A Game of Chance


This poster comprises images of the 56 different artist-made playing cards that were exhibited at Printworks Gallery in Chicago to benefit “Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization,” a national charity based in Chicago at the time.

The participating artists were: Nicholas Africano, Deborah Barrett, Bennett Bean, Mary Bero, Nancy Bowen, Christopher Brown, John Buck, Lou Cabeen, Max King Cap, Jan Carmichael, Sally Chandler, Antonia Contro, Lesley Dill, Rafael Ferrer, Julia Fish, Tony Fitzpatrick, Nancy Fried, Leon Golub, April Gornik, Harmony Hammond, Don Ed Hardy, Richard Hull, Richard Hunt, Susan King, Joyce Kozloff, Ellen Lanyon, Li Lin Lee, Riva Lehrer, Judy Linhares, Jim Lutes, Kenna Moser, Mr. Imagination, Audrey Niffenegger, Gladys Nilsson, Ed Paschke, Neraldo de la Paz, Howardena Pindell, Katherine Porter, Janis Provisor, Beth Reisman, Anne Siems, Hollis Sigler (three cards), Nicholas Sistler, T.L. Solien, Nancy Spero, Fred Stonehouse, Inez Storer, Ken Warneke, Leslie Wayne, Margaret Wharton, William Wiley, Marian Winsryg, Betty Woodman, and Lynn Zetzman.

The project that culminated in this poster was curated by the late artist and feminist Hollis Sigler. Hollis Sigler was born in Gary, Indiana in 1948 and studied in Florence before receiving an MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1985, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which went into remission after treatment. In 1993 the cancer returned. For her final professional project, Sigler asked artists to each design a playing card or joker, the resulting “deck” to be laid out on a poster. The idea appealed to her because “getting cancer is the same as a game of chance… Who gets it or doesn’t is chance — which is why the idea of playing cards is an appropriate organizing theme.” (Chicago Tribune Magazine, November 16, 1997)

This artwork is not currently on display.


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Physical Dimensions

38 x 26 1/2 in.




Sigler, Hollis, et al., “A Game of Chance,” Skokie Public Library History, accessed April 16, 2024, https://skokielibraryhistory.omeka.net/items/show/41.