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Northern Trust to Donate Artwork to Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art at EXPO CHICAGO 2017

Northern Trust Annual Purchase Prize to be Awarded Sept. 16, 2017

CHICAGO, August 08, 2017 —

Northern Trust (Nasdaq: NTRS) announced today that the Northern Trust Purchase Prize, an annual gift of artwork selected from EXPO CHICAGO, will be donated to Northwestern University’s Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at the sixth annual EXPO CHICAGO (Sept. 13 – 17, 2017) at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall.

The selected artwork will be announced during a special unveiling at EXPO CHICAGO on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Northern Trust Anchor Lounge.

As presenting sponsor of EXPO CHICAGO and a long-time supporter of arts and culture, Northern Trust will purchase a work of art to be added to the Block Museum of Art’s permanent collection.  Lisa Graziose Corrin, the Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Block Museum of Art, will be joined by Christine O. Robb, Chair of the Block Museum Board of Advisors and Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Block Museum Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, in selecting the artwork from one of the exhibiting EXPOSURE galleries, curated for the first time by Director of Exhibitions and Senior Curator at Dallas Contemporary Justine Ludwig, at EXPO CHICAGO. The EXPOSURE section elevates the profile of up-and-coming galleries and bolsters the careers of emerging artists.

“Northern Trust is proud to continue supporting arts and culture in our communities,” said Mac MacLellan, Central Region President of Northern Trust Wealth Management. “The Northern Trust Purchase Prize is a valuable aspect in our company’s ongoing tradition to build a solid, forward-looking foundation on which future generations can continue to achieve a higher excellence, and in a way specifically directed at the captivating world of art. We are pleased to share this tradition with such a worthy institution like the Block Museum.”

Located on Northwestern’s beautiful Evanston campus, the Block Museum is a dynamic, imaginative and innovative resource for both the University and its surrounding communities. It features a global exhibition program that crosses time periods and cultures, while also highlighting the new work of artists, and fostering thought-provoking discussions relevant to our world today.

“Block Museum is thrilled to receive the honorable Northern Trust Purchase Prize,” said Lisa Corrin. “The prize naturally aligns with our mission to inspire and develop the newest generation of artists, scholars and arts professionals, as well as sculpt an environment where visual art is integral to teaching and learning across disciplines.”

In previous years, the Northern Trust Purchase Prize was awarded to:

  • 2016: Neil Raitt’s Emerald Waters (New Beverly), displayed at Anat Ebgi Gallery, donated to DePaul Art Museum and chosen by DePaul Art Museum Executive Director Julie Rodrigues Widholm and DePaul University Trustee Dia Weil;
  • 2015: JJ PEET’s Jaw X, displayed at On Stellar Rays Gallery, donated to The Arts Club of Chicago and chosen by Arts Club Executive Director Janine Mileaf and Chairman of the Board Helyn Goldenberg;
  • 2014: Elise Ferguson’s Saree, displayed at Romer Young Gallery, chosen by a jury led by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and placed in the permanent collection at Northern Trust;
  • 2013: Jorinde Voigt’s Horizon (Berlin II), displayed at David Nolan Gallery and Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery, donated to The Art Institute of Chicago and selected by Mark Pascale, Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings.

EXPO CHICAGO is a leading international exposition of contemporary and modern art. Now in its fifth year as presenting sponsor, Northern Trust will host the return of “Exchange by Northern Trust: An Interactive Conversation Around the Art of Collecting.” Located in the Northern Trust Anchor Lounge, this series of private discussions tailored exclusively for invited VIP guests will provide insight and expertise on the art of collecting and feature internationally renowned speakers.

“On behalf of EXPO CHICAGO and the galleries participating in the EXPOSURE section, we are grateful to the Northern Trust for this Purchase Prize and for their long legacy of patronage and support of artists and institutions," said EXPO CHICAGO President | Director Tony Karman. “Their annual gift of artwork to a Chicago institution illustrates their continued commitment and we are proud that work from this year’s exposition will be in the permanent collection of Northwestern University’s Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art."

About Northern Trust
Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has offices in the United States in 19 states and Washington, D.C., and 22 international locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of June 30, 2017, Northern Trust had assets under custody of US$7.4 trillion, and assets under management of US$1.03 trillion. For more than 125 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. Visit or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.
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About Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University
Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art is a dynamic, imaginative and innovative teaching and learning resource for the University and its surrounding communities, featuring a global exhibition program that crosses time periods and cultures and serves as a springboard for thought-provoking discussions relevant to our lives today. The museum also commissions new work by artists to foster connections between artists and the public through the creative process. Each year, the Block mounts exhibitions; organizes and hosts lectures, symposia and workshops involving artists, scholars, curators and critics; and screens classic and contemporary films at its in-house cinema.

EXPO CHICAGO/2017, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, is presented by Art Expositions, LLC at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, hosting more than 135 leading International exhibitors presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. Now in its sixth year as a leading international art fair, EXPO CHICAGO (September 13–17, 2017) offers diverse programming including /Dialogues, IN/SITU, IN/SITU Outside, EXPO VIDEO, the Curatorial Forum, the Art Critics Forum, Special Exhibitions and OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project. In addition, EXPO CHICAGO continues to publish THE SEEN, Chicago's International Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art. Under the leadership of President and Director Tony Karman, EXPO CHICAGO draws upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant international cultural destination, while highlighting the region’s contemporary arts community and inspiring its collector base. In 2017, EXPO CHICAGO and the Chicago Architecture Biennial (September 16–January 7, 2018) will align, establishing the city as a preeminent destination for global contemporary art and architecture, intersecting across a wide variety of programs including panels, international residencies, exhibitions and citywide events. In addition, EXPO CHICAGO partners with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris for its first U.S. satellite exhibition to kick off EXPO CHICAGO (September 12) at the Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum of African American History.