Art Auction Leads Up To Washburn University's Sesquicentennial

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Washburn University is already gearing up for it's sesquicentennial in 2015.

The school held an elegant evening at Memorial Union on the Washburn campus, with food and drink for the belly and a feast of local art for the eyes.

Artists from Washburn University and the region were invited earlier this year to paint Washburn on a spring day, resulting in creations that showed off a myriad techniques and perspectives. The art was at exhibited at the Mulvane Art Museum for several months before adorning Memorial Union this event to be auctioned off.

Barbara Waterman-Peters was among the artists who contributed her painting Dark Fish II to the auction, inspired by Koi fish found in the Harvey Meditation Garden pond.

"Mulvane has been a large part of my life since I was a little girl," she said. "The chance to give back to it when it has given so much, is really special for me."

Net proceeds from the event will be used to commission an art piece to commemorate Washburn's sesquicentennial.