MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts is hosting its annual spring art sale event until 7 p.m. Friday, April 16 and from 10 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 in the Fire Arts Building, located at the corner of North Munn Avenue and West Third Street.

The event offers art created by students in upper-level classes and proceeds from the sale help students pay for materials and fees.

On site are numerous pieces of pottery, cups, paintings and limited-edition prints.

“We look at it as a profession-based learning experience,” said Veronica Watkins, an assistant professor of art. “We are teaching students to be practicing artists, and part of being an artist can be exhibition and selling your work.”

During the Empty Cups event, patrons may purchase a ceramic cup from the Northwest Clay Club, and half of the proceeds are donated to The Ministry Center and Northwest’s Bearcat Food Pantry.

The Clay Club, an organization for students who work with clay and ceramics, sponsors Empty Cups each winter and spring. The winter Empty Cups event raised $120.75 each for the Bearcat Food Pantry and The Ministry Center.