A charity auction and fair, where TPU students will offer their works of pop art, will be held in Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) on Wednesday, July 10. All the funds raised will be transferred to Alena Petrova charity fund to aid children with cancer.
Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase unique paintings and installations crafted by the hands of future engineers, petroleum specialists, programmers, and energy specialists that study in TPU’s Elite Engineering Education (EEE).
During one semester, EEE Master’s students attended a course that was quite unusual for engineering universities: “Art as Foundation for Inventive Activity”, supported by Gazprom.
“It’s (the course’s) main goal is to disclose a creative personality in a person with a technically organized mind,” explains Daria Denchuk, Manager at the Department of Elite Engineering Education. “Today an engineer or a programmer has not just to complete engineering tasks and design devices, but it is also important to be able to create something new in one’s profession, find an efficient and often outside-the-box solution for one problem or another.”
Under the guidance of Artur Shugurov, an experienced painter and animator, founder and director of children’s movie studio "Na Oblachke" (“On a Cloud”), TPU students created around 50 original paintings in oil, water colors, and pencil drawing, as well as several creative installations.
Five of the students’ best paintings will be selected for the auction. The reserve price for TPU auction items is 100 rubles. Maximum appraisal of the students’ creativity will be given by the guests of the event, drawing on their financial abilities and willingness to help children with cancer.
The auction will also hold an prizes-for-all lottery organized by the Alena Petrova fund.
The remaining paintings and installations could be purchased after the auction during the charity fair The guests will also be able to buy postcards, hand-made toys, and a lot of other original souvenirs, all of which will raise money to help children in need of medical treatment.
“In New York, Sotheby’s auction sold one of Mark Rothko’s works, “Untitled” (“Yellow and Blue”) for 46.5 million dollars. EEE students’ works are more original and also serve a noble purpose,” Daria Denchuk adds jokingly. “After all, the main goal of such events is not selling paintings. Everybody will be most welcome, from individual benefactors to business representatives”.
The auction and fair will be held on July 10 from 16:00 to 18:00 in the ground floor hall of TPU building 19 (4a Usova st., left wing).