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Expo Chicago Expands Northern Trust Purchase Prize Nationwide

Annual Purchase Prize Expanding to Midwest, Eastern and Western Regions; Works to be Donated to Portland Art Museum, Pérez Art Museum Miami and Walker Art Center at the Ninth Edition of the Exposition, Taking Place April 7 – 10, 2022

EXPO CHICAGO and Northern Trust (Nasdaq: NTRS) announced today that the Northern Trust Purchase Prize will, for the first time, be awarded to three institutions in the East, West and Midwest United States during the ninth edition of the International exposition of contemporary and modern art (April 7-10, 2022). During the fair, leadership from Portland Art Museum, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and Walker Art Center will select pieces from the fair’s EXPOSURE Section, which features galleries ten years and younger.

As Presenting Sponsor of EXPO CHICAGO, Northern Trust will purchase the annual gifts of artwork for the institutions’ permanent collections, with the works to be unveiled at EXPO CHICAGO on April 8 at 12pm on the Northern Trust Exchange Stage.

“Northern Trust has long recognized the vital role contemporary art plays in enriching and strengthening our communities, and the Northern Trust Purchase Prize furthers demonstrates our commitment to the arts,” Northern Trust Wealth Management President Steven Fradkin said. “We are delighted this year to expand our support for EXPO CHICAGO by offering this prize to three notable museums across the country while helping to raise the profile of up-and-coming galleries and artists. After a hiatus due to the pandemic, it’s wonderful to see the return of EXPO CHICAGO, a beautiful, not-to-be missed event.”

Leadership from each institution, joined by representatives from EXPO CHICAGO and Northern Trust, will select the artworks from one of the exhibiting EXPOSURE galleries, installed on the main floor of the exposition. The 2022 EXPOSURE section, curated by Humberto Moro, features solo and two-artist presentations, and elevates the profile of young international galleries and supports the careers of emerging artists.

“Northern Trust has a long legacy of supporting museums and cultural organizations in cities throughout America and we continue to be deeply grateful for their yearly commitment to awarding their annual Purchase Prize at EXPO CHICAGO,” said Tony Karman, President | Director. “Increasing the number of recipient institutions to receive such an award significantly broadens Northern Trust’s national platform of support, and provides a much greater impact for all of the artists, museums, and galleries involved in the 2022 prize.”

“We are thrilled that the Portland Art Museum and our community will benefit from the expansion of the Northern Trust Prize,” said Brian Ferriso, Director and Chief Curator of the Portland Art Museum. “These prizes have empowered museums to champion the work of emerging contemporary artists, bringing an expansive and inclusive approach to art collecting at a time when it has never been more needed.”

“We’re thrilled to be the recipient of the 2022 Northern Trust Purchase Prize, which aligns with our mission to support emerging and innovative ideas amongst artists,” said PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. “This is a wonderful opportunity to jumpstart conversations and foster cultural relationships across regions, from the Midwest to the South, and I look forward to seeing the artwork that will join our permanent collection.”

“We are absolutely delighted to receive the Northern Trust Purchase Prize,” said Mary Ceruti, Executive Director of the Walker Art Center. “The Walker has a long history of supporting artists in the early stages of their career, and we look forward to building on this mission by acquiring a new work at the upcoming fair, especially as it comes after a long time of limited exhibition opportunities for emerging voices.”

In previous editions, the Northern Trust Purchase Prize was awarded to:

  • 2019: Summer Wheat’s Extinguishers, displayed at Shulamit Nazarian, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s Long Division II, displayed at NOME Berlin, donated to the Speed Museum and chosen by Stephen Reily, the Director of the Speed Museum and Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Museum;
  • 2018: Amir H. Fallah’s Calling On The Past, displayed at Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, donated to The University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art and chosen by Alison Gass, the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art;
  • 2017: Rachel Monosov and Admire Kamudzengerere’s collaborative project 1972, exhibited by Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, donated to Northwestern University’s Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art and chosen by Lisa Graziose Corrin, the Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Block Museum of Art, Christine O. Robb, Chair of the Block Museum Board of Advisors and Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Block Museum Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs;
  • 2016: Neil Raitt’s Emerald Waters (New Beverly), displayed at Anat Ebgi Gallery, donated to DePaul Art Museum and chosen by DePaul Art Museum Executive Director Julie Rodrigues Widholm and DePaul University Trustee Dia Weil;
  • 2015: JJ PEET’s Jaw X, displayed at On Stellar Rays Gallery, donated to The Arts Club of Chicago and chosen by Arts Club Executive Director Janine Mileaf and Chairman of the Board Helyn Goldenberg;
  • 2014: Elise Ferguson’s Saree, displayed at Romer Young Gallery, chosen by a jury led by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and placed in the permanent collection at Northern Trust;
  • 2013: Jorinde Voigt’s Horizon (Berlin II), displayed at David Nolan Gallery and Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery, donated to The Art Institute of Chicago and selected by Mark Pascale, Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings.


EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art features leading international galleries alongside a leading platform for contemporary art and cultural programming. Hosted within historic Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, EXPO CHICAGO presents a diverse and inventive program, including /Dialogues (presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and Exchange by Northern Trust: An Interactive Conversation Around the Art of Collecting, unrivaled talks programs for both public and VIP audiences; IN/SITU, dynamic on-site installations highlighting large-scale sculpture, film, and site-specific work; and major public art initiatives, including IN/SITU Outside, public art installed throughout Chicago Park District locations, and OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project, a curated selection of international artists throughout the city’s digital billboard network. The EXPO CHICAGO program also features an unprecedented commitment to host curatorial initiatives during the exposition, including the Curatorial Forum in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI), and the Curatorial Exchange, which partners with foreign agencies and consulates to expand the exposition’s global reach. EXPO CHICAGO is the publisher of THE SEEN, Chicago’s only international journal of contemporary and modern art criticism, distributed throughout the United States and Europe.

EXPO CHICAGO is presented by Art Expositions, LLC. Under the leadership of President and Director Tony Karman, EXPO CHICAGO draws upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant international cultural destination, while highlighting the region’s contemporary arts community and inspiring its collector base. For more information on EXPO CHICAGO visit expochicago.com.