Texas Tech University :: School Of Art

11/20/2008
5x7 Fundraiser Was Great Fun; Great Success!

Saturday evening, November 15th was an evening of art, fine dining, great entertainment and lots of comraderie as the Medici Circle Board of Directors presented the 1st (soon to be annual) 5x7 Art Scholarship Fundraiser. Held in the TTU Museum’s Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court, nearly 160 supporters of the arts were in attendance for the evening.

The evening began with a sparkling preview of over 250 five by seven inch artworks that had been donated by over 100 artists, with close ties to Texas Tech, from around the country. Early on patrons began making their lists of 5x7 artworks they were determined to purchase that evening. Evening host Zachary Hughes, an art history senior invited the guests to dinner and introduced Ken Dixon, Acting President of the Medici Circle Board to provide a welcome.

The meal, in several light courses, began with a smoked salmon on a bed of horseradish slaw, paired with light French Chardonnay, was truly delectable beginning to an evening of succulent food. The volunteer guest chef for the event was Rodney Muirhead, chef and co-owner of Portland, Oregon’s acclaimed Podnah’s restaurant. The poultry course consisted of grilled quail served on cheesy grits, unlike any grits anyone’s mother has ever made and was served with a Gamay Beaujolais. The beef course was smoked tri-tip with green beans and a potato gratin served with a Côtes du Rhône. Dessert was a homemade strawberry shortcake.

School of Art alumnus and nationally recognized artist, Ken Little provided the evening entertainment with a couple of sets of his alternative country rock music. Ken had also donated a sculpture to the event which was raffled later in the evening and won by Michael and Candace Keller of Plainview.

Things got tense as the quail course and Ken Little’s first set came to an end because the guests knew that the countdown for the Art Grab would soon happen. People positioned themselves near their prized works and awaited the countdown-set-go. Over 100 works sold in the first few minutes of the sale and before the night was over, over $10,000 worth of art had been sold - a great success in art sales alone. Additionally, $12,000 was netted from ticket sales for a total of $22,000 raised for scholarships in this fundraiser.

The evening was not yet over as the last of the dinner courses rolled in, Ken Little performed again, and friends chatted and savored the different wines.

The School of Art wishes to express our gratitude to Dr. Lou Dunn Diekemper and the UMC Health System who were major underwriters of this event. We also wish to thank the following Table Sponsors: Charles Adams Gallery, Atmos Energy, The Lemon Tree, Damon Richards, Attorney, The TTU Office for Institutional Advancement, The College of Visual & Performing Arts, The School of Art - Art History Faculty, and the Medici Circle Board. In addition generous in-kind services were received from College Flowers of Lubbock and Podnah’s of Portland, Oregon, and last but not least, Ken Little.