Art Works fundraiser goes to Nicholls – the value of Nicholls

On Tuesday, April 5, at Talbot Hall, the Art Department of Nicholls State University invited the Thibodaux community to a creative evening of live music, local art, hands-on activities, and an art auction. silent art. The Art Department had the opportunity to once again host its seventh annual fine art event.

Art Works is a fundraiser that raises money directly for art students at Nicholls, and after a 2-year hiatus due to the pandemic, this beautiful celebration of art is finally back on campus. Tickets to attend the event are $50 each. Proceeds from these ticket sales go to the department in the form of scholarships, grants, and mini-grants that send art students to regional and national conferences.

The Art Works event included tours of Talbot Hall studios, interactive learning experiences and a silent auction that featured unique artwork, live music, a cash bar and appetizers. work.

Those who attended the event had the opportunity to create their own vivid image using green screen technology to overlay some of the most famous works of art in history. Guests also had the chance to participate in many other interactive activities, such as designing a screen saver, painting a secco mural, creating a collage design, developing photos in a darkroom and making pottery on a potter’s wheel.

Many beautiful and unique works of art were up for grabs at this year’s Art Auction, including the first piece produced at the 2019 Art Works Steam Rolling Demonstration, the large-format ‘Pelican’ print. by Ernie Milstead.

In honor of the longtime restaurateur and philanthropist who died in 2020, Art Works has now begun auctioning two pieces from the Neal Swanner collection. This collection is complete with pieces that Swanner had purchased through Art Works and the Ceramic Club’s annual Christmas pottery sale over the years. All proceeds from his collection will go to a purse created in his name.

The last Art Works fundraiser in 2019 raised approximately $39,000 and has since provided over $85,000 to the department. This year’s attendance was also excellent and the department brought in over $69,000.

Artwork has also been posted online for supporters who may not have been able to attend the event.

Michael Williams, Associate Professor of Art, said: “We have been trying to have the event since 2020. Every year we proceed as if we would have it, hoping the pandemic restrictions would be lifted. It was a great event, and I think it was a great opportunity for the community to see all the support that art students receive. All the money raised goes back to the students in one way or another. It is paid into the account of the Nicholls Foundation to create scholarships for art majors with a certain GPA. These funds create incredible opportunities for students, such as the ability to go to Europe, apply for shows, and attend conferences. It’s about supporting our students. »

Christopher S. Washington