Murray State University, in conjunction with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the office of development, will host the eighth annual A Taste of the Arts Dinner and Auction event on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center.
A night of fine art paired with fine dining, the event will feature performances from students and faculty that include woodwind instruments, guitars, vocals and monologues. The auction will include one-of-a-kind products, experiences, services and works of art.
Along with the dinner and auction, W. Earl Brown will be announced as this year’s recipient of the College of Arts and Humanities Outstanding Alumni Award. Brown is a 1989 graduate of the Murray State theatre program. He has held roles on well-known shows, such as “Deadwood,” “Preacher,” “True Detective” and “Wicked City.”
“Brown is successful today because of the education he received at Murray State. His dedication to his craft, his work ethic, all of the things that make him successful, were partially molded during his time in the theatre program at Murray,” said David Balthrop, chair and professor for the Department of Theatre. “What it means to our students to see his success and to have successful alumni come back to assist them and help with their training is extremely valuable. Brown, and others from the program who are great to our students, increases our success rate with our alumni. Brown’s success equates to higher alumni success. That’s good for Murray.”
“We at Murray State are honored to be able to give an award of this caliber to W. Earl Brown; his successes and his continued dedication to and relationship with Murray State make him a valued alumnus,” said Staci Stone, interim dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.