Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery hosts fundraising auction

Florida A&M is hosting the Trouvaille Art Auction, a fundraising event, in the Foster- Tanner Fine Arts Gallery this month.

The opening reception, which will include mock biddings, is set to take place Tuesday in the art gallery from 6-8 p.m. Hours for bidding will also be allotted during spring break, March 11-15 from 1-3 p.m. or by appointment.

Noble Sissle, assistant professor for the Department of Visual Arts, said the auction would be a valuable experience for students.

Students should definitely show up to be exposed to the arts, and you will see works from around the country, Sissle said.

Different artists will present their artwork at the auction, including former FAMU faculty members Kenneth Falana and Ron Yrabedra and local artists looking to showcase their works.

The Trouvaille Art Auctions proceeds will go to student merit art scholarships and assist with funding for the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery. The scholarship will help provide students with art supplies and money toward their tuition.

Aja Roache, the gallery coordinator for the art complex, said the auctions purpose is to bring attention to and help enhance the art program.

This auction is all about fundraising for the university and to get much-needed exposure to the art program here at FAMU, Roache said.

The works up for bidding will be preselected by art faculty.

Shontay Brown, a senior fine arts student from Jacksonville, Fla., said she hopes the auction makes students more aware of FAMUs art program.

Its amazing how some students and staff dont even know about the art program, Brown said. I just hope this auction brings awareness to the art program because its a big part of this university.

For more information about the auction, contact the gallery at 850-599-8755 or email Roache at