A painting by Hammond folk artist Dayna Moreno Breaud commemorating the 50th anniversary of Southeastern Louisiana University’s School of Nursing will highlight a silent auction planned as part of the program’s gala celebration Oct. 10 in the Grand Ballroom on the third floor of the new Student Union.

Breaud, a school nurse with the Tangipahoa Parish School System since 2008, is a self-taught artist, a news release from the university said. Using acrylics, house paints and mixed media on wood, she creates folk art fulfilling her love of art that she says she has had forever.

The painting will be a centerpiece at the nursing school’s gala, said Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

“It’s very special that we have this unique piece created by one of our own,” Carruth said.

“It captures elements of the nursing profession and the South that everyone can relate to,” she said.

Breaud is a 1993 and 1997 graduate of Southeastern in both the nursing and respiratory programs. She worked in critical care at North Oaks Medical Center before joining the school system.

The painting will be auctioned at the event to help support community outreach activities by the school, the release said. Signed posters of the painting also will be sold.

The event will feature memorabilia of the school, a brief program highlighting the history and accomplishments over the years, and recognition of “50 for 50,” a listing of distinguished nursing alumni from both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Tickets are $40 per person and $25 for students. Call (985) 549-3772 for information or visit the school’s website, southeastern.edu/nursing.