Dear UNCG Art Alumni and Faculty:
The Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is very excited to announce that we are cooperating with the Friends of Visual Arts to mount an Art Madness art sale featuring works by our distinguished faculty and alumni from our undergraduate and graduate programs. This is the first of what we hope will be an enduring and anticipated fundraising event to benefit our student programs.
Our fundraiser is unusual in that we will keep only 40% of the proceeds from any sale, returning 60% to the artists. We hope this will keep you interested in participating again and again!
All proceeds from ART Madness will be used to enhance our students learning even as state budgets continue to be cut. We are a busy place--in recent years we have instituted an annual exhibition in New York City for our graduating MFA candidates. This year the show garnered great attention from critics and collectors. It is a fantastic opportunity for our newest graduates. We have also run a summer Study Initiative for two years now, taking all first year MFA students in the summer before their second year to some significant exhibition of contemporary art. In 2011, we traveled to the Venice Biennale for ten days, and last year they traveled to Berlin and then Kassel for Documenta. Next summer we will return to Venice for the next edition of the Biennale. It is almost impossible to describe the impact this trip has on our grad students, but you sure can see it in their work.
Our undergraduates are also benefiting from expanding programming. With the assistance of the Friends of Visual Arts, we send student art educators to the national and state conferences of the Association of Art Educators, and we have underwritten student residencies at places like the Franconia Sculpture Park and Penland School of Crafts. we have also enhanced the programming in the Gatewood Gallery including exhibitions and performances by emerging artists, student workshops and much more. Each spring we cover much of the cost of the Student art League trip to Washington DC and last summer we had our first-ever summer study program in Florence, Italy, an excellent collaboration between art historian, Heather Holian and painter Barbara Campbell Thomas.
The Art Department is an exciting and stimulating place to be these days. We need, though, to tap into the support of our loyal alumni to be able to continued to offer the opportunities that are so important to our students today. We hope Art Madness offers you a good way to join us in educating the next generation of artists, art educators and art historians. Please consider submitting work for this event and then come party with us next spring on March 8th!
Art Department Head