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Online Auction of Original Sculptures to Benefit UCM Broadcasting

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 22, 2010) - Missouri artist Elizabeth Ritter is providing patrons of University of Central Missouri public broadcasting an opportunity to give back to KMOS-TV and KTBG-FM 90.9 The Bridge for the countless hours of educational and entertaining programs the stations have provided over the years. Ritter has donated a pair of raku mule-head sculptures, which will be auctioned online to benefit the stations. The generated revenue will help support broadcast programming and operations.
A pair of raku ceramic mule head sculptures, donated by Missouri sculptor Elizabeth Ritter, will be auctioned to benefit UCM ’s public broadcasting stations, KMOS-TV and KTBG-FM 90.9 The Bridge.

Ritter’s exceptional talent as an artist is deeply apparent in the detail of the two sculptures, which will be auctioned as a paired set. A longtime fan and supporter of KMOS-TV and 90.9 The Bridge, Ritter created the original sculptures as her personal gift of support for the programming offered by the two stations. In addition, the sculptures are a perfect symbol of the winning bidder’s support for the UCM Mules.

Bidding may be completed online and will close Dec. 15, 2010. The mule heads are on exhibit in UCM's James C. Kirkpatrick Library.

University friends and alumni may know Ritter’s renowned work in bronze, “Today’s Quest, Tomorrow’s Destiny,” which is located near the UCM amphitheatre just east of Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Raku is a type of Japanese pottery that utilizes a unique process. It is traditionally characterized by hand-molding of the clay as opposed to turning it on a potter’s wheel, resulting in each piece being “one-of-a-kind.”

“Throughout the years, Elizabeth Ritter has shared her work and her techniques with scores of people around the country,” said Donald Peterson, UCM's director of Broadcasting Services.  “That she has made this personal gift of such excellence to KMOS-TV and 90.9 The Bridge makes us pleased and proud to have such a talented and generous friend.”