One-hundred and fifty art lovers converged on the UMC McIntruff Conference Center on Saturday night, April 24th to enjoy themselves and support the School of Art during the 2nd Annual Medici Circle-School of Art 5×7 Scholarship Fundraiser. Wine, food, art, and especially wine came together to net the School of Art over $21,000 to support scholarship endowments and other pressing School of Art needs.
The rush for the 5x7s (each of which sold for $75) was preceded by a live auction for which six pieces had been selected and pulled from the display. Rob Glover’s sterling silver tongs, an homage to Adelaide Paul’s early ceramic work caused a bidding war that made the work fetch $600. Six hundred dollars was also fetched by Toni Arnett’s elegant tulip. William Cannings’ gold leafed inflated steel “pillow” came in close behind them at $550. Other work by Alice Briggs, Carol Flueckiger, and Carol C. Howell also fetched three to four times beyond the standard $75 price tag. Soon thereafter, the 5×7 scramble began and 150 works quickly sold, bringing the total artworks sales to nearly $12,000 in less than an hour.
The School of Art is particularly grateful to the UMC Health System for their very generous underwriting support of the fundraiser. Additionally, we wish to thank Kelly Marble and College Flowers for their in-kind donation of flowers and table décor. We also wish to thank the following table sponsors: Ms. Melissa Grimes and Studio West, Dr. Taylor Eighmy and the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Art History Faculty, Dustin & Elisabeth Burrows, the Henry Family, Blair Isom and family, and Mr. Ted Rushing and the Rushing Family Foundation. We are especially appreciative of the 5×7 artworks which were donated by so many of our artist friends and alumni for around the nation, state and Lubbock.