Morgan Freeman will receive Gene Siskel Renaissance Award from School of the Art Institute Chicago

Morgan Freeman will receive Gene Siskel Renaissance Award from School of the Art Institute Chicago
Morgan Freeman

The School of the Art Institute Chicago will Chicago (SAIC) will honor Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman, with the Gene Siskel Renaissance Award on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson Street.) The festive evening will celebrate Freeman’s legendary career as an actor and director as well as give attendees the opportunity to enjoy a candid and insightful conversation as Freeman reminisces about his favorite performances, key influences and most powerful experiences, as well as discussing upcoming projects and his creative process. A retrospective of film clips from his most memorable performances will accompany the conversation.

“Morgan Freeman is a true living legend,” said GSFC of the SAIC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin. “In a film career that spans more than four decades and an incredibly diverse canon of roles, audiences have come to expect that Mr. Freeman will deliver performances that are insightful, moving and always memorable. The instantly recognizable, deep resonance of his voice brings a distinctive richness to every film he appears in or narrates. It is a great honor for us to be able to welcome him to Chicago as we salute him for mesmerizing movie-goers for so many years.”

The benefit is co-chaired by longstanding GSFC supporters and Advisory Board members Eda Davidman and Melissa Sage Fadim. All proceeds support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s film programming as well as lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers.

Past Renaissance Award honorees have included Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., George Lucas, Nicole Kidman, Bob Balaban, John Woo, Michael Mann, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.

Single tickets range in price from $500 to $1,000 (VIP). Table sponsorships range in price from $5,000 to $50,000. For tickets and more info, visit or call (312) 846-2072.

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