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The Maxwells speaking beside their finished painting

President's Gala Celebration Features Artists Jack and Jill Maxwell Live Painting

Nationally-recognized West Texas artists, Jack and Jill Maxwell, presented a live painting event at Lubbock Christian University for the President’s Gala, an event themed on “Faith, Hope, and Love” on the evening of Oct. 24.

The Maxwells, husband and wife, met in college during a drawing class, discovered they shared a similar passion, and teamed up to create powerful, faith-based works of art. One of their most iconic pieces, Jacob’s Dream, is an interactive sculpture and baptistry on the Abilene Christian University campus.

As the couple painted, guests ate dinner, heard LCU Praise Choir perform, and listened to President Tim Perrin give an important update on the university. Also during the painting process, the Heart of Service Award was presented to LCU alumna Maddie Reaves Hettick, a former member of the Student Development Board, for identifying a need on campus and pursuing a solution.

Though the event served primarily as a celebration of the President’s Circle and a show of gratitude for its members’ continued support, the evening was open to additional attendees, including trustees, community partners, friends, families, and supporters of the university.

Throughout the evening, guests were given the opportunity to bid on the Maxwell painting. All proceeds from the painting went directly to the Student Scholarship Annual fund at LCU. The painting sold for $5,500 to Linda Gaither (’72) and Emily Ratcliff (’72) who immediately donated the artwork to the university.

Linda Gaither and EmilyRatcliff pose with the artists and the painting