The event, hosted from 7-8 p.m. in the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, will feature Anthony Haden-Guest, Bruce Helander and Elizabeth Sobieski for a panel discussion about contemporary art and the art of J. Steven Manolis.

Haden-Guest is a writer, cartoonist and art critic who splits his time between New York and London. Famous for his wit and humor, his writings have appeared in the Financial Times and New Yorker.

Helander is an art critic, arts writer, curator and artist whose specialty is collage and assemblages. His work is in over fifty museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian, Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.

Sobieski is a freelance writer specializing in the arts. She is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and has written for publications including The New York Post, Cosmopolitan, Avenue, and Automobile, and was a Contributing Editor to The Art Economist.

The “Painting Vermillion Red” art exhibit features the work of USD alumnus J. Steven Manolis who has donated seven paintings to USD, which are valued at $550,000, including one work made up of four canvases that reaches 7 feet high and 36 feet long. The paintings can be viewed in the Beacom School of Business, the Muenster University Center, and the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.

There will be an official ceremony honoring Manolis’ donation to occur Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Muenster University Center with a closing reception to follow at 4-6 p.m. in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts. For more information, please visit the John A. Day Gallery website.

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