Young Artist Matthew Hugg featured in SMTI’s Silent Art Auction Fundraiser

The Rep’s Young Artists Host Silent Auction Fundraiser for Scholarships

Rep Young Artist, Matthew Hugg, surrounded by his pieces

Rep Young Artist, Matthew Hugg, surrounded by his pieces

Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Young Artists will host a silent auction fundraiser beginning Friday, July 19. The auction will be open on performance days one hour before each performance. The auction is open to the public and will feature five artwork pieces by The Rep’s Young Artists including Matthew Hugg. All winners of the auction items will be announced following the final SMTI performance on August 3, 2013. Winners not present at the event will be notified. All proceeds from the auction will go to The Rep’s Young Artist Guild Scholarship fund. To date, the Young Artist Guild has given $75,000 in scholarships to students.



Auction times:

Friday, July 19 from 6 -7 p.m.
Saturday, July 20 from 12 -1 p.m. and 6 -7 p.m.
Friday, August 2 from 6 -7 p.m.
Saturday, August 3 from 12 -1 p.m. and 6 -7 p.m.

Featured Artist: Matthew Hugg

Matthew is 11 years old, ambidextrous and is a member of SMTI Select, the 10-12 year group of The Rep’s Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI) program. Matthew has always enjoyed drawing and decided to take a private art lesson just for fun with Anja Dewitt, an accomplished artist and photographer. Matthew takes occasional art lessons from Anja and she has instructed him on the artwork submitted for this exhibit. Matthew believes his participation in theatre has inspired his artistic talent, and he is immensely grateful. In addition to art and theatre, Matthew loves, drums, guitar, football and Miss Nicole. Matthew has donated his piece entitled, “Glorious Day” to the SMTI art auction. The piece is a 24×30 acrylic on canvas framed and would be a welcomed addition to any home.


“Glorious Day,” acrylic on canvas, By Matthew Hugg

About The Rep’s Young Artist Program
The Summer Musical Theater Intensive, under the direction of Nicole Capri, The Rep’s Resident Director and Director of Education, is an intensive, audition-based theatre training program designed exclusively for motivated young artists who are serious about the arts and musical theatre. The SMTI staff is comprised of professional directors, choreographers, musicians and designers. Daily rehearsals are structured similarly to a professional summer stock experience and include instruction in musical theatre techniques, multi-media, costume and stage make-up, dance and vocal coaching. Each session involves intensive daily rehearsals culminating in a public workshop performance of a selected musical or musical revue. The summer production is then refined, recast and remounted in the fall on The Rep Main Stage for patrons of all ages, and remains one of the most popular productions at the theatre each season.

For more information about The Rep’s Young Artist

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Please bring a copy of this invitation with you to the party!

You are invited for a private party at the Brighton Collectables store in the Midtown Shopping Center in Little Rock (203 N. University Ave.) this Sunday, July 28th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. You will need to bring a copy of this invitation to get into this private event. All patrons, friends, and supporters of The Rep are invited!

There will be refreshments and special performances by Mark Binns and several SMTI alumni, including a special performance of a song from The Young Artists’ original musical Project elan. SMTI will receive 20% of all sales during this party. (It’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping!)

This year, The Rep’s Young Artists’ Fundraiser is listed in the top three for  national fundraisers with Brighton Collectables. We invite you to support The Rep’s Young Artists and help them become the top selling fundraiser with Brighton Collectables. 


American I.D. bracelet from Brighton Collectables


In addition to the contributions from the party, for each Independence Charm Holder Bracelet and Americana I.D. Bracelet sold through the month of July at Brighton Collectables in the Midtown Shopping center will contribute 50% of the retail cost to support young artists.

Please stop by and show your support for The Young Artists at The Rep! We look forward to seeing you. For more information about the fundraiser and to RSVP to the event, please email Pamela McKinnis at