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19th annual gala to celebrate art and education

The 19th annual Indiana University Northwest Gala celebration will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Avalon Manor, 3550 East Highway 30 in Merrillville. Proceeds raised from the "Celebration of Art and Education" will support IU Northwest scholarships and the Shadows and Echoes Sculpture Garden.

Tickets are $150 and include an evening of fine wine, hors díoeuvres, desserts and entertainment.

The gala provides an opportunity to not only honor and recognize some of northwest Indiana's brightest and hardest working students, but to show appreciation to the donor organizations and individuals that contribute to IU Northwest's scholarship programs. To help fulfill the educational needs of students, the university offers about 130 different foundation scholarships and awards approximately $200,000 each year.

With public support, the area between the Savannah Center and Moraine Student Center is the soon-to-be home of Shadows and Echoes Sculpture Garden, the most ambitious public art project of its kind in northwest Indiana. Ten large-scale bronze sculptures set among native grasses and flowers will pay tribute to the regionís industrial and ecological heritage.

Fine Arts Professor Neil Goodman has been creating and building the sculptures while landscape architect Cynthia Owen-Bergland has designed the garden portion of the project. This project will satisfy an educational goal of teaching students about public art. "This is my research. This is what I do," Goodman says. "This is probably my most interesting body of public work. I get the opportunity to do a really interesting public sculpture project and the students get an opportunity to see what sculpture means in terms of everyday life."

That idea of having a cultural presence in our daily lives is what drives Owen-Berglandís passion for the project. Her architectural landscape portion of the garden will complement the sculptures by creating a serene and simple backdrop. "The best part is just knowing that people will have something they can enjoy every day. The garden will not be something to go and find tucked away in the corner of campus somewhere. When people live with art it has a real impact. It makes a difference in our quality of life," she said.

Business attire is suggested. To make a reservation or for more information, please call the University Advancement office at (219) 980-6800.



Media Contact:

Michelle Searer
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