This past weekend, the Fine Arts Library hosted the 28th Annual Friends of Art Benefit with a public lecture by Emeritus Professor of Printmaking Ed Bernstein and a reception in the reading room of the Fine Arts Library. The Annual Friends of Art Benefit is a vital event of the Friends of Art at Indiana University that offers an evening of learning, food, and friends to help benefit the library with new material purchases each year. Attendees even get to break the rules and eat in the library!
The public lecture entitled “Mythical Venice” drew a wide audience including faculty, students, staff, and members of the public. Following the lecture, ticket holders were able to attend the reception located in the library that included drinks provided by Oliver Winery and food provided by Cynthia Moriarty Catering. The reception gave attendees the opportunity to learn more about the Fine Arts Library and the Friends of Art through presentations and special thanks. In addition, a selection of recent purchases made possible by the Annual Benefit was on display and was comprised of a wide range of materials including artist’s books and reference materials. A silent auction of donated artwork took place, and guests even received a unique handprinted ceramic coaster created by Indiana University Printmaking students to take home! Needless to say, the event was marked by a love and excitement for the arts of Indiana University.
The Friends of Art offers programming and financial support to the students of the Henry Hope School of Fine Arts through donations, volunteering and proceeds from the Friends of Art Bookshop. They are responsible for providing numerous scholarships to School of Fine Arts students every year. You can learn more about the Friends of Art and how to become a member at their website!