Russian Landscape Artwork To Be Auctioned To Continue Future International Art Projects At Mount Union College
January 18, 2006
From February 6 until March 1, 2006, the Russian Landscape Exhibit, featuring artists from Kursk, Russia will be on display in the Crandall Gallery of Mount Union College.
A silent auction of the artwork will begin with early bidding via the web on January 20 followed by live as well as web bidding from February 6 to February 16, ending with a special reception for the exhibit on Thursday, February 16 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
There are two ways interested buyers can bid on the paintings in the silent auction. Starting February 6, interested bidders may go to www.mountunion.edu/russian_landscapes and view the paintings. After providing some personal information, bidders will receive a bid number and receive bidding directions.
Live silent bidding will also be possible. During Crandall Gallery hours starting February 6, bidders should contact Jean Dalesandro at (330) 823-3860 in the Crandall Gallery office to receive a bid number. Visiting bidders will enter their number and bid amount on the bid sheet accompanying their prospective painting.
Proceeds from the auction will be used to fund future international art projects at Mount Union College.
The winners of the silent auction will be announced at the conclusion of the reception at 7:30 p.m. on February 16.
In the winter of 1997, Mount Union College faculty members Triplett and Dr. Donald Buckey traveled to Kursk, Russia as participants in the Russia Initiative of the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. The visit established contact with Kursk State Pedagogical University for future exchanges and joint projects.
While on the trip, Triplett purchased two Russian paintings and left with a deeper interest in the works of local artists from the Kursk region.
In 2000, Dr. Frank Triplett organized a competition of local Russian artists for a future exhibit at Mount Union College.
In May of 2005, Triplett accompanied by Robert Buganski, chair of Mount Union's Department of Art and other faculty members and students, returned to Kursk to choose 50 paintings to be purchased and shipped to the Mount Union campus.
The exhibit was funded by two private donors covering costs for the artwork and shipping costs from Russia to Ohio.
For more information about the Russian Landscapes exhibit or with questions regarding the silent auction call the Office of Public Affairs and Marketing at (330) 823-6063.