MVNU alumni, faculty auction art to support scholarships
October 4, 2011
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio-Mount Vernon Nazarene University's ARTalum Society will gather for its ninth annual Art Exhibit and Silent Auction during MVNU's Homecoming this year. The event will take place in Schnormeier Gallery, located in MVNU's Buchwald Center in downtown Mount Vernon. The public is invited to the reception and auction to benefit scholarships for current art students on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 1-3 p.m.
In a celebration of art-making and as a chance to give back to the art community that supported them as developing artists, alumni donate their works for the exhibit and silent auction, which features paintings, sculpture, ceramics, prints, mixed media and photography. Raising over $14,000 so far, ARTalum and the MVNU Art Department created an endowment to use the proceeds from the silent auction to support incoming freshmen in beginning their art exploration and current art majors in the production of their senior projects. The endowment was officially named the Crispin Webb Memorial Art Scholarship in 2008 in honor of 2002 graduate Crispin Webb who died unexpectedly in November 2006.
The ARTalum Society was created in 2003 by MVNU graduates Kimberly Rhyan, Katie Lane, Tina Corrigan, Laura Tappen, Melinda Harter and Crispin Webb. As a student, Rhyan personally benefited from an anonymous benefactor who supported her senior art project. This act spurred her and other alumni to begin the endowment to support current art students. This group also develops and facilitates community and support between students and professional artists, and works to create opportunities for growth.
The ARTalum Society consists of: Tina Corrigan, president; Kimberly Rhyan, vice president; Melinda Harter, annual exhibit chairperson; Kimmy Noonen and Sarah Drobnack, graphic design team; Tricia Bowles, student liaison; Andrew Lane, technology chairperson; and Katie Lane, at-large member.
For more information about this event or the Schnormeier Gallery, call (740) 397-9000, etx. 3042, or visit www.mvnu.edu/art-design.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. U.S. News & World Report ranks MVNU in the top 50 Regional Colleges (Midwest) for the eighth year in a row. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,600 students from 26 states and seven countries and U.S. territories.