November 30, 2011

Silent, live auctions highlight Art Over Easy 7

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- It’s an art show where patrons can buy what they see.

Art Over Easy 7, the annual (and major) fundraiser for the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, combines an art show with an art sale with an art party.

It all happens on Dec. 2, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.  That’s a Friday night, and it’s before the holidays, making the event a perfect mix of gala and gift art adventure.  Art Over Easy is held at the Surplus Gallery in the Glove Factory (432 W. Washington Ave.) in Carbondale.  Admission is $30.

The part that makes Art Over Easy art show, besides the displayed art, is the juror awards.  Awards are given in several categories, including student, community and faculty work.  This year’s juror is Barry Blinderman, director of University Galleries at Illinois State University.  Blinderman has presented lectures at museums and art schools across the country, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Massachusetts College of Art, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.  An expert on Andy Warhol, his interview with the art icon was published first in 1981, then again by a German publisher in 2005.

The part that makes the event an art sale, of course, is the opportunity to buy art.  A live auction provides the action, a silent auction the suspense.  Patrons can expect all manner of art available, and a wide range of prices.

Besides all the fun, the serious side is that Art Over Easy is a major fundraiser for the School of Art and Design.  Proceeds support scholarship, research, facilities, and the new building fund.  Some of the proceeds generated by the Landscape Connections’ contributions to the event will benefit the Robert Paulson Plein Air Painting Endowment Fund.

For more information, visit the School of Art and Design’s website at