By Jesse Russell, student news writer, Office of University Communications
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – ARTrageous event is an after-hours fundraising event at The Pence-Chowning Art Gallery on Friday, April 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. featuring artwork from the Campbellsville University Annual Student Juried Show.
All of the proceeds from the fundraiser support the new building complex, which will house the ceramics studio, sculpture studio, new auditorium with seating for 100, computer lab, and an additional gallery on the green space between University Drive and Columbia Court on North Columbia Avenue. Donations are taken at the door.
“ARTrageous is an opportunity to display the best of the best artwork that our students are producing and celebrate their achievements by hosting an after-hours fundraising event,” Susie Trejo Williams, assistant professor of art and design, said.
“We are proud of their hard work, and want the community, parents and students to attend and help to fundraise for the much-needed space to continue the trajectory of talent from our growing department.
Students have the option to price their artwork for sale. We encourage the community to support students through the purchase of artworks.”
Davie Reneau, associate professor of art who directs The Pence-Chowning Art Gallery, maintains a full schedule of exhibitions each semester with artwork from local, regional and national artists.
Additionally, graduating seniors rotate exhibition times in the gallery as part of their capstone course. The only time to see artwork from freshmen, sophomore and juniors is during the Annual Student Juried Show.
“This event was started to display artwork represented from all of our students and to bring people to the gallery who many not otherwise have an opportunity to visit during reception times,” Trejo Williams said.
This fundraiser will be hosted by the Art & Design Department with support from the Patrons of the Visual Arts and CU’s Office of Development. It originated as an OR leadership project in spring 2017. The students wanted to give back to the university through the fundraising efforts for the new art complex and bring awareness to the visual arts. They installed the artwork, selected the name of the event, selected the invitation design, and came up with the menu of “Upscale Southern.”
Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 10,000 students offering over 90 programs of study including 20 master’s degrees, six postgraduate areas and seven pre-professional programs. The university has off-campus centers in Kentucky cities Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset and Hodgenville with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro, Summersville and Liberty, all in Kentucky, and one in Costa Mesa, Calif., and a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.