Bacchanal, an annual fundraising event supporting emerging artists in Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft & Design, is Oct. 22 from 1-5 p.m. at Spankies restaurant in Cookeville.
“This year’s Bacchanal auction will feature an incredible selection of art created by renowned artists from across the country,” said Kimberly Winkle, Director of the School of Art, Craft & Design within the College of Fine Arts at Tennessee Tech University. “We are truly grateful for the wonderful community support that we receive every year. In-kind sponsorships; contributions from local businesses, individuals and artists; volunteers at the event; and numerous attendees make this event possible and allow us to award scholarships each year.”
Proceeds from Bacchanal provide financial support to bachelor of fine arts students at Tech.
“This scholarship made a big difference in my academic career,” said Sara Wiggins, a recent scholarship winner. “It allowed me to purchase materials for projects, contribute to tuition and concentrate on creating and immersing myself in my academic career without worrying about finances.”
Past scholarship recipients include Kerrick Johnson, described as a “modern glass artist” and represented by fine art galleries throughout the United States; Benjamin Wright, now director of education at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, New York ; Adam Kenny, now director of the Craft Business Accelerator for Bridgeway Capital in Pittsburgh; Ellen Kleckner, now executive director at the Iowa Ceramic Center; Thomas L. Edwards, a studio potter with work represented by galleries across the country; and Lori Sloan, now the director at the Knoxville Arts and Fine Craft Center.
Reservations can be made now for Bacchanal 2017 for $50 in advance or $60 at the door.Online registration is available at tntech.edu/bacchanal. For additional information, contact Gail Gentry at email@example.com or call 931-372-6883.
Donors to Bacchanal 2017, a scholarship fundraiser for the School of Art, Craft & Design at Tennessee Tech University, are pictured gathered at Spankies Restaurant making final preparations for the event scheduled Oct. 22, 1-5 p.m. Standing, from left, are Steve Jones, Spankies Restaurant; George Dixon, Budweiser; James Massengille, Swallows Newman; Carl Owens, Tennessee Tech University and representing Electronic Express; Sam Holm, Chartwells at Tennessee Tech; Jay Albrecht, Upper Cumberland Business Journal and Jon Josephson, Spankies Restaurant. Seated, from left, are Taylor Wright, Spankies Restaurant; Kimberly Winkle, Tennessee Tech University School of Art, Craft & Design; Diana Baranowski, Platinum Underwriter and Veronica Birdwell, Empire Distributors. Not pictured ate supporters Diana Mandli, The Bull and Thistle Pub; Mike Grosklaus, FASTSIGNS; Sara Johnson, Johnson’s Nursery; Trish Stover, Party Source and Rentals; Wayne Cravens, Cravens & Co.; Donna Simpson, Law Office of Donna Simpson; Martelia Crawford, attorney; Sally and Andy Pardue; Alan Tatum, Payless Family Pharmacy and Jeff Jones, Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves and Jones PLLC. For more information about the event, call 931-372-6883.