Proceeds fund art student scholarships and educational experiences

MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s Department of Art and Design will host its annual Holiday Art Auction on Nov. 8 in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery at the Murray campus. The event features artwork from faculty, students, alumni and local artists. All works will be up for auction, and all proceeds benefit art student scholarships and opportunities to meet with visiting artists. 

This year’s featured artist is T. Michael Martin, assistant professor of art and director of University Galleries. Martin’s painting, “Fortified Complex,” will be one of the highlighted items in the auction. 

The Clara M. Eagle Gallery is located on the sixth floor of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building. The silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the live auction following at 6:30 p.m. There will be live music throughout the evening as well as hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Admission is free and open to the public.

Murray State University’s Department of Art and Design will host its annual Holiday Art Auction on Nov. 8 in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery at the Murray campus.

“The annual art auction is the most important student scholarship fundraising opportunity in the Department of Art and Design,” said Christopher M. Lavery, department chair. “Welcoming students, parents, faculty, staff and community members into our gallery for a night of food, fundraising, and meaningful gift giving is the department’s greatest pleasure. The art auction benefits students financially, but ultimately provides our students with professional development opportunities through the operations of the auction and learning how a fundraiser is put together.  I hope that everyone can join us for the event. It truly will be a wonderful time.”

“These scholarships are really important to me because a lot of students need a little extra help in the things they want to do,” said Jasmine Groves, a studio art major with enhanced art history from Louisville, Kentucky. “I know students here want to do amazing things, and I’m really grateful to the art auction and everyone who works on that team to be able to help us out with that.”

For more information about the auction or upcoming art events and exhibits, please email msu.art@murraystate.edu or call the office at 270-809-3784.

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