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For Immediate Release: Openlands 2014 Luncheon Raises $300,000; Celebrates Art and Nature

November 7, 2014

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***Presenting Sponsor was ArcelorMittal***

*** 2014 Conservation Leadership Award Honored Photographer Terry Evans***

***Spektral Quartet Performed Philip Glass’ Quartet No. 2***

(Chicago – November 7, 2014) The Openlands 2014 Annual Luncheon celebrated the use of art to invite people to experience nature, raising over $300,000 for the organization’s mission of connecting people with nature across the Chicago region. More than 900 guests enjoyed a performance by the Spektral Quartet while photographs by 2014 Conservation Leadership Award honoree Terry Evans appeared on the ballroom’s screens. In addition to its partnership with Evans, Openlands’ legacy of collaborating with artists includes professional visual artists, graphic designers, writers, filmmakers, and student artists from throughout the Chicago region.

The event was held October 30 at the Hilton Chicago. The Presenting Sponsor was ArcelorMittal, and Louis L. Schorsch, CEO of ArcelorMittal Americas, was the co-chair of the Luncheon Committee. Suzette Bulley also served as this year’s co-chair. Guests included Chicago First Lady Amy Rule, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson, , Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Marc Miller, and General Superintendent of the Forest Preserves of Cook County Arnold Randall.

2014 Conservation Leadership Award honoree Terry Evans has photographed the prairies and plains of North America and the urban prairie of Chicago. Combining both aerial and ground photography, she delves into the intricate and complex relationships between land and people. Her work explores the virgin prairie, working steel mills, Greenland ice sheets, a small town in the Kansas Flint Hills and the oil boom in North Dakota. Recent exhibitions include a retrospective exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Evans collaborated with Openlands on two major projects, Disarming the Prairie about the former Joliet Arsenal, now Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, and Revealing Chicago: An Aerial Portrait, about the Chicago eco-region, which became both a book and an exhibition at Millennium Park. She has exhibited widely including one-person shows at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Field Museum of Natural History. Evans is a Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of an Anonymous Was a Woman award.

The program included a performance of Philip Glass’ Quartet No. 2 “Company” bythe Spektral Quartet. Founded in 2010, the Spektral Quartet is widely regarded as one of Chicago’s most magnetic and forward-thinking chamber ensembles. Recent albums include Chambers (Parlour Tapes+), From This Point Forward (Azica Records), and Mobile Miniatures (a collection of downloadable ringtones, written by over forty composers). The Spektral Quartet serves as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago and was invited in 2013 to join the Rush Hour Series’ Back-of-the-Yards project, which offers year-long music education and outreach in one of Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods

Corporate/Organizational Sponsors

The Openlands 2014 Annual Luncheon Platinum Sponsors were ComEd, ITW, and Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. The Gold Sponsors were Bartlett Tree Experts, BMO Harris Bank, The Boeing Company, Christy Webber Landscapes, Door County Land Trust, Kirkland and Ellis, Living Habitats, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, The University of Chicago, U.S. Bank, and West Monroe Partners. The Silver Sponsor was Liberty Prairie Foundation.

About Openlands

Founded in 1963, Openlands is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful metropolitan conservation organizations, having helped secure, protect, and provide public access to more than 55,000 acres of land for parks, forest preserves, wildlife refuges, land and water greenway corridors, and urban gardens. For more information, please visit

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