An exhibition featuring artwork included in an annual Department of Art and Art History fundraiser opens Feb. 7 in the Eisentrager•Howard Gallery in Richards Hall.
The exhibit and fundraiser are organized by MEDICI, a friends group that supports UNL’s Department of Art and Art History. The exhibit is open through Feb. 24.
Since its inception 21 years ago, MEDICI has raised more than $200,000 for the department. Donated funds have been used to bring visiting scholars to the campus and to purchase kilns, presses, papermaking equipment, catalogs and other amenities that contribute to the first-rate educational offerings for UNL students.
The MEDICI fundraiser event is 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 27 in the gallery. Tickets start at $50, which includes admission, food and drink. Other ticket options include:
Supporter — $300, admits two people, includes food, drink and an original work of art chose through a random drawing;
Investor — $600, admits two people, includes food, drink and the opportunity to purchase an original work of art not selected by a Patron ticket holder; and
Patron — $900, admits two, includes food, drink and the opportunity to purchase an original work of art during the event.
The artwork on display includes “Arbee No. 3,” a piece by James Eisentrager, a professor of art at UNL from 1961 to 1996. Eisentrager’s wife, Dorene Eisentrager, donated the artwork for a silent auction the night of the MEDICI fundraiser.
The Eisentragers, along with fellow faculty member Dan Howard and his wife, Barbara, made donations to the University of Nebraska Foundation for the department. In 2001 the gallery in Richards Hall was dedicated in their honor.
James Eisentrager died in 2002.
Other participating artists include Jordan Buschur, Jim Butler, Nancy Childs, Marcia Goldenstein, Joan Hall, Nancy Nordstrom Heiser, Cliff Hollestelle, Gail Kendall, Thomas R. Kreager, Marcia Laging-Cummings, Maureen Mills, Phillip Perry, Martha Pettigrew, Susan Puelz, Tom Riesing, Patrick Rowan, David Stabley, Valery Wachter and Ronald G. Watson.
Admission to the Eisentrager•Howard Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are weekdays, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
For more information, go to http://medici.unl.edu or call 402-472-5522.