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Emily Laverty
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visarts-ga@uis.edu

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UIS Visual Arts Gallery seeks donations for annual silent auction

January 21, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - The Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Illinois at Springfield is seeking donations for its annual silent auction fundraiser, to be held Monday through Thursday, February 9-12. Artworks in a variety of media will be displayed for silent bids from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. each day, and a reception will conclude the event on Thursday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Donations of art in any medium - your own work or pieces from your collection - are welcome and will be accepted through February 6. Monetary donations will also be accepted, as will donations of art-related services such as photography sessions or caricatures. Donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off in the gallery, located in room 201 of the Health and Sciences Building on the UIS campus, during gallery hours - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Pieces should be marked with the known or estimated value and the donor's name, address, and phone number. Inclusion of donated items is subject to approval by UIS Visual Arts program faculty.

The auction is the gallery's only fundraiser and supports exhibits, workshops, lectures, musical performances, and other programming, and allows the gallery to bring shows by nationally known artists to campus. All proceeds from the auction will be used to support gallery operations.

Contact gallery manager Emily Laverty by phone at (217) 206-6506 or by e-mail at visarts-ga@uis.edu for more information or to make special arrangements for dropping off donations.

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