VIP reception at CAC (217 N Carpenter St). Guests will mix and mingle while enjoying bites by Lula Café chef/owner Jason Hammel. Hosted by Christie’s, a live auction featuring a brand-new piece of work by famed Chicago artist Hebru Brantley will kick-off the evening as well as a “special” performance by Environmental Encroachment with a few surprises yet in store.

The party continues at 7:00 p.m. at Venue One, where some of the city’s top chefs craft innovative dishes that will showcase their unique artistic culinary talents. Some of the featured chefs include Evan Behmer of Mercat a la Planxa, Michael Coté of Balena and Shawn Doolin of Venue One.

Complimenting the extraordinary slate of culinary offerings will be a uniquely designed space from artist Tori Terzakis as well as immersive artistic experiences created by Leonard Suryajaya. 

​This year, a robust online auction hosted by Paddle 8 will be live throughout the evening, featuring the work of past and present CAC resident artists and friends of CAC. Featured artists include David Alekhuogie, Aimee Beaubien, Iris Bernblun, Suzette Bross and Patty Carroll, among other emerging artists. The auction will go live prior to the event on March 31.

For the fourth year, a portion of ticket sales will fund CAC’s annual MAKER Grant, unrestricted $3,000 and $1,000 funds that recognize two exceptional artists and support the advancement of their artistic careers. Proceeds raised at Starving Artist for the grant will also be matched by artist-run design collaborative OtherPeoplesPixels. Past recipients include Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Samantha Hill and John Preus. 2016 MAKER Grant recipients will be announced at Starving Artist.

Head of retail at Google Ted Souder and Midwest Managing Director at Christie’s Lisa Cavanaugh will serve as the 2016 Starving Artist Co-Chairs.

​For more information about the upcoming benefit, visit

Chicago Artists Coalition Starving Artists Benefit to Offer Guests First Crack at Works of Area Luminaries

Chicago artist Hebru Brantley will offer a new work up for auction at this year's Starving Artists benefit (photo courtesy of Mr. Brantley).