Tech’s Bacchanal to be held Oct. 20

Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft & Design proudly presents the 24th annual Bacchanal, a festival of food, fun, and fine art benefiting student scholarships. Getting ready for this year’s event are: (front row, from left) Sarah Johnson, Johnson Nursery & Garden Center; Kim Winkle, director of School of Art, Craft & Design; Diana Baranowski; Michelle Price, Upper Cumberland Business Journal; Avery Hutchins, WCTE; Elizabeth Josephson; (back row, from left) Steve Jones, Spankies Restaurant; Derek Baranowski; Ted McWilliams, McWilliams Auction & Realty; George Dixon, Budweiser of Cookeville; and Jon ‘JJ’ Josephson, Spankies Restaurant.

COOKEVILLE – Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft & Design proudly presents the 24th  annual Bacchanal, a festival of food, fun and fine art benefiting student scholarships. Attendees will enjoy live music, food and drink beginning at 1 p.m. with the live auction of artwork beginning at 2:30 p.m.

“Bacchanal represents the generosity of all involved. This event has enjoyed the support of the entire Tennessee Tech and Upper Cumberland community for more than 20 years,” said Bevin Butler, the event coordinator. “We hope to see it continue for another 20 years.”

The auction includes a wide variety of donated works from renowned national and local artists, Tech alumni and accomplished faculty members, artists in residence and students representing all eight concentrations offered by the School of Art, Craft & Design: art education, clay, digital design, fibers, glass, metals, painting and wood.

All proceeds contribute to an endowment that funds the Bacchanal scholarships for students of the School of Art, Craft & Design. Since Bacchanal began 24 years ago, more than 100 students have received Bacchanal scholarships totaling more than $150,000. This year, 10 talented students were awarded this competitive scholarship.

Every year, attendees are delighted by a generous buffet prepared by Spankies Restaurant, refreshing beer provided by Budweiser of Cookeville, and a variety of fine wines contributed by Empire Distributors of Tennessee.  

Reserve tickets in advance for $50 at or purchase them at the event for $60 while seats remain.

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