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Holiday Art Gala, Nov. 3rd, 4-9pm at The Powerhouse!








November 3rd, 2017 at the Powerhouse from 4-9pm!

The Department of Art & Art History presents the annual Holiday Art Gala featuring: Artist drawdown, silent auction, general sale, local vendor booths, cash bar, & more!

General Sale – This will run throughout the event (4-9pm) and will offer you the chance to snag some great work from across all mediums!

Silent Auction – Hand picked art set aside for you to bid on! The Silent Auction will end at 8:00pm.

Local Vendor Booths – Come see what artists from around Oxford have to offer!

• Free Holiday Snacks and our sponsored “Holidaze Punch” (FREE) provided by CATHEAD Vodka. A cash bar will also be available.

Artist Drawdown – Featured work by university faculty will be available for you to win! Tickets may be purchased for $20 each or 6 for $100 for a chance to win a piece of featured work of your choice! How does the drawdown work? A limited amount of tickets will be sold until 8:00pm. After that, the drawdown will begin! A ticket will be called out and that lucky winner gets first pick of the featured artwork. Tickets will be drawn until all artwork has been selected and you can win more than once. This is your chance to win fantastic art for a great price, and you get to support the Department of Art & Art History!

Featured Artists & Artwork for Drawdown:

Matt Long
Canister, Soda Fired to Cone 11. Flashing slip over Porcelain. Wheel Thrown.










Virginia Chavis
Remain on Course”, 2013, 31.5″x44.5 (framed)

Virginia’s works on paper include metaphor obtained from routine life experiences and the irony in searching for professional and emotional stability. She attempts to look lightheartedly at mundane tasks and poke fun at difficult situations through the use of sarcasm and play on words. Symbols such as insects, buildings, toys or machines can be found to represent individuals or events, some more obvious than others.

Virginia generally combines digital and traditional printmaking processes, as well as mixed media. The hands-on process of layering ink on paper is critical; layering of imagery illustrates the complexity involved in conscience and subconscious decisions. Upon completion of the work, stitching is incorporated, which is both functional and aesthetic, as it holds the pieces of paper together in a quilt-like manner. Sewing is familiar, as it is a practice passed down through generations in her family.

Perspective (in the literal and abstract sense) has been the most recent influence of Virginia’s works on paper. The consideration of perspective serves as a double entendre, playing on idealistic, political and personal points of view. The concept is a balance between cerebral thoughts and creative impulses, but also a level of the realistic problem solving. This particular piece includes a metaphor of the home, where many keep their most precious possessions —not only tangible things such as family members and heirlooms, but also thoughts, desires, metamorphosis and tragedy. Many want to keep these things/ideas protected, careful not to reveal too much information.

Sheri Reith
Tickle Teddy”, 25″x37″ (framed)










Durant Thompson
Calophyllum wood bowl with brass inlay, January, 2017

ABOUT THE ART: Calophyllum hardwood is a tropical flowering tree or bush mostly found in Asia. However, this bowl was carved from a tree found in South Florida near West Palm Beach. This bowl also has a bark inclusion which difficult for the wood-turner to control while carving. The end product includes a brass inlay which is added during the finishing stages of sanding and polishing.

Paul Gandy
Peer”, 2016, 24″x20″ (framed)

ABOUT THE ART: This image is a part of the @night series which explores the hidden places that are unknowingly passed everyday. Paul has been traveling the same roads for nearly a decade and only for the past few years has he actually stopped to see what lies just beyond the roadsides. There are breathtaking scenes resting just a small hike away from our city lights. By photographing after the sunlight has faded, he is able to transform these places into something surreal. The location becomes a stage and a canvas by which he paints with light. Each image then becomes a theatrical performance that is planned and performed until the final image is achieved.

Andrew McIntyre
Vase, 3.5×3.5×10. Wood Fired/Soda Fired to Cone 11. Wheel Thrown and carved. Amber Celadon Glaze over Stoneware.