TSU's 'Art for Action' kicks off AIDS awareness week

There are paintings and drawings, prints and photographs, sculpture and ceramics, there's even a painted tie, called "Peas Please," by Harvey Kirstel. Seventy-six artists have donated works to Towson State University's "Art for Action" AIDS benefit a All the proceeds will go to HERO and AIDSWALK '93, including the $10 admission fee for the evening, which will include music performances by the Towson State University Jazz Combos and the group Collaboration.

The artists lending works are all connected with Towson State in some way, whether faculty, alumni, visiting artists or graduate students. Not all of the artists are currently in this area -- there are works from as far away as the West Coast -- but those familiar with the local art scene will find works by numerous artists whose names are familiar.


They include Carmen Robb's drawing "Architecture, Light and Shadow"; Mary Kunaniec Skeen's multiple photograph piece "A Little Drama of Dreams #1"; Carol Jean Bertsch's hand-painted photograph "Abandoned"; Diana Marta's mixed-media drawing "Shadow House"; Barbara Marcus' painting "Niki"; Voker Schoenfliess' ceramic wall piece "Overbite"; James Adkins' drawing "Figure Study"; Josef Schutzenhofer's drawing "Sketch for the Peace Treaty"; Eric Miller's wall sculpture "Goddess of Air and Sea"; and Daniel Brown's ceramic sculpture "On Sundays They Waited for Their Sister To Call."

Bidders will write their bids on cards next to the works of art, and opening bids for most items are set at $100.


The auction marks the first day of TSU's AIDS Awareness Week, with activities through Thursday.

AIDS Awareness events

Today: Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, regional section, on view in the Potomac Lounge at Towson State University, 5 p.m. to midnight.

* "Art for Action" auction, 7 to 10 p.m., Holtzman Gallery, Fine Arts Center. $10 admission.

* In concert -- Disappear Fear with special guest Gunga Din, University Union Susquehanna Rooms, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Donations requested.

Tomorrow: "Eastern Standard," benefit performance of comedy presented by the theater department in the Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Center, 8 p.m. $10 admission.

Monday: David Shipley, a man living with AIDS, will speak in the Potomac Lounge, University Union, 2 to 4 p.m.

Tuesday: Benefit volleyball tournament, 7 to 11:30 p.m., Towson Center.


Wednesday: AIDS information/red ribbon table and benefit bake sale, University Union 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The film "Stories From the AIDS Quilt" will also be shown continuously, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Arlene Butler-Ward from the STOPAIDS Campaign will give a presentation, Teleconference Room, Cook Library Room 202, 3 to 4 p.m.

L Thursday: Candlelight Vigil, meet at Linthicum Beach, 7 p.m.

@4 Call: For more information, call (410) 830-ARTS.