Acquired Taste Celebration Brings New Art into Collection

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A guest views artwork by Hale Woodruff proposed for acquisition at the Acquired Taste Celebration at Krannert Art Museum, May 18, 2019. Photo by Della Perrone
A guest views artwork by Hale Woodruff proposed for acquisition at the Acquired Taste Celebration at Krannert Art Museum, May 18, 2019. Photo by Della Perrone

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Museum director Jon Seydl talks with guests at the Acquired Taste Celebration at Krannert Art Museum, May 18, 2019. Photo by Della Perrone
Museum director Jon Seydl talks with guests at the Acquired Taste Celebration at Krannert Art Museum, May 18, 2019. Photo by Della Perrone

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A guest views artwork by contemporary First Nations artist Sonny Assu at the Acquired Taste Celebration at Krannert Art Museum, May 18, 2019. Photo by Della Perrone
A guest considers artwork by contemporary First Nations artist Sonny Assu at the Acquired Taste Celebration at Krannert Art Museum, May 18, 2019. Photo by Della Perrone

This May’s inaugural Acquired Taste Celebration was a rousing success. Through the combined efforts of 117 guests, Krannert Art Museum Council more than $24,000 toward the acquisition of important works of art.

A set of eight linocut prints by 20th-century American artist Hale Woodruff put forward by Kathryn Koca Polite received the highest number of votes. In addition, the event raised enough to acquire two Chinese ceramics, two objects by contemporary First Nations artist Sonny Assu, and a carved staff from the Swahili coast. All six objects will be accessioned into the Krannert Art Museum collection, and several of them are already on view.

We wish to extend special thanks to our event sponsors: George and Sandra Batzli, Ken Bengoechea and Nancy Johnson, First State Bank, Terry and Sharon Harkness, Peter and Joan Hood, Brice Hutchcraft, Robert and Judy Jones, Abraham and Lisa Kocheril, Jon and Judith Liebman, Daniel McLean and Jon Seydl, David and Nancy Morse, Walter and Jane Myers, Dann and Brenda Nardi, Richard M. Noel, Michael and Sheila O’Connor, Ed Perry and Marty Sierra Perry, Alice Pfeffer, Gary and Fraeda Porton, Brian and Gloria Rainer, Cecile Steinberg, Gary and Jamie Storm, Robert and Bonnie Switzer, Ed and Nancy Tepper, and John Walter and Joy Thornton Walter.

Additional thanks go to the members of the Krannert Art Museum Council who assisted with the event, including Karen Devine, Susan Feuille, Brice Hutchcraft, Liz Jones, Lisa Kocheril, Mary Beth Curasek, Deena Noel Horberg, Sheila O’Connor, and Council President Sharon Williams.

Floral arrangements were provided by Rick Orr, AIFD (rickorrflowers.com). Music was performed at the event by Phil Kocheril and the New Standard (Phil Kocheril, Trumpet; Kurt Reeder, Piano; Jonathan Small, Bass; Kevin Cruse, Drums). The Acquired Taste Celebration was catered by Michaels Catering.