A bidding war erupted over nine artworks during an opening reception and auction at Valdosta State this week, but a few artworks were not sold and will be available for anyone to purchase throughout the exhibition, which runs through Wednesday, Feb. 19.
The Department of Art at Valdosta State University hosted the DrawProject 2014 at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts.
Sponsored by Guardian Bank, Bush Wealth Management, and Classic Art & Frame Co., DrawProject 2014, collaboration between the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts and the university's Department of Art, boasted a record-breaking 75 drawings.
Each year, artists from the community, region, and across the country are invited to contribute creative works for the exhibition. The artists interpret the concept of "drawing" and create an original artwork to be exhibited and donated for auction.
This year's submissions feature a variety of media and a broad range of techniques and subject matter, and encompass a contemporary interpretation of what it means to draw. The bidding started at $35. Works that reached $150 were moved to an open auction near the conclusion of the reception.
"To all of the contributing artists," said Michael T. Schmidt, interim head of the VSU Department of Art, "we appreciate your time, generosity, and outstanding creative solutions to the challenge of ‘drawing' and the tradition of the DrawProject."
DrawProject benefits two scholarships. The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts Scholarship is awarded annually to support a VSU junior art, design, or art education major for meritorious production in the classroom and a commitment to service within the community. The Danielle B. Harmon Student Merit Scholarship recognizes departmental majors for superior classroom performance; before her death in 2010, she was an instructor in VSU's Department of Art.
DrawProject is the brainchild of Jamie Harmon, former curator of the Turner Center for the Arts.
The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts is located at 527 N. Patterson St. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/valdostastate/sets/72157639765406284/ to view photos.
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