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Next HCCA event set for Jan. 17

Published: Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 2:32 p.m. CDT

The next Heritage Corridor Community Associates event will be Jan. 17.

Members and guests will have the rare opportunity to travel to The Art Institute of Chicago by bus to learn about the role of an art curator. They will be introduced to Gloria Groom, an internationally acclaimed lecturer and author on 19th century French painting. Her position as an art curator for the museum often includes research, buying art, gallery installations, lectures and travel.

At the Art Institute, Groom has been involved in major loan exhibitions. Since 2009 she has led the on-going line collection catalog project for the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. She will share her experiences, including the highs and lows of organizing an exhibition. Her focus will be stories and events concerning the exhibition, “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity,” which will be presented at the Art Institute in June 2013.

Following Groom’s lecture, the group will have lunch at the Union League Club and then enjoy a docent tour of the club’s 150 year-old art collection. This collection features a wide range of art movements, styles and subjects from contemporary to more traditional art. It includes paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and decorative arts.

The first chapter of Community Associates was organized in the early 1950s. Today there are 16 separate chapters, representing 3,200 active members. It is a non-profit organization whose goal is to encourage membership in the Art Institute of Chicago. HCCA is always seeking new members. No artistic background is necessary, only an interest in learning about and enjoying the visual arts.

Reservations for this event must be turned in by Jan. 10. For more information about HCCA , contact Susie Meehan at 815-524-3396 or email to sjfmeehan@yahoo.com.

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