Why Support ARTSGALA?

In its 18-year history, ARTSGALA has raised more than $2.5 million to fund hundreds of scholarships for students in the fine and performing arts at Wright State University. Everyone benefits from this unique event. Sponsors and patrons join many community friends to enjoy a spectacular evening featuring the best Wright State has to offer in art, music, theatre, dance, and motion pictures, and the students benefit from the scholarships raised.

This scholarship money is crucial for our arts programs and students. The funds help departments attract and retain top-notch, talented students without whom we could not maintain our high caliber programs. The arts programs are rigorous and very demanding of students’ time. Many students are in class, training, and rehearsals all day long and have little time for outside employment. ARTSGALA scholarships allow them to focus on studying and honing their craft rather than worrying about working to fully fund their education. This, in turn, lessens their cost burden and prepares them for employment success upon graduation.

Student Artwork

Each year our host committee selects two works of student art through a juried competition. This artwork is available for bidding in our silent auction.

First Place

Nancy Shuler's painting of the artsgala night which won 1st place in the student competition

Nancy Shuler
oil on canvas

Second Place

Rosa Tweed's painting of the artsgala night which won 2nd place in the student competition

Rosa Tweed
watercolor drawing on BFK paper

ARTSGALA Scholarship Recipients

Meet three of our 2017 ARTSGALA scholarship recipients:



FOX 45 in the Morning TV Interview

FOX 45 Jennie Buckwalter interview still

Jennie Buckwalter, Assistant Dean

WHIO Reports TV Interview with Jim Otte

Pictured from left to right: Mark Antony Howard, Musical Theatre; Candy Prystaloski, ARTSGALA chair; Jennie Buckwalter, Assistant Dean

Miami Valley Voices Radio Interview with Ron Rollins

Pictured: Briana Stottman, Music Education; Jennie Buckwalter, Assistant Dean; Caroline Lawson, Art; Ian Ashwell, Acting

Living Dayton TV Interview

Jennie Buckwalter, Assistant Dean

WYSO Excursions Radio Interview with Niki Dakota

Jennie Buckwalter, Assistant Dean; Patrick Fansler, Music; Kristen Wagers, Art; Halle Augenstein, Dance

Discover Classical Artsfocus Radio Interview with Larry Coressel

Jennie Buckwalter, Assistant Dean; Anna Ruckman, Music Education

Student Testimonials

Alumni Testimonials

ARTSGALA would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.