Guitar art fundraiser at NSU

GuitarArtNATCHITOCHES – Faculty and alumni of Northwestern State University’s Department of Fine + Graphic Art were invite to transform guitars into works of art that will be auctioned with proceeds benefitting local charities.  A reception and silent auction for “The Guitar Project” will take place from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at the Alexandria Museum of Art.

The museum is hosting the event with support from Spirits restaurant and Kinetix Creative.

“Twenty artists and groups were invited to transform guitars into works of art,” said Michael Yankowski, professor of art at NSU.  “Of those, seven are NSU faculty or Master of Arts alumni.  The donated guitars will be painted, decorated or otherwise manipulated into unique sculptural works.”

The NSU participants are professors Michael Yankowski, Clyde Downs and Matt Deford along with Master of Arts graduates Tony McDonald, Anne Reid, Amanda Roe and Gin Taylor.  The other artists invited to participate are Season Bivens, Cindy Blair, Ethel Dixon, Karen Faulk, Jason Gray, Chris King, Isabelle Massart-Bursh, Tony McDonald, Pat Phillips, Wanda Rackett, JoAnne Thompson and the Muse AMoA Teen Club.

“The artists have put a lot of time and effort into supporting this program, I hope those bidding realize this and do their part as well.  Artists are frequently asked to participate in similar activities and we want bidders to appreciate the value of the art work,” said Yankowski, who exhibits nationally.

Tickets to the reception and silent auction are and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and musical entertainment. To make reservations, e-mail or visit