'Sounds Provocative' Art Auction Raises More Than $30,500

May 10, 2012 - Campus Bulletin

More than $30,500 was raised for the Guelph Jazz Festival during the seventh annual “Sounds Provocative Jazz Art Auction." University of Guelph faculty, staff and alumni were among the artists whose work was auctioned.

The auction featured works by some of Canada’s finest emerging and established artists, including Prof. John Kissick, director of the School of Fine Art and Music; Pat Eaves-Brown, a U of G librarian; and fine art professor Will Gorlitz.

The show, held April 29 at Cutten Fields, also featured works by many U of G alumni, including Phil Irish, Eileen MacArthur, Jessica Masters, Christian McLeod, Linda O’Neill, Pearl van Geest, Don Russell and Annette Twist. The exhibit’s curator was Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art.

The art auction is the largest annual fundraiser for the Guelph Jazz Festival, begun in 1994 by U of G English professor Ajay Heble.

The festival, which will be held Sept. 5 to 9, offers jazz performance and education and is considered among the most visionary musical events in Canada. It has received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for the Arts and the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

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