The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) proudly began its celebration of the American Craft Exposition’s (ACE) 30th year! On January 29, 2014 ACE Co-Chairs Susan White and Debbie Hulick, along with over 45 committee members, came to hear special guests Gustavo Rodriguez, MD, of NorthShore and long-time ACE artist Jonathan Rutledge speak.
Funds raised at this year’s ACE will continue supporting pioneering ovarian cancer research at NorthShore, just as it has done for the past 11 years. Dr. Rodriguez and his research team have uncovered a major biological mechanism underlying the ovarian cancer preventive effects of oral contraceptive pills. Dr. Rodriguez shared with the committee members how this critical research is already showing promising results in preventing ovarian cancer in at-risk women.
Committee members also heard from jewelry artist Jonathan Rutledge, who first exhibited at ACE 10 years ago as an emerging artist. Rutledge shared how he uniquely combines the granulation technique, one of the oldest techniques in jewelry making dating back to the Sumerians, with modern style to create jewelry unparalleled in quality and flair. Rutledge attributes a great deal of his success in his career as an artist to being an emerging artist at ACE when the category was first established in 2004.
“It is such a privilege to have both Dr. Rodriguez and Jonathan Rutledge to help kick-off our 2014 season,” said Co-Chair Debbie Hulick. “For 30 years ACE has been a show unmatched in caliber and significance for so many. We are looking forward to presenting another extraordinary show this year.”