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Nicholls’ Sixth Annual Art Works Fundraiser to feature famous artist and artwork

Nicholls’ Sixth Annual Art Works Fundraiser to feature famous artist and artwork

Nicholls State University invites the public to spend a night celebrating the arts at their popular annual fundraiser, Art Works, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 in Talbot Hall.

The event will include tours of the studios, interactive learning experiences, a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind artwork, live painting from a renowned Louisiana artist, an exhibit of local artists’ work, complimentary hors-d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

“I love Art Works because it’s more than just a fundraiser, it’s an event where our alumni, students, faculty, staff and the community come together to support our students and the arts,” said Jean Donegan, art department head.

In the lobby of the Mary and Al Danos Theater, guests can peruse the “Bon Temps” exhibit, featuring unique hand-painted birdhouses, garden posts and framed mirrors. Each item was created by alumni, faculty, students and local artists and designers and will be auctioned off during the night.

Louisiana’s premier folk artist Alvin Batiste will be on hand and painting live during the event. The Donaldsonville artist has produced more than 8,000 paintings, many of which are on display in museums and galleries throughout the world, and was once commissioned by actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton to create the album cover for his debut record.

For those with an interest in arts, Nicholls art students and faculty will be on hand to show tips and tricks to elevate your skills. Hands-on activities, such as using a potter’s wheel and creating hand-colored photographs, and demonstrations will take place throughout the night.

New this year, a printing demonstration will take place in the parking lot using a steamroller.

Among the artwork on display will be the famous, 105-year old “Blue Dog Steinway” created by renowned artist George Rodrigue. Housed at the Sheraton New Orleans, the piano often tours the country to raise awareness about the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and has been played by Billy Joel, Allen Toussaint, Ellis Marsalis Jr., Irvin Mayfield, Dr. John and many more.

Tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds are put back into the department in the form of scholarships, student exhibits and grants sending students to regional and national conferences. Last year’s event raised a record $30,000.

For the second year in a row, artwork will be available for bid online. Supporters unable to attend the event can still bid on many of the items for auction by signing up at