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PROJECT 31 ARTWORKS TREASURED BY COLLECTORS

Storm Breaking/Grand Prairie, 2007 by Rae Johnson
Storm Breaking/Grand Prairie, 2007 by Rae Johnson

A grand total of 42 new works by OCAD U’s award-winning faculty were on the block March 27 for the university’s highly anticipated annual auction. In its fifth year, Project 31 is popular among collectors, who see the event as an opportunity to obtain valuable works and support the university at the same time.

“We are the custodians of a wonderful body of work, and have purchased several pieces at Project 31,” said Peter Milligan, a Toronto collector, who together with his wife, OCAD U alumna Doreen MacAulay Milligan, collects works by OCAD U faculty and Project 31 donors John Scott, Barbara Astman and Rae Johnson, among others. “I enjoy seeing all the wonderful work and while it’s fun to be there, it’s more than having a few drinks and canapés. It’s an opportunity to recognize the abilities of OCAD U faculty and support students.”

Milligan’s Project 31 purchases include Johnson’s “Storm Breaking/Grand Prairie, 2007” and John Scott’s “Uncle Schlomo,” which hang in his loft. An enthusiastic collector, he enjoys admiring and observing the works every day. “I’ve been aware of Scott and awed by his inspiration,” Milligan said. “He challenges you intellectually, emotionally and philosophically, and Ray Johnson is brilliant. ‘Storm Breaking’ is extraordinary.”

Ernie Kerr, whose Project 31 purchases have included a Stephen Appleby-Barr as well as two works by Gordon Peteran and one by Cathy Daley, enjoys the annual event and supporting the OCAD U student community too, though notes another dimension of the event that makes it exciting. “It’s an opportunity to obtain works by up-and-coming artists,” he said, describing how works purchased at the auction can, over the years, increase in value.

OCAD U faculty members donate their work to Project 31, and proceeds from the auction go to support specific areas of need of their choosing, such as student scholarships, awards, bursaries, equipment, models and materials. The event features a wide range of collectable works at various price points, which makes it popular among OCAD U supporters and collectors, whether they’re beginning a collection or are seasoned art enthusiasts.

 




Storm Breaking/Grand Prairie, 2007 by Rae Johnson

A grand total of 42 new works by OCAD U’s award-winning faculty were on the block March 27 for the university’s highly anticipated annual auction. In its fifth year, Project 31 is popular among collectors, who see the event as an opportunity to obtain valuable works and support the university at the same time.

“We are the custodians of a wonderful body of work, and have purchased several pieces at Project 31,” said Peter Milligan, a Toronto collector, who together with his wife, OCAD U alumna Doreen MacAulay Milligan, collects works by OCAD U faculty and Project 31 donors John Scott, Barbara Astman and Rae Johnson, among others. “I enjoy seeing all the wonderful work and while it’s fun to be there, it’s more than having a few drinks and canapés. It’s an opportunity to recognize the abilities of OCAD U faculty and support students.”

Milligan’s Project 31 purchases include Johnson’s “Storm Breaking/Grand Prairie, 2007” and John Scott’s “Uncle Schlomo,” which hang in his loft. An enthusiastic collector, he enjoys admiring and observing the works every day. “I’ve been aware of Scott and awed by his inspiration,” Milligan said. “He challenges you intellectually, emotionally and philosophically, and Ray Johnson is brilliant. ‘Storm Breaking’ is extraordinary.”

Ernie Kerr, whose Project 31 purchases have included a Stephen Appleby-Barr as well as two works by Gordon Peteran and one by Cathy Daley, enjoys the annual event and supporting the OCAD U student community too, though notes another dimension of the event that makes it exciting. “It’s an opportunity to obtain works by up-and-coming artists,” he said, describing how works purchased at the auction can, over the years, increase in value.

OCAD U faculty members donate their work to Project 31, and proceeds from the auction go to support specific areas of need of their choosing, such as student scholarships, awards, bursaries, equipment, models and materials. The event features a wide range of collectable works at various price points, which makes it popular among OCAD U supporters and collectors, whether they’re beginning a collection or are seasoned art enthusiasts.