Student art, experience will be on display at spring fundraiser

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University art department will host the popular and interactive fundraiser, Art Works, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 in Talbot Hall.

The event will include tours of the studios; interactive learning experiences for attendees; a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind artwork by faculty, alumni, local artists and students; an exhibit of local artists’ work; complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

“Art Works is a great fundraiser that supports scholarship, student development activities and the attainment of art studio equipment for the Nicholls State University Department of Art,” said Jean Donegan, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Returning for the second year is “Bon Temps,” an exhibit featuring unique hand-painted furniture created by alumni, faculty, students and professional artists and designers. Furniture will be shown and sold in the lobby of the Mary and Al Danos Theater.

For those with an interest in arts, crafts and photography, Nicholls art students and faculty will be on hand to show you tips and tricks to elevate your art. Demonstrations will be held on metal pouring, printmaking and blacksmithing, while hands-on opportunities to use a potter’s wheel, create hand-colored photographs and create silk prints will also be available.

Tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds are put back into the art department to benefit students. Last year’s event raised $27,000 and proceeds have funded nearly $45,000 in scholarships awarded over the past four years and even more for grants which have helped more than 20 students to hold exhibits and attend regional and national conferences.

“My Art Works scholarship was a blessing to my education as well as my artistic growth,” said Nicholls alum, Mark Orgeron. “I was able to experience things that I had only read about and seen in books and on screen, such Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and the Roman Colosseum. As I continue as an art teacher, this study abroad experience will continue to be a well of inspiration overflowing into my life and my classroom.”

New this year is the ability to bid for items online. Supporters unable to attend the event can still bid on many of the items available for auction by signing up at

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 448-457 or visit  


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