Art Works meets fundraising milestone, exhibit planned for contributing artists

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls Art Department raised more than $30,000 during its annual spring art exhibit, Art Works, which is the most raised in the event’s 5-year history.

Held on March 20, the fundraiser, which highlights the department’s faculty and students through tours, demonstrations, hands-on crafts and an auction, benefits students through scholarships, grants and equipment and technology upgrades.

New this year was the ability for patrons who couldn’t make the event to bid on the unique auction items online.

“Our fifth anniversary of Art Works was a huge success,” said Jean Donegan, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “The community, faculty and students came together to put on a great event that will help our students attend conferences, workshops, exhibitions and study abroad. I can’t wait for next spring.”

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 that have helped more than 20 students to hold exhibits and attend regional and national conferences.

As a thank you to the artists who have donated work in the past, Nicholls will hold a Friends of Art Works exhibition from April 16-20 in the Ameen Art Gallery. The exhibition will feature select pieces from the faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members who have worked with Art Works over the years.

A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 18 in the gallery, located in Talbot Hall.

“This is in honor of the artists who have made this event possible with their donations,” she said. “The pieces provided by these artists have helped to make Art Works the success that it has become. This is our way of expressing our gratitude and recognizing their contributions to Nicholls.”


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