Bacchanal 2022 is Sunday

This painting by Meemi Liu (Cheekwood Pumpkins, Oil on Canvas, 36 X 48 in) is among the incredible auction items available for purchase at this year’s Bacchanal event.​​Tennessee Tech University's School of Art, Craft and Design presents the 25th Annual Bacchanal at Spankies Restaurant on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

After a two-year hiatus, the festival of food, fun, and fine art benefiting student scholarships has returned. Attendees will enjoy live music, food, and drink beginning at 1 p.m. with the live auction of artworks beginning at 2:30 p.m.

“Bacchanal represents the generosity of all involved, this event has enjoyed the support of the entire Tech and Upper Cumberland community for the past 25 years,” Bevin Butler, event coordinator, said. “We hope to see it continue for another 25 years.”

The auction will include a  variety of donated works from renowned national and local artists, Tech alumni, and accomplished faculty members, artists in residence, and students.  All concentrations offered by the SACD are included such as art education, clay, digital design, fibers, glass, metals, painting, and wood.

All proceeds contribute to an endowment that funds the Bacchanal Scholarships for students of the SACD.  Students have the opportunity to develop creative potential, learn skills and design processes, acquire cultural knowledge, and develop critical faculties through visual art experiences.  Since Bacchanal began, over 120 students have received Bacchanal Scholarships totaling more than $150,000.  This year ten talented students were awarded this competitive scholarship.

Every year, attendees are delighted by a generous buffet prepared by Spankies Restaurant, refreshing beer provided by Budweiser of Cookeville, and a variety of fine wines contributed by Empire Distributors of Tennessee.  

Spankies Restaurant is located at 203 East 9th Street, Cookeville. Advance reservations are $60 and $70 at the door on Sunday. For more information on Bacchanal 2022 or to make reservations visit

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