MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University will host the 10th annual A Taste of the Arts dinner and auction Thursday, Oct. 25, on the stage of historic Lovett Auditorium.

The event, which is sponsored by FNB Bank, showcases and supports the talents of Murray State art, music and theatre students through an evening of fine dining, auctions and performances. It is an opportunity to gather with alumni, friends and community members in an evening that celebrates students in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

“A Taste of the Arts is a gala-style auction and dinner event that showcases our talented student performers and artists while raising money for student scholarships in the departments of art, music and theatre,” said Lucy Love, development director for the college. “Last year we were able to raise $20,000 for student scholarships and our goal this year is to raise $30,000.”

This year marks the first year A Taste of the Arts will be held in Lovett Auditorium.

“Since this is the 10th anniversary of A Taste of the Arts, I wanted to do things differently, so we moved the festivities to what is arguably the heart of fine arts on Murray State’s campus,” Love said. “We’re also encouraging all the guests to wear black and white cocktail attire to add a new visual element to the evening.”

Throughout the evening, attendees will participate in a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and live auction. Attendees will find several new and exciting auction items and experiences to bid on, including beach trips, city excursions, Broadway experiences, tickets and behind-the-scenes access to the Radio City Music Christmas Spectacular, artwork and much more. There will also be a new and exclusive wine tasting prior to the regular cocktail hour that guests may attend for an additional cost.

The evening will ultimately conclude with a celebration of alumni excellence through the awarding of three Outstanding Alumni in Fine Arts awards. This year will mark the first time three individual awards will be given to alumni representing the departments of art, music and theatre.

“This award is bestowed on alumni in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts for their significant contributions to their fields, industries and crafts,” Love said.

Tickets for A Taste of the Arts cost $75 per person, which include the silent auction, cocktail hour, dinner and live auction. Guests wishing to attend the wine tasting experience can do so for a cost of $125 per person, which also includes the entire evening of events.

Guests attending the exclusive wine tasting can enter Lovett Auditorium at 5 p.m. with the wine tasting starting at 5:30 p.m. The silent auction and cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m.

RSVP by Oct. 15 to attend A Taste of the Arts by contacting the Office of Development at 270-809-3001 or by contacting Love directly at llove@murraystate.edu.

The exterior of Lovett Auditorium at night.
Murray State University will host the 10th annual A Taste of the Arts dinner and auction Thursday, Oct. 25, on the stage of historic Lovett Auditorium.
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