A popular fundraising gala and art show put the varied talents of Southern Illinois University’s School of Art and Design on display. Art Over Easy 2018, the school’s annual fundraising initiative, took place on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at the Surplus Gallery, located in The Glove Factory at 432 S. Washington Ave. in Carbondale.

This year, Art Over Easy included a special VIP reception at 7 p.m. that provided access to an exclusive artist reception with the faculty and artists who contributed to the event. An Art Exchange Gallery also featured artwork and merchandise for sale at one price instead of bidding.

The event gave 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. The evening included a live auction, silent auction and gala, where a selection of beer, wine and food from local vendors was available. Jazz music was provided by Isaac Lausell of the SIU Music program.

All proceeds from the gala support the ongoing research and creative activity of talented current and former faculty and students, equipment upgrades, and facility needs of the School of Art and Design.

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