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A popular fundraising gala and art show is set to put the varied talents of Southern Illinois University’s School of Art and Design on display.

Art Over Easy 13, the school’s annual fundraising initiative, will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Surplus Gallery, located in The Glove Factory at 432 S. Washington Ave. in Carbondale.

The event gives art lovers a chance to purchase original works donated by faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students and community members. Pieces include everything from paintings to sculptures to ceramics.

“Pretty much anything that we do here is represented,” said Rob Lopez, interim director of the School of Art and Design. “We do offer such a range of specialties that other schools don’t, so we get to really highlight that at this event. People can really see the kind of work that we’re doing, which is pretty unique — that we have glassblowing, that we have blacksmithing, that we have printmaking, so many things that other schools don’t have.”

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door. That price includes admission to the live auction, silent auction and gala, where a selection of beer, wine and food will be available.

This year’s event will also include a live auction preview from 6 to 7 p.m. Bidders will get a chance to check in early and scope out the works available for auction.

The event is juried by an outside judge, who approves the works for auction and presents awards in specific categories. This year’s juror is Jessica Mannisi, an independent curator out of St. Louis, Missouri.

A trio led by Isaac Lausell, a faculty member in the School of Music, will provide live music.

Proceeds from the event will go toward improving the School of Art and Design’s facilities and equipment. The school needs new kilns, eye wash stations and table saws, Lopez said.

“These are things that are really important for us in order to keep doing the great work we’ve been doing,” Lopez said.

Money raised at the event will also allow the school to match existing outside funding in order to provide larger scholarships to current and incoming students.

“The School of Art and Design’s goal is to be a leader in art and design education, and art and design culture in Southern Illinois. So our event really epitomizes that. Great music, great art, great food … and we all get to come together in one place on one night and experience that together, and then actually be able to bid on objects that you can have in your own house on that very same night,” Lopez said.


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Janis Esch is a reporter covering higher education.

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