As members of the Lyon College Art Student League it is our purpose/mission "to create a better community through art, events, and activities." As family, friends, and patrons of art and students involved with the Art Student League you understand the importance of community and education with art. Our membership is open to all students and faculty of Lyon College. The events and activities that we sponsor are open not just to the Lyon College community, but to the Batesville and surrounding community. We expose members of our organization and our community to art with a few different approaches.
Art Trips: Our trips are to locations across Arkansas so that students can see how diverse and well developed the art community is in their own state and how they can be a part of it. We regularly visit art institutions in the state including Crystal Bridges, the 21C Museum Hotel, Good Weather Gallery in Little Rock, the Arkansas Arts Center, and more.
Student Work: The art department at Lyon has many talented students, and it is important to show off our students' works. Showing our own student work not only gives the audience a chance to see art, but it also provides our artists with important opportunities for experience in talking about and selling their art.
Events: Our events we use as an opportunity to expose students to art, get them involved in a dialogue about art, and occasionally fundraise.
Activities: Our activities, unlike our many of our events are usually not for the purpose of fundraising or art exposure, but for the benefit of brining the community together through an art based activity.
Much of what we do to provide these experiences involves money for gas, lodging, and materials. To accommodate this we do much of our own fundraising. We also get involved with funding from Lyon College Student Government Association, but it is important to us to try and match what they generously provide. With a member base that has grown by almost double from last year and nonmember students who attend our open invitation trips increasing as well our need for funds is growing as well. Our fundraisers in the past have included art fairs, bake sales, annual valentines card sales, and selling foods at our events.
President: Morgan Gurke-Vann
Advisor: Dustyn Bork
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