Lovers for Cyrus Tilton

For: Cyrus Tilton
Oakland, CA
Organizer: Vessel Gallery
$23,955
of $154,025 goal.
Raised by 154 donors
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The Story

Many have come to know Cyrus Tilton’s fascinating, superbly crafted sculpture and drawings through Vessel Gallery. Cyrus was recently diagnosed with stage-four esophageal cancer.  If Cyrus' work has left an impression, inspired you to connect, or made you ponder ideas about beauty and mystery – here’s a chance to thank him for enriching your life, and ensure the legacy of his artwork.

The Lovers for Cyrus Tilton campaign is reaching out to all who love and value the power of visual arts, and who appreciate Tilton’s work and its thematic values connecting humanity to the environment, to join in philanthropic support. 

Collectors, art enthusiasts, and community members have frequently expressed the wish that Lovers find a permanent home. We have done just this!We are excited to announce The Crocker Art Museum has warmly accepted Cyrus Tilton's LOVERS into their permanent collection. The Crocker will unveil the work with a solo exhibition of Tilton's The Cycle scheduled August-November 2018!

We’re asking for your help in completing this dream come true. Please consider gifting a donation / pledge towards completing the purchase of Lovers so that the Crocker Art Museum can exhibit, share, and loan it, and it may be pondered and enjoyed for years to come. 


In 2012, The Cycle filled all of Vessel Gallery with a series of works inspired by the life cycle and behavior of insects that, when looked at through the lens Tilton created, came to seem all too human. We peered into Potentials, a series of wall-mounted sculptures that rendered chunks of earth in cross-section, revealing nested clusters of locust eggs. We walked through a swarm of hundreds of carefully fashioned Individuals, a stunning, immersive, kinetic and sonic installation. Finally, we stepped gingerly around the awesome Lovers, a pair of human-scale mating locusts. Lovers has since been installed in several locations and seen in multiple exhibitions. Those who saw it were mesmerized by The Cycle, especially Lovers.

Will you help? If your connection is personal, please join us, share, and tell others. If you have a professional connection, we ask your support thru aligning industries, corporations, and institutions to support the Lovers for Cyrus Tilton campaign.  Contact us with your support. And be sure to come by Vessel before January 26, 2017, to see Lovers—they’re still getting it on.

Please contribute towards the placement of Lovers into the Crocker Art Museum's permanent collection, by making a gift of donation here. Gifts of 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 12, 2017

Posted on March 12, 2017

Cyrus Tilton continues with great will and determination in his fight against cancer. Collectively we gather our gifts of hope, and loving encouragement, to surround him with a fortitude of faith, and to strengthen his spirits.  A gift today can mean so much.  Please share this update and request with others. 

Posted on February 23, 2017

Posted on February 23, 2017

ANNOUNCEMENT Chief Curator Scott Shields of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento announced that Bay Area artist Cyrus Tilton has won the 2016 John S. Knudsen Prize, the first year the prize has been awarded.  Established in 2012 by a gift from the estate of art collector John S. Knudsen, the prize recognizes emerging to mid-career California artists who have not yet had a solo show at a major art museum.  The prize includes a sum of $25,000, and will also entail a solo exhibition at the Crocker, slated for fall 2018.  Tilton, a sculptor, is known for his deconstructed, vaguely surrealistic works that feature inventive use of materials and frequent references to nature.  His 2011 show at Vessel Gallery in Oakland, "The Cycle" depicted several iterations of the lives of locusts, a potent allegory for our own society's penchant for obsessive consumption.  Works included wall panels depicting locust eggs in soil, a swarm of nearly 500 whirling fabric locusts made of steel wire and waxed muslin. Titled Lovers, the piece on display was again this fall as a part of a crowd-sourcing campaign by the gallery, to help fund the work's potential purchase by a suitable institution and to support the artist, who is currently battling stage four esophageal cancer. The work found its home: in addition to the Knudson Prize, in December, the Crocker Art Museum also announced that they had accepted Lovers into their permanent collection. — art ltd - JAN / FEB 2017


Vessel Gallery continues this YouCaring campaign until we reach this goal to complete this purchase / gift of Lovers to The Crocker Art Museum.  Cyrus Tilton continues his battle cancer with the tremendous support of his wife, family, friends, fans, art patrons, and the community. The tremendous outreach and support to artist Cyrus Tilton has meant the world to he, and to his wife Lisa.  "Thank you so much for sending healing love and thoughts! We are immersing ourselves in it!"

Posted on February 14, 2017

Posted on February 14, 2017

#ShowYouCare by donating to this #YouCaring project of completing the The Crocker Art Museum gift of Lovers, a most magnificent #sculpture by artist Cyrus Tilton. See Lovers on exhibit this Valentine's month at Vessel Gallery. 471 25th Street,Oakland, Ca

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