Lovers for Cyrus Tilton

For: Cyrus Tilton
Oakland, CA
Organizer: Vessel Gallery
Lovers for Cyrus Tilton (Cyrus Tilton)
of $154,025 goal.
Raised by 168 donors
16% Complete

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, you will receive the following as a thank you:

Donations Levels receive the following:

$30+          Nathooder - LP recording by Nathan Tilton

$50+          The Cycle Catalogue   - available in the gallery for $40+

$150-499      One Locust (Limited Edition From Individuals)

$250-499        Choice of One Book (Cyrus Tilton 2008-2010 or 2011-2013)

$500-2499       Choice of One Book (Cyrus Tilton 2008-2010 or 2011-2013) and Locust

$2500-4999      Two Cyrus Tilton Hardcover Books and Donor Nameplate Credit displays with the artwork

$5000+          The Cycle Package (includes Catalogue, Locust, Two Cyrus Tilton Books 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 September 8, 2017

Posted on September 8, 2017

NEWS in Crocker Art Museum in #ArtLetter (September / October / November / December 2017) full page ad on inside back cover is published and distributed.  Be sure to check your issue!  We are very excited for Cyrus's solo museum exhibition March 25, 2018.  Please consider a gift of your legacy to the legacy of Cyrus Tilton's masterpiece sculpture to the Crocker Art Museum.  Gifts of $2500+ (a charitable gift to the museum is tax deductible as permitted by the law) will be honored with nameplate recognition, which will follow the life of the work during any of it's exhibitions.

Posted on August 17, 2017

Posted on August 17, 2017

NEWS in Crocker Art Museum in #ArtLetter (May / June / July / August 2017) John S Knudsen Prize Awarded to CyrusTilton..."Tilton created The Cycle with a sense of hope - the hope of changing the course." Please plan to visit his solo show at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA March 25 – July 15, 2018 to visit the artist's first solo museum exhibition.

Posted on July 17, 2017

Posted on July 17, 2017

Family, friends, colleagues, artists, collectors, and musicians gathered July 9, at Briones Park for a memorial for Cyrus Tilton.  It was a lovely sun drenched California day amidst a grove of mossy oak trees which provided lovely shade for all.  Memories of Cyrus were shared, and his vibrant spirit was felt deeply that day, by many, near and far. We offered our deepest sympathies to Lisa Tilton and family, and to one another. The day offered a special time to reflect personal memories and connections to Cyrus, and reminds us how we carry memories of Cyrus with us each and every day.

His life is embodied and reflected in his artworks. Please support Cyrus Tilton's sculpture LOVERS FOR CYRUS TILTON campaign.  We have $130K towards the purchase of LOVERS so that the gift to the Crocker Museum may be completed.  Support to this ensures Cyrus's legacy thru his art continues to be shown, shared, and exhibited.  Our fundraising deadline is December 31, 2017 to complete this gift.  Donations of $2500+ will be given tax deductible letter of receipt of donation as well as given donor plate recognition.  This name plate will follow the life of the art as it exhibits. Thank you for your consideration to this gift of Cyrus Tilton's art LOVERS to the Crocker Art Museum.

The Crocker Art Museum is the first public art museum founded in the Western United States, the Crocker Art Museum was established in 1885 and is now one of the leading art museums in California. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art. The Museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions and programs to complement its collections of Californian art, works on paper, European art, international ceramics, photography, Asian art, and African and Oceanic art. The Crocker Art Museum is the only museum in the Sacramento region accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), a recognition given to less than 1,100 of the nation's 33,000 museums. AAM accreditation certifies that a museum operates according to standards set forth by the museum profession, manages its collections responsibly, and provides quality service to the public.

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