By: Julie Dermody | Category: Special Interest | Issue: November 2007
Ashley Etters, Debbie Hendrix, Tina Davis, John Hinkle, Gary Moeller
Christmas gift buying tends to be a hassle for even the most dedicated of shoppers, and the quest for unique gifts continues to be challenging. While the men on your list insist they do not want anything, the women are just the opposite. To make it even more difficult, you have to decide on something for your parents, in-laws and your boss. Rogers State University’s Student Art Association hopes to eliminate some of the hassle this holiday shopping season with its Art Exhibition and Sale.
Beginning November 8, the Art Exhibition and Sale will be held at RSU’s Foundations Gallery in Baird Hall each weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “The show will showcase student work in a variety of media,” says Gary Moeller, art professor and interim department head. “Everything in the show is for sale, and most of the proceeds will go back to the students. There might even be a few faculty pieces donated, in which the Student Art Association would receive a larger portion of the profits. The department boasts a faculty of highly-qualified artists.” The final day of the event will be December 6.
RSU has gotten tremendous response from its recent addition of a program for students to attain bachelor’s degrees in fine arts. A degree in fine arts can also lead to career opportunities in art-related fields such as advertising design, animation, comic art, drawing, filmmaking, studio fine arts, furniture design, graphic design, illustration, interactive media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and more. As we live in a society filled with creations, ideas and inventions, the possibilities are endless.
“RSU art students come together regularly to celebrate artistic expression, promote the study of art, as well as to complete community service projects through the Student Art Association,” Moeller adds. “The Student Art Association is open to all majors.”
President of the Student Art Association, Ashley Etters, is excited about this year’s event. “The Student Art Association will receive a 20 percent commission on all sales in order to help raise funds for student art trips and events,” she says. Members of the association are planning a trip to visit the Chicago Art Institute during winter or spring break, and proceeds from the event will help get them on their way.
The caliber of artists at RSU is amazing, and they are still honing their skills. With such a diverse group of artists contributing to the event, visitors will most likely leave having bought a piece of art. The Student Art Association will offer something for everyone at the sale. What a great way to find special, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your Christmas shopping list. Items will include ceramics, sculpture, photography, paintings, drawings and more.
Visit the Rogers State University Christmas Art Exhibition and Sale for unique solutions to gift buying. The event, held November 8 through December 6, is especially perfect if you are hunting for that person who has everything. Better yet, treasures are at bargain prices, and proceeds go towards a wonderful cause.