Enjoy an evening of art, music, and theatre
by Wright State students

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Photo/Video

Take a look at these past photos and videos of ARTSGALA. As you can see, the entertainment is professional level, the students are fully engaged in entertaining our guests, and their guests are simply having a great time.

It's almost hard to believe it's all for an extremely worthy cause.

Videos

2016

ARTSGALA 2016 Highlights
ARTSGALA sets attendance record
Learn how you can support this year’s ARTSGALA.
See the promotional commercial created for this year's ARTSGALA event.

ARTSGALA Student Testimonials

Jasmine Easler, Musical Theatre

“I was so lucky to receive the ARTSGALA Scholarship.  I was super-duper excited, very grateful, but mostly just humbled by the idea that somebody really believes in my abilities and is continuing to encourage me on my path. I definitely chose Wright State because it seemed more invested in figuring out who I am as an individual and how to sharpen those unique tools that I have.  I have been able to learn a lot about myself, a lot about my craft, and a lot about how the two can be the same.  I think the ARTSGALA Scholarship makes a huge impact on people’s college experience at Wright State.  If you want to not only have a great time, have a really fun night and also really invest in the process of students who are honing in and focusing on their craft, then you have to be a part of ARTSGALA.  You have to!”


Aileen Cave, Fine Art (Painting Emphasis)

“I am in the best place I have ever been in my life.  One of the great things that has happened while I’ve been at Wright State is I have received the ARTSGALA Scholarship.  It has meant the difference between graduating and not graduating.  This is the 7th university that I’ve attended in my lifetime trying to get my bachelor’s degree and every other time, life has taken over and I wasn’t able to finish.  And it’s because of the ARTSGALA Scholarship that I chose to stay the course and not put my education on hold.  It gave me the backbone I needed to say, ‘I’m doing this!’  I think I am finally who I was meant to be.  ARTSGALA gave me that backbone to fight for it.”


Stephen Monath, Music Education and Performance (Percussion)

“Music is definitely a passion for me, and it’s not just playing, but I also really enjoy the teaching aspect of it, the ‘ah-ha’ moment. I enjoy being able to pass that on to younger people, giving them some vehicle to express themselves, and to feel things that things outside of music don’t allow you to feel or experience.  I received an ARTSGALA Scholarship.  ARTSGALA is a pretty incredible experience really.  For us to get to show off what we do, and for others who support what we do in life and want us to keep doing us to come and show that support… it’s a really neat thing.”

2015

Learn how you can support this year’s ARTSGALA.

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WHIO Reports for March 1, 2015
on ARTSGALA.

See the commercial created for this year's ARTGALA event.

ARTSGALA Alumni Testimonials

Blaine Boyd, Musical Theatre, 2011

Blaine currently works in Seattle at the 5th Avenue Theatre, the city’s biggest musical theatre producing organization. Blaine has instantly made a name for himself there as a strong singer and dancer. He is about to start rehearsals for Elf: The Musical, and his future plans include a move to NYC.

"I would not be where I am today–doing what I am doing today— if it wasn't for the teachers and the program at Wright State."


Nichole Lookabaugh, Music Education, 2011

Nichole lives in Urbana, Ohio and is enjoying her work as a substitute teacher in Champaign, Clark, and Madison counties while continually pursuing her dream job in music education.

"Receiving the ARTSGALA Scholarship was unexpected honor. I am truly grateful for the support of the music department and faculty along with the College of Liberal Arts. The scholarship has blessed me in more ways than I could have imagined. Thank you so much to the donors who make these ARTSGALA Scholarships possible for so many!"


Stephanie McEnery, Painting, 2011

Since graduating, Stephanie has taught painting and drawing at Stivers School for the Arts; volunteered with K-12 Gallery for Young People and BlueSky Project of Dayton; and given private art lessons to children of military families. She is currently building a portfolio to prepare her for graduate school.

"The ARTSGALA scholarship program is a great opportunity for WSU students to engage in their talents and worry a little less about financial troubles. By receiving my ARTSGALA scholarship my senior year, I was able to focus more energy and creative mind to my studio work. I am very thankful for ARTSGALA. I can't wait to attend and give back."

2014

ARTSGALA 2014 commercial advertisement

2013

ARTSGALA 2013 highlights
Student on the Scene - ARTSGALA 2013 Students Reaction
ARTSGALA 2013 WHIO-TV 7 report
ARTSGALA 2013 commercial advertisement
ARTSGALA 2013 ThinkTV promo

ARTSGALA Alumni Testimonials

Blaine Boyd, Musical Theatre, 2011

Blaine currently works in Seattle at the 5th Avenue Theatre, the city’s biggest musical theatre producing organization. Blaine has instantly made a name for himself there as a strong singer and dancer. He is about to start rehearsals for Elf: The Musical, and his future plans include a move to NYC.

"I would not be where I am today–doing what I am doing today— if it wasn't for the teachers and the program at Wright State."


Nichole Lookabaugh, Music Education, 2011

Nichole lives in Urbana, Ohio and is enjoying her work as a substitute teacher in Champaign, Clark, and Madison counties while continually pursuing her dream job in music education.

"Receiving the ARTSGALA Scholarship was unexpected honor. I am truly grateful for the support of the music department and faculty along with the College of Liberal Arts. The scholarship has blessed me in more ways than I could have imagined. Thank you so much to the donors who make these ARTSGALA Scholarships possible for so many!"


Stephanie McEnery, Painting, 2011

Since graduating, Stephanie has taught painting and drawing at Stivers School for the Arts; volunteered with K-12 Gallery for Young People and BlueSky Project of Dayton; and given private art lessons to children of military families. She is currently building a portfolio to prepare her for graduate school.

"The ARTSGALA scholarship program is a great opportunity for WSU students to engage in their talents and worry a little less about financial troubles. By receiving my ARTSGALA scholarship my senior year, I was able to focus more energy and creative mind to my studio work. I am very thankful for ARTSGALA. I can't wait to attend and give back."

2012

ARTSGALA 2012 highlights
ARTSGALA 2012 ThinkTV promo
ARTSGALA 2012 commercial advertisement

2011

ARTSGALA 2011 recap
ARTSGALA 2011 recap
ARTSGALA 2011 ThinkTV promo
ARTSGALA 2011 commercial advertisement

2010

ARTSGALA 2010 recap

Radio

2016

2016-artsgala-wyso.jpgWYSO radio interview with Niki Dakota and (from left to right) Art Student Alexis Lyman, Dance Student Kailyn Mack, Music Student Jonathan Jacky, and Assistant Dean Jennie Buckwalter.

WHIO Radio Interview2.jpgMiami Valley Voices with Ron Otto and (from left to right) Music Student Anna Sollenberger, Theatre Student Joey Logan, Art Student Johanna Schmitz, and Assistant Dean Jennie Buckwalter.

 

 

 

logo-banner-2-h.jpgDiscover Classical ArtsFocus Interview with Larry Coressel and Assistant Dean Jennie Buckwalter, Music Student Stephen Monath and Theatre Student Joey Logan

2014

Miami Valley Voices with Ron Rollins from March 30, 2014whio-radio-screen.jpg

Listen to the complete interview (28.06 mins)


Discover Classical Arts Focus Interview

2012

On Friday, February 24, 2012, an ARTSGALA scholar from each of our arts departments participated with Jennie Buckwalter in a radio interview with News-Talk Radio WHIO AM/FM to promote ARTSGALA. Micah Zavacky (Art), Travis Wissman (Music), and Yvette Williams (Theatre) all presented themselves wonderfully. They were respectful, appreciative of WSU's strong arts faculty and programs, and gracious about being ARTSGALA scholarship recipients.

The interview aired Sunday, Feb. 26, on the following stations at the following times:

  • WHIO-AM 1290 / FM 95.7
    6:30 a.m.  Greene County Reports
  • WHKO-FM 99.1
    5:00 a.m.  Greene County Reports
  • WZLR-FM 95.3
    6:30 a.m.  Greene County Reports