Patrons on the Move
The President's Corner
Dear Friends,

Many times people ask me why the Patrons do what they do.  For me, it is about the connection of art and beauty.  When we restore art, we bring the beautiful into people's lives; and with the beautiful comes hope.

Recently Pope Francis said, "I think the Vatican Museums are increasingly called to become a living home, inhabited and open to everyone, with the doors wide open to the people of the whole world...a place where everyone can feel represented."

When the Vatican Museums are supported, that is exactly what happens –supporting a home "where all are represented" and continue the focus on hope and beauty through the restoration of art.

Thank you for your support of the Illinois Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums.

I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous new year! 

As always,

Illinois Patrons' Programs & Events
December 5, 2019
Art as a Carrier of Faith at the Art Institute of Chicago has become a favorite program for our members and is one of the Patrons' most successful events.  Our most recent gathering was held on Thursday, December 5, 2019.  The highlight of the evening was the magnificent Neopolitan Crèche.  Dr. Jacquelyn Coutré, Eleanor Wood Prince Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1750, began the presentation sharing the artistic and historical viewpoint of the Crèche, followed by Reverend Louis J. Cameli, Archbishop Delegate for Formation and Mission in the Archdiocese of Chicago at Holy Name Cathedral, and John Shea, theologian, who shared their theological perspectives.  A wine and cheese reception was held afterwards at Terzo Piano.
A few up close pictures of the magnificent crèche!
November 4, 2019

A Celebration of the Light in Art: The Sacred Stain Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany was the theme of our fall event at The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

The stained glass windows were displayed magnificently, lighted from behind to capture their beauty.  Everyone in attendance was able to view the stunning windows, all while being serenaded by Rich Daniels and Dean Rolando from City Lights Orchestra, and of course, sharing in fellowship, cocktails and appetizers too!

  Remarks from Richard Driehaus and Cardinal Cupich were among the     
  highlights of the evening.

  Friend Sponsors:  Janice Brinati, Reverend Edward Grace, Cynthia & 
  Robert Piech, Anne & Jack Shea, Beatrice Stallman, Donna Nelson Stride
  Angel Sponsors:  Ed Phillipp
July 16, 2019

Our 6th Annual Art & Faith Lecture Series was a success!  The evening began in St. James Chapel with presentations by Heather Becker and Dr. Pauline Viviano.  Closing remarks were given by Cardinal Cupich and our reception followed.

The weather did not cooperate this year and we were not able to enjoy the Quigley courtyard.  That didn't stop our Patrons from enjoying the music, food and fellowship.  We just had to say indoors!

Thank you to the following who helped sponsor the event:

   Friend Sponsors:  Janice Brinati, Reverend Edward Grace, Debbie & Mark     Sara, Anthony & James Serritella, Anne & Jack Shea, Donna Nelson Stride
   Angel Sponsors:  Cynthia & Robert Piech, Dorothy O'Reilly
Illinois Patrons' Restoration Updates
Tapestry with the Wedding of Emperor Luis XIV
(in honor of Cardinal Cupich)
Total Cost: $266,000

    Artist: Le Gobleins after Charles Le Brun
    Date: 1725-1728
    Dimensions: 383x565 cm
    Materials: Silk, wool, and gold thread
    Total Cost: $266,000.00
    Inventory No.: 43752

Pledged in April 2016, this is the Patrons’ current restoration project being restored in honor of Cardinal Cupich.  Once the restoration is completed, the Patrons will be working with the Vatican to bring the tapestry to Chicago for exhibition.  Funds committed to date: $189,397.73; funds needed: $76,602.27.
Associate Patrons' News
March 20, 2019

The Associates' Annual Spring Social was held at Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse.  A silent auction raised $475 to benefit their current restoration! 

  Thank you to the following who helped sponsor the event:

   Archangel Sponsors:  Ellen & Jim Dalton, Reverend Edward Grace,
                                         Margaret Lombardo, Kathleen & William Lynch,
                                         Anne & Jack Shea

   Angel Sponsors:         Dorothy O’Reilly, Donna Nelson Stride

Associates Restoration Project - Update

The Associate Patrons fundraising efforts for their second project, Thirteen figurative Attic vases from the Astarita Room, began in 2017 during their March 8th, Annual Spring Social.  The cost of the restoration is $16,325.00.

Funds raised to date total $13,896.  These funds have been raised from the 2017, 2018 & 2019 Annual Spring Social, Silent Auction during the Patrons’ Art & Faith Lecture Series in July, the Londo Mondo shopping event, and individual donations.

The remaining funds needed to complete the Associates’ commitment is $2,427.

To make a donation towards this restoration project, you can visit the website or call the  Patrons’ office for more information.

April 18 - 25, 2020
Illinois Patrons' Rome Trip

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
7th Annual Art & Faith Lecture Series:
Location TBD


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