Carmel, IN- Wickliff Auctioneers announced today that the recipient of the company’s monthly ‘Give’ initiative will be the Herron Alumni Association’s scholarship fund, the Spirit of Herron Award. The donation will made in memory of Harry A Davis (IN, 1914-2006), art professor at Herron for 37 years.
The company chose Herron as the recipient in conjunction with an auction featuring Davis’ art, to be held Saturday, September 13. The art consists of items from the family’s collection of paintings, including those of Harry’s wife, Lois, also an artist and former art instructor at the Indianapolis Art Center. The auction is the first of three planned sales of the collection, continuing in October and November.
According to Kimberly Helton, Director of Alumni Programs, IUPUI Office of Alumni Relations, the Spirit of Herron award is given annually to a graduating senior who embodies the essence of the student artist. The student is nominated by faculty and staff based on the student’s involvement in school activities and organizations, personal achievements in art and community involvement. A panel of alumni determines the recipient, and the winner receives a $500 award and a three-year membership in the Herron Alumni Association.
The IU Herron School of Art and Design is located on the IUPUI, Indianapolis campus, and more information is available about the history of Herron on the school’s web site.
Darin Lawson, Wickliff Auctioneers president, said, “A donation to the Herron Spirit Award seems fitting this month, given the honor and privilege that we have to sell the Davis family’s art collection.” The company began the “Give” initiative early in 2014 as a way to support local charities, in sharing the blessing the company has experienced in sales growth. Previous recipients of donations from the auction house include Champ Camp, Chaucie’s Place, Pets for Vets, and Safe Families for Children. “We believe that these gifts are our ‘offerings’, and we hope that these donations will help charitable organizations continue their good works in our community,” Lawson added.
Wickliff Auctioneers is considered Indiana’s leading fine arts auctioneers and has been the same location in Carmel for over 20 years. More information about the auction, and the Davises’ impact on art in Indiana can be found at www.wickliffauctioneers.com or by calling 317-844-7253 .