Cincinnati (November 12, 2013)—Cincinnatians passionate about our city’s hog heritage have a limited opportunity to bid on and win one BIG PIG to add to their own collection. ArtWorks’ BIG PIG GIG premiered in summer 2000, and then returned in summer 2012 in tandem with the World Choir Games. During both BIG PIG GIG productions, ArtWorks filled the streetscapes and sidewalks of Cincinnati with hundreds of playfully decorated sculptural fiberglass pigs.
ArtWorks has produced one of its BIG PIGs to be auctioned off Friday, November 22 at Secret ArtWorks. Secret ArtWorks, presented by PNC Bank, is an annual celebration of local artists and ArtWorks’ community supporters, which will be held downtown at The Center (115 E. Fifth Street). The event features a gallery of hundreds of 5x7” works that attendees can select to take home by purchasing an admission ticket or art voucher.
The 2013 single edition BIG PIG’s design features a brightly saturated kissing lips pattern inspired by Andy Warhol pop art. The BIG PIG has been painted by a former ArtWorks youth Apprentice, Joshua Mindlin, now a professional artist and illustrator. In addition to the BIG PIG, the Secret ArtWorks auction features twenty original works by local and national celebrated artists, such as wildlife artist and conservationist John A. Ruthven, and abstract painter Kim Krause, Fine Art Chair at Art Academy of Cincinnati. Online bidding for the BIG PIG and original works of art is now live at ArtWorksCincinnati.org through November 22 at 10:00 AM; the auction resumes live at 5:00 PM on the evening of Secret ArtWorks (need not be present to win).
Secret ArtWorks admission includes hors d’oeuvres provided by local restaurants and caterers including: A Tavola, Cafe Mediterranean, CrEATions by Melody, eat well celebrations and feasts, French Crust Café, Jeff Thomas Catering, Jean-Robert’s Table, Otto’s, Park + Vine, Sotto and Taste of Belgium, washed down with wine and Moerlein beers.
All proceeds directly support ArtWorks’ year-round programming. ArtWorks employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact through public art, art therapy and entrepreneurship.