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Major gift is cause for big celebration at University of Houston School of Art fundraiser

Major gift is cause for big celebration at UH School of Art fundraiser

News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Seth Lapeyrouse, Caroline Roberts, Thomas Ockrassa
Graduate students Seth Lapeyrouse, left, Caroline Roberts and Thomas Ockrassa. Photo by Maritza Rodriguez
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Robert Eifler, Sydney Eifler, Annie Eifler, Campbell Eifler
Event chairs Robert and Sydney Eifler, left, with Annie and Campbell Eifler. Photo by Maritza Rodriguez
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Jilian Conrad, Aaron Parazette
Jilian Conrad and Aaron Parazette. Photo by Maritza Rodriguez
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Jenni Swyka, Mollie Schall, Laura Sheedy
Jenni Swyka, from left, Mollie Schall and Laura Sheedy. Photo by Maritza Rodriguez
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, David Politzer, Krista Bimbaum
David Politzer and Krista Birnbaum. Photo by Maritza Rodriguez
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Julie Kinzelman, Jereana Chaney, Yvette Hill
Julie Kinzelman, from left, Jereann Chaney. Photo by Maritza Rodriguez
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Janais Villa, Taylor Trawick
Janis Villa and Taylor Trawick. Photo by Maritza Rodriguez
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Margot Williams, Will Walsh, Norman Ewart
Margot Williams, from left, Will Walsh and Norman Ewart. Photo by Maritza Rodriguez
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, James Tiebout, Bennie Flores Ansell
James Tiebout and Bennie Flores Ansell. Photo by Maritza Rodriguez
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Sylvie Christophe, Emily Church
Sylvie Christophe, left, and Emily Church. Photo by Maritza Rodriguez
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Illa Gaunt, Will Gaunt
Illa and Will Gaunt.  Photo by Maritza Rodriguez
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Chris Joseph, Leigh Dalio
Chris Joseph and Leigh Dalio. Photo by Maritza Rodriguez
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Jill and Jock Naponic, Robert Eifler, Jane and Gus Eifler
Jill and Jock Naponic, from left, Robert Eifler,  and Jane and Gus Eifler. Photo by name
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Seth Lapeyrouse, Caroline Roberts, Thomas Ockrassa
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Robert Eifler, Sydney Eifler, Annie Eifler, Campbell Eifler
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Jilian Conrad, Aaron Parazette
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Jenni Swyka, Mollie Schall, Laura Sheedy
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, David Politzer, Krista Bimbaum
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Julie Kinzelman, Jereana Chaney, Yvette Hill
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Janais Villa, Taylor Trawick
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Margot Williams, Will Walsh, Norman Ewart
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, James Tiebout, Bennie Flores Ansell
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Sylvie Christophe, Emily Church
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Illa Gaunt, Will Gaunt
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Chris Joseph, Leigh Dalio
News, Shelby, UH School of Art, April 2015, Jill and Jock Naponic, Robert Eifler, Jane and Gus Eifler

What: University of Houston School of Art graduate scholarships fundraiser.

Where: In the UH Louise J. Moran Fine Arts courtyard and the Blaffer Art Museum.

The 411: While ticket sales and sponsor contributions added up to $30,000, it was the news shared by UH School of Art director Rex Koontz that brought applause and champagne toasts. He announced that the Joan Holt Wich Fellowship Endowment would add $500,000 to the endowed graduate scholarship funding. Happy news for all including event chairs Annie and Campbell Eifler and Sydney and Robert Eifler.

A number of graduate students were on hand to discuss their works that were on display in the 37th annual Masters Thesis Exhibition. They included Daniela Antelo, Laura Fletcher, Daniel Haas, Seth Lapeyrouse, Melinda Laszczynski, Evan Lee, Margaret McMillan, Sebastian Montes, Eric Ockrassa, Caroline Roberts, Caroline Sharpless and Jason Wheeler.

Who: Applauding the student artwork were guests including Paul Brockman, president of the Joan Hohlt and J. Roger Wich Foundation, as well as Jereann Chaney, Krista Dumas, Carey Shuart, Nancy Luton, Susie and Sanford Criner and Gus Kopriva.