Art auction to help raise money for students to study abroad

Art auction to help raise money for students to study abroad

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Does your room need a little art? Come check out and support artists of AMK as the Art, Communications, and Theatre Departments host a benefit art auction on Wednesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Center.
The auction will help raise the remaining money to allow students to study abroad in Graz, Austria along with Art Professor Santa Barraza.
Barraza was invited to teach an exhibit at the University of Graz in Austria and when her students asked to join her, she immediately began working to make it happen.
“I always believe in supporting the students and having them interact with other artists and opportunities that I have,” Barraza said.
After talking to Mary Lou Salazar, director of International Studies, they created this opportunity to become a study abroad program. Salazar and Barraza came to the idea of creating an art auction to help raise the money for the students.
“We invited all the faculty and professional artists, that we know of, to submit or to donate art work,” Barraza said. “The students who are going also donated artwork.” Artists from California and Mexico as well as lots of local artists from South Texas will be donating their artwork to support the students.
Depending on the success of the auction, Barraza is hoping to take 12 students from AMK as well as another student from Smith college. For three weeks, spending two at the University of Graz and one on campus, the students will be a part of Barraza’s course to gain experience and more passion for art.
“It’s a very prestigious place for the students to go and it will be a great opportunity for them to go to Austria,” said Barazza.
Barraza is not new to helping students study abroad. Since she began teaching at AMK in 1997, she has had experience in providing the opportunity for students to study abroad in Mexico.
“Most of the artists there live off of their art,“ said Barraza. “I think that was a great opportunity for my art students to see that they can live off of their work and there is a lot of respect for the arts there.”
The auction will bring lots of different kinds of art and have reasonable prices so anyone can give what they can for the students.
Barraza will also be donating her art as well.
“We need about $40,000 for all of the students to attend,” said Barraza. “But even if we raise half of it, that would be great!”