Carts and Cocktails 2014 Event Honors Mark diSuvero, Exhibits Works of Chakaia Booker and Barry Tinsley

University Park, IL.—(ENEWSPF)–August 18, 2014 – Governors State University celebrates several new additions at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park as well as the 45th anniversary of one of its signature works at Carts & Cocktails 2014, which will be held Saturday, September 13, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The event will be hosted by NBC 5 Chicago News Anchor Stefan Holt and will feature cocktails and a tour of the sculpture park in golf carts. BMO Harris Bank is pleased to support this annual benefit fundraiser as a Platinum-level sponsor.

“Carts & Cocktails is the perfect way for folks to introduce themselves to what has been named one of the Top Ten Most Amazing Sculpture Gardens in the World by the Best Value Schools Website,” said Geoffrey Bates, director and curator of the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. “We begin with a lakeside cocktail party beneath a party tent. Then, as our caravan of golf carts travels through the park, guests immediately recognize they have arrived in a very special place. After brief stops at three artworks, we return to our tent for scrumptious dessert. It’s a glorious afternoon of fun, food and fine art.”

Carts and Cocktails celebrates the 45th anniversary of “Yes! for Lady Day” by Mark diSuvero, which the tour will visit. Mr. diSuvero spent two summers at GSU and crafted a number of sculptures during that period, including “Yes! for Lady Day.” It was purchased by Lewis Manilow and donated to the University in 1971. It has been noted as one of diSuvero’s most significant artworks. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts for his achievement in the field of sculpture by President Barack Obama in 2010.

The tour will also visit elements of the exhibition “Don’t Tread on Me: Sculpture by Chakaia Booker” and view “Butte,” a recent addition to the permanent collection by Barry Tinsley.

Ms. Booker will attend the event as a Visiting Artist. She has exhibited widely including several solo exhibitions at Marlborough Gallery, New York, N.Y., National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Mo. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants and lives in New York City and Allentown, Pa.

Over a career that spans four decades, Barry Tinsley has completed numerous private and public commissions including a number with the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois Capital Development Board’s Percent for Art programs. His work included the 1975 landmark exhibition “Sculpture for a New Era” presented at the Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago.  He lives near New Carlisle, Ind., where he also maintains his studio.

Tickets for the event are $125. To purchase tickets, inquire about sponsorship opportunities or get more information, contact NMSP at or call 708-235-0559.

Carts & Cocktails is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Bimba Manufacturing, Franciscan St. James Health and other local companies.

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is located at Governors State University’s main campus in University Park. The park is free of charge and open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year.

Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway in University Park.