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Student art auction raises $1,000 for charities

October 5, 2012

Eleven not for profit organizations will share in nearly $1,000 raised by an auction of artwork by 10 Indiana State University students.

The silent auction took place during the recent "Sense of Place" art exhibition at Halcyon Gallery of Contemporary Art. Ten Indiana State art majors donated works created during this summer's Sycamore Artists Residing in Our Town" (SARIOT) program. The students' art focused on the theme "Our Town," also the theme of a semester-long program planned by the university's College of Arts and Sciences for spring 2013.

Indiana State's Center for Student Research and Creativity sponsored the undergraduate art experience. Each artist selected one or more works of art to benefit the charity of his or her choice.

With voluntary guidance from art professors Fran Lattanzio, Nancy Nichols-Pethick and Glenn Dunlap, the students were paid for a 10-week intensive focus on creating art befitting the theme. The professors individually mentored their students during the summer, the entire SARIOT group met to discuss each artist's ongoing projects and the students made an inspirational trip to the Art Institute in Chicago.

"Research suggests that experiences such as intensive summer research and creative projects are highly beneficial to students above and beyond the formal academic instruction they receive. These students are more prepared and more competitive for whatever path they choose to take after they graduate," said Tom Steiger, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Student Research and Creativity. "Co-curricular, intensive summer programs such as SARIOT combine experiential learning and community engagement that reflect ISU's core values."

Organizations benefiting from the art auction are Swope Museum, Arts Illiana, St. Ann Clinic, 14th and Chestnut Community Center, Council on Domestic Abuse, Terre Haute Humane Society, Downtown Terre Haute, Next Step, Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall, Wabash Valley Habitat for Humanity, Vigo County Family Y.

Contact: Tom Steiger, professor of sociology and director, Center for Student Research and Creativity, Indiana State University, thomas.steiger@indstate.edu

 

 

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Eleven not for profit organizations will share in nearly $1,000 raised by an auction of artwork by 10 Indiana State University students. The silent auction took place during thes recent "Sense of Place" exhibition at Hancyon Gallery.of Contemporary Art.

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