Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts 304-696-3296

Art auction to support Florence trip for Fine Arts students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s Florence Study Abroad program will host an art auction at Black Sheep Burritos and Brews in Huntington beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.

The works of art available for purchase range from small to big-ticket items and are mainly the creations of talented faculty artists at Marshall, said Jaye Ike, special projects coordinator for the College of Fine Arts. Auction attendees will also be able to bid on other items and services donated by the community.

Featured art is displayed for public view on the 6th floor of Smith Hall this week.
Proceeds from the auction will be used to create a cultural fund for the May 2013 Florence Study Abroad program. Marshall students traveling to Florence will explore the historic city while taking interdisciplinary courses in photography and writing. The auction proceeds will provide funding for multiple day trips, during which students will gain firsthand cultural experience by visiting areas in Italy outside of Florence, such as Siena and Assisi.

Community members and local businesses interested in donating big-ticket items for auction, such as gift certificates, may contact Dr. Rachael Peckham at or Daniel Kaufmann at for more information.

“I think the COFA Florence trip provides students with an invaluable experience that will deeply enrich their lives,” said Kaufmann, who teaches photography at Marshall.  “The money raised by the art auction will supplement the cultural fund of the trip creating more opportunities for students to absorb the rich and unique culture of the region.  Last year’s auction was extremely successful, raising over $3000 that funded a private trip to Siena and an authentic, unforgettable Italian culinary experience.”

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197