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Art Collector Chuck Thurow Makes Huge Donation To DePaul Art Museum

By Mina Bloom | August 19, 2016 3:33pm | Updated on August 22, 2016 8:30am
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(from left) "A Young Woman Between Carolburg Place and Half Street" taken by Dawoud Bey in 1989. "Thinking of You" is a work made with pen, ink, acrylic and watercolor on paper by Brian Calvin in 1994. "Son So & So" is a work made with acrylic and graphite by Candida Alvarez in 2001.
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LINCOLN PARK — Chuck Thurow, avid art collector and former director of the Hyde Park Art Center, made a huge donation to the DePaul Art Museum, the university announced Friday. 

Thurow, 75, donated a total of 114 pieces of artwork collected from 1985 to present day, ranging from paintings and drawings to sculptures and photography, by 59 Chicago artists, according to the university museum, 935 W. Fullerton Ave. 

The donation "significantly" expands the museum's holdings of local art, the museum said in a prepared statement. 

Thurow was the director of the Hyde Part Art Center from 1998 to 2010.

Some of the artists include Jim Lutes, Phyllis Bramson, Dawoud Bey, Bob Thall, Linda Kramer, Oli Watt, Theaster Gates and Marie Krane Bergman. 

“This gift supports the DePaul Art Museum’s vision to reflect the history of art in Chicago, from the modern era to the present,” Julie Rodrigues Widholm, director and chief curator of the museum, said in a prepared statement.

“Whether artists have spent their whole career here, studied here or were born here, we are interested in all of those scenarios in which Chicago is a touch point for artists.” 

On exhibit at the museum currently is Tony Fitzpatrick's "The Secret Birds" and Barbara Rossi's "Poor Traits" and "Eye Owe You!" Those exhibitions will be on display through Aug. 21.

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