Win win: UConn MFA students raising money for their NYC thesis exhibition

Please join us on Tuesday, March 26th, at the Benton Museum for an auction of artwork by faculty, alumni, graduate students, and undergraduates to benefit the MFA in Studio Art program. The preview will take place noon-7 pm, and the live auction starts at 7 pm. The starting point for the left-bid auction of undergraduate work is just $10. 

As readers might remember, I earned my MFA at UConn and also taught a seminar in the MFA program this year, so naturally I’m a big supporter of this annual event. Highly competitive, UConn’s program accepts just five students per year, awarding each a teaching stipend, tuition waiver, and cavernous studio space on the sprawling  campus for the old Mansfield Training School (in 1860 originally called the Connecticut School for Imbeciles).

This year, first-year student Micah Cash is organizing the auction. Here’s a picture of work in progress in a small corner of his studio, a space that is nearly three times the size that you see here (!) with big picture windows overlooking the haunting rural campus.
I donated a 2008-11 painting on canvasboard, which I started in my Habitat for Artists
shack in Beacon in 2008, but ultimately didn’t finish until several
years later in New York. If you are in Connecticut, go to the auction,
buy something, and help the enterprising Class of 2013 put on their
exhibition, scheduled to take place at Sideshow in Williamsburg in May.
 Sharon Butler, Untitled, 2008-11, oil on canvasboard, 11 x 14 inches. 

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