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Collecting Art: A Crash Course

Columbia College Women

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)

Collecting Art: A Crash Course

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Early Bird
Includes wine, food, and admission to the talk.
Ended $12.00 $0.00
General Admission
Includes wine, food, and admission to the talk.
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Uprise Art and Columbia College Women present:

“Collecting Art - A Crash Course”
The ins and outs of finding, buying and enjoying art.

Wednesday December 7th
Wine Reception at 7:30pm, Talk begins at 8:30pm
Big Apple Room @ AXA Financial
1290 Sixth Avenue, 15th Floor

As John Waters said, "Contemporary art hates you... and your family!" The art world is notoriously impenetrable and mysterious. This talk provides easy tools for understanding and exploring the art world. Guest speaker Jessica Backus gives an overview of the art market and the different players within it, and presents a practical guide to owning and enjoying great art. The recent rise of new avenues for finding, buying, and discovering art makes personal collecting more accessible than ever.  This short talk will provide invaluable tips to help you navigate these changing tides and start your own art collection.

Jessica Backus (CC ‘04) worked as Associate Director of Peres Projects in Berlin from 2004-2010, placing significant contemporary artworks with major collections throughout Europe. She currently works in Special Projects at the auction house Phillips de Pury & Company in New York.   

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When & Where

AXA Financial
1290 6th Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10104

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)

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Columbia College Women



Columbia College Women (CCW) was founded in 1989 in response to a need within the alumnae community to build a network of support for the continued involvement of the women who, with both their professional accomplishments and civic commitment, help make Columbia College an outstanding place of growth for women.  It is an organization that strives to build and maintain both connections among the alumnae community of the College, as well as between alumnae and female students.


This year, as the CCW community now numbers close to fifteen thousand women, we are very proud to celebrate the twentieth year of our alumna-student Mentoring Program, an event calendar filled with informative and fabulous gatherings.

One of CCW’s most important accomplishments was to establish the CCW Scholarship. With CCW’s commitment to building networks and support for current students, the Scholarship is the next dimension in our support of women’s legacies at the college.  By providing support for high-achieving female students with demonstrated financial need, we are reinforcing the community that we build through volunteer work such as the CCW Mentoring Program.



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