Stage set for 2016 ArtsGala at Wright State

Among the many shows, the 2016 ARTSGALA will feature an abbreviated performance of the The Music Man.

Among the many shows, the 2016 ArtsGala will feature an abbreviated performance of the “The Music Man.”

The annual Wright State University ArtsGala, which has raised more than $2 million for arts scholarships during its 16-year history, is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, with an impressive program featuring student performances in theatre, dance, motion pictures, music and visual arts.

The event will showcase the efforts of Wright State fine and performing arts students and educators who have been recognized for their achievement by Academy Award–winning actor and Wright State supporter Tom Hanks. Hanks and Amanda Wright Lane, great grandniece of the Wright brothers, are co-chairs of Rise. Shine. The Campaign for Wright State University, a $150 million fundraising campaign that promises to further elevate Wright State’s prominence by expanding scholarships, attracting more top-flight faculty and supporting construction of state-of-the-art facilities.

“Wright State is training the artists of tomorrow. I know because I’ve worked with some of Wright State’s alumni, and they’re among the best in their fields,” Hanks said about Wright State’s arts students. “Wright State not only has one of the most outstanding arts programs in Ohio, but one of the best in the entire nation.”

Great performances, food and friends color the evening in the Creative Arts Center at ArtsGala.

Great performances, food and friends color the evening in the Creative Arts Center at ArtsGala.

The 6:30 p.m. to midnight event in the Creative Arts Center is presented by the College of Liberal Arts. The popular black-tie-optional ArtsGala is regarded as one of the area’s premier arts events, drawing nearly 800 patrons each year.

“Our students are eager to showcase their tremendous skills to our community at ArtsGala 2016,” said Kristin Sobolik, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “This year will be particularly special as we unveil the brand-new addition to our world class Creative Arts Center, which includes a two-story art gallery and dance and stage combat studios. This additional space will offer guests even more venues to enjoy our amazingly talented fine and performing arts students.”

This year is ArtsGala’s 17th anniversary celebration with many special events designed to celebrate the occasion.

Features this year include:

  • Wind Symphony, featuring “Stars and Stripes Forever”
  • Selections from our spring musical, “The Music Man”
  • Live artistic creation by student artists
  • Student film festival
  • Chamber orchestra
  • Opera performances
  • Dance performances
  • Five themed dining rooms
  • Cigar tent
  • Top-quality wine, bourbon and craft beer tastings
  • Martini lounge featuring music and dancing

A silent auction will offer over 100 items for bidding, including:

  • Artwork by Wright State faculty, students and alumni
  • Wide variety of wines
  • Assortment of luxury gift baskets, gift cards and dining certificates

ArtsGala’s presenting sponsors are Barnes & Noble at Wright State and Morris Home Furnishings. Other major sponsors include Chartwells, Dayton Business Journal, Emerson Climate Technologies, Gloria and Don Graber, HORAN, Zoe Dell Nutter, ThinkTV, Pamela and Malte von Matthiessen and WHIO-TV.

ArtsGala tickets ($200 each) and information are available at 937-775-5512 or

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