Lovers for Cyrus Tilton

For: Cyrus Tilton
Oakland, CA
Organizer: Vessel Gallery
Lovers for Cyrus Tilton (Cyrus Tilton)
of $154,025 goal
19% Complete
Raised by 178 donors

The Story

We need your help to reach our financial goal for placing Lovers into The Crocker Art Museum's permanent collection. The Crocker Art Museum is the first public art museum in Western United States who show and loan their global collection rich in California art.
As a thank you for your gift of compassion

$2500-4999      Donor Nameplate Credit displays with the artwork

$5000+          The Cycle Package (includes Catalogue, Locust, and Donor Nameplate Credit )

It is with heavy heart Vessel Gallery shares the news that artist Cyrus James Tilton passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at his home in Oakland, California after a courageous year-long battle with esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his devoted and loving wife Lisa Tilton and his family. He will be forever remembered for his exceptional, extraordinary artistic vision and talent, and for his honor and integrity. If Cyrus's work has left an impression, inspired you to connect, or made you ponder ideas about beauty and mystery – here’s a chance to remember him and ensure the legacy of his artwork.

In The Cycle, the locust serves a cautionary metaphor, and Tilton likened the insect to self-sabotaging consumers whose ultimate end will come once their resources are depleted or a massive natural disaster resets the cycle. “I see many sociobiological similarities between humans and certain species of insects,” he said. “For example, we have figured out ways to cheaply and efficiently produce sugars (in the literal and metaphorical sense) for the public’s mass consumption. We have eagerly refined ways of communicating to others in our community with minimal effort and maximum output. As our population grows our living situations take on similarities to that of a hive or colony. Our consumption habits are exponentially ceaseless and unrelenting.”

In the end, however, Tilton created The Cyclewith a sense of hope — the hope of changing course. In this too, he finds answers in the insect world, notably those that have evolved to work together for the common good, using only the resources necessary for the survival of the species.

Will you help? If your connection is personal, please join us, share, and tell others. If you have a professional connection, we ask for support thru aligning values, industries, corporations, and institutions to financially support the Lovers for Cyrus Tilton campaign. Contact us with your suggestions and connections who will help ensure Cyrus's placement into The Crocker Art Museum's permanent installation. Be sure to mark your calendars to see the artist's first solo museum exhibition, The Cycle, at the Crocker Art Museum from March 25 thru July 15, 2018.

Please contribute towards the placement of Lovers into the Crocker Art Museum's permanent collection, by making a gift of donation here. Gifts of all sizes are deeply appreciated and will collectively contribute to this immeasurable heartfelt and meaningful placement. Alternately, checks may be made out to Vessel Gallery, with memo "Lovers for Cyrus Tilton" and mailed to Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 16, 2018

Posted on March 16, 2018

Cyrus Tilton's concept installation The Cycle is now being installed at The Crocker Art Museum!  We are asking for help in completing this donation of Tilton's sculpture Lovers - through this crowd-sourcing.  Lover's will be gifted to the museum so the public can enjoy this exception artistic creation by late Oakland artist, Cyrus Tilton who passed away almost a year ago of cancer, at age 39.  The Cycle will open on March 25th at the Crocker Art Museum, in Sacramento.  Donations small to large are appreciated.

Posted on March 2, 2018

Posted on March 2, 2018

In 24 days, on Sunday, March 25th, The Cycle will be on exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA, where Cyrus Tilton's distinctive sculpture Lovers will be added to the museum's permanent collection.
We thank all of the supporters who've donated time, effort, and love to this gift.  This could not have happened without your belief, interest, and intention to support the legacy of the artist Cyrus Tilton. There's still time to support this gift to the Crocker Art Museum and thereby the public, by donating a gift, or sharing with a friend who may connect with Cyrus's artwork.

Posted on February 2, 2018

Posted on February 2, 2018

Provocative, inventive, and astounding, The Cycle by Cyrus Tilton includes a kinetic installation overflowing with sculptures of locusts in various stages of breeding and development as a metaphor for the dangers of over-consumption. This larger-than-life installation will be discussed by three champions of Tilton’s artwork: gallerist and early supporter Lonnie Lee; Ron Holthuysen of Scientific Art Studio, who trained Cyrus in large-scale sculpture fabrication; and writer and art critic DeWitt Cheng. Cyrus was the inaugural winner of the John S. Knudsen prize, awarded to emerging or mid-career California artists, and his sculpture Lovers will become part of the Crocker’s permanent collection. He passed away last year of cancer at the age of 39.

Conversation and a Q&A with the audience will follow, along with a brief reception to honor the artist.

$6 Members
$12 Nonmembers

Purchase tickets by registering online, visiting the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182.

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