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The art collective, Pigment International, hosts “Art on the Avenue” at Chicago Symphony Center this Thursday

When PIGMENT-Intl, the artists’ collective, debuts its “curated art experience” “Art on the Avenue” this Thursday, August 16 at “The Club“ at the Chicago Symphony Center it will include works by some of the premier artists in Chicago. Works on display will be by Paul Branton, Gerald Griffin, Jason E. Jones, Blake Lenoir, James Nelson, Dana Todd Pope, Pearlie Taylor, Raymond Thomas, Martha Wade, Minnie Watkins and Reisha Williams. The event is from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm at 220 S Michigan Ave. During the event, the organization will reveal its plans for the Pigment International Fine Art’s Tour (PIFAT) beginning with Art Miami/Art Basel 2018.

Other highlights include a live and silent auction, and cuisine catered by Blue Plate Catering, appropriately paired with exquisite wine and spirit selections. Music will be provided by nationally syndicated AfroBeats DJSheila O.

Pigment-Intl’s mission is to create unique spaces for connection and conversation among artists, gallerists, curators, and collectors. The intent is to heighten global awareness of multi-cultural artists and the value of their work.

Tickets for this spectacular curated experience are $30 in advance and $40 the night of the event and may be purchased on Event Brite. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support arts programs at the historic South Side Community Arts Center located in Bronzeville. Follow the conversation using #ArtontheAve #PigmentIntl. This inaugural Pigment-Intl. event is sponsored by Art & Company, Lambent Risk ManagementDuke of Earl Wines, the Frame Shop and Monaco.

About PIGMENT Intl.

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PIGMENT-Intl® is a multi-media arts collective promoting multicultural arts, culture, and innovation. Pigment is about encouraging artistic cognitive dissonance. The creative process allows artists to capture contradictory ideas, concepts, and impressions while encouraging conversation and introspection. Integral to the creative process are the curators who present the work, and collectors who share a belief in artistic expression. Pigment is about bringing those constituents together in a celebration of multi-cultural art. Follow Pigment, Int’l on FB and IG

About South Side Community Art Center

South Side Community Art Center conserves, preserves and promotes the legacy and future of African American art and artists while educating the community on the value of art and culture. SSCAC continues to serve as an established resource for the art community locally, nationally and abroad. As the oldest African American art center in the USA SSCAC takes pride in its past and present contributions to the development and showcasing of emerging and established artists.  SSCAC seeks out and educates young artists; provide gallery space; educational and art programs as well as serve as a repository for African American artists, scholars, collectors and the community.

About Sheila O.

A native of Nigeria, Sheila O. is the founder of the global booking agency, ZONS PR/TOURS, which brings A-list artists to tour Africa. Catering to a previously untapped market, Sheila has presented a series of high profile concerts throughout Africa featuring international stars, including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kanye West, Nas, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Anita Baker, SWV, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, and many more. To bring African music and culture to American radio audiences, Sheila debuted AfroZons radio show in 2017, becoming the first woman to host an Afrobeat radio program in the United States. Featuring an array of African artists, DJs, designers, activists, and entrepreneurs, AfroZons quickly earned rating success in Chicago and in 2018, was nationally syndicated and now airs on radio stations in Washington, DC, Houston, Miami, and SiriusXM’s HUR Voices Channel 141.


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