May 24, 2017

Big Night Art Auction Features Works by FVCC Faculty, Alumni & Community Artists

Poached Fish Oil Painting by Jennifer Li
FVCC’s Big Night Art Auction will feature art works created by faculty, alumni and community members. An original oil painting by Jennifer Li, “Poached Fish” is one of more than 50 pieces that will be auctioned at the event on June 9 at the college.

Proceeds Benefit Student Scholarships

The Flathead Valley Community College Art Department will present the Big Night Art Auction on June 9, a culinary event to benefit student scholarships for the Semester in Venice program and art studies.

Guests will enjoy an Italian-inspired feast created by students of The Culinary Institute of Montana at FVCC. The buffet-style dinner will include grilled giant halibut stuffed with peppers, onions and herbs; wild boar ragu with polenta; crispy porcini mushroom ravioli with chanterelles and tri-color Caesar salad; veal saltimbocca with fregola, fava bean and artichoke salad; and grilled flat iron steak with caramelized onions and wild rice. Dessert will be tiramisu and cappuccino truffles. A no-host bar with specially selected Italian wines will be available.

In honor of FVCC’s 50th anniversary, Big Night will feature a first-ever auction of more than 50 art works created by FVCC faculty, students, alumni and community artists. Each piece is on display at the Hockaday of Museum of Art until June 3, with early bids accepted at the museum.

Since 1967, FVCC has played a key role in developing local artists and enriching culture for the communities of Northwest Montana and beyond. From the college’s humble beginnings in downtown Kalispell, exceptional faculty have nurtured students, young and old, in the pursuit of artistic endeavors.

“I am proud to be a part of this college,” FVCC Art Department Chair David Regan said. “So many people got their start in their art professions here. It is a pleasure to see them come back and celebrate the 50th. I am so grateful to those artists who have donated their wonderful artwork for this event.”

The Big Night Art Auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Building on campus. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling 756-3632.