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Art auction to be held March 14

M. Beth Hunker, wife of the late professor Henry L. Hunker, and their son David Hunker will be the honorary chairs of The Ohio State University Faculty Club's 10th annual art auction Friday, March 14.

Hunker family members are longtime supporters of the Faculty Club and its art program.

The art auction will consist of both silent and live auctions. The preview and silent auction will start at 6 p.m. The live auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Participation in both auctions is free to the public.

The event will be held at the Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Drive on Ohio State's Columbus campus. The event will benefit the Faculty Club's building endowment.

David G. Terry, a Columbus auctioneer (licensed and bonded by the state of Ohio), will preside over the sales. A recognized painter and art restorer, he directs his own company, Dave Terry Fine Art Restoration.

Artists and collectors with ties to Ohio State and central Ohio are contributing artworks and collectibles to the live and silent auctions, including paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, glass and tribal art.

A sample of the artists, artworks and collectibles and the complete terms and conditions of the sale will be placed on the Faculty Club's website, ohio-statefacultyclub.com, as they become available.

Henry Hunker, professor emeritus of geography at OSU, died in 2009. Hunker joined the university's faculty in 1949 and focused on economic geography. He wrote several books, including Industrial Development, Concepts and Principles (1974) and Columbus: A Personal Geography (2000). He was a member of the Faculty Club for more than 40 years, serving on its board and helping to establish its ongoing commitment to the arts.

The Hunker family was integral in bringing the works of Erwin F. Frey, sculptor and professor at Ohio State, back to the university. This effort, with support from the Gilbert Reese Foundation, culminated in the permanent display of Frey's sculpture, "Isolde," inside the Faculty Club's main entrance.

The Faculty Club's annual art auction is an opportunity for community members to contribute items for auction and for the art collector, new or experienced, to find in one place a rare mix of pieces from estates, university donors, artists, collectors and club members.

Terry is the art auction committee chair. Serving on the auction committee are Fred Fochtman of Clintonville, Lisa Craig Morton of Victorian Village, Steve and Karen Sterrett of Clintonville, Sharon Weiss of Columbus, Marion Fisher of Worthington and executive director of the Faculty Club, Jeff White of Lewis Center.

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