Murray State University’s Outstanding Alumni of the Fine Arts Award will be presented to Dennis Horn on Thursday, Oct. 11, at A Taste of the Arts Dinner and Auction.

Notice of the Outstanding Alumni of the Fine Arts Award was met with honor by Horn. “Receipt of this recognition reminds me that very little in life is accomplished by oneself. It’s good to acknowledge those who touched our lives in meaningful ways, those who would not let us get away with anything less. I am thankful for those in my life who saw within me, qualities that I did not always see within myself,” Horn said.

Horn holds a bachelor of fine arts/teaching degree from Murray State University where he received the 1981 President’s Art Award of Excellence. He was the first Murray art student to participate in the university’s off-campus work study program. He holds a master of master of arts in arts administration/community arts management from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He taught elementary art education for two years in Caldwell County (Princeton), Ky., where he also served as the first executive director of a small community-based arts organization and gallery.

Volunteer activities and memberships are among his many accomplishments, including Arts Kentucky, the Fundraising Executives of Metro Louisville, Kentucky School Public Relations Association, and the national Arts Education Partnership in Washington, D.C. He served as a volunteer board member for the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and a volunteer fundraiser and project coordinator for the renovation of the James Burnett community park in Shelbyville, Ky.

“Dennis Horn was a natural choice for the 2012 Taste of the Arts Alumni Award because of his extensive background as an arts advocate as executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council and his current educational activities with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s GEAR UP Kentucky program,” noted Dr. Dick Dougherty, chair of MSU’s art and design department.

The Award for the Outstanding Alumni in the Fine Arts will be presented at the annual A Taste of the Arts Dinner and Auction hosted by the college of humanities and fine arts at Murray State University on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center.

A Taste of the Arts is a unique and entertaining auction gala showcasing performances by MSU’s most talented students in music and theatre, fine dining, and unique live and silent auctions. The fourth annual event will offer the opportunity to bid on over $20,000 in show tickets, getaways, beautiful works of art and jewelry, gift baskets, and many one-of-a-kind experiences, like conducting the Racer Band. All proceeds benefit Murray State student scholarships in art, music and theatre.

Special celebrity appearances by Jilon VanOver and Chrishell Stause. Stause is an actress, formerly with “All My Children” and currently filming in television and film. She is from Benton, Ky., and graduated from Murray State with a degree in Ttheatre in 2003. Jilon VanOver graduated in 2001 from Murray State University with a degree in theatre. His film credits include “Hatfields and McCoys” and “Juliet’s Ring.” He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kiley king.

The dinner is sponsored by FNB Bank. Event tickets are available at the MSU office of development ($50 per person or a sponsored table of 8 guests for $350).  For additional event information or to reserve your tickets, contact Tina Bernot at the Murray State University office of development at (270) 809-3250 or email

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