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MVNU Alumni, Faculty Auction Art to Support Scholarships

August 23, 2012

ARTalum SocietyMOUNT VERNON, Ohio-Mount Vernon Nazarene University's ARTalum Society will gather for its tenth annual Art Exhibit and Silent Auction during MVNU's Homecoming this year. The show will run from Ocotber 5 through November 10 in the Schnormeier Gallery, located in MVNU's Buchwald Center in downtown Mount Vernon. The public is invited to bid on these pieces throughou the show, and to attend a reception on Saturday, November 10, from 1-3 p.m.

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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. The ARTalum Society 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 MVNU 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.

For more information about this event or the Schnormeier Gallery, call (740) 397-9000, etx. 3042, or visit

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. 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 25 states and six countries and U.S. territories.

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