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Football, art to come together at Soldier Field

August 31, 2012
A partial image of John Bukaty print from 2012 Kansas-Missouri basketball game.

A partial image of John Bukaty print from 2012 Kansas-Missouri basketball game.

Saturday’s Soldier Field Showdown III game between Northern Illinois and Iowa at the historic Chicago stadium will be captured by live painter John Bukaty.

The original artwork, which Bukaty will paint from a corner of the field, will be auctioned off on Northern Illinois’ official athletics website,, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the painting going to support the NIU football program.

To bid, click on the “auction” link at the top of the front page of; the auction will be live online until midnight Saturday, Sept. 8.

In addition to the original piece of art, 20” x 16” prints of Bukaty’s live painting from Soldier Field will be available for $125 through his website, A portion of the proceeds from each print sold will go to NIU Athletics.

Bukaty, who previously did a live painting of the final Big XII Conference basketball game between Kansas and Missouri, is well-known for his images of musicians painted as they are on stage.

The artist said his connections to Chicago and to Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren have him looking forward to painting the game at Soldier Field.

“I am thrilled to be back painting in Chicago, where in 1999 I left the corporate world behind to follow my dream of being an artist,” Bukaty said. “And what an honor it is to reconnect with Dave Doeren, one my oldest friends, who taught me so much as my high school football mentor. I can’t wait to get out on the field and capture the moment through my painting and to bring added excitement to what will certainly be an epic day of football.”

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