Bette Honorary Co-Chair For “THING”, Sunday, June 5th, 2005

Luck of the Draw(ing) Offers Established and Emerging Artists’ Works in a Special Random Drawing

Date: May 20, 2005

The UCLA Department of Art presents — in what is planned to be an annual event — the first Luck of the Draw(ing), a celebration of an exceptional visual arts department, UCLArts alumni and the arts community. The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 5. Monies raised there will provide a fund to educate, inspire and sustain the next generation of emerging artists.

Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, actress Bette Midler, Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin and UCLArts dean Christopher Waterman will serve as honorary co-chairs.

Art department chair Barbara Drucker and UCLA art professor Catherine Opie are co‑chairing Luck of the Draw(ing), which will take place at Parking Lot 36, the Kinross Building, 11000 Kinross Ave., in Westwood (enter on Veteran Avenue just north of Wilshire Boulevard). Tickets cost $75 each; parking costs $7 in Lot 32. For more information and to R.S.V.P., please contact the UCLA Department of Art at (310) 825-3281.

Luck of the Draw(ing) is an innovative approach to building a significant art collection with a modest investment while enjoying good food, music and friends in the totally low-tech, urban atmosphere of a Westwood parking lot. The event provides an opportunity for the public to meet promising young artists and a renowned art faculty of international reputation. With the purchase of an event ticket, each buyer will have a chance of going home with a work of art by an established art-world figure, as well as acquiring work by the next generation of top talent.

Several hundred works of art have been donated for the drawing. Winners’ names will be drawn every half hour beginning at 4:30 p.m. Artwork will be available to be picked up at the event. Among the artists who have donated their work are UCLA faculty members John Baldessari, Jennifer Bolande, Barbara Drucker, Roger Herman, Mary Kelly, Catherine Opie, Lari Pittman, Charles Ray, Adrian Saxe, James Welling and Patty Wickman; UCLA art department alumni, including Amy Adler, Karl Haendel and Paul Sietsema; current graduate and undergraduate students; and friends of the department.

Actor David Alan Grier and other special guests will be on hand to help celebrate and announce the winners. Los Super Elegantes will perform live music. Among the refreshments, included with admission, will be Pink’s famous hot dogs, Chabalita’s tacos, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, soft drinks and a full bar.

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