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Blue Connection will feature the work of six Millikin alumni artists for its October After 5 Live event during Homecoming weekend on Friday, Oct. 4 from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The Millikin Artist's Homecoming event at Blue Connection, located at 117 N. Water St. in Decatur, is free and open to the public.

The artists to be featured during the After 5 Live event include Katie Baird '11, Brian Cassidy '08, Ryan Hennebry '04, Erica Reese '11, Laramie Street '10, and Amanda Voltz '08.

One of Blue Connection's student managers, Anna Blake, a senior marketing major from Louisville, Ky., says, "We are excited to showcase Millikin alumni artists for the October After 5 Live event. It will be interesting to see how they have developed since graduating from Millikin. Post-graduation is when the artists apply and continue to explore their own personal style and strengths."

The alumni artists will also be participating in the Career Connections Art Panel Discussion as part of Millikin University's Homecoming 2013 activities on Friday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. in Kirkland Lecture Room 128. Lyle Salmi, professor of art at Millikin University says, "Current art students want to know what opportunities are awaiting for them after graduation. Artists need to practice and create, and six successful artists will talk about how they found their current niche."

Returning alumna artist Amanda Voltz says, "Throughout my four years, Millikin not only served as my professional academic institution, but as the birthplace to lifelong relationships, valuable experiences and irreplaceable memories. I flourished as an artist, but more importantly as an individual. I am honored to return to my Millikin University home."

Millikin's Arts & Entrepreneurship program provides performance-based business opportunities for students to exercise self-employment. Blue Connection utilizes student-run ventures to provide students live practice in developing, launching, and growing a business.

The October After 5 Live event will be held Friday, Oct. 4 from 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Blue Connection, located at 117 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by Katz and Lock, Stock, and Barrel.

For further information on Millikin University's Blue Connection visit www.millikin.edu/blueconnection or contact the gallery at 217.428.0112.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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