Art Unleashed 2014 Raises $370,000 for Scholarships

April 16, 2014

The University of the Arts celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Art Unleashed exhibition and sale April 9–15, with Hamilton Hall bursting at the seams with artwork by talented alumni, faculty and student artists. More than 1,000 pieces of art by almost 400 artists were on display, and more than $370,000 was raised for scholarships for talented young artists.

The highlight of the event was the Preview Party, which kicked off what was a full seven days of sales. Attendance records were broken, with more than 750 guests enjoying a festive evening featuring superb artwork, food and drink, and entertainment by students from the UArts Schools of Music and Dance.

"What a great way to kick off the fifth anniversary of this event, which does so much to support young artists," says Lucie Hughes, vice president for Advancement. "Each year, this is truly one of the most enjoyable and exciting art-related events in the Philadelphia region, and its impact on student artists is significant."

Art Unleashed is the University's largest fundraiser, raising money and connecting art collectors and enthusiasts with both emerging and established artists. Showcased this year was the work of two noted UArts alumni: celebrated fine artist Dorothy (Dotty) Attie BFA '59 (Art Education) and renowned jeweler and sculptor Hratch Babikian BFA '83 (Jewelry).

In addition, Art Unleashed 2014 featured several new elements, including the first Neighborhood Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 12. Residents of the neighborhoods surrounding UArts were specially invited to the event, at which exclusive radio sponsor More FM's "Street Crew" set up shop on the sidewalk, playing music and offering giveaways. The day also featured a book sale and signing by faculty and alumni authors, with all proceeds benefitting scholarships.

As was the case the previous year, Philadelphia's Fox 29 TV was Art Unleashed’s exclusive television sponsor and partnered with UArts to promote the event by broadcasting live from Hamilton Hall on the morning of the big Preview Party. The station also promoted the event on its morning news program—including Fox 29 personalities wearing jewelry from the sale on the air, student Angela Rio ’14 (Illustration) creating a 3-D version of the station's logo during the broadcast, and lessons for a Fox 29 reporter in welding in the UArts Metals shop and in playing bucket drums complements of the "Rumble" ensemble.

Such a large event has many moving parts and could not have been as successful if not for the hard work of the 2014 Art Unleashed Committee. Particular thanks go to Committee chairs Cathy Coate, Margie Honickman, Susan Lipson, Laurie Phillips BFA '77 (Painting/Drawing) and Diane Dalto Woosnam.

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