ArtUnleashed Exhibition and Sale Raises Record $390,000 for Scholarships

ArtUnleashed Preview Party in full swing.

May 2, 2012

The University of the Arts' fourth annual ArtUnleashed Exhibition and Sale, held April 11 - 14, was a great success, raising more than $390,000 for the Sam S. McKeel Promising Young Artists Scholarship Fund, the most ever raised by the event.

More than 600 collectors, art enthusiasts, faculty, staff and alumni attended the gala Preview Party, where artists mingled with collectors and supporters, and were entertained by performances from students in the School of Music. Many others visited the exhibition and purchased artwork during the public sale.

Samantha Jane Blankley '12 (Sculpture) with her work, "Aroara Bust," which was sold during the party.

ArtUnleashed offered a unique opportunity for collectors and art enthusiasts at all levels to connect with the next generation of creators and visionaries. This year, revenues from sales were up 70 percent over the prior year and original works from fine jewelry and crafts to paintings, drawings and prints were sold.

For the first time, ArtUnleashed dedicated a single gallery to a special selection of work from two of the University's most noted alumni and true American originals: Arnold Roth BFA '50 (Illustration) and Adam Wallacavage BFA '95 (Photography)

Rumble, the UArts bucket-drum ensemble, greeted guests as they arrived at Hamilton Hall.

Roth is one of America's most celebrated illustrators and cartoonists, and self-described "lowbrow-surrealist-skateboard-pop artist" Adam Wallacavage is an artisan and photographer renowned for creating intricate chandeliers shaped like octopuses.

Sincere thanks go to all the artists and to those who attended, purchased art or contributed to the event. Our special thanks go to Honorary Chair Anne F. Hamilton; Co-Chairs Shelli Alford, Deanna S. DeCherney '66, Jill Felix Colton, Sherry Effron and Stacey Spector; Presenting Sponsors Harriet and Larry Weiss; and Lead Corporate Sponsor Blick Art Materials.

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