Bacchanal a celebration art, wine and food

Bacchanal, art, upper cumberland
A piece of art on display at the 2016 Bacchanal celebration.
Bacchanal activities include a live auction of donated artwork.

COOKEVILLE – A lavish cocktail buffet, an extensive selection of beer and wine, and a live auction of artwork donated by artists from across the country. Bacchanal 2016, an annual event that supports a number of art scholarships at Tennessee Tech University, will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday Oct. 16, at Spankies Restaurant in Cookeville.

A live auction of artwork donated by regionally and nationally known artists begins at 2:30 p.m.

“The artwork is impressive and the food, wine and beer are an added bonus to this event,” said Kimberly Winkle, Bacchanal director and director of TTU’s School of Art, Craft and Design. “Community support has been strong for over 20 years, including donors, underwriters, artists and Jon Josephson.”

Bacchanal scholarships have benefitted more than 100 emerging artists, she added, allowing them to focus on their artwork, studio time and preparing for professional careers. Each year, the School of Art, Craft & Design at Tech awards multiple Bacchanal scholarships to accomplished students. Recipients are selected by faculty. Professionalism, skill and presentation of work are all considered in awarding the scholarships. Students earning their bachelor of fine arts in clay, fibers, glass, metals, wood, painting, design and art education are eligible to apply.

“We are so fortunate to have so many generous, talented artists donate their work to this event,” said Gail Gentry, Appalachian Center for Craft program manager. “It is wonderful that professional artists and generous community members support our students in this way.”

Bacchanal 2016 reservations are available online at Cost is $50 in advance (through Oct. 14) and $60 at the door. Accepted forms of payment include VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. For more information, visit or call Gentry at (931) 372-6883. Spankies is located at 203 E. Ninth St. in Cookeville.




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