The Art and Design department is organizing an online auction to fund scholarships


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The Department of Art and Design hosted its annual art auction, raising nearly $ 7,200 towards its goal of $ 10,000 to fund scholarships for art and design students.

The art auction, held online from October 25 to November 15, features artwork from faculty, alumni, students, and community members.

The auction highlighted several artistic disciplines, including woodworking, drawing, painting and ceramics.

$ 7,197 was raised to fund scholarships. Department of Art and Design chairman Chris Lavery said the goal was determined based on past events.

“[That goal is] based on what we normally collect each year, ”Lavery said. “We’re lower this year, it’s all based on who’s buying things and who isn’t.”

Lavery said the art auction is organized by the arts department and managed by faculty in the department.

“The faculty generally manages this part of [the auction], although it goes through our office and now we work a bit in partnership with [the Office of] Development to do the online portion of the auction, ”Lavery said.

The auction usually takes place in person, but with the COVID-19 restrictions, the auction had to be held online.

“It’s usually a live event, and it’s one night,” Lavery said. “With the COVID restrictions, how many people could fit in the gallery is not doable by these standards.”

This is an unusual auction, Lavery said, as it showcases art from many artists but still affordable for those looking to purchase new pieces.

“We try to have professors, students, alumni and community members donate artwork and the prizes are really good deals then,” Lavery said. “It’s more a question of how much we getit covers the cost and fundraising aspect of it.

Junior Kerrie Pullen, a double major in Fine Arts and Arts Education, was this year’s featured student artist.

She said it was great to know that the proceeds from her artwork will go towards scholarships.

“I am still an advocate of free universities and all schools. As that is not the case here at MSU or in most colleges across the country, I am more than happy to participate in something that allows others to have more access and support to attend college. Said Pullen. “Everyone has the right to do this and I’m always happy to help. “

Pullen said her art reflects her identity and her life experiences.

“My job is to understand and experience my Filipino American culture,” Pullen said. “I do a lot of historical research, interview family members, and obtain information from memories, traditions, photographs and more.”

Pullen’s work has several unusual elements. She experimented with the use of various layers in her drawing using hair, sewing, food, and other 3D elements.

“I do a lot of large-scale installation work using cut paper, found objects, textiles, and even real food,” Pullen said.

Murray State Art and Design alumnus Bailey Roman said her star piece, “Has Hell Frozen Over? Examines the historical patterns of natural hazards and disasters over the past century in the United States.

“This article deals specifically with environmental apathy. The idea arose from watching reactions to the pandemic as the lockdown became more relaxed, ”Roman said. “I started to compare the two and how there seems to be a common thread not only with the pandemic but also with climate change.”

Environmental apathy refers to a reaction caused by extreme anxiety about climate change, believing that it cannot be fixed or that we shouldn’t bother to fix it.

“The color palette I chose is still very limited so that you almost feel like you’re looking through a filter when looking at the fire and really creating the feeling of emotional dissonance between the fire and its surroundings,” Roman said. “The horses in the play are inspired by America’s obsession with the supernatural, Western themes, and the indomitable.”

This auction consists of works of art donated by professors, alumni and students. None of the pieces have been ordered for auction.

“The pieces I have donated were all made at different points in my college career,” Pullen said. “The drawings that I made around the beginning of 2020 while my box set and my engraving were made this year.”

Lavery said this year’s auction featured around 140 donated works of art.

“We usually see maybe a few extra items donated in a live auction, but we certainly weren’t missing out,” Lavery said.

Pullen said it was gratifying to be selected as a featured student artist.

“It’s a great honor to be chosen by my teachers and to see people bid on my work,” Pullen said. “It’s validating as an artist and a student.”

This was the first year that the auction was held online; However, Lavery said that in the future the ministry may consider combining an in-person and online auction to reach a wider audience.


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