photograph by Daniel V. Overturf

August 22, 2013

Overturf’s photo earns ‘Best of Show’ honors

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A photograph by Daniel V. Overturf, professor in the Department of Cinema and Photography, recently earned top honors in the Cedarhurst Biennial Competition Exhibition in Mount Vernon.

The photograph of Tamms resident Beulah Ashford sitting in her dining room earned “Best of Show” honors from a field of 270 entries submitted by 101 regional artists.  Overturf is an award-winning photographer whose work during the last three years focuses on Alexander County and its residents.

“The Best of Show Award at the Cedarhurst Biennial exhibition is a significant high point in my many years of juried exhibition experiences,” said Overturf, who has been with SIU Carbondale since 1990.  “The jurors are well-respected members of the art community and to be selected objectively from such an impressive set of peers is indeed an honor which humbles me.”

Judging the competition were Jeffrey Hughes, professor of Art History and Criticism at Webster University in St. Louis, Arny Nadler, sculptor and associate professor of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, and Terry Suhre, director of Gallery 210, University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The exhibition continues through Oct. 13 in the Mitchell Museum Main Gallery at Cedarhurst, 2600 Richview Road, Mount Vernon.  Gallery exhibit admission is $5 per person, with free admission for all visitors each Thursday throughout the exhibit.  Admission is also free Tuesday through Sunday for Cedarhurst members and children 10 and under. 

The center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays year round, and until 8 p.m. Thursdays through Labor Day.