This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of ARTSGALA, Wright State’s premier arts event 

Published: Tuesday, April 09, 2019 @ 3:21 PM

The 19th annual Wright State University ArtsGala took place on Saturday, March 24, at Wright State's Creative Arts Center with an impressive program featuring student performances in theater, dance, motion pictures, music and visual arts. E.L. HUBBARD/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
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The 19th annual Wright State University ArtsGala took place on Saturday, March 24, at Wright State's Creative Arts Center with an impressive program featuring student performances in theater, dance, motion pictures, music and visual arts. E.L. HUBBARD/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS(E.L. Hubbard/Contributed)

The stage is set for Wright State University’s 20th ARTSGALA Celebration on Saturday April 13.

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The annual event raises money for scholarships in visual arts, film, theater, music and dance. Since it began it has raised more than $2.7 million. 

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The 19th annual Wright State University ArtsGala took place on Saturday, March 24, at Wright State's Creative Arts Center with an impressive program featuring student performances in theater, dance, motion pictures, music and visual arts. E.L. HUBBARD/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS(E.L. Hubbard/Contributed)

“ArtsGala is my favorite night of the year. I think the most fun for members of the community is that they not only see the talent of our arts students but get to talk with them and hear about their hopes and dreams,” said Linda Caron, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, in a release. “Students are in awe that people they don’t even know care about their future and their success.”

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The gala will feature student performances in theater, dance, motion pictures, music and visual arts. Regarded as one of Dayton’s premier arts events, the black-tie-optional ArtsGala draws over 800 patrons each year. 

The 19th annual Wright State University ArtsGala took place on Saturday, March 24, at Wright State's Creative Arts Center with an impressive program featuring student performances in theater, dance, motion pictures, music and visual arts. E.L. HUBBARD/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS(E.L. Hubbard/Contributed)

Features this year include:

•Opening Wind Symphony

•Selections from A Little Night Music

•Student artist creating masterpieces while you watch

•Making a Scene: Film students re-create the set of Casablanca

•Live theater, music and dance performances

•Themed dining rooms

•Cigar tent and piano bar

•Specialty cocktails

•Jazz bar

•Interactive photo booth

•Silent auction featuring mobile bidding on artwork, gift baskets and dining certificates

You can see the full schedule of events here.

The 19th annual Wright State University ArtsGala took place on Saturday, March 24, at Wright State's Creative Arts Center with an impressive program featuring student performances in theater, dance, motion pictures, music and visual arts. E.L. HUBBARD/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS(E.L. Hubbard/Contributed)

The students are of course the primary focus, however, the food isn’t something to overlook. From smoked trout, lamb lollipops, bacon wrapped pork tenderloin to iced shrimp shooters, the dining rooms will be full of cuisines from around the world. You can see the full menu here.

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ArtsGala’s presenting sponsors are Barnes & Noble at Wright State and Morris Furniture Company. Other major sponsors include Chartwells, , Emerson, , HORAN, Zoe Dell Nutter, ThinkTV, WHIO-TV and Synchrony Financial.

Want to go?

WHAT: 20th Annual WSU ArtsGala

WHERE: 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton

WHEN: 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, April 13

TICKETS: Begin at $250 

INFO: 937-775-5512 | Website