'Art Unleashed' Exhibition and Sale at the University of the Arts Raises $300K for Student Scholarship Fund

May 3, 2010

"Art Unleashed," the second annual University of the Arts exhibition and sale held April 23 – 25, raised more than $300,000 for the University's Sam S. McKeel Promising Young Artists Scholarship Fund, triple the amount raised by the inaugural event last year.

Philanthropist Anne F. Hamilton, who serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Academy of Music, Please Touch Museum and Philadelphia Hospitality, co-chaired the event committee with fellow philanthropists Pamela Berkman, Laurie Marshall and Pia RoyChowdhury.

Art Unleasdhed co-chairs (l-r): Pia RoyChowdhury, Anne F. Hamilton, Pamela Berkman and Laurie Marshall

More than 350 guests attended the preview party on April 23 at the University's Hamilton Hall. Among those in attendance were University of the Arts Life Trustees Dorrance H. Hamilton and Sam S. McKeel, and University Trustees Ira Brind, Richard Jaffe and Sueyun Locks. Maripeg Bruder, William and Laura Buck, Alta and Peter Hamilton, Matt, Charlotte, Nat and Sam Hamilton, Norma Klorfine, Sharon Pinkenson, Carole Shanis, Judith Wicks, and Helene and Archbold Van Beuren were also among the guests in attendance.

Hundreds of original paintings, drawings and prints, ceramics and sculptures, mixed and digital media, and crafts (including jewelry, metals, wood and more) created by student, faculty and alumni artists, were exhibited. Students from the College of Performing Arts also staged performances. Audience members were treated to a doo-wop group; a scene from Carlo Gozzi's tragi-comedy "The Blue Monster"; the dance duet "The Safest Place,"choreographed by School of Dance faculty member Wayne St. David; and a dance number to the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow," with the beat set by the University's bucket-drum ensemble, Rumble.

"We are thrilled with the success of 'Art Unleashed,'" said Univesity President Sean Buffington. "The artwork was exceptional and exemplified the dynamism and inventiveness of the University community. Anne Hamilton and her co-chairs and committee helped to create an extraordinary event that will assist many talented young artists in pursuing their educations."

Recently renamed in honor of the long-time University trustee, the Sam S. McKeel Promising Young Artists Scholarship Fund plays an important role in financially supporting the University's most talented and deserving students. The chairman and publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News from 1986 to 1989, McKeel has served on the boards of Greater Philadelphia First Corporation, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Jefferson University Hospital. 

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