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Science-inspired art auction to fund U-M’s most advanced cancer research
April 20 event at MOCAD is the fourth annual Art+Science fundraiser
Ann Arbor — For months, leading contemporary artists and University of Michigan physician-researchers have been exploring the intersections of discovery and creativity in their respective disciplines.
The result is one-of-a-kind, boundary-breaking works of art that capture the genius of both worlds. And for the fourth consecutive year, these creations will be auctioned at a gala Evening of Art + Science to benefit the life-saving breakthroughs of the U-M’s A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute.
Taking the lead as this year’s presenting sponsors are Danialle and Peter J. Karmanos, Jr., both well known for their philanthropy and support of wellness and cancer research. They are joined by a long list of generous individuals and corporations from throughout the region.
And this year, the Taubman Institute is partnering with the newly established U-M Forbes Institute for Cancer Discovery to produce the gala, headed in 2017 by honorary chairpersons Madeline and Sidney Forbes. Catherine and Nathan Forbes, and Robert and Julia Taubman, serve as honorary co-chairs.
Paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more by 24 talented artists will be sold April 20 at MOCAD to further the research of the Taubman Scholars, global thought leaders in the quest for new therapies for the most difficult diseases.
In addition to the items created for auction by Metro Detroit artists, the sale also will include a donated work by renowned Brazilian artist Vik Muniz. His print “Colonies, He La Pattern 15,” is derived from images of cancer cells and is part of a series created in collaboration with MIT scientist Ted Danino. The Muniz print will be among more than two dozen science-inspired pieces auctioned to benefit groundbreaking medical research.
The festive party in the MOCAD galleries will feature entertainment, strolling dining and a full open bar including surprise signature cocktails. Participating artists and physician-researchers will be on hand to discuss the collaborative process and the commonalities they found through their glimpse into one another’s approach to excellence.
Proceeds of the 4th Annual Evening of Art+Science will fund a team of researchers working to isolate and attack cancer stem cells in the blood stream with a novel cancer vaccine.
“Each year I am astounded by the spectacular, one-of-a-kind works of art these generous and talented artists create on our behalf,” said Taubman Institute Director Eva L. Feldman, MD, PhD. “Not only do these dynamic works add beauty and energy to the world, they help raise much-needed funds for life-altering science. We are deeply grateful to everyone – artists, scientists, sponsors and guests – who join us in this worthy effort.”
An Evening of Art + Science
April 20, 2017
VIP reception: 6 p.m. | Dinner guests: 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) | 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Corporate, individual and family sponsorships are available. Contact Cyndy Doherty at (313) 515-9050 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Silent auction will open at 6 p.m. and close at 8:30 p.m., with winning bids announced at 9 p.m. Shipping services will be available; checks and credit card payments accepted. Proxy bidding is available for those unable to attend the gala; contact Melissa Preddy at (734) 218-2043 for assistance.
About the University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute
In 2007 Michigan businessman, philanthropist and noted patron of the arts A. Alfred Taubman provided the initial funds to establish the institute bearing his name at the University of Michigan Medical School. Its mission is to provide the university’s finest medical scientists the freedom, resources and collaborative environment they need to push the boundaries of medical discovery, to produce breakthroughs in cures to speed the development of effective treatment for some of the most devastating illnesses. Currently, more than 35 Taubman Scholars are advancing their research with the assistance of grants from the institute.