Posted on November 29, 2017
We are in the final stretch to complete the donation of Lovers
to the Crocker Art Museum. Please help us reach our goal by making a donation
Your donation will help us share Cyrus Tilton's message of environmental conservation with the public, which is more important than ever in the age of Trump and his rollback of necessary environmental regulations and protections.Cyrus Tilton
used his art to explore his anxiety about overpopulation and its impact on the environment. Most notably, The Cycle
serves as a cautionary metaphor — Tilton likened the swarming locust to humans and our depletion of the environment with mass consumerism.
In the end, however, Tilton created The Cycle
with a sense of hope — the hope of changing course. In this, too, he finds answers in the insect world, pointing to those that have evolved to “work together for the common good, using only the resources necessary for the survival of the species.”
The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento recognized the importance of Tilton's message and awarded Cyrus Tilton the 2016 John S. Knudson Prize, which included a sum of $25,000 and a solo exhibition — the artist’s first solo museum show — March 25 to July 15, 2018.
Please consider financially supporting the placement of his sculpture Lovers
in The Crocker Art Museum’s permanent collection. Thus far we have raised $26,000. We seek to raise a total of $130,000 to complete the Lovers
donation gift to The Crocker Art Museum. Gifts over $5,000 will be recognized on the Donor Nameplate and official letter of acceptance. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent of the law, please consult your tax advisor.
It is my belief the proximity of Lovers
to our state’s capital will keep this message of environmental conservation fresh in the minds of the public and our statespeople. It reminds us to avoid complacency in our habits and behaviors, and to care and protect one another, as well as our shared home. Lovers
is an art of activism, Cyrus Tilton’s work will touch hearts and minds in powerful ways, and for years to come.
Do not hesitate to contact me for more information about supporting this compassionate art gift and thereby the environmental preservation movement. Thank you for your consideration. We give thanks this holiday season for all the love and support towards this project of legacy for artist Cyrus Tilton.
- Lonnie Lee
, curator and Director, Vessel Gallery